Henry Daly (JDN) has won the England South Faldo Series golf competition. After top-scoring with seven under par, Henry has now qualified to play in the European Grand Final in Abu Dhabi.
Henry began the three day, 54-hole strokeplay competition at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire with a career-equalling six under par 67 on the Palmerston course. Overcoming strong winds and occasionally requiring impressive escapes, Henry followed up with scores of 72 and 71 on the Melbourne course to win the U-18s category with an impressive seven under par. This was a better score than any other player managed across all three of the England South competition’s age categories. To have outscored more experienced competitors such as U21s winner Justin Chan from Malaysia was a significant achievement and will no doubt have given Eton’s young golfing star plenty of confidence.
Henry, who begins his final year at Eton in September, said: “It feels amazing and it didn’t come easy since I wasn’t playing my best for the second two days, but I managed to hang in there. The other players pushed me to bring out my best under pressure and at crucial times in the final round.”
Reflecting on his greatest tournament win so far, Henry added: “I was so happy to see the hard work I have put in all year starting to show and, with this win, I have found that golf is a demanding sport and the results don’t always show straight away. The biggest overall lesson I have learnt from this is just to be patient and good things will come!”
Henry’s sights are now set firmly on competing at his best in the European Grand Final hosted in Abu Dhabi, which means there is still plenty of hard work and tournament play ahead. That hard work continues this week, with Henry back in action at St Andrews.
You can read more about Henry’s win in the England South Faldo Series, including the moment when he channelled the spirit of Seve Ballesteros, here.