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Haverhill golfer Ellis Kerr wins latest round of the British Junior Golf Tour

Golfer Ellis Kerr has taken a key victory close to home, with the latest round of the British Junior Golf Tour (BJGT) contested in Norfolk.

BIG SMILE: Ellis Kerr was delighted to win the latest round of the BJGT
BIG SMILE: Ellis Kerr was delighted to win the latest round of the BJGT

The win at the Sprowston Manor event sees the Haverhill eight-year-old narrow the gap on top spot in this year’s competition to just eight points – as he and current leader Michael Haywood extend their lead over the other competitors to nearly 100 points.

The Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club was a welcoming venue for the young golfers and the course was presented in very good condition.

It provided a particularly challenging course, however, with contoured greens and the challenges of the well-placed bunkers.

The 7-8 age category, playing nine holes off forward tees, was won by Kerr with a great score of 39, followed by Haywood on 45.

Dad Garry said Ellis had played well recently – as he approaches his first appearance at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in California next month – but is still waiting for all of his game to come together.

He said Ellis had struggled with his putting in the US Kids’ European Championships in Edinburgh, but had seen a rapid improvement in his last two rounds of the BJGT.

Garry said: “It’s just trying to get him to remember his set-up routine – to take his time and try and think more.

“That said, at eight years old, that’s kind of difficult. So we are very slowly trying to get Ellis to remember and focus on what he has to do before rushing into it.

“He has a good swing, but he is hard on himself a bit sometimes, they just want to hit great shots every time and that’s not possible at their age.”

The Kerr family will fly out to San Diego at the beginning of July for the World Champs, and will aim to ‘enjoy the moment and achievement’.

Garry said a top 30/40 finish would be a ‘great’ result from the tournament.