Recent Bio

‘Daniel, aged just 21, has already amassed a number of key titles including two New Zealand Junior U19 Championships in 2015 and 2016, the 2017 Australian Junior Championship, a Charles Tour professional event in the 2015 Harewood Open, as well as two New Zealand Amateur Championships in 2015 and 2017.

In 2018 during his second overseas tournament campaign in the USA, Daniel was co-medalist at the US Amateur Championship held at Pebble Beach Golf Club. There were initially 7463 entries in the US Amateur qualifying events, and of the 312 players that qualified to compete at Pebble Beach, 39 were ranked in the top 50 Amateurs in the World.’

Daniel made his debut in the senior NZ Men’s Representative team when he competed at the 2016 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship Cup in South Korea, where he finished 15th in the individual standings. He was 6th in the same tournament when it was held in New Zealand in 2017.

In September 2018, Daniel represented New Zealand as part of the Eisenhower team in Dublin. Team New Zealand finished in 4th place, while Daniel was tied 3rd overall in the individual standings.

In his most recent appearance at the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship Cup in Singapore, Daniel finished a creditable 13th place in a strong international field in very difficult climatic conditions.

Daniel’s best ranking on the World Amateur Golf Ranking system (WAGR) is 14th as at 14/02/19. WAGR uses tournament results from the previous 2 year period to compare all Amateur golfers worldwide.

More recently Daniel had the chance to play alongside the worlds best at the 2019 US Open at Pebble Beach. Daniel played his way in to the tournmant by qualifying through the US Open sectional qualifying tournament at Walton Heath Golf Club in London. Daniel scored a 2 under par first round during the qualifier and followed this up with a sensational 6 under par second round to be top amateur and one of seven players to qualify to play at the US Open.

Daniel has made the decision to turn professional as of 10th September 2019. He has signed with UK based golf player management company Sportcircle, which is headed by Duncan Reid.

Background

When I was a toddler I had a plastic club and would constantly be hitting balls around the house, so Dad got me a small golf club and I used to go to his cricket matches and spend the day chipping the ball around the boundary flags of his cricket field. He took me to Pauatahanui Golf Course a few days before my 5thBirthday and I played 5 holes, and have been playing ever since.

I think it’s the heat of the competition and the fact the mental fortitude you need to compete in pressure situations. You can’t rely on someone else to step up when you want to hide away in the corner which I think adds to the excitement. Playing golf in New Zealand is also great, I’m always competing against and travelling with the same bunch of guys so I’ve been able to develop some really strong relationships because of that.

I’d say my driving and my wedge game are my strongest suits.

The most difficult thing about golf would probably be the fact that a competitive round takes 4-5 hours and you’re spending less than a quarter of that time actually hitting a golf ball, so there is a lot of time to think and sometimes those thoughts can have a negative impact on your game. It can be very mentally taxing trying to fight those thoughts that you don’t want in your head, so you need to learn to quiet your mind and focus only on what you can control when things get heated.

“When I was a toddler I had a plastic club and would constantly be hitting balls around the house, so Dad got me a small golf club and I used to go to his cricket matches and spend the day chipping the ball around the boundary flags of his cricket field. He took me to Pauatahanui Golf Course a few days before my 5th Birthday and I played 5 holes, and have been playing ever since.”

– Dan Hillier

“The most difficult thing about golf would probably be the fact that a competitive round takes 4-5 hours and you’re spending less than a quarter of that time actually hitting a golf ball, so there is a lot of time to think and sometimes those thoughts can have a negative impact on your game. It can be very mentally taxing trying to fight those thoughts that you don’t want in your head, so you need to learn to quiet your mind and focus only on what you can control when things get heated.”

– Dan Hillier

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Watch the TV1 news interview dated 10th September 2019 about Daniel’s recent decision to turn professional

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