I started playing golf at the age of 8 when my Grandad bought me my first set of golf clubs for Christmas. Through enthusiasm and my evolving love for the game, I steadily reduced my handicap. In 2008, at the age of 14 and playing off a handicap of 16, I joined Castle Royle Golf Club. The junior setup expanded my opportunities and I began representing my club and county in matches around the country.
I was noticed by England Golf in 2010 when I reduced my handicap down to 0 by playing well in national tournaments and was selected for the South of England team. Between 2010 and 2013 I played many junior tournaments for club, county and country honing my skills. (See playing history for details). In 2013, I was awarded a golf scholarship to study and compete at Old Dominion University, a division 1 university in the United States for 4 years.
During the summers, I returned to England to compete for my club, county, and in many individual competitions. Playing all over the UK, with notable success each summer. The standout being the 2014 County Championship win. I won the BB&O county championship with a record score of 18 under in 2014. I won by 8 shots and in the final round I produced a course record of -7. This tournament really gave me the confidence that I could consistently shoot low scores and put together 4 rounds of golf that even the top pros would struggle to beat.
I graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2017 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. During my 4 years at ODU, I proved myself as a valued team member. I played every tournament my freshman year and was the second ranked player on our team. I was also in the top 50 freshmen in America. At the beginning of my sophomore year we won The Golf Stat Intercollegiate in South Carolina. Unfortunately, after that event I did not play as well the rest of that season. It was the only year I didn’t make the team for every single tournament. After rebuilding my game, I had a great junior year. In the spring of 2016, I had collected many top 10’s and top 5’. During my summer break in England, I played great, but just not at the right times for a win.
When I returned to America for my senior year, I had the privilege of leading the team as captain for the 2016-2017 season. As a team, we won the Patriot Intercollegiate in Virginia. In that same tournament, I finished second individually. I was very pleased with my second-place finish. I had played well and didn’t feel disappointed that I hadn’t won. Two weeks later, the stars finally aligned for me in the final tournament of the 2016 season. I accomplished one of my biggest goals and received my first individual collegiate win. I got the win I so badly wanted and needed. I played 2 solid rounds to get in contention. Then I played a great final round just as I had 2 weeks previous when I came in second, only this time luck was on my side and that made the difference. That particular win meant so much to me. My granddad had sadly passed away the previous week. He was my inspiration and the person who got me started in golf. I really felt his presence that week and it was great for me to go home and share that win with my family and his lasting memory.
During my college career, I played 40 of the 44 tournaments scheduled. We carded 2 outright wins and 8 top 3 finishes. Individually I recorded 1 win and 17 top 20 finishes, all of which are some of my proudest achievements.