#WhyIGolf – Volunteers: Olivia’s ‘Hero’s Handshake’ is reward for an inspiring junior

Olivia Whittle’s commitment to helping others develop a love of golf while still striving to improve her own game has earned her the latest Hero’s Handshake award.

Olivia is one of the estimated 50,000 volunteers at grassroots level without whom the game in this country would not be able to flourish.

The 15-year-old is a member at The Chase Golf Club and her efforts in promoting their junior section caught the eye of our judges.

Having been nominated by mum Clare, Olivia’s story struck a chord with the Young Ambassadors who recognise that sometimes unsung heroes deserve their day in the sun.

Olivia dedicated a great deal of her time during Covid-19 lockdowns to encouraging fellow juniors to keep practising their golf in gardens.

She also accompanies beginners when they first step onto the course and acts as a superb role model for others with her attitude to the sport and her performance in championships.

Olivia is a member of the England regional squad set-up and has also been selected to take part in a golf leadership programme.

After receiving the award from Laura Yapp, England Golf’s junior participation manager, Olivia said: “I’m happy that I’ve been able to help and really thankful that I have achieved something.

“Every spare moment I have I use to help the juniors and I make sure the time spent is worthwhile.”

Michael Whitehouse, captain of The Chase Golf Club, also praised Olivia for her efforts to support the club’s youngest members.

He said: “Olivia shows great enthusiasm to help others.

“She is exceptional and we’re all very proud of her.”

 

  • The Young Ambassadors is a group of avid golfers supported by England Golf and the Golf Foundation dedicated to telling their story, their way.
  • For all our Young Ambassadors golf is cool, golf is exciting, golf is fun.
  • They are here to help change negative perceptions about golfers and golf clubs.
  • Their overall aim is clear – to encourage more and more youngsters to get into golf, feel welcomed at clubs and develop a lifelong love of the game.