England Golf Trust young ambassador Eve Neild has found that helping others with their golf has given her the confidence to achieve at a higher level herself.
Eve Neild from Norfolk began her journey with the England Golf Trust at the age of 13 when she first applied for a grant and was awarded financial support for coaching and equipment. She went on to become an Ambassador – helping others to improve their golf and building her own confidence in the process.
How did you get into golf? I took up the sport eight years ago. I was already sporty and enjoyed netball and korfball. My sister played golf and I thought it would be fun to try. I’m a member of Royal Norwich and have a handicap of +0.3.
Why did you become a Young Ambassador? I heard about the role because my sister was already on the programme. I decided I wanted to help promote golf and encourage other young people to take up the sport.
What has the role involved? I have helped with the scholarship programme at my club Royal Norwich. I found this great fun and very rewarding. I have really enjoyed watching some of the young people I worked with improve as golfers over the years and gain in confidence.
What’s your greatest achievements in golf? Finishing as the top English girl and coming tied third in the R&A U16s Girls Championship. Also being selected for the England U16 team to play against Ireland and this year winning the Norfolk Junior Championship.
What did you gain personally from being an Ambassador and why would you encourage others to do the same? Helping others and speaking in public has boosted my own confidence. It’s very rewarding and helps you become more positive about your own ability.
What next? Hopefully, secure more top 10 finishes at National competitions to push for a place in the English Girls National squad. After A-Levels I would also like to enrol in a university in the US.