Golfing-mad Stanley teenager fundraising to realise ‘dream’ and go to USA college


The family of a golfing-mad teenager are selling off their possessions to help fund his place at one of the world’s top golfing colleges.

Logan Douglas, from Stanley, first picked up a golf club at the age of nine and hasn’t looked back since.

The 16-year-old can thank his dad Wayne for the introduction into the sport, and now spends all of his spare time dedicated to improving his game.

The family are so determined for Logan to travel to a top college in America that they have began selling off their prized possessions to fund the trip.

And they have started an online fundraiser in a bid to raise £20,000.

Logan explained: “This is a chance of a lifetime, however I don’t get funding with it being in America.

“My mum works really hard, and my dad has given up his job so that he can take care of my mum after she was diagnosed with epilepsy, so we only have one salary coming in.”

Logan has sold his personal belongings, including his Xbox and TV to raise funds, while Wayne is auctioning off his collection of books and other memorabilia.

Wayne said: “Everything that we do is to try to get Logan to follow his dream.

“It’s everything to him, so everything we can do to help we will.”

Logan has continued to improve his golfing game at home and in his garden

His constant practising and playing throughout the week has helped him earn a handicap of 7.6 and the vice-captaincy at Beamish Park Golf Club.

And it is this experience that has helped him to be recognised across the Atlantic.

Wayne explained: “We signed up to a recruitment firm for the colleges and from there there’s been multiple coaches trying to recruit him for 2022.

“He knows it’ll be a hard grind going over there and how it’ll be a totally different world and atmosphere, but he’s more than confident he’ll succeed.”

Repeated coronavirus-enforced lockdowns have seen local clubs battle to keep their facilities open, but it hasn’t stopped Logan from improving his game.

Whether it’s using his putting mat in the hallway or practising his swing in the garden, he’s determined to continue his rise to stardom in 2022.

Donations to Logan’s fundraising campaign can be made here.

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