He’s no ordinary Joe!

Energy Management employee set to live the American dream.

Joe Retford’s dream of becoming a golf professional has moved another step closer to becoming a reality after the Energy Management employee landed a four-year golf scholarship at the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, USA.

Joe, 18, who has been working as a member of the water department whilst honing his skills on the golf course, will take up his scholarship at VCU, which is home to 32,000 students, this Autumn.

Alongside studying a biology-related subject, Joe will compete in tournaments all over the east coast of the United States – in Florida, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina as well as in Puerto Rico.

Joe said: “I’m extremely excited to announce that I have officially signed for VCU!

“Athough I’m nervous to go away, I’m really looking forward to the next four years in Virginia.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction to help me reach my goal of playing professional golf around the world.

“I can’t wait to get in the team environment and show them what I have to offer.”

Before leaving for America, the reigning West of England U18 champion has a busy summer ahead of him, playing in around 20 regional, national and international men’s amateur golf events including the Italian Amateur Open Championship.

Everyone at Energy Management wishes Joe the best of luck in his new venture.