Ones to watch: Golf stars of tomorrow
7 January 2021 / Golf /
The world of professional golf is seeing a huge influx of talented young players who are looking to make 2021 their breakthrough year. Here, we spotlight four hopefuls, and also recognise one local talent already making winning progress on the European Tour.
The 25-year-old Englishman is certainly one to watch. He secured fourth position in the Challenge Tour’s Road to Mallorca rankings last year, and his best showing was a second place at the Andalucía Challenge de España. He is currently ranked 259th in the World, but we expect that to improve.
Meet Challenge Tour player Todd Clements from Essex, 459th in the world and a career on the up. The 24-year-old former English Amateur Champion spent part of 2020 playing on mini-tours in the UK and working on his overall fitness. A bright future ahead, and 2021 could be his time.
From Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, Alice started playing golf when she was six-years-old. She took the leap from the amateur ranks, after winning the 2019 European Ladies Amateur – a victory that earned her a place in her first Major, the 2019 Women’s British Open. Alice also travelled to Georgia, USA, to play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in the same year. On turning pro in 2020, she made an immediate impact on the Ladies European Tour, winning the Investec South African Women’s Open.
Before turning pro, Kent professional Cloe enjoyed some impressive victories as an amateur, namely the English Girl’s U18s Open Championship in 2016 and the British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. In her rookie season on the Ladies European Tour in 2018 the 21-year-old’s best finish was a T5 in the Jabra Ladies Open. Following on from this, 2019 saw her play in 14 tournaments, topped by a T6 in the Hero Women’s Indian Open. Watch this space…
Not in the ‘one to watch’ category as he is already a winner on the European Tour! However, we can’t compile our pick of professional golf talent without mention of Hertfordshire’s local hero, Callum Shinkwin. A visitor to The Grove on numerous occasions, Callum had a breakthrough 2020 to remember, and there is no reason why 2021 can’t continue in a similar fashion. Now 135th on the Official World Golf Rankings, Callum enjoyed a maiden victory at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open last Autumn.
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