Nick chosen for north of England squad

Date: Monday 11th October 2010

JUNIOR golfer Nick Sowerby, who hit the headlines two years ago when he won an open competition at the age of nine, has been selected for the English Golf Union (EGU) north of England squad.

The 11-year-old, from Penrith, who plays most of his golf at Appleby, has had an official handicap for two years, during which time he has gone from 36 down to 9.6.

This year he has been part of the Cumbria Colts team and last month played his first match as an under-14 for the county against Northumberland, when he won both his games — foursomes with Ben Johnstone, from Carlisle, and singles, when he beat 14-year-old seven handicapper Joshua Brookes 4 and 3.

Cumbria junior team manager John Smith was impressed with Nick’s performance and put him forward for the EGU north of England squad trials at Matfen Hall, Northumberland, when he was up against boys from Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham. The 27 who attended are the best young golfers in their respective counties and Nick was the youngest among them.

After skills tests in the short game, driving ability and distance control, Nick was one of two Cumbrians selected from the trials to be part of the north of England squad.

He and his Cumbrian partner, Ross Coates, excelled in the short game tests and were the best overall in the punishing skills tests. “We were overjoyed at his achievement,” said Nick’s father, Mike. “He will now be part of an intense coaching and match program that will take his golf to the next level. This has been supported by PGA coaches Paul Jenkinson and Andrew Sowerby, from Penrith Driving Range, where Nick is a member and practises three times a week.”

A student of Sedbergh School, to where he was awarded a scholarship, Nick has the full support of headteacher Scott Carnochan. He also plays rugby, football and cricket.

Nick, who began playing golf at the age of five, is a former pupil at Hunter Hall School. He is the son of Mike and Jane Sowerby, of Roundthorn, Penrith.