Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in County Durham is backing Matt Killen, aged 25, to succeed by providing use of its two championship courses and golf academy facilities as a winter training base. Matt is based in Hua Hin, Thailand, and plays The Asian Tour and the Asian Development Tour but spends the winter months in Durham, where he was born, and where father Frankie runs a joinery company. Frankie was net minder for the five-time British Championship winning Durham Wasps Ice Hockey team.
Matt spent four years playing NCAA College Golf at Newberry College, South Carolina, in the USA before turning professional in 2013 and competes regularly against the best professional golfers from Asia and Australasia. Ramside Estates Ltd is also helping the Killen family by providing introductions to members of the north-east business community who may wish to enter into sponsorship agreements and receive promotional benefits by association on the professional golf tours. Matt is currently seeking sponsors for the 2015 season.
Helen Roseberry, director of golf at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club, said, “It’s great to see a local sportsperson dreaming big and we are thrilled to be able to help Matt develop his golf game during the off season. He is a great young man with huge ambition and it would be wonderful to see another north-east based golfer make it to the big-time alongside Graeme Storm, Kenneth Ferrie and Chris Paisley.”