Newmarket Links Golf Club course record broken by Teddy Hall
Teddy Hall made history at The Links Golf Club in Newmarket at the weekend.
Playing in the Junior Championship, the 17-year-old broke the course record at the Cambridge Road venue with a gross score of 64.
Hall, who hit 10 birdies and two bogeys during his round to remember, said: “Every time you go out on the course you know what the record is but I’ve never really thought about breaking it.
“I just got on a roll but it was never massively on my mind or wasn’t something that I thought about while I was going round.
“I ended up with birdies on the last two holes and I didn’t actually feel much pressure coming down the 18th because it’s not that long.
“At the end though I was buzzing – I was just jumping up and down on the green! I’m really proud of the achievement.”
Breaking the course record continued what has been a largely positive year for the former Fairstead House and Bottisham Village College pupil.
He opened up with a tournament victory in the Suffolk Punch Trophy at Ufford Park, and while further titles have not always been forthcoming, Hall has been pleased with the level of consistency he has been able to find after a tough 2020.
“I think I’ve been in the top 20 in every tournament I’ve played in this year,” he added.
“There hasn’t been anything unbelievably stand-out, but in terms of consistency this has been my best year.
“Last year was hard because we had such a long break with Covid and I found it a struggle to find any rhythm after coming back.
“But this year I’ve grown up mentally and have lost some of the bad habits.
“I don’t take the bad shots as personally and I’ve seen the benefits of all that.
“It’s been really good to bounce back after last year.”
The season will now start to wind down for the Newmarket golfer, who may play in a tournament in Middlesbrough later this month before jetting off to Spain in November for an event.
As a result, he has already switched his focus to achieving his goals for 2022.
“Next year I’m looking to win a couple of events and get some top five finishes,” said Hall.
“I also want to get picked for the Boys’ Home International team and play against Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
“It all comes down to consistency, especially in the big tournaments. Hopefully I can build on what I’ve done so far this year.”