My work with junior golfers began in 2013 when I became a Golf Consultant for an Elite Squad of golfers at Dyke House College, in my hometown of Hartlepool. My role is to nurture, improve and drive the ambitions of a group of talented young golfers who hope to someday achieve what I have and hopefully go beyond. It has been a pleasure and privilege so far to see the progress our rising talents have made.
This work has provided me with the platform to launch junior golf competitions in the North East. The inaugural Graeme Storm Junior Open was held at Hartlepool Golf Club in 2016 with an impressive field of 132 competitors. This stand alone competition for Boys & Girls aged 11-18 with a maximum handicap of 36, continues to grow from strength to strength each year and attracts juniors from all over the UK to compete for fantastic prizes on an annual basis.
In 2018 the Mini Storm Trophy was born. A 9 hole competition on a shortened course at The Wynyard Club for Boys & Girls aged 7-10. Although, it was the first it was a hugely successful day and one which has spurred me on to create more opportunities for the younger children in our area to play competitive golf. 2019 will see the launch of the Mini Storm Trophy Series! I am very proud to have collaborated with Rudding Park, Consett Golf Club and once again The Wynyard Club to host 3 competitions with a Mini Order of Merit.
As a proud Ambassador for the Golf Foundation, each venue will now have Tri Golf equipment and games set up on the day of the competitions. So, if you have any budding golfers who wish to take up golf or are not quite old enough to enter yet please bring them along and have a go!
An important aspect of each competition is to raise money for a children’s charity. Since the launch of The Graeme Storm Junior Open in 2016, we have worked closely with The Finlay Cooper Fund – a charity that my wife Sara & I have become close to. It has been such a pleasure to work alongside and be supported by Colin & Julie Cooper at the competitions and to see children and parents involved in fundraising for what has been a very worthwhile cause. Unfortunately, “with a little sadness and a lot of pride” Colin & Julie have decided to close the charity. We will however be continuing our fundraising efforts at each competition as usual, this year in aid of the Percy Hedley Foundation. Please watch the video below and follow the link to find out more.