Dream trip for teen golf ace

Talented teenager Jack Ainscough who will be heading to the United States to visit the Lee Westwood Golf School in Orlando after being crowned the overall winner of the Ryder Cup star's summer skills camps.
Talented teenager Jack Ainscough who will be heading to the United States to visit the Lee Westwood Golf School in Orlando after being crowned the overall winner of the Ryder Cup star's summer skills camps.

A PROMISING teen golfer has played his way into winning a dream trip to Florida where he may get the chance to meet a Ryder cup star and one of his sporting heroes.

Talented 14-year-old Jack Ainscough is set for a trip over the pond to visit the Lee Westwood Golf School, in Orlando, after being crowned the overall winner of the former world number one’s summer skills campus.

The Dyke House Sports and Technology College student impressed coaching PGA professionals and scored more points than fellow young pro hopefuls from around the country.

Jack qualified for the grand final from the North-East section at Close House Golf Club, near Newcastle, earlier this year and headed to Gainsborough Golf Club, in Lincolnshire, in high spirits.

All of the players were then scored on challenging skill games covering all different aspects of the game including putting, chipping, pitching and bunker play.

And four-handicapper Jack was told his final score of 52 points was almost at the level reached by the touring pros.

“I went there thinking I could win and I played really well, I believed I could win all the way through,” said Jack, who is part of Dyke House Sports and Technology College’s elite development squad.

“I did well at my short game and I never missed many putts, so I was just delighted to win.

“I was told beforehand that a score of around the mid-40s would be a high score and the score I ended up with I was told was almost pro-like!”

Jack, who lives in Shotton, was presented with a PING carry bag and trophy from Lee Westwood’s mum, Trish, for winning the under 14 category.

His final points tally wasn’t bettered by any of the other age groups, ranging from under 8s to under 16s, guaranteeing him a spot in Florida next year.

And the teenager is now hoping to meet Westwood himself when he makes the trip to the US.

“I can’t wait to go to Florida now,” he beamed.

“I am hoping to go over there at a time when Lee Westwood will actually be there.

“That would be amazing.”

Jack only started playing five years ago and has been a member of Hartlepool, Castle Eden and Seaton Carew golf clubs.

He has also made his mark on the Durham county scene and was recently selected for England Golf regional winter training at Matfen Hall, in Northumberland.