A University Centre Myerscough degree student is to stage a golf day to raise money for the hospital where she was treated for skin cancer.
Lauren Jones is currently in the second year of her degree in Golf Management, and has been a Myerscough student for several years, as she combines academic study with furthering her career. Lauren has become one her county’s (Cheshire) best young players and currently has a handicap of two.
In 2018, 19-year-old Lauren was diagnosed with skin melanoma in the neck and had two operations over three months. Now, she is planning on raising money for The Christie, where she was treated, through a golf day. The original date has had to be rearranged due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will now be held at Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club on May 2nd, 2021.
Lauren says: “The Christie and Stepping Hill, my local hospital, have looked after me really well through it all, and they still continue to look after me for the next five years and see me every three months in check up and scans and I have been given a full clearance.
“To support the Christie I’ve decided to do a golf day to raise as much money as possible for them as they help so many people. The main aim is to raise money and have fun. All entry donations and raffle money raised is going to The Christie as it such a great cause as everyone in some way has been touched by cancer.
“I want to thank The Christie and Stepping Hill for all their support and work they do and for them looking after me so well, Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club for letting the course for the golf day, all the golf clubs and people who have donated prizes and four balls my mum Karen for helping me organise the golf day. Also Rick Daniels (Myerscough College and University Centre’s Golf Performance Director) for donating and the support throughout the last year.
“And finally anyone who has supported me throughout my golfing success and weakness and over the past couple years with my health.’’
Above: Lauren with some of the donations for her golf day
Lauren has also described how being a Myerscough student has helped in her career ambitions so far: ‘’I have been at Myerscough since the age of 16, where we had coaching once a week with our PGA pro Craig Lea, and learned psychology, philosophy, nutrition and the overall history in golf.
“We also have the opportunity to do work experience at Myerscough in professional events such as Dunhill Links and Turkish Airlines Open, and we also have a player development camp in Portugal at Vilamoura.
“Now I’m in my second year of my degree in Golf Management, which involves learning about the business aspect in and around golf, and where we get to network with ex-students who work in the golfing industry.
“My future aim after I’ve finished my third year at university is to hopefully get a job within the golfing industry. At the moment I’m looking towards either working on the ladies European tour and work my way up to organising the events, or organising sports events and competitions specifically to golf in resorts.
“With my golf I’m still looking to play for county ladies after I’ve finished university as much as I can and within this year to get my handicap down to scratch, to do well in the county championship at Bramhall GC and to be selected for county match week up in Northumberland and for Cheshire to do well.’’
Anyone wishing to make donations or prizes for the golf day can email Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
by Dave Salmon