Aspiring Leeds golf star, 14, sets up online fundraising appeal as she bids to turn pro

Junior golfer Jennifer Conlon, 14. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Junior golfer Jennifer Conlon, 14. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
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A 14-year-old golfing prodigy is fundraising to help her compete internationally.

Jennifer Conlon, who trains at the PGA Academy at Oulton Hall near Rothwell, is appealing for support through a new online fundraising page so that she can live out her dream of becoming a pro sportswoman.

The Cockburn School pupil, who rose to prominence by winning the South Africa Golf Junior Challenge last year, has her sights set on competing in the American Teen World Championships in July.

Jennifer took up the sport four years ago at the now-closed Middleton Park Golf Club and has progressed with the support of her dad Craig.

Having already raised around £6,000 for his daughter through raffles and cake stalls, Jennifer’s dad Craig, from Middleton, has set up an online fundraising page to add to her fund that pays for fees, travel and equipment.

The 44-year-old bus driver said: “We are getting there steadily, but we are still only half way to the £10,000 target at the moment. It’s still quite a long way to go.”

Junior golfer Jennifer Conlon, 14, with her dad Craig Conlon. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Junior golfer Jennifer Conlon, 14, with her dad Craig Conlon. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Jennifer first played in the Yorkshire qualifier for the Wee Wonders British Championships in 2013, which she won. She played in the finals at St Andrews in Scotland and finished in the girls’ top 20.

Her handicap has dropped from 36 to 18 in just two years, and by the end of 2015 she is hoping to bring it down further to 12.

Hoping to turn professional, Jennifer is planning to join Myerscough College, a sports college specialising in golf in Preston, when she finishes school.

She said: “It’s quite hard balancing school and training but if you love golf as much as me, you make time for it. The support from my friends is amazing.”

Jennifer’s trainer Phillip Akers added: “I am very proud of her, she has just started getting into that group of hot bed talent.”

Visit www.gofundme.com/nciuz8 to donate.

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