A talented young Durham golfer has landed a place at a top American college – and the change to join its esteemed golf team.

Art and textiles student Lucy Nimmo is also a club and county golf champion, and will join the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA in September after finishing her A Levels.

The Durham High School for Girls pupil first picked up a golf club aged four and has been the ladies champion at her Chester-le-Street golf club for the past three years.

She follows in the footsteps of her brother William, a professional golfer who graduated from  the same US college in 2021.

The Northern Echo: Lucy is also a budding artist.Lucy is also a budding artist. (Image: EMILY CAREY)

Lucy said: ““I am thrilled about this new challenge and grateful for the opportunity, as it will allow me to explore a new place and expand my horizons.

Lucy played golf for Chester-le-Street Junior team for seven years. She captained the team in 2022 when it won county honours and represented England at U18 level.

Renowned golf coach Andrew Nicholson teaches Lucy at The Wynyard Club and she has worked with sports psychologist Gordon Morrison to enhance her overall game. She trains or plays at least five days a week around her studies.

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Art teacher Jenni Sneddon-Brown who helped Lucy with her application said: “Lucy has shown such determination and dedication to her studies throughout her time with us.

“She is the example of what hard work and practice can achieve, but most importantly, she is a wonderful soul who deserves every success in all areas of her talent.

“We are immensely proud of her and the artist she has become.”