King is royally proud

A FORMER coach of Lee Westwood believes the Freedom of Bassetlaw is a just reward for the world number three golfer.

Lindrick professional John King, who was at Retford Town Hall to see his former charge honoured on Tuesday, coached Westwood from the age of 13 until his second year on the European Tour.

But it’s not just Westwood’s achievements on the course that have impressed King as he’s looked on proudly.

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He told the Guardian: “It’s well deserved recognition.”

“In the world of golf he’s one of the top players and he deserves everything he gets.”

“He’s not just a great golfer, he’s a great ambassador for the game, he puts a lot back into golf and he’s got a great demeanour, he’s very professional.”

Westwood is a member at Lindrick, and can be found practising on the course alongside the A57 from time to time.

King said: “We see him occasionally, although obviously he’s very busy with a young family. We’re all very proud of him.”

Roy Case, who was the chairman of Notts Junior Golf from 1984, called it a privilege to watch Westwood come through the ranks.

“I’m very proud and very privileged to have been involved in his career, and he has to be the best junior from Notts in my time,” he said.

“Lee had a nemesis at the time, but since going professional he’s the one who’s gone from strength to strength – and he’s just the same now as he was as a boy, he’s always been a lovely lad.”