A JUNIOR golfer aims to start earning his stripes when he takes on older children in a new competition.
Talented Aiden Layug, who attends Morpeth First School in Goosehill, is believed to be the youngest player in the UK to enter a national event after he was put forward for the inaugural Tiger Cub Tour for boys and girls aged 12 and under.
The eight-year-old has impressed since starting to play at Morpeth and Longhirst Hall Golf Clubs and although he is not expected to get through the regional qualifier at a County Durham course in June, dad Philip is sure that the experience will help him in future years.
“Aiden picked up a set of clubs that I bought for his older brother Marcus (aged nine) and very quickly got the knack for the game,” he said.
“He really enjoys playing golf and he can’t wait to get out on the course on a regular basis in the coming months as the weather gets better.
“I entered him for the Tiger Cub Tour so he could gain experience of competition. Realistically, even though he will be nine years old by the time of the tournament, it’s going to be tough for him because there’s a big age gap to most of his competitors but hopefully he can put up a good showing.
“The quality of his golf is good and this event will support his development. If he continues to make decent progress in the next few years, there’s no reason why he can’t compete at a high level in regional and national junior competitions.”
Aiden, who lives in Stakeford with Philip, Marcus and mum Mel, takes part in Morpeth Golf Club’s junior academy sessions on Thursday evenings.
His skills have impressed Longhirst Hall’s Golf Manager Graham Chambers, who said: “Aiden is a lovely lad who gets on well with all our junior members.
“He has a great technique and hopefully will be among the cream of talent coming through the Northumberland junior system to make their mark.”