Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood was hailed last night with England Golf’s Performance of the Year Award.
Fleetwood’s stellar achievements of 2017, when he was crowned European Number One, and his follow up win in this season’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship were honoured at the England Golf Awards sponsored by Bridgestone.
Around 500 guests attended the glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England – and Fleetwood and his fellow finalists gave them much to cheer about.
Fleetwood wasn’t able to attend the awards dinner but he sent a video message saying: “Thank you so much, it’s amazing to achieve and receive this award.”
He also had special thanks for England Golf, recalling how he entered the training programme as a 12-year-old and continued to be supported throughout his amateur career. “Thank you for all you have done for me and for growing the game of golf,” he said.
Fleetwood was ranked number one in the world as an amateur, when he was a Walker Cup player and the 2010 English amateur champion before turning professional.
Fleetwood’s award was accepted on his behalf by Nathan Homer, Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer of the European Tour
The other finalists for Performance of the Year were:
• Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex; the British girls’, English women’s and European Young Masters champion.
• Alfie Plant of Sundridge Park Golf Club, Kent; European amateur champion, silver medallist at The Open and a Walker Cup player.
• The English women’s team which became European champions for the second year in succession: Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe, Leciestershire), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire), Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire).
They headlined a remarkable year when other England successes included:
Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) – Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play
Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire) – Amateur Champion
Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire) – European No 1, New South Wales Amateur
Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) – French Open Stroke Play
Bryan Hughes (Hesketh, Lancashire) – Senior Amateur Champion
Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County) – Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters
Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool, Cheshire) – St Andrews Links Trophy
Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) – leading amateur, Ricoh Women’s British Open
Max Martin (Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire) – Welsh Open Youths;
Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham, Staffordshire) – Welsh Open Stroke Play
Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset) – Dutch Junior Open
Charlie Strickland – Duncan Putter, Peter McEvoy Trophy
European Team championships:
England women – gold
England men and England senior women – silver
England girls and England senior men – bronze
European Young Masters
Senior Men’s Home Internationals
Boys’ Home Internationals
Girls’ Home Internationals