Sadly, our beautiful daughter Elexis passed away suddenly on the 8th of August 2021.
Her golfing journey started in the spring of 2014 when she first picked up a Tri Golf club at an event hosted by the Golf Foundation. She really enjoyed this and soon picked up the basics, so we decided to invest in a set of second-hand junior golf clubs.
Elexis started to have lessons with PGA professional Zoe North and then started to play in Flag 50 competitions at The Leicestershire GC, following that she played for the Leicestershire County girls.
Elexis was named Flag 50 winner of the year for the team and was also named most improved golfer in 2018, soon playing for the Leicestershire County 2nd team.
Very quickly she was winning competitions and reducing her handicap, resulting in her picking up an under 35s trophy and winning the Junior Festival of Golf best nett in 2018.
Elexis then went to Evie Carter, PGA Professional who was a big inspiration, helping her to reduce her handicap down to 18.
In January 2019 Elexis became a member for a brief time at Northamptonshire County GC, played a few competitions and really enjoyed the club and the people.
But Elexis talked a lot about Woodhall Spa, and was always curious about the place and playing at the home of England Golf.
Elexis approached us and asked if she could become a member of Woodhall Spa, fully knowing we lived over an hour and half away. She promised to commit herself to playing for them.
So in October 2019 she was lucky enough to become a member, she then met short game coach Alison Johns who started to coach her at the England Golf Performance Centre and help her with her short game, chipping and putting.
Elexis played in junior club competitions and worked on her handicap, then made the choice to say goodbye to Northamptonshire County, and her first club, The Leicestershire.
As Woodhall Spa was a long drive, we needed to find a local second club for her, so Elexis and her dad joined Kirby Muxloe GC. This was great for her practice and she was very happy here as her best friend Megan was a member too, meaning they could practice and play together.
Unfortunately in March 2020 the national lockdown stopped all golfing. So quickly we set up in the garden with a practice net and putting green, keeping Elexis very busy and keeping her practice going throughout.
Once golf was allowed to open again we started to look for a new long game coach and found Anders Mankert from the Leicester Golf Centre. Both Alison and Anders worked on Elexis coaching and gave her so much confidence and inspiration to play well in competitions.
Lincolnshire County Girls
The Lincolnshire County Girls organisers Stacey Mitchell and Helen McDougal invited Elexis to coaching sections at Woodhall Spa, Elexis fitted in quickly and soon felt at home. She was asked to play for the 2nd team, quickly making new friends and proudly wearing her new county colours. She was crowned the under 14 Lincolnshire County Champion 2021 at Market Rasen GC after playing so well in the 36 hole competition. Elexis finished fourth in the Lincolnshire County Girls order of merit at the end of the 2021 season.
Elexis also won the US Kids tour 13- 14 category, this tour was set up by her old coach, PGA professional Evie Carter. She really enjoyed this tour and played really well to win the tour series for her age category and becoming the 2021 champion. Sadly Elexis did not receive her trophy, so Evie Carter brought this to her memorial service on September 17th.
Elexis never forgot where she started her golf and always believed that all young people, irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion, poverty or personal circumstances, have the opportunity to enjoy golf and play to the best of their abilities.
Her dream was to play for the England Golf girls and also secure a scholarship to America. Sadly, this will not happen.
The Elexis Brown Golf Foundation
This charity will offer four children over a one year period free coaching with a PGA Professional and will also pay a one-year subscription to a golf club in the local area where the junior lives. Each recipient, irrespective of personal circumstances or financial background will have the opportunity to enjoy golf and play the game to the best of their ability.
Elexis remembered she was not from a middle class background and worked extra hard to achieve what she did in short a time in her 13 years.
We know can be an elitist sport where certain talented children remain under the radar.
Elexis was a big fan of the Golf Foundation and always believed in what they represent and what they achieve.
We would like to offer the opportunity to work with these juniors and give them a chance to grow, not just in golf but also with life skills to take with them as they develop and improve.
Elexis was lucky enough to become a Girls Golf Rocks ambassador in 2019 and we want others to have the same opportunities.
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