Winning golf, played out around the world, has put leading players in contention for England Golf’s Performance of the Year Award.
The four finalists, who are being judged on stellar performances in 2018, are:
- The successful England men’s team
- Conor Gough, the British Boys’ Champion
- Mitch Waite, England’s top male golfer for the year
- Caitlin Whitehead, who won in Europe and Asia Pacific
The winner will be revealed at next week’s England Golf Awards 2019, sponsored by adidas Golf.
The glittering black tie event, which celebrates all that’s great about golf in England, will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker on Thursday, 21 March, at the Royal Lancaster London.
Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, commented: “We’re so proud of these outstanding players and of their fellow England squad members. They represent us so well around the world and their wonderful results are a credit to all their hard work and to our support staff, who help them achieve their ambitions.”
The England men’s team
England players won the European Nations Cup by 20 shots and were champions in the Men’s Home Internationals. They also won the silver medal at the European Men’s Team Championship and took eighth place in the World Amateur Team Championship.
The players involved were: Jake Burnage (Saunton, Devon), Todd Clements (Braintree, Essex), David Hague (Malton & Norton, Yorkshire), Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County), Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire), David Langley (Castle Royle, BB&O), Joe Long (Lansdown, Gloucestershire), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham, Staffordshire), Tom Plumb (Yeovil, Somerset), Nick Poppleton (Wath, Yorkshire), Mitch Waite (Filton, Gloucestershire) and Andrew Wilson (Darlington, Durham).
Conor Gough, 16, of Stoke Park Golf Club, BB&O
Gough won the British Boys’ Championship, the Fairhaven Trophy, the McGregor Trophy and the England Boys’ Order of Merit. He represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup, and was in the winning teams for GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and for England in the Boys’ Home Internationals.
He followed up this year with victory in the recent Major Champions Invitational in Florida, winning the boys’ title by three shots.
Mitch Waite of Filton Golf Club, Gloucestershire
Waite was the silver medallist at the European Men’s Amateur Championship and a semi-finalist in the Amateur Championship. He won the Hampshire Salver, was runner-up in the Lytham Trophy and topped the England Men’s Order of Merit.
He represented England in the World Amateur Team Championship, the European Men’s Team Championship and the Men’s Home Internationals; and GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy. He is now a professional.
Caitlin Whitehead, 16, of Carus Green Golf Club, Cumbria
Whitehead scored a three-stroke win the girls’ championship at the European Young Masters in Norway. She went on to represent Europe in the Asia Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong, winning both the girls’ and team titles. Her low score of the event was six-under par 64 which clinched the girls’ championship.
She also won the West of England Open and was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals. She starts her 2019 international campaign next month at the Scottish U18 Girls’ Championship and the French U21 Women’s Championship.
Caption: Clockwise from top left: Caitlin Whitehead, Conor Gough holes a winner, Mitch Waite, and the wining European Nations team of (from left) David Hague, Todd Clements, Gian-Marco Petrozzi and Matthew Jordan.
Images of Whitehead and Waite © Vicki Head; Conor Gough © Leaderboard Photography