Ten-year-old Alfie Baldwin has shocked members of Wilton Golf Club by winning the men’s club knockout event.
Alfie, who has been playing for three years and has reduced his handicap to 34, beat older and lower handicapped players as he won the Road to Wilton – a stableford series from which eight players compete in matchplay to decide the champion.
“It’s an incredible achievement for a 10-year-old,” said Alfie’s dad Gary. “It’s been great watching him playing golf and enjoying it. All he wants to do is play golf – whether that’s practising in the back garden or playing in the pouring rain.”
Alfie’s year has also included several junior wins at Wilton, a pair of wins as part of Ross Jackson’s junior tour series and winning the American Golf Junior Championship northern qualifier in Manchester before finishing ninth in the national final at Gainsborough Golf Club.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing all over the country and winning lots of events,” said Alfie, who is coached by James Kraus at Wilton Golf Club and James Atthey at Stokesley Golf Range. “The American Golf final was definitely the best because I got to be on Sky Sports. I would love to grow up to be a tour player like Rickie Fowler and be on TV all the time one day.”