Billy whizz! Spooner wins Faldo tournament... now for some of Europe’s best

Billy Spooner.
Billy Spooner.

Boston golfer Billy Spooner is following in the footsteps of ex-World Number One Rory McIlroy after tasting success in the Faldo Series UK Championship.

Last week Billy was the only entrant to finish under par at Leeds’ Moortown Golf Club, starting his tournament season with a victory against golfers much older and more experienced.

In a competition open to youngsters aged from 12-21, Billy - who turned 15 three weeks ago - returned with a score of one under on the par 70 course.

That was enough to win the under 21s category by three shots, the under 18s title by four and the under 16s by six on the cold, snowy course.

The Middlecott School pupil now qualifies for the next round on a course by the Mediterranean, at a club and on a date yet to be announced, although pencilled in for September.

The Faldo series was set up by six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo and sees 38 tournaments held in 28 countries worldwide each year, culminating in a final which looks set to be held in China.

Faldo Series past winners include major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng, plus tour winners Nick Dougherty, Oliver Fisher, Marc Warren and John Parry.

Billy, who is coached by Boston Golf Club pro Nick Hiom and is part of the England junior teams set-up, will now concentrate on the Peter McEvoy Trophy in Birmingham next week.

He will also attempt to qualify for the British Open later this year.