Willett’s success inspires fellow members of Rotherham Golf Club to follow in his footsteps

Danny Willett’s success is inspiring a new generation of talented golfers at his home course of Rotherham Golf Club, that is the view of chairman Chris Allen.

Mr Allen, said: “We are all immensely proud of Danny’s achievements and it seems he is inspiring many of our younger crop of talented golfers to strive for the very top.”

Whilst Danny Willett teed things up against America’s best at Hazeltine National Golf Club, back at his home course hundreds of members participated in a special Ryder Cup themed golf competition.

Rotherham Golf Club hosted a special Fourball style competition where there young generation of up and coming golfers took on the more experienced members of the club marking the incredible achievement of their very own Danny Willett.

Willett who lost all three matches he played in was representing Europe for the first time capping what has been an incredible few years for the Sheffield based golfer.

Back in April, Willett won his first major championship shooting a final round 67 to overtake tournament leader Jordan Speith who had earlier built up a five-shot lead going into the back nine on Sunday at the Masters.

Willett who was once ranked as the world’s number one amateur golfer has won on the European tour five times since joining back in 2009.

One golfer who knows Danny well is Jonathan Thompson aged 20 who has just turned pro and will look to Willett for inspiration as he breaks through into the professional ranks.

Mr Allen, highlighted how the clubs encouragement of junior golfers and quality of competition had first attracted Danny to the join the club back in 2005 and that their junior section contains many more talented golfers.

He added: “We are a golf club who actively encourages junior golfers and our section lead by club professional Ashley Lerigo is continuing to produce good golfers who we have very high hopes for in the future.”

Ben Schmidt aged 14 is just one of many juniors tipped to become a top golfer and was named Rotherham Golf Club’s junior golfer of the year last year.

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