Sam crowned golf champion for second successive year

Young golf champion Sam McIntyre. Picture: Mark Newcombe/
Young golf champion Sam McIntyre. Picture: Mark Newcombe/

SWILLINGTON youngster Sam McIntyre won a national final in the American Golf Junior Championships for the second year running.

He took the title in the PING Star of the Future (over eight) category with a superb nine-hole round of 40.

The eight-year-old, who is a member at Oulton Hall Golf Club, played outstanding golf to lift the title at Gainsborough Golf Club, just one year after he had won the Future Star (under eight) category at the 2016 final.

Sam, a pupil at Swillington Primary School, has progressed well in his golf game over the past 12 months.

As defending champion from 2016 he was awarded a place in the finals but he had to move up an age category and faced older qualifiers from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The odds looked stacked against him but he finished a shot clear of Jamie Botton from Falconwood Golf Club.

Sam said: “This is the second time I have won the American Golf Star of the Future award, so I am really very proud of myself.

“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.

“Mum and Dad are going to have to buy me a bigger trophy cabinet.”

Daniel Gathercole, director of marketing and communications at American Golf, said: “The golf, sportsmanship and camaraderie on show really was first class.

“Some of the best junior golfers in the United Kingdom and Ireland turned out to play in the Championship this year so the competition was intense.

“But never within that cauldron of competition did 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 will be shown on Sky Sports in October.