Hartley Wintney’s Charlie Preston: “Chasing my Dream”

Local talented golfer Charlie Preston has created a GoFundMe page to help raise funds towards chasing his dream.

 

Competing now as an amateur golfer, the page has been set up to help costs with some of Charlie’s travelling costs with tournaments based all across the UK and in Europe. The following statement can be seen on Charlie’s GoFundMe page:

“Hi, I’m Charlie Preston, I started playing golf when I was 8 years old and joined Hartley Wintney as my first golf club when I was 10 years old.

“I’m fundraising for my season this year as an amateur golfer. I’m looking to play in as many WAGR (World Amateur Golf Rankings) events this year as it’s the most important season I will have for my golfing career so far, along with other large tournaments. This fundraising is so important to me as it would allow me to travel across the UK and Europe for these events.

“Any donations raised will be going straight towards: entry fees (£1750) and accommodation for tournaments (estimate £3k-£6k) that are a significant distance away.

“Your donations will help me enter more tournaments and help achieve my goal this season of 3 wins and multiple top finishes. This will assist me in becoming a better player with the dream of attending a top USA College and, eventually, turn professional.

“Thank you for reading my story so far, I really appreciate any donation you can make towards my goals and dream.”

To donate towards Charlie’s fundraising campaign, go online and visit www.gofundme.com/f/2024-amateur-golf-season.

CommunityAd caught up with Charlie for an exclusive interview where he was able to update us with his career to date…

 

How is your season going currently?

CommunityAd Exclusive - Hartley Wintney's Charlie Preston: "Chasing my Dream"My season has started well with a T22 at the Peter McEvoy but a little disappointing after being 4th after round 1, it was good to play in the McEvoy and have a decent finish as it is one of the Top 5 best fields for U18 in the year.

I then played in the Selborne Salver were I had a poor first round but a good second round finishing T45 and then played in the Hampshire Hog where I struggled with a few holes and finished T40.

Other smaller competitions that are not WAGR but I have played in were the U18 Hampshire Order of Merit, shooting 70 -2 to finish 1st and I also finished 1st in the Hampshire Spain trip over 2 rounds.

 

How much did Hartley Wintney Golf Club help you in your development as a golfer?

Hartley Wintney helped me hugely to develop as a golfer as I started having lessons with my primary school there and, from that, decided to join the club.

It was a great course to develop my game as the greens are small and require good approach shots. My dad helped me get better when I was just starting out at Hartley Wintney. In 2021, I played in the men’s club championship at 14 and was leading after a 70 -1 but I had a bad last few holes to lose it. The following year I thankfully shot a final round 70 to win at 15 years of age which was a great experience and a very enjoyable few days.

The members have always been so friendly and, not only, congratulated me but encouraged me to continue playing and get better.CommunityAd Exclusive - Hartley Wintney's Charlie Preston: "Chasing my Dream"

 

What would you say is your greatest achievement so far in golf?

My greatest achievement in golf so far is hard to choose but probably my finish at the Peter McEvoy this year which has given me the confidence to go and compete and win in big events like that one.

 

Keep up to date with Charlie’s career by following him on Instagram @charlie_cx9.

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