2016 Champions

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Joe Johnson

"It's a great feeling and honour. I still can't believe it!"

Age: 13
Handicap: 11.4
Home Club: Hillside Golf Club, Southport
Score: 38     
Golf hero: Dustin Johnson


Congratulations on winning the 2016 Trilby Teens Grand Final Joe, how does it feel?

It feels fantastic to be the first ever winner of the Trilby Teens, I can't believe it!

What was it like playing golf on Sky Sports and becoming the star of your own TV show?

I was really nervous on the first tee. As the tournament went on, I started to get used to it, and when it was the 3 hole play off I felt quite confident and was enjoying it.

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Tell us about the day of the final. How do you feel you played?

I feel like I played really well, I shot 18 gross on the day to score 38 points and was 1 under in the playoff, which I was pleased about.

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What made you enter the Trilby Teens?

It was a Christmas present off my Mum and Dad, which was a great surprise. My Dad has played in the Trilby Tour twice and told me how good it was.


How did you cope with the cameras on the day?

I feel like I coped OK, thought it was nerve racking at times.


What does winning the 2016 Trilby Teens mean to you?

It's a great feeling and honour. I am really proud and pleased with myself, I still can't believe it.


Where is your trophy now?

It's pride of place in a cabinet at home.


Did you ever think, going into the day, that you would not only qualify for the playoff but also be bringing home a Trilby Teens Championship trophy? 

I thought I could do well in it, but I didn't think I would win it being one of the youngest player in the competition, it's filled me with confidence though.

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Tell us about your background.

I started going to the driving range when I was 5/6 years old, I joined Hillside when I was 8, I used to play a lot with my Dad as you weren't allowed on the course on your own until you were 11 years old. Ever since then I've just practiced and practiced.


How did you find the clothing?

Really nice and very comfortable.

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What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Winning the Trilby Teens definitely, but also winning the Fairhaven Junior Open the week before, it was a great couple of weeks for me.


What are your thoughts for next year, are you confident on defending you title?

I'm looking forward to defending the title, I'm confident I can do well again. I'll just take it one hole and a time, try and finish in the top four, and see where it takes me.


Any last words for William Hunt and the Trilby Tour Team?

Thank you to all of you for a fantastic day, and looking after me and my Dad. From the starter, to the cameraman and all of the staff, you did a fantastic job and I can't wait to see you all next year, it was really nice to meet William Hunt, Top Man!

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