Biographies


Paul Cook

Paul Cook is 42 years of age and has been the Head Golf Instructor for the foundation for the past 3 years.

Paul has a distinguished teaching CV including coaching the the 2004 and 2005 British Mid Amateur (over 25) champion, the 2001,03,04,05,06,07 and 2013 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire County Champions as well as the County Colts (under 21) champion in 2007.

He is also a coach to many county players, club champions and both the winning team of the 2013 London Amateur Foursomes.

Paul was a Head Coach for all B,B and O County Squads from 2001-2008 overseeing one of the most successful periods in the combined counties history!

Paul has taught all over the world in countries such as the U.S.A, Mauritius, Spain and Portugal and in the past 5 years has appeared on Sky TV as well as writing instructional articles for national publications such as Golf Pages, National Club golfer and several golf magazines and papers in the South East.

His role as foundation Head Instructor entails Paul working closely with Chris Clayton on the structure of the foundation, sitting on the foundation panel which selects the suitable and deserving applicants as well as doing what he does best, working on a one to one basis with many of the selected scholars!

Paul knew Adam personally for several years and is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the figureheads for this marvellous charity.

Paul said "I know just how much passion Chris has to continue the Legacy of Adam and if we can find just one or two kids with the work ethic and passion for the game that Adam had then I will do everything I can to help them fulfil their goals and targets! I like nothing better than working with young golfers who have a huge desire to improve not just their golf, but also themselves as people and the foundation is committed to helping those with these attributes who maybe for many reasons cannot afford all the costs associated with the game."

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Fraser Bown

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Im Fraser Bown and I have just turned 16 years, old three and a half years ago I started playing golf, and since then I have come down from a 28 handicap to a 7 handicap, but without the help of the Adam Clayton Foundation I wouldn't have achieved as much as I have today. I wouldn't have achieved this without the foundation behind me, they have been great to me, providing me with lessons throughout the year. Last year I was invited to go out to Portugal for a week of intense coaching at the Pine Cliffs Resort and since then I have seen a big improvement with my game and especially within myself. This is all thanks to Chris Clayton and Paul Cook.

This year has been my first year working with the foundation. Earlier this year I qualified for the Junior European Open. It was held in Spain at the Alcadeisa golf club in November. Sadly I just missed to make the cut for the final day, but during our stay the first qualifier for next year's Open was played, fortunately I won that and I am first to qualify for next year. With the help and support of the Foundation and my dedication this year, I will achieve better results in next year's Junior European Open!

 

 

 

 

 

Chip Butler

Start handicap: 9.2   Current handicap: 5.6    date of sponsorship start: Oct 2013

I started working with the Adam Clayton foundation in October 2013 and this came about after attending a trial day at East Berkshire golf club where I and several others were being observed for the day. A few weeks after the trial I got the good news that I was being supported which at the time I was very surprised as my golf swing was horrific but the Adam Clayton foundation saw potential in me and since then the golfing aspect and other areas of my life has changed. My golf has been taken to the next level although my handicap hasn't come down massively I've played the last 2 seasons going through a transition and now it's all coming together towards the end of 2015, I just feel like I need to work hard this winter and 2016 could potentially be a very good season and I can safely say that I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for the Adam Clayton foundation, They've supplied me with lessons which has massively helped plus I've also had the huge privilege of going to Pine Cliffs in Portugal for an intense week of golf.

Brief background

I first picked up a club early 2012 and joined my local club in April that year and then self taught myself to get down to a 9 handicap where i got stuck.

The main reason I started golf was just to spend a bit of time with friends as I live the other side of town to them.

Achievements 

In my first summer of golf I managed to get my handicap down from 27 to 20 and along the way I managed to win the darvell open at Newbury and crookham and 4 competitions at my home club.

In my second summer I managed to get my handicap down from 20 to 9 and win the junior club championship and 2 other competitions at my home club and towards the end of that year i got my scholarship with the Adam Clayton foundation.

In my third summer it was a relatively quiet year because I was going through a big transition in swing but I still managed to pick 2 wins that year.

My forth summer I was still working on my swing but I feel like it went relatively well. Early on in the year I managed to win the men's club championship handicap over 2 days and i came second in the scratch and after that I was then asked to play for the scratch team where I played 3 matches and won 3 matches and we won the league.

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Taylor Paul

Taylor first started playing golf at the age of 5 from which we were told he was a natural. He then joined Harleyford at a young age of 7 or 8 and spent as long as possible at the golf club. He was recognised by the county and joined the Bbo squad.

In 2012 he was extremely happy to receive a scholarship at Stoke Park which is where he remains and enjoys being a good ambassador for.

