OULTON HALL’S Sam McIntyre had to step up an age category after being crowned the American Golf Junior Championships’ Ping Star of the Future Under-8 section in 2016.
And the title in the Over-8 section fell to the eight-year-old from Swillington this year with a fantastic nine-hole score of 40 at Gainsborough Golf Club.
Sam, a pupil at Swillington Primary, faced older qualifiers from all over the UK and Ireland, but finished a shot clear of the field.
“This is the second time I have won the American Golf Star of the Future award, so I am really very proud of myself,” said Sam.
“My last six holes went very well. I couldn’t have hoped to play any better than I did.
“Winning this event means everything to me. I can’t wait to come back. Mum and Dad are going to have to buy me a bigger trophy cabinet!”
Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf, commented: “The golf, sportsmanship and camaraderie on show really has been first class.
“Some of the best junior golfers in the UK and Ireland have turned out to play in the Championship this year so the competition has been intense.
“But never within that cauldron of competition has any player lost sight of the fact that we’re here first and foremost to have fun and celebrate our love of the game of golf.
“Ping have been superb hosts once again and from all the juniors and from American Golf, we can’t thank them enough for their hospitality.”
The Junior Championship, which will be shown on Sky Sports in October, is a part of American Golf’s drive to get more people out playing golf more often, which is now in its fourth year.