Double European Tour winner Graeme Storm has become a Golf Foundation ambassador.
While planning his return to the tour next season following wrist surgery, Graeme has been giving up his time to inspire youngsters from across the region to play golf.
He headed up a recent Golf Foundation Tri-Golf initiative in his hometown of Hartlepool and played a major role in a school sports festival event at The Dome, coaching more than 100 boys and girls.
He has also visited 15 primary schools armed with a new bag of Golf Foundation Tri-Golf kit, which has provided an early playing experience to more than 400 youngsters so far.
Earlier this year Graeme was made a Durham County vice president in recognition of his work with young golfers through Dyke House College and his Storm Junior Open and Mini-Storm tournaments, and he has now joined Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston and Felicity Johnson as Golf Foundation ambassadors.
As we went to print there was still no news on whether Graeme would compete on the European Tour in 2019 through a medical exemption. He said: “They haven’t said anything to me as yet, but I’m hoping to hear something soon. I know I won’t get a full exemption, but I would like to know soon what the figure will be. It’s a little disappointing as I can’t plan or talk to sponsors until I know what’s happening.
“The pressure is going to be on to hit the ground running and I really want to get back. I don’t want my career to dwindle away and never get back out there on tour.”
Storm’s lay-off has however allowed him to spend more time encouraging youngsters. “I am passionate about this and I do enjoy it, but I do have a very good team leader in my wife Sara – she keeps pushing me along the right road and is involved as much as me. My collaboration with the Golf Foundation is a continuation of that passion to grow the game of golf in the North East and beyond.”