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Rachel Gourley and Jack Vincent have been awarded the Lee Westwood scholarships by Close House following an assessment day with PGA professionals and Lee Westwood.

Rachel and Jack will receive membership, free use of the PGA Academy, and monthly lessons and guidance from head professional Matthew Naylor and PGA professional Sally Hinton at the club, which is home to Lee Westwood and hosted last season’s British Masters.

Close House head professional Matthew Naylor said: “The thing that put Jack ahead of the rest of the field was his potential and his desire to make the most of this opportunity this season. I think the scholarship will make a big impact on Jack’s game and I look forward to seeing him make a big jump in handicap and hopefully catching the eyes of the county selectors.”

PGA professional Sally Hinton added: “Rachel really impressed us with her focus and determination on the assessment day. I’ve worked with her as part of the county squad and know she has a fantastic work ethic. I’m really looking forward to seeing her establish a position among the best girls in the county.”

Close House managing director Jonathan Lupton added: “The Lee Westwood scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of elite players in the region to access the industry leading facilities at Close House.

“The scholarships are part of a much wider programme of support, tuition and competition for junior golfers at Close House, which includes our junior golf passport coaching, our work alongside Lookers on delivering coaching programmes in local schools, and the Junior Masters tournament.”