Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club is aiming to produce the North East’s next top golfer after awarding its Michael Adamson Junior Golf Scholarship to four talented youngsters for the 2017 season.

Tilly Barton (Hobson Golf Club), Emily Baxter (Houghton-Le-Spring Golf Club), Adam Charlton (Ramside Golf Club) and Lewis Reay (Ramside Golf Club)  will each receive one years’ free membership, use of Ramside’s two championship courses, golf academy and driving range plus tuition with Ramside’s team of three expert coaches.

The foursome were chosen from more than 50 applicants after impressing PGA Professional and lead coach Kevin Jackson during a skills test, playing assessment and sit-down interview.

Ramside founded its Michael Adamson Junior Golf Scholarship in 2015, in honour of late company chairman Michael Adamson M.B.E, and is keen to support the development of junior golf in North East England.

Helen Roseberry, director of golf, said: “This scholarship is named in honour of my father Michael, who passionately believed in providing opportunity for deserving people in all areas of Ramside Estates’ business.

He also loved golf, which is why we want to provide talented young golfers with a springboard to achieve great things in a sport which brings so much pleasure to so many people.”

Mr. Adamson oversaw the construction of the Prince Bishops’ Course at Ramside which opened in 1996. His vision to develop a 36-hole golf resort was realised in 2014 when The Cathedral Course opened on the former Hilltop Farm between Belmont and Pittington.

The scholarships are provided annually to two boys and two girls, aged 10 to 16, and seeks to identify young people with outstanding personal character and dedication to golf.

Kevin Jackson, PGA Professional, said: “This year’s scholars are all exceptional individuals and I’m looking forward to helping them develop as golfers and people.”

The four young golfers have now taken up their scholarships and are hoping to build on some outstanding performances on the course this year.

Adam Charlton, 14, reduced his handicap to four in 2016; an achievement which has earned him a place in England Golf’s North Region junior development squad. He also won the gross title at the Durham County Golf Union Under 14’s Championship at Darlington Golf Club last Summer.

Tilly Barton of Hobson Golf Club is another outstanding talent with a bright future. Tilly won the Durham County Ladies Golf Association Clement Matchplay Trophy at Bishop Auckland in 2016 and has already earned her county junior colours.

For more information about the Michael Adamson Junior Golf Scholarship, visit: http://www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk/golf/golf-news/michael-adamson-junior-golf-scholarship-2016/