Simon Bailes Peugeot has affirmed its support for Romanby Golf Club Juniors.

The motor retailer’s 14 year sponsorship has allowed young golfers from across the Northallerton area to receive professional coaching and individual lessons from top Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) qualified instructors and enabled them to take part in tournaments across the UK and Europe.

19-year-old Lily Downs, who lives in Kirklevington and attended Yarm School, was the Junior Captain at Romanby Golf Club in 2015. Lily was awarded a golf scholarship at the University of El Paso in Texas in 2015, the culmination of several years of success. Lily’s support from Simon Bailes is one of many reasons for her success. She is now in her second year of a golf scholarship and has won her first college tournament helping her team finish top of the league,19 shots ahead of second place.

There have been some huge handicap reductions in the junior section this year; Will Syddall (Jnr Captain- 17yrs) & Harrison Downs (Jnr Vice Captain- 15yrs) have both reduced their handicaps from 10 to 7. Will Edson (15yrs) has had a fantastic season his handicap has reduced from 18 to 11, Matthew Driscoll (13yrs) also plays off 11 he started the year off 15. Alexander Mackinnon’s (14yrs) handicap has dropped from 21 to 14, Melodie Goodall (11yrs) and Elizabeth Edson’s (13yrs) golf has improved considerably and are now playing with Ladies Section their handicaps have dropped from 40- 29 (Melodie), 41-32 (Elizabeth). Casey Chapman’s (11yrs) handicap has dropped by 20 shots (53-33) and 10 year old Ethan Ingram’s handicap has dropped from 51-42. George Farrow (12yrs) and Daniel Bleasby (15yrs) have maintained their handicap through the season playing off yellow tees.

Harrison Downs and Will Syddall have represented Harrogate Union Junior Elite Squad in competitions all around Yorkshire. They have also made their debut for Romanby’s First Team. Will Edson and Alexander Mackinnon are also part of the same squad, training with Harrogate Union’s Development squad. Matthew, Melodie and Elizabeth have been spotted by Yorkshire for their potential and success and have been receiving regular coaching sessions from Yorkshire Golf.

All the juniors are very young, and all have a few years left as a junior, and with the hard work PGA Robert Lilley is doing with the junior beginners, the junior section at Romanby is looking very promising.

Romanby Golf Club works extensively in its local community to attract more young people to the game, running coaching courses for all ages. In addition, the club runs taster sessions for local organisations including schools, scouts and girl guides groups.

Glen Ient, a former Junior Captain at Romanby (2014) now Assistant Professional and Golf Services Manager at Romanby Golf Club, said: “We have some exceptionally talented young people at Romanby Golf Club and it is a joy to work with them and see them progress and improve.

“Our on-going partnership with Simon Bailes Peugeot is crucial to us and allows us to introduce golf to young players and to provide expert coaching to our rising stars, this allows them to further enhance their skills and compete at a higher level than ever before.”

Simon Bailes said: “In my opinion it is crucial that businesses do their bit to back local community endeavours. Young people especially need support to help them achieve their aspirations.

“We’re extremely proud of our long association with Romany Golf Juniors. It has been our longest, most fruitful relationship and has helped launch the careers of several players and coaches, who I’m sure will go on to even greater things.”