England international Josh Hilleard has followed in the footsteps of players such as Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, JB Holmes and Michelle Wie to win a prestigious American award.
His feat in winning four titles in 22 days has been recognised with the Southern Golf Association’s Amateur of the Month Award for April. Other nominations included the amateur world number one Jon Rahm of Spain.
Hilleard, from Farrington Park in Somerset, won the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales championship, the Hampshire Salver and the West of England Amateur, in a stunning run which has taken him to the top of the England Golf order of merit.
Buford McCarty, secretary of the SGA, told Hilleard: “This run comprised an amazing string of victories, certainly an accomplishment worthy of this award and something you will recall for the rest of your life.
Hilleard received the award from England Golf Performance Director, Nigel Edwards, at the recent England v France international, where he was joint top scorer, helping England to a 10-14 win.
He remarked: “It’s a privilege – and always nice – to be recognised on a wider scale than you imagined. I had no idea that anyone would know about this in the States.”
Previous English amateurs to win the award include Matt Fitzpatrick, now a winner on the European Tour, and Alice Hewson who has been selected for the GB&I team for next month’s Curtis Cup.
The award is decided by a ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel of college coaches, sports writers and golf administrators throughout the US.
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