Boys Amateur Champion encourages young golfers
Boys Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick took time out of his busy winter practice schedule to take part in a junior coaching session in York.
The 17 year-old, who was part of the winning English team at this year’s Boys Home Internationals, met with a group of 19 youngsters from Fulford Golf Club at York Driving Range.
Fitzpatrick spoke to the youngsters about his own experiences after a successful season which has seen him become the highest ranked English player at number 11 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. The highlight of Fitzpatrick’s season was his resounding 10 & 8 triumph in the 36-hole final of the Boys Amateur Championship over Welshman Henry James at Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club. The victory gained him a place in the Great Britain & Ireland team which lost out to the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Fitzpatrick, who hails from Sheffield, enjoyed an excellent start to the season with victory in the Selborne Salver. He also finished third in the England Under-18 Boys Championship.
Joined at the junior coaching session by his father Russell, Fitzpatrick answered questions from the youngsters about his clubs and his performance this season before giving a demonstration. The youngsters with single figure handicaps also enjoyed playing a five-shot challenge with him using targets on the driving range.
Organiser and former English amateur international Jonathan Plaxton said, “We really appreciate Matthew coming in to spend time with our young players and giving them some coaching tips as well as the benefit of his experience. It is so important for young players to have role models in any sport and it can really inspire them to have access to a player of Matthew’s ability.
“We run coaching sessions at the driving range every fortnight and it is great to see young players learning from the experiences of someone who is not much older than them. It is a great credit to Matthew that he is willing to give something back to the game in this way.”
Fitzpatrick’s visit followed a similar session with R&A Foundation Scholar and fellow Fulford member Charlotte Austwick prior to her recent visit to Argentina where she won the Freddy Zorraquin Cup team event in partnership with Scotland’s Eilidh Briggs.