Adam Clayton

Adam started playing golf at the age of 15, when he visited his local driving range in Newbury. Golf was to play a major part in Adam's life up until his death at the age of 23.

Academically Adam was a model student: bright, articulate and intelligent. He attended The Downs School, Compton, near Newbury from 1995-2002, achieving four A-levels in Maths, Advanced Maths, Physics and Design & Technology. At 18 he pursued higher education at Birmingham University where he went on to attain a 2:1 honours degree in Mechanical Engineering.

The same year that he started university, Adam met Ian Godleman, who was to become his golf coach, and have a significant impact on his formative golfing years. Adam developed a great passion for golf and with the help of Ian, he set out on his goal to become the very best he could be.

At times it was a long and hard road. However, Adam's self-belief and confidence in his own ability, coupled with a strong work ethic, passion, commitment and desire, was to take him to the very brink of achieving his golfing ambition.

During the next five years, he developed a very close bond and understanding with Ian that was to shine like a beacon to other young people aspiring to become Professional golfers. He embarked upon numerous trips to Portugal to work on his game, practising extensively at some of the best facilities in Europe. Adam developed his golfing knowledge to such an extent that he was asked to become a full time member of Ian's teaching team, thus using his knowledge, enthusiasm and love of the game to help other golfers.

In 2006, Adam's very best friend tragically lost his battle with cancer. Galvanised by this tragedy, Adam embarked on an incredible fundraising effort with one of his best friend's, Chris Clacy. They organised a golf day in December 2006 that raised over £40,000 for three charities: Swings and Smiles, Clic Sargenat and The Willow Trust Foundation.

Sadly in 2008, Adam was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which nine months later was to claim his life. Adam had a great passion for life and lived it to the full. Everything he did was given his full commitment and had a meaning and purpose not just to him, but to all that had the pleasure to know him and be around him. It was in these situations that Adam had such a huge influence helping, advising and encouraging people to understand the value of life and to walk the right path.

Adam was an iconic and identifiable person to people of all ages and from all walks of life. The greatest accolade in years to come is that we will all look back and realise that he really was 'one of a kind'.