Tomasz Anderson making the golf grade at US college

Tomasz Anderson

Tomasz Anderson

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Four thousand miles away from home, a Welwyn Garden City local has been making a name for himself on the greens and fairways of the US college golf circuit.

With a record seven tournament wins under his belt, Tomasz Anderson’s development has not gone unnoticed back in the UK.

Now in his fifth and final year studying finance at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, the England international has been chosen in the initial 20-man Walker Cup squad, he chatted to the Welwyn Hatfield Times about life across the pond and his progession in the sport.

“The lifestyle in Alabama is a little slower than what it is in England, but I do like it,” the 22-year-old said.

“The people are very friendly and I have met so many people that have helped me.

“It was a great decision coming to the States to play golf here at Jacksonville State, the weather here is great too.”

With a dedicated practice plan and regular competative tournaments, Anderson’s game has improved hugely.

“The practice schedule we have is pretty demanding and the competition every day is important,” he said.

“I learned a lot from all the players around me, they taught me shots I hadn’t seen before.

“The greens out here are much faster too. That helped my putting tremendously, also the different grasses helped me understand the short game more and I’m always adding to my game here with the new shots.

“Winning seven tournaments out here has helped me realise what it takes to play tournaments as it’s a skill on its own that I have learned quickly and taken advantage of.”

A rich reward for his American adventure could be on the horizon.

The final 10-man GB Walker Cup squad will be announced in August and the Hertfordshire player is aiming to emulate the likes of fellow WGC golfer Tom Lewis and make the team.

Anderson, who is looking to turn professional at the end of 2015, would relish the opportunity to play for GB&I against the USA at Royal Lytham & St Annes in September.

“It would be a cherry on the cake to my amateur career.

“It’s a great asset to have; everyone wants to play in the Walker Cup and to get an opportunity to play would be amazing, it’s something that takes two, three years to achieve.”

Looking at his future aims, Anderson, who plays out of Brocket Hall when back in Hertfordshire, added: “The long term goals are the tour and to win tournaments, eventually getting to the majors.

“The sky is the limit with how good you want to get in golf, hard work pays off.”

For now he will enjoy the last few weeks of university life and look to round that off with another tournament victory at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship at the end of April.

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