Source: 2018 Wellington Sportsman of the Year Award Nomination.
Daniels greatest Individual achievement during the 2017/18 Awards period was his win at The 2017 NZ Mens’ Amateur Matchplay Tournament in Christchurch.
This was Daniels second NZ Amateur title having first won this event in 2015.
At the time of the 2017 win Daniel was aged 19, and therefore became the only Dual Teenage Winner of the title in the 125 year history of the tournament.
The win also gave him exemption in to the 2018 BMW ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open, played in Queenstown, New Zealand, from March 1sttill March 4th.
In Round 3 of the New Zealand Open, Daniel shot an impressive 7 under par 64, and was tied 7thagainst Australasia’s best international players which included Ryan Fox, Michael Hendry and numerous other internationally recognised professionals.
Playing the 4thand final round being in contention for the NZ Open title gave Daniel the belief that he could play on the World stage, and compete against some of the best players in the world when his game is going well.
Daniels greatest Team achievement during the Awards period was winning the Bonallack Trophy in Qatar, while representing Team Asia Pacific against Team Europe.
The tournament format mirrors that of the Ryder Cup Championship (an event between Team Europe and Team USA Professional golfers).
Daniel was the only player from both teams to go through the week unbeaten, and was an influential player in the close win by Team Asia Pacific.
The win by Team Asia Pacific was their first since 1994.
Although Golf is regarded as an individual sport, the Team bond and friendships formed during this event with other top international Amateur players, will be a highlight of Daniels sporting career and a lasting memory for many years to come.