GRAEME Storm is expecting “big things” from a trio of talented golfers enrolled on an innovative school programme.
The 36-year-old, who flies out of the UK tomorrow ahead of next week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, operates as Dyke House Sports & Technology College’s golf consultant on the college’s Elite Development Squad scheme.
He was at Hartlepool Golf Club to officially launch the link up with Year 11 students Jack Ainscough and Cameron Wallace and 13-year-old Will Skipp.
All three have formed part of the England North Region squad.
Storm is keen to help the region develop more golfers capable of playing on Tour.
“Obviously it will be down to them how far they go, we can only give them so much advice, but they have great potential,” Storm told SportMail.
“Jack is off scratch at the age of 15. When I was 15 I was still off four handicap and he is really ahead of the game.
“Cameron is off three at the age of 15, there is still plenty of time for him, and Will is only 13 but is off eight and he is doing really well.
“I expect big things from all three of them.”
Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad provides students across five age groups from 11-16, with the best support to help them excel in their specialised sport while furthering their academic education.
Members of the squad receive a range of benefits to aid their development and there are strong links with Teesside and Durham Universities.
The three youngsters practice at Hartlepool Golf Club every Wednesday afternoon.
Storm said: “Hartlepool Golf Club is a perfect location and the backing of the school is tremendous.
“Being able to go and practice during school hours is great plus the strength and conditioning programmes they have through the university.
“Everything is in place for them.”
Will first picked up a golf club at the tender age of two and he has ambitions to make it as a professional golfer.
The 13-year-old told SportMail: “It is brilliant working with Graeme Storm, he brings a lot of experience. I have ambitions to become a professional and want to be one of the best on the Tour.”
Meanwhile, 15-year-old Cameron added: “Graeme is an idol for me because he is from Hartlepool.
“It is great to ask him for advice and tap into his knowledge.
“He tells us to keep our heads and talks about course management,” added Cameron, whose favourite player is Henrik Stenson.
Jack, also 15, added: “Graeme really helps us to improve our game.
“I want to try and be a professional, like Graeme, and win tournaments.
“I keep my feet on the ground though and know there is a lot of hard work to do,” added Jack, whose favourite player is Rory McIlroy.
Danny Evans, the director of the Elite Development Squad, said: “It is unbelievable to have Graeme Storm on board.
“It is a great opportunity for the students and he took them down to Celtic Manor in the Welsh Open for four days.
“They went behind the ropes when he played a practice round and took them into the media and physio trucks that all the pros use.
“It was a great insight for them.
“Graeme’s input is fantastic but they have their own coaches as well.
“They have all the bases covered as long as they continue to keep their focus and put the hard work in.”
He added the trio will be representing Dyke House in the British School Golf Championships, which take place at Beamish at Easter.
l For further information about Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad check out the website at http://elitedevelopmentsquad.co.uk/