Emma wins first Young Volunteer of Year award

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Young Morpeth golfer Emma Allison has won the inaugural Golf Foundation Montgomerie Award for Young Volunteer of the Year 2016.

The Montgomerie Award is given to a young volunteer who has helped to inspire other young people into golf and this was presented to 16-year-old Emma, who volunteers at weekly coaching sessions at Morpeth Golf Club, alongside PGA professional Martyn Jobling.

Emma also supports Martyn’s outreach work in schools using Golf Foundation Tri-Golf and helps out at the local driving range during the winter months. As well as playing for Northumberland County, Emma is also happy to assist with Northumberland County junior coaching.

Emma said: “I really like volunteering as I was their age when I started so it is really good to help them through the stages I have experienced. I feel like a friend as well as a coach.”

Golf Foundation regional development officer, Ian Harvey, said: “Emma is seen as very much a role model to many youngsters and has made a huge impact in her home county of Northumberland. This talented golfer and generous volunteer is highly deserving of the inaugural Montgomerie Award.”

The award ceremony took place at the BMW PGA Pro Am at Wentworth on Wednesday, May 25. Unfortunately as Emma was taking her AS-Level Maths exam, she was unable to attend.

The award was presented to Emma by Ian at Morpeth Golf Club.