Golfers head for Wynyard with Storm

DYKE House Academy has teamed up with European Tour golfer Graeme Storm and Wynyard Golf Club for a second year.


DYKE House Academy has teamed up with European Tour golfer Graeme Storm and Wynyard Golf Club for a second year.

As part of the Hartlepool academy’s sports scholarship programme, the Elite Development Squad, golfers enrolled on the scheme will be working with the two-time Tour title winner at top facilities.

Every couple of weeks the scholars will head to see Storm or PGA pro James Harper to work on their game.

Storm, Dyke House’s golf consultant, said: “Being based at Wynyard Golf Club in my opinion can only benefit the students of Dyke House. 

“It is a first class facility with its indoor/outdoor driving range, short game area and putting green as well as a Golf Simulator were we are able to work with all the latest technology, such as the launch monitor and SAM putting lab.

“Therefore it gives us all the data we require to make sure we are working on all the right things for each individual’s game.”

Louis Westmoreland and Jack Burton, both Year 9s and ex-Holy Trinity pupils, will be heading to Wynyard regularly.

The Elite Development Squad at Dyke House strives to help students fulfil academic and sporting potential, with focus on sports such as football, golf, swimming, athletics, cricket and dance.  Students receive strength and conditioning sessions and kit.

Thirteen-handicapper Louis, 14, said: ”It’s a good opportunity in life, I am improving all the time. My handicap has come down from 24.  Cliff Jackson coaches me at Seaton and now Graeme provides detailed analysis so I can work on things with my coach.”

Eight-handicapper Jack, 14, said: “Graeme is coached by one of the best in the world and he knows a lot of what is required to hit the top, as well how to deal with course management.

“He has introduced a lot of effective drills for us to do.  When I joined the school I was off 16 and his links with my coach Simon Robinson have helped improve me.”

Dyke House’s Elite Sport coordinator, Rhys Morris, said: “It’s fantastic to have the link up with such a fanatic golf club and an established European Tour name like Graeme again.

“It’s a great opportunity for our golf scholars to work with Graeme and James in exceptional facilities as we aim to help our students improve in and out of the classroom.”

Storm has enjoyed working with the younger generation more in recent years and has his own golf tournaments the Graeme Storm Junior Open and Mini Storm. He is currently visiting local primary schools.

He added: “For me, personally, being involved with Dyke House and its students for another year is great as I really want to see students improve their golf.

“Hopefully they can take as much information as they can from working with myself having been a European Tour player for the last 18 years.

“I am really focused on helping grow the game from grass roots level and have also partnered up with the Golf Foundation to take Tri Golf into other local primary schools to show golf is a fun and enjoyable game to play no matter what level each pupil is at.”

Dyke House has already produced a number of promising golfing talents, such as Jack Ainscough who is now studying in the United States.