Youngster wants to be number one
‘I want to be world number one and one of the best players ever’.
Fifteen-year-old Alfie Guy-Pinkney is well aware he has set himself the toughest of challenges, but there is a determination from within to give everything he has in the pursuit of those goals.
The Fordham-based golfer is riding the crest of a wave right now, having beaten his cousin George Whitehall and Gog Magog’s Jake Plumb in a play-off to clinch the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union Boys’ Championship last week, while he is also preparing to represent England Schoolboys for the first time next month.
“I am starting to win big events and that is because I am maturing and making different decisions out on the course,” said Guy Pinkney, who is a member at both Ely City Golf Club and The Links in Newmarket.
“I have learned from my mistakes and become a better player for it.
“I want to make a career out of golf, it is all I want to do.
“I would love to be world number one and be remembered as one of the best players.
“Of course that is such a difficult thing to achieve, but you have to have confidence and belief in yourself and ability.”
However, golf has not always provided the Soham Village College student with such highs.
Just a matter of months ago he was showing a petulant side out on the course, which in turn would hamper his chances of winning tournaments.
It is an attitude Guy-Pinkney has worked hard to reverse, and he is now reaping the rewards.
“Six or seven months ago I was still throwing my clubs around and showing a bit of a temper. I was acting like a bit of a brat,” he added.
“A lot of people were commenting on my behaviour and it felt like I was getting a bit of a reputation around the county, which I did not want.
“But it is different now. I have had a lot of help from people, and my dad as well.
“I have learned to deal with bad shots and realised that golf is not just about one hole, it is about 18.
“Bad shots will happen in a round, it is all about how you react to them. I did not deal with it well before, but I am better now.”
The teenager will make his England debut against Scotland up at Lancaster Golf Club over the weekend of September 8.
While it will be his first taste of country versus country action within the golfing world, Guy-Pinkney is not a stranger to sport at an international level.
Once on the books of Cambridge United Football Club, he previously turned out for Wales – the birthplace of one of his grandparents – at youth level.
He found the back of the net for the young Dragons, and Cambridge also liked what they had seen from Guy-Pinkney – duly offering him a scholarship – but when it came to the crunch, there was only going to be one sport he intended to pursue.
“It was not that difficult of a decision to quit football,” said the Cambridgeshire Men’s A and B team player.
“It was great Cambridge wanted to keep me, but I just fell out of love with football.
“I enjoy golf more. I like to be in control of what is happening to me, which is what happens in golf, but it is not like that with football.
“Quitting football has definitely helped me to become a better golfer.
“I can now devote my time to practising and playing in tournaments.”