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Matt wins national tournament

PRESTBURY’S Matt Gardner recorded the lowest round of the day at the American Golf National Junior Championship Final to win the best gross prize at Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire.

More than 400 young golfers entered the six American Golf Junior Championship qualifying events held across the UK and Ireland this summer.

The 16-year-old was one of just 36 golfers to qualify for the Final, where inaugural reigning champion, 17-year-old Paul Marshall from Sale, defended his title.

Matt, who plays off five, narrowly beat the field coming home nine-over-par in challenging conditions.  As well as the title and trophy, he also won a G30 driver courtesy of event sponsor PING.

Matt was keen to acknowledge the importance of events such as the American Golf Junior Championship in helping more youngsters enter the game. He said: “I would like to thank all of the organisers for putting on a fantastic tournament experience and helping to promote the wider development of junior golf.

“The final was thoroughly enjoyable.  I really felt like an important player coming down the stretch with cameras focused on me.

“Winning the gross prize will undoubtedly increase my confidence and aid my improvement as a golfer.”

American Golf’s head of marketing, Daniel Gathercole, added: “We thoroughly enjoyed hosting such an exceptional group of youngsters at Gainsborough and congratulate Matt on his prize winning score.

“We never fail to be impressed, not just by the standard of the players taking part, but also by their great attitudes, good nature and the sportsmanship shown by every single participant.”

Meanwhile Chester eight-year-old Aaron Mohun finished third overall in the U10 section at Gainsborough having won the regional qualifier.

The young gun, who plays at Vicars Cross and Chester golf clubs, went on to further glory when he won the Lee Westwood National Golf Final in Northumberland.

Westwood was on hand to present the prizes and to chat with all the players.