The English Golf Union has included three uncapped players among the 11 to form its England Under 18 training Squad for 2009.
One of the trio is 17-year-old Suffolk golfer, Hugo Dobson. The youngster is the current Suffolk Junior Champion, has finished fourth in the Fairhaven Trophy and came seventh in the Carris Trophy.
We caught up with Dobson in order to learn a little more abut him.
Hi Hugo, first things first, what is your handicap?
I currently play off 1.
You were recently named in the England Under 18 training Squad for 2009. Was that a shock? Are you excited by the prospect?
Well to be honest, I wasn’t shocked at first because I was traveling to play for England in Holland at the time. But once I got back home, I couldn’t believe that I was seen as one of the top 11 juniors in the country – I still don’t!
It’s a great honour though and I’m very excited about the prospect of it.
For those that haven’t seen you play, what do you think your strengths are?
Well I like to think my temperament is really good, which gives an edge over most players (my age), as lots of the juniors at the moment find it hard to control their emotions. But if you just put things into perspective, then you realise how stupid it is to get so upset over a golf shot!
Another positive from my point of view would be my desire to improve. I’m obviously not the number one in the world and I haven’t exactly have won a major or anything, but for most players it is easy to be happy with your game and not feel as if you need to improve. It’s just that I feel no matter how good or well I play, I know that it still isn’t perfect, so I know that I can always do better.
What about your weaknesses?
I could write a thousand words! But my main one is probably not staying in the present, especially when I know that I am leading.
Things like the winning speech get to me! Instead of thinking about the task in hand, I am instead thinking of stuff like “how many people will be at the prize giving?” and “I hope that no one stays to hear the speech.”
So i suddenly find myself thinking about something miles in the future and occasionally that does effect my concentration!
Where is your home club?
I actually have two, Fynn Valley and Woodbridge.
Who is you favorite player and why?
My favourite player is Tiger. Not bacause of him being the best in the world, but because of what he has done for the game. I mean he has completely changed all the stereotypical views on the game and in a way made it ‘cool’, which has ultimately lead others to do the same.
What is your favourite golf club and why?
Well so far the best club I have been to is Valderrama in Spain, walking round that course always inspires me.
Finally, what does the future hold? Is the aim to eventually go Pro?
Yea, for sure. I have always wanted to be a tour pro, even in pre-school when everyone else wanted to be a fireman or astronaut I said that I wanted to play on the European tour!
Not many of my mates knew what I was talking though, which I guess is hardly surprising, seeing as we were only five!
Cheers Hugo, and good luck with the England squad!