Team Europe Solheim standout and LET 2013 Rookie of the Year Charley Hull just got an early Christmas present. Hull’s been awarded The Peter Wilson Trophy as the Best International Newcomer at the 2013 Sports Journalists Association British Sports Awards. Hull received the trophy at a glittering ceremony sponsored by the National Lottery held at the Tower of London this afternoon.
Hull’s been playing as a pro for just 10 months. She turned pro in March 2013 after a very successful amateur career that included 2011 wins at the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship and the English Women’s Stroke Play Championship and a 2012 victory at the Harder Hall Invitational.
Although Hull is still working on her 1st pro victory, she’s finished inside the top-10 in 8 of the 11 events she’s entered, and she’s not missed a cut. Lisolette Neumann, Solheim Cup Team Europe 2013 captain, characterized Charley Hull as “a very special girl,” and indeed she is special, bringing a fresh combination of fearless, aggressive golf and teenaged shyness to the pro golf scene. She outplayed Paula Creamer in their Solheim singles match and then asked Creamer to autograph a golf ball as she wiped a tear from her cheek.
The award draws Hull into an elite circle of diverse, world-class athletic stars. Previous winners of the Peter Wilson Trophy include golf great Laura Davies (1985), competitive sailor Sir Ben Ainslie (1996), footballers Michael Owen (1998) and Wayne Roonie (2003), and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton (2007).
In addition to Laura Davies and Charley, other golf winners of this award include Paul Way (1983) and Tom Lewis (2011).
The Sports Journalists’ Association has been staging the British Sports Awards since 1949, making them the longest established sports awards in the country.
In addition to Hull’s recognition, tennis champion Andy Murray was rewarded for his monumental victory at Wimbledon with the Sportsman of the Year while sprinter Christine Ohuruogu was named the Sportswoman of the Year after her 400 meters victory at the world championships in Moscow.
Aled Davies was the SJA’s Paralympic Sportsman of the Year and Hannah Cockroft the SJA’s Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year.
In the Team of the Year Award, The victorious European Solheim Cup Team of 2013 came third, behind second placed England Cricket Team that won The Ashes and first placed British and Irish Lions.
For Hull, there may still be more to come. Later in the day, it was announced on Blue Peter that Charley Hull made the final shortlist of three nominees from 10 contenders for the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year Award along with Amber Hill (shooting) and Dina Asher-Smith (athletics).
Speaking on Blue Peter, Charley said: “It should be really good fun and I can’t wait for the night! Have I got a speech ready? No!”
The 17-year-old Solheim Cup star added that she is looking forward to Christmas and, like many other teens, hopes to take some driving lessons next year.