Spooner holds nerve for Midlands title

Billy Spooner.
Billy Spooner.

Billy Spooner has won the Midlands Golf Union’s Boys’ Championship.

The 15-year-old held his nerve to hit a birdie on the second play-off hole at Leicester’s Birstall Golf Club to take the regional crown.

Billy - who still has three years left to play in the under 18s age group - also claimed the under 16s title.

He carded 72 on Thursday morning, before returning with a score of 66 in the afternoon to finish two under par and force the play-off.

There he got the better of Worcestershire’s Ben Robinson, who plays out of The Vale G&CC.

He follows in the footsteps of Lee Westwood and Jim Payne, who have both previously won the title.

The victory was the second success of the season for Boston Golf Club member Billy (pictured), who also won the Faldo Series UK Championship at Leeds’ Moortown Golf Club.

He will now go on to compete in the grand final of the under 21s event, which will be held at The Greenbrier course, West Virginia, USA, in October.

The competition is run by Sir Nick Faldo to help nurture promising talents from around the world.

But next on Billy’s schedule is the English Boys’ under 16s championship for the McGregor Trophy at Skegness’ Seacroft Golf Club, beginning on Tuesday.

There, 32 of the 144 competitors wil come from overseas, representing countries such as the USA, Belgium and Italy.