Hard work pays off for golfer Spooner

Billy Spooner.
Billy Spooner.

Billy Spooner proved that hard work pays off... after coming second at the English Golf Championships’ under 16s boys competition.

The 15-year-old Boston Golf Club member didn’t get off to a great start as he shot a round of 77 on the par 71 Seacroft course at Skegness.

However, a mixture of practice and determination saw him storm back from 105th place, where he finished on day one.

The Middlecott School pupil returned with some new-found vigour and shot rounds of 70, 70 and 69 to finish in second spot, three shots behind Marco Penge.

“The first round was a disappointing one,” said Billy’s coach Nick Hiom, Boston GC’s club pro.

“But he came straight back to Boston and spent two hours working on his putting to get it right.

“He then went back and shot three good rounds to finish in second.

“His ability to realise something needs to be worked on, and then to work hard at it, are strengths of his character.”

In fact, Billy (pictured) was the only youngster to shoot three rounds under par at the competition.

The youngster then backed up his runners-up place by finishing second in the English Golf Championships’ under 18s event at West Lancs Golf Club.

Rounds of 71, 74, 75 and 69 saw him finish just three shots behind winner Ben Amor on the par 72 course.

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