Lower Sixth Former Alex Robins is set to represent the UK in the prestigious 2021 IMG Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, California, USA in July. Alex secured his place at the championships after winning the world qualifier over 18 holes at St Ives Golf Course on Sunday 18 April.
Alex, who joined the school on a golf scholarship aged 13, will compete in the 15- to 18-year-old category.
Alex told us, “I can’t quite believe I have made it through to the World Championships. I had quite low expectations, but I had a good day; I played solidly throughout and hit the ball well.”
Despite a long time off the course as a result of Covid restrictions, Alex has been able to keep on top of his training with regular coaching sessions on the school’s Trackman golf simulator with golf professional Holly Reddick. “The simulator is really helping my game; it gives me the numbers and tells me how I am hitting.” he explained.
At school he is also able to play golf three times a week on the school’s affiliated course, Woburn, and receive additional coaching after school.
Holly told us, “Alex has worked extremely hard over the past year. COVID restrictions have certainly made practicing and playing a challenge which Alex has taken in his stride and turned the challenges into opportunities. We are all very proud of his achievement and excited about the tournament in San Diego. I have no doubt that if he continues to work hard, he will have continued success in the coming months.”
Alex started playing golf aged just nine years old after his mum signed him up to a school holiday course. He soon got the bug and started entering competitions. When he started to win he was motivated to get better and better. He is now hoping to gain a scholarship at a golf college in the USA when he finishes Sixth Form, and the progress he has made in this competition so far will certainly go a long way to helping him achieve his dream.
Good luck for July, Alex!