A JUNIOR golfer has qualified for a prestigious tournament which has seen famous golfers such as Tiger Woods win during his youth.

Droitwich’s Hayden Sarfo has qualified for IMG Junior World Golf Championship for the third year in a row, after taking the honours at the national qualifying event held at Bourn Golf Club near Cambridge – becoming the only junior golfer to have won a hat-trick of the qualifiers.

The talented 10-year-old shot a score of 76, finishing five shots clear of the field. He will now travel to Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego next July to pit himself against other youngsters from across the globe where he looks to build on his top ten finish in 2018 after he finished ninth.


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Competing in the week-long event in California, Hayden will again hope to join the names of past winners of the junior tournament which include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els.

Hayden said: “It has been a tough golf season for everyone so far because of Covid-19 so it was great to play so well and qualify for the world championships again.

“It’s a really proud moment to have won the qualifier for three years running.

“I cannot wait to travel to California next summer to represent my country. I have played there before and it’s the big tournament everyone wants to be part of.

“I hope my experience there over the past few years will help me play as well as possible and make everyone proud.

“I am practising hard at weekends and playing as much golf as I can in local and national competitions between now and July. I also hope to play in the European Championships in May which will be great preparation for the big one.”

Playing off an impressive handicap of nine, schoolboy Hayden has played for the Under 14 Worcestershire County golf team since he was seven and has won countless tournaments over the past three years – also appearing on Sky Sports, ITV and BBC.