Newmarket Golfer Teddy Hall secures himself a place at the Junior World Championships in San Diego
Newmarket golfer Teddy Hall has taken another step towards realising his dream of turning professional by winning an IMG Academy Junior World Championships Qualifier event.
Playing at Maylands Golf Club in London earlier this month, the Bottisham Village College student fired a 73 off white tees to win the 15-18 Boys category by a healthy four-stroke margin from Ryan Jones and Lewis Beeden, who finished second and third respectively on countback.
Hall, who practices at The Links most days, said: “I did not know what the other players were doing as I went through the course so it was all about keeping in the zone.
“I putted well and that was probably the difference because some of the others seemed to struggle.
“I have been playing well recently and although I only had one practice round at Maylands, I felt comfortable going into the event.”
The 14-year-old’s prize for winning is a place at the Junior World Championships, which will be held on the Pacific coast in San Diego from July 8.
It is somewhat of a step into the unknown for Hall, yet he is planning to use the experience to hold him in good stead for the future.
“It is a dream because I have always wanted to play golf in America,” he said.
“It will be a great experience to see how challenging the golf courses are over there. I have played some of the best courses in England, so this will be very different.
“I want to be on the Tour – that has been my ambition since I gave up playing football four or five years ago. Hopefully this can be another step on the ladder towards getting there.”
Before he heads Stateside, Hall will feature in the Nick Faldo Series competition at Royal Ashdown between April 16-18, when he will get the chance to continue working towards cutting his handicap down to two before the year is out.
“I am playing well at the moment and I want to keep that going at Royal Ashdown,” he added.
“If I can keep putting in that type of effort and performance, hopefully it means I will have a good tournament.
“My handicap is currently four but I want to get that down to two before the end of the year. It feels achievable if I keep doing what I am doing.”
* Chris Brown and Christian Puttock – both members of The Links – won the County Fourball for the inaugural Hamish S Fleming Trophy at Gog Magog Golf Club with scores of 45 points and 42 points respectively on Sunday.
It was a fitting victory for the pair given that Fleming, who passed away in September last year, was a long-standing member of The Links, where he had served as club captain.