Taylor has won several of the Nike future tours and just missed out on winning the OOM last year, he also achieved a hole in one on the Edinburgh course at Wentworth.

It was difficult for us to keep up with the expense of new equipment to help him develop further as he progressed. Taylor had become much stronger and needed to move up to adult clubs. We were fortunate enough to be told about the foundation. The foundation has made a huge difference to us and to Taylor. They helped towards the cost of new irons which took the expensive pressure off of us, and gave Taylor the chance to develop further which Taylor is forever truly grateful for. Without the help of the foundation, Taylor would not have achieved what he has so far this year. The help has seen his hc cut by 2 shots over the winter months already. He won the first Nike tournament of the year and came second in the next. He won the  Clive Dell cup at his home club Stoke Park shooting a gross 68, and also a win in the Sunningdale Ladies junior open with a 1 over gross.

Thank you so much to the foundation for their support we are truly grateful.

Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Buckner

Age 19
Handicap: Pro

I got my first handicap of 36 at the age of 13 at Datchet golf club almost weeks after taking up the game. Since then I have been over looked by Paul Cook at my time at Datchet from getting down to 12 handicap in my first year of playing. I then moved house and club to which I then spent the rest of my career at Bearwood Lakes getting down to 1.6 at the age of 17 and then turning pro when I turned 18.

My career achievements:
- BB&O under 16's team member
- BB&O elite squad member for 2 years
- Berkshire Schools captain and winner of Berkshire schools for 2 years
- Captain of Bearwood Lakes and winner of Club Champs (-1) 71 gross and won by 10 shots
- South England Schools top 5 member and came 5th in South England schools event- BB&O Elite top 6 and playing south and east top 6 boys and foursomes for 2 years.
- Played in the international schools finals
- Top 3 in mens East Berks Stag after leading through 18 holes at age 17
- Runner up in UK crown golf under 18's at age 16
- Trick shot show with Trick Shot world champion
- Best score -5 and in comp
- 3 round Bearwood Lakes
- 2 Hole in ones and an Albatross while playing Berkshire Schools

I have worked at Bearwood Lakes for 2 years where I have held golf Days for Celebrities such as Samuel l. Jackson, Peter Jones etc. and held golf days for Luke Donald, Chris Wood, Shane Lowey and Graham Mcdowell. I am now currently a PGA professional becoming a coach at Lavender Park Golf Centre whilst playing for money In the South region of the PGA.

 

What the foundation has done for me

Chris was kind enough to take me to Portugal over the winter season to help me prepare for a big season to which I shot my best ever scores over the summer. The foundation help fund for lessons as it was key to my success as a junior and as a long term improvement to my game, it has benefited me massively especially coming from a single parent on no money coming from the bank of mum and dad. The foundation is the reason I have the swing I have today.

 

 

 

Mitchell Green


Age: 17
Handicap: 3


I first started playing golf at the age of 13 through junior role up sessions at Drayton Park. After a few months of playing on the par 3 course and the driving range, I went onto the course for the first time and completed 3 rounds with scores of 120, 115 and 118 to receive a handicap of 36 (albeit I was nearer a 50 handicap!) By the end of my first full season I had reduced my handicap to 16.


The following season I reduced my handicap down to 9 and met Chris Clayton for the first time. I was invited to the selection day at East Berkshire Golf Club where I scored 72 (my lowest ever round at that point of my life). During the selection day I received a few tips from the foundation's coach- Paul Cook. These tips were very small changes that helped me a great deal as over that winter I reduced my handicap further down to 7.


The foundation supported me for the following couple of years with golf lessons with my coach that allowed me to not only grow as a golfer but also as a person. After realising just how far I felt my game could go, I applied for a place at the Lee Westwood Golf School. My application was successful and I have now completed my first year at the school.


This year my handicap has reduced from 5 to 3 and I have had some very good performances in competitions. I would like to thank the Adam Clayton Golf Foundation for giving me the opportunity to work towards my potential and for all the help I have received over the last couple of years. I will always be grateful for this.

My career achievements:

- BB&O under 14's, 15's, 16's, 17's and Elite squad member

- Frilford Heath Junior Club Champion 2016

- Lowest competition score of 69 (-2) - Leader of BB&O Junior Championship after round 1 and overall 6th gross and 2nd handicap 2016

- Goring and Streatley junior open tied 1st 2016

- Lee Westwood Golf tour multiple winner 2016

- BB&O Under 15 Order of Merit winner 2014

- Lee Westwood Golf School Order of Merit winner 2016

- Frilford Heath junior match play winner 2015

- Frilford Heath 1st team debut 2016

- PGA Level 1 Qualified coach