Charley Hull has received a life membership from Kettering Golf Club following her exploits for Europe in the Solheim Cup.
Having been selected for the women’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup, the 17-year-old from Burton Latimer became the youngest player to have competed in the tournament.
And she has become a worldwide name in the sport after registering Europe’s first point in the singles matches before they went on to record an 18-10 success – their first-ever victory on American soil.
Hull’s journey started in Kettering under the tuition of Kevin Theobald and she was delighted to be back to receive the honour.
“It’s really good to be home, it’s good to be back and relaxed,” she said.
“It was nice to see everyone down at the club, they have all appreciated what I have done and it has been a great few weeks.”
The Kettering club’s president Mick Reed was delighted to present Hull with her life membership in front of other members.
He paid tribute to her recent achievements and said: “Charley has been a member here for more than 10 years and we are totally proud of her.”
“I don’t think we will see a male or female golfer coming out of this club at that level ever again, it will take some doing.
“What she has done is quite remarkable and the whole of Northamptonshire should be very proud of her.
“She is a local girl from Burton Latimer and we love her down here. Her attitude is amazing and she is wonderful off the course as well as on it.
“Everybody here was talking about the Solheim Cup when it was taking place and she had us all up until 4am watching it.
“The club are more than proud and honoured to give her the award. No matter how old you are, if you do something like that then what can we do? It is the highest honour anyone can get in this golf club.
“I hope she keeps coming back here to play with her mates in between her Tour schedule and I am sure she will.
“There are not many golf clubs that find themselves in the position we do at the moment. We are extremely proud and it is great for Northamptonshire golf.”
Read more reaction to Charley Hull’s honour in this week’s Northamptonshire Telegraph