A TALENTED young golfing protege from Alford has been nominated for a prestigious sporting award after his outstanding performances elevated him to an international standing.
Ashton Turner, 15, has reached the final three in the Lincolnshire Young Sportsman of the Year competition, the winner of which will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, at the Lincolnshire Showground.
This esteemed recognition follows a string of successful results while representing Lincolnshire and England in highly contested youth competitions.
His game has progressed in leaps and bounds since he first picked up a golf club as a therapeutic treatment to improve problems with his balance at the tender age of two.
Not only did his balance improve, he also went on to develop a love for the sport and with regular, dedicated practice has improved rapidly to be considered one of the top young players in the country.
Taking inspiration from his golfing hero, the current world number one Luke Donald, Ashton hopes to continue rising through the international ranks while representing England.
He said: “It makes me really proud to represent my country and I always try to put in the best performance that I can.
“One of my main idols is Luke Donald and his life story, how he got to number one, is really amazing and a great inspiration for me. How he has improved to get where he is shows that if you put in the time and effort anything is possible.”
Ashton trains two hours a night after school at Kenwick Park, Louth, and Woodthorpe Hall driving range to continue developing as a player.
To keep on top of his academic studies while travelling to competitions all over the country and abroad, he has received a great deal of support from his parents and teachers at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.
Head teacher Angela Francis said: “He is phenomenal in terms of his focus, we offer him as much support as we can but he has such a good temperament that he never falls behind.
“He is a great role model for other children to show that whatever they do it is possible to reach national standard so long as they work hard at it.”