Shining star Gemma’s honoured by club
AS new year’s resolutions go, becoming a professional golfer is usually the stuff of dreams rather than a serious aim, writes Tim Street.
But then, not Gemma Dryburgh.
The 21-year-old revealed her ambition exclusively to her favourite local paper after picking up a special award last week.
Dryburgh, who retains her membership of Beaconsfield Golf Club despite spending most of her time studying and playing in the United States these days, was awarded a Beaconsfield Bursary in recognition of her amateur career to date.
Having being selected to play for Great Britain & Ireland at last summer’s Curtis Cup, she plans to build on her early promise by taking the big step
is into the world of pro golf next summer.
She said: “I am planning to turn professional this coming June or July. I will start by playing on the LET Access tour, and then hopefully the full LET.”
Having been a member at Beaconsfield since the age of 13, she still visits whenever she can the club where her father, John, is still also a regular on the greens.
As well as receiving her bursary, Dryburgh’s name was also added to the special black shields in the club lounge, which record exceptional achievements by Beaconsfield members.
She added: “The evening went really well. A lot of people were there and they presented me with some flowers, the plaque and then the bursary.
“It was a great honour, and I really enjoyed the whole presentation.”
Gemma Dryburgh receives her award from Beaconsfifield Golf Club’s general manager David Cliffe and ladies captain Sue Lynch