A King’s Hawford pupil has swung his way into the IMG Junior golf World Championships in San Diego to represent Great Britain next July, as well as bagging his first place trophy.
Hayden Sarfo came in first place in the age 11-12 division at the UK qualifier, scoring an impressive 76 score, 3 over gross. The qualifying match took place at Bourn Golf Club, near Cambridge, and saw Hayden compete with 15 other boys for a trophy and a spot in the Junior World Championships in the USA.
This latest triumph marks a hat-trick of wins for Hayden who has qualified for the Junior World Championships every year for the past three years (8-9, 10-11 and 11-12 age brackets). The King’s Hawford pupil will be gearing up for the week-long event in California (10th – 16th July 2021) in the hopes of joining past winners of the title including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
The IMG Junior World Championships in San Diego is the largest and one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, welcoming around 1,200 participants from 56 countries and 42 US states. Hayden finished 9th in his age group in the world in 2018.
Commenting on his achievement, Hayden Sarfo said: “The qualifying match at Bourn Golf Club was exhilarating, and I won by five shots on a very tricky course.
“Receiving the trophy from the British Junior Golf Tour was brilliant. I’ll be working hard to become the best golfer I can be ahead of the competition. I can’t wait to be back in San Diego to compete against some of the best players in the world.”
Hayden has been playing for the under-14s Worcestershire County Squad since he was seven years old and has been hailed as one of the region’s most promising golfers. In addition to this, the 10-year-old represented King’s Hawford at the ISGA (Independent Schools Golf Association) Junior Schools Cup this year where he was runner up overall in an U13s competitor field. He was also UK U9s Champion 2019, IAPS 2019 U10s Champion and won the Stowe School Junior Jigger U11s trophy two years running at age 8 and 9.
Samuel Hodgkins, Director of Sport and Head of Boys’ Games, said: “Hayden’s dedication to his craft, coupled with his passion for golf, has already propelled him towards greatness. This will be the third year in a row he has qualified to represent Great Britain in the event, a coveted achievement for any athlete.
“The staff at King’s Hawford are all immensely proud of what Hayden has already achieved, and we’ll all be cheering him on when he’s in San Diego next year. As a school, we’re committed to helping pupils discover their passions and providing a world of opportunity for them to learn, thrive and develop into well-rounded young individuals.”