Charley Hull has been included on the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year short-list – but there is no place for US Amateur champion Matt Fitzpatrick.
Hull has been deservedly named amongst ten contenders for the award, following a strong start to her professional career, which was capped by a starring role in Europe’s ground-breaking Solheim Cup win in America in August.
However, there is no place on the list for Sheffield ace Fitzpatrick, who, at 19, is considered too old to win the prize. To be eligible, candidates must be young sportsperson aged 17 or under on January 1, 2013. Fitzpatrick missed that cut-off by just four months.
Hull is the only golfer on the list and will surely be one of the favourites for the award, which will be announced at the BBC’s glitzy Sports Personality of the Year bash, taking place on December 15 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.
Charley Hull went on to her play her part in a stunning Solheim Cup win
After turning professional this year, the Woburn teenager made an impressive start to her career, finishing runner-up in her first five tournaments.
Her performances caught the eye of European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann, who chose Hull as one of her wildcards for this year’s match at the Colorado Golf Club, making her the youngest person ever to play in the tournament.
She then went on to her play her part in a stunning win, trouncing former US Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer 5&4 in their singles head-to-head.
Charley Hull will be up against athletes Dina Asher-Smith, Jessica Judd and Isaac Towers, swimmers James Guy and Amy Marren, shooter Amber Hill, weightlifter Rebekah Tiler, canoeist Kimberley Woods, and Manchester United footballer Adnan Januzaj.
Charley Hull: BBC Young SPOTY
Charley Hull will be out to become the second English women’s golfer to win the Young Sports Personality of the Year award in the past three years following Lauren Taylor’s victory in 2011. Swimmer Josef Craig won the award last year.