A fairway to go for a round of golf

Daniel Bradbury at Houghwood Golf Club
Daniel Bradbury at Houghwood Golf Club

A TEENAGE golfing prodigy from St Helens is heading across the pond to take up a scholarship at one of America’s finest golf colleges.

Daniel Bradbury, 18, will combine playing golf at Post University in Connecticut with studying for a degree in sports management.

Daniel, who only started playing four years ago at Houghwood Golf Club in Billinge, has already been Junior Club champion and Player of the Year twice, and has also been runner-up in the club’s Open Age Championships.

Post University has a reputation for having one of the strongest golf programmes in America, and Daniel is looking forward to testing his mettle in the highly competitive NCAA competitions.

He said: “I can’t wait to get over there. I’ve been to America quite a lot, so hopefully I will settle in quite quickly.”

Daniel was something of a late starter in golf, taking up the sport aged 14 after previously playing football for Billinge Rovers.

He was offered a six-month free trial at Houghwood and immediately showed a flair for the game, winning the first four tournaments he entered.

He is currently a member of the Lancashire boys squad and travels all over the country playing, while further honing his skills on an advanced apprenticeship programme at Myerscough Sports College, near Preston.

Daniel said: “I started because a friend got me going down to Houghwood. Before that football was the only sport that really interested me.

“My dad used to play as well and since I’ve started he’s got back into playing again, so now we play together quite a bit.

“My family are quite nervous about me going all the way to America, but I’m away from home during the week now at Myerscough, so it’s not too bad. They’re also really proud of me and just want me to do the best I can.”