Since taking up golf two years ago Jake Sheridan has represented Northamptonshire in a county match and has slashed his handicap from 22 to 12. Jake, who is in Year 10, has just won the Priors Hall Junior Club Championship in the U-18 category.
He said: ‘I first got involved in golf because my granddad, uncle and dad all play. I have been told I have good hand-eye co-ordination and I can hit the ball quite far. I started doing competitions last December and I have done quite a lot since then.
‘I got my name on the board at the club for winning the Junior Club Championship. That was a two-day competition over 36 holes. I shot under my handicap on both days. I go to Priors Hall most days after school to practice and I am aiming to be a professional golfer one day.
‘I like golf because it is fun and I represented the county in a competition against Derbyshire and Leicestershire earlier this summer. The trick to golf is keeping calm. If you mess one shot up that is over and so you just focus on the next one, it makes it easier. I do visualise the shots as that can also help. I have played lots of different courses including Northants County and the three courses at Woburn in Bedfordshire that are among the top 100 in the country. The best thing about taking part in competitions is the drive to win.’