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Teen star wins at Rhos-on-Sea

FORGETTING to set a wake-up call properly on his mobile phone proved a blessing in disguise for a North Wales teenager earlier this month.

Rhos-on-Sea’s Shaun Harpin, 19, was due to play in the prestigious 72-hole Aberconwy Trophy at Maesdu and Conwy golf clubs but he overslept when the alarm the former John Bright’s School pupil thought he’d set failed to go off and he missed his tee time. It was an error that meant he was suddenly able to play in his home club’s Club Championship the following day.

The son of the club pro Lee quickly put the disappointment behind him by shooting rounds of 71 and 72 in windy conditions to win by five.

Shaun, who lives on the Great Orme, in Llandudno also reduced his handicap to scratch for the first time following the win, which marked the end of a memorable three days as he’d also set a new Rhos-on-Sea course record with a four-under-par 65 beating the previous best by one.

He hit six birdies and just two bogies in the scintillating record-breaking round.

Now Shaun, who has been working five nights a week in the Sea Horse restaurant in Llandudno, is preparing to embark on a four-year golf scholarship at Idaho College in the USA.

Pictured (from left) are Rhos-on-Sea captain Andy Snook, Shaun Harpin and vice-captain Gary Owen.