THE enforced lockdown has enabled some golfers to play more of the game they enjoy – strictly, of course, within the Covid-19 government guidelines – none more so than Olivia and Rory Lake, students at Kingsmead School in Wiveliscombe, writes Richard Walsh.
The 13-year-old twins, who live at Bishops Lydeard, have taken full advantage of the extra golf they have been able to play and have persuaded their mum to take them up to Enmore Park at every available opportunity – and it has certainly paid dividends for them.
The pair took up golf three years ago after being encouraged by their grandad Ray Williams, a member at Enmore for more than 40 years, and they have enjoyed their best ever season.
Olivia has seen her handicap reduce from 30 to 17, while Rory has moved from 30 down to 27 – and both have played representative golf for the Enmore Junior section.
Earlier this summer Olivia was invited to take part in the Enmore Ladies Championship, a 36-hole competition – the first time she has played two rounds in one day. She completed the competition and ended up coming in an impressive fourth place.
Mum Erica said: “They have both really taken to playing golf and it’s their favourite sport. They are both competitive and always keen to try and do better all of the time. It has been great for them during lockdown because during home schooling as soon as they had finished their work they were off to play golf.
“Everyone has been so kind and encouraging and made them feel so welcome – I can’t thank the people at Enmore enough.”
Next summer the pair will be looking to enter mixed competitions together, in addition to which they will be taking part in junior opens across the South-West.
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