Golf prodigy wins grant

WOMEN's golf prodigy Heidi Baek has become the latest young talent in the county to be offered a grant by the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation.

Stuart Watson

WOMEN's golf prodigy Heidi Baek has become the latest young talent in the county to be offered a grant by the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation.

The 14-year-old Kesgrave High School pupil is currently the national Under-15 girls' golf champion, as well as the South East Schools U18 champion.

The Flixstowe Ferry Golf Club member is also in the national U18 Elite Squad and recently represented England Schools in a home internationals match against Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Claire Lingwood, the English Women's Golf Association's National Training Manager was full of praise for Baek.

She said: “'What a talent! Heidi burst on to the national level when she won the English Girls' Under-15s in 2007.

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“That win was the result of her fantastic work ethic in all parts of her game and natural talent. It has boosted her confidence and seen her represent England. She is real star for the future.”

Baek is off to Dubai in the coming weeks to compete in a major Daily Telegraph sponsored tournament.

The Suffolk SportsAid Foundation has been established to support local athletes that have been inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In partnership with SportsAid the purpose of the Foundation is to raise money to support Suffolk's talented sportsmen and women to achieve their sporting goals.

Baek becomes the 23rd beneficiary of the scheme and joins the likes of javelin's Matti Mortimore, cyclo-cross's Tom Castle and athletic's Shaun Webb.

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