County call arrives for Louis

LOUIS Westmoreland has been rewarded for all of his hard work around the greens over the last few years with a call-up for the county.

 

LOUIS Westmoreland has been rewarded for all of his hard work around the greens over the last few years with a call-up for the county.

The Dyke House College Year 8 student has earned a spot on Durham County Golf Union’s coaching squad.

Out of approaching 100 promising golfers, Louis has been named as one of 60 to be handed a place on the squad – and he will be part of the Elite A group looking to improve.

The former Greatham Primary pupil has already had the first of his six sessions, designed to help all aspects of his game, and he is hoping to be a much better player by the time they finish in October.

“We did short game drills and putting drills in the first session with Simon Robinson and Ross Jackson,” said Louis.

“I would like to learn new things to bring to my game and reduce my handicap.

“I am hitting the ball further with my swing speed now, that’s because I am regularly coached off Cliff Jackson at Seaton Carew and with Graeme Storm and James Harper at Wynyard as part of the work we do at Dyke House.”

Louis is a 19-handicapper and impressed Durham coaches during an assessment day at Hartlepool Golf Club, where young golfers played a par three course while they were being monitored.

He will now work on fundamentals and ball flight, strength and conditioning, course management, wedge play, short game and putting during the weeks ahead, under the guidance of coaches such as Robinson, Jackson, Andrew Nicholson and Steven Carpenter.

Louis has already won several local competitions at Seaton Carew since joining aged 11 and this Monday he will be playing in the Graeme Storm Junior Open in association with Dyke House.

Louis, who also plays football for Hartlepool FC Under-13s, said: “It will be the third time I have played in it, I am really looking forward to it.

“It’s been very competitive every year and this year there’s 70 just in my category.

“I have been in quite a lot of Durham county events, the Wee Wonders as well and played in the Northern Junior Tour.”

The standard of the golfers at the Graeme Storm Junior Open will be high.

Storm, who has recently had his European Tour season cut short because of surgery, will be in attendance to watch Dyke House’s golfers in action.

The 2017 South African Open champion is also the golf consultant at Dyke House, so regularly works with Louis and other students.

Louis said: “It’s been really good to hear what it’s like on Tour and how to deal with competition golf. It’s definitely helped my game.”

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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