Hero’s Handshake Award: Winner Holly hailed as shining example

Holly Gray from Langley Park Golf Club has been named as the latest winner of the Hero’s Handshake award.

Holly picked up the accolade in recognition of her all-round contribution to life on and off the course at her local club in Kent.

Highlights of Holly’s work include leading the Junior Team to victory in the Srixon League 2021, initiating a Junior Committee and also developing a Junior Academy.

Holly’s passion for junior golf became evident to the judging panel through her leadership skills at the club where she provides encouragement and sets an example to her peers.

After receiving the award, Holly admitted she was surprised and grateful to be recognised for her work and is proud to represent juniors “giving them more of a voice and a chance to change what they want”.

The 18-year-old is also a handy golfer, playing off a handicap index of 10, and she continually injects enthusiasm into other people’s games by organising fun challenges and quizzes aimed at developing a technical understanding of the golf swing.

Holly also recently took part in an enrichment programme at her local high school, aiming to inspire girls to try new sports and play with confidence. Holly’s key message to girls is to “go and play the sport to get a new perspective and realise how fun it is”.

The Hero’s Handshake Award is presented by the Young Ambassadors to an individual who has made a difference in the field of junior golf.

The Young Ambassadors, supported by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, is a group of young men and women aged 14-22 dedicated to championing the game.

They look at golf from a junior perspective adhering to the motto “Inclusive, Innovative, Inspiring.”

Their work has already had an influence on the creation of the new Junior Strategy introduced earlier this year by England Golf and the Golf Foundation.

Speaking about the work of the Young Ambassadors, England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson, said:

“The freshness and energy that the Young Ambassadors bring to everything they do is an inspiration to us here at England Golf and the Golf Foundation as we work together on our Junior Golf Strategy.

“The Young Ambassadors are brilliant at making sure young people in golf have their voices heard and, just as importantly, the way they deliver the message ensures that others in the game sit up and listen.”

Tomlinson’s words were echoed by Brendon Pyle, CEO of the Golf Foundation, who is full of praise for the dynamism shown by the group and the long-lasting impression past cohorts have made on the sport.

He said: “The Young Ambassadors programme is an excellent example of how the Golf Foundation and England Golf work together for the benefit of the sport.

“The input from the panel guides the development of our junior specialist initiatives and it is always a pleasure to see how many of its members progress into roles within the wider golf industry.”

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