18-year-old Lily Downs, who lives in Kirklevington and attends Yarm School, is the Junior Captain at Romanby Golf Club. Lily is celebrating after being awarded a golf scholarship at the University of El Paso in Texas, the culmination of several years of success.
In 2014 Lily won the Andalucian Junior European Open, the final round of which was played on the Finca Cortesin course in Malaga, which recently hosted the World Matchplay Championships. Stellar names including Justin Rose and Luke Donald have competed in the boys’ equivalent in the past, although neither won the title.
Lily was also runner-up in the Daily Telegraph Junior championship at Quinta-do-Lago in Portugal and is the Ladies Champion and Ladies course record holder at Romanby.
Simon Bailes Peugeot is the main sponsor of the successful junior golf section, which enables young people to participate in the sport, many of whom are enjoying great success.
The sponsorship, which is now in its 12th successive year, allows young golfers across the Northallerton area to receive professional coaching and individual lessons from top PGA professionals to help them compete in tournaments across the UK and Europe.
Romanby Golf Club works extensively in its local community to attract more young people to the game, running coaching courses for eight to 13 year olds with plans to lower the age to five to seven year olds. In addition, the club runs taster sessions for local organisations including schools, scouts and girl guides groups.
Dorothy Edwards, junior co-ordinator at Romanby Golf Club, said: “We are so proud of all our young people and their achievements and Lily’s scholarship in Texas is the icing on the cake. She has worked extremely hard to reach such a high standard and I am sure will go on to be a star in the future.
“Our partnership with Simon Bailes Peugeot is very important in allowing us to introduce golf to young players and to provide our young stars with expert coaching which is allowing them to compete in more competitions and at higher levels.”
Simon Bailes, managing director of Simon Bailes Peugeot, said: “It is vital that local businesses do their bit to support local youngsters and we are proud of our long association with Romanby Golf Club Juniors.
“As well as introducing the young people to the sport, it enables them to make new friends and teaches discipline and team work.
“Everyone at Simon Bailes Peugeot is incredibly proud of Lily and her achievements and we will be watching her progress with great interest.”
Any young person wanting to try out golf or join Romanby Golf Club, can contact 01609 778855.