Lewis leads way as charity champion

Gloucestershire teenager Lewis Stalley has spoken of his pride at raising £5,443 for a cancer charity during his year as junior captain at Brickhampton Golf Club.

The 16-year-old had personal reasons for nominating Cancer Research UK as the beneficiaries of any money raised during the 2019-20 season.

Two family members were previously lost to cancer and one of his mentors at Brickhampton died of the disease last year.

It is not uncommon for young golfers to host fundraising events during their season as junior captains.

However, the size of the charity donation has taken even Stalley by surprise after he started the year with what he felt was an ambitious target of raising £1000.

He said: “I wanted to raise money while having fun, and because my favourite golfer is Rickie Fowler, I obviously picked an orange theme for my captain’s day competition!

“We had special orange flags and asked everyone to dress in orange too. 150 people signed up and took part on the day.

“We also had an auction, a raffle and a beat the pro competition with my coach Ross Langdon who supported me throughout the year and raised £2,000.

“I also wanted to do this for my parents. They help me a lot.

“My grandad passed away when my dad was 16 and my Mum’s grandad also passed away due to cancer, so I know it has affected my family.

“My original target was £1,000. To raise over £5,000 was incredible.”

Lewis is just one shining example of the extraordinary amount of good work being carried out by juniors up and down the country as they make their way in the game.

England Golf is a fervent supporter of junior golf and is keen for their voices to be heard through our Young Ambassadors programme.

To find out more about the work they do, please visit our Young Ambassadors’ page