2018 Champions


Matt Howlett

"I can't believe it, I never thought I had a chance."

Age: 29
Occupation: Wall and floor tiler
Handicap: 5
Home Club: Ipswich Golf Club (Purdis Heath)
Score: 32
Golf hero: Tiger Woods


Congratulations on your Regional win Matt, how does it feel?

It feels amazing. I can't believe it, I never thought I had a chance.

Tell us about your experience on the day. How do you feel the nerves compared from the 1st to the 3-hole play off?

On the first tee I felt very nervous but I found the green and that settled me down. For the playoff I felt OK, I had some time to prepare and just wanted to go out and enjoy it.



Have you played in any other regional Trilby Championships?

No, this was my very first one.

How did you cope with the cameras on the day?

Surprisingly OK, I didn't really notice them. I think that was down to my caddy Joe who kept me focused.



Where is your trophy now?

In my lounge.


Did you ever think, going into the day, that you would not only qualify for the International Grand Final but also be bringing home a Trilby Tour Regional Championship trophy?

No. The goal was to try and make the top 10 but the main thing was just to enjoy the whole experience.


Tell us about your background?

I started playing golf when I was 12. I also enjoyed football, cricket and most sports. I started tiling when I left school and did an apprenticeship I'm now self-employed and working for myself. I've been married for 4 years and we a daughter and another child on the way.

How did you find the clothing?

It's really good, very good quality, great fit and loads of different choices.


What has been your greatest achievement so far?

In golf it has to be this, there is not much which can beat it.



Describe yourself in a sentence...

I am laid back, hard-working and love spending time with family and friends.


How will you go about defending your Trilby Tour Championship title next year?

The same as this year really, get some practice in and enjoy the day hopefully making the Top 10.



What's your motto in life?

Working hard brings rewards


Who is your golf hero?

Tiger Woods


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

I would just like to thank William and the whole Trilby Tour Team for putting on such a fantastic event. It is all very professional and I hope it may continue.


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