A MORPETH schoolboy’s drive to improve his game has helped him to win a prestigious accolade.
Cameron Fletcher-Smith, 11, attended one of the Lee Westwood Golf Camps in the summer at Close House and as a result of his performance, he was invited to play in the Lee Westwood Golf Camps national final at Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
As with the camp at Close House, the golfers were assessed on their long-distance and short games, including their driving and chipping techniques, and there were some putting competitions.
The Newminster Middle School and Technology College student did very well in each section and he received the Under 12 overall winner award. His prize was a golf bag and clubs from competition sponsor Ping.
He started playing the sport at the age of four and is a member of the successful junior team at Percy Wood Golf Club, in Swarland, that is coached by head pro David O’Brien.
Mum Claire said: “We’re delighted with his success at Gainsborough. He showed great skill under pressure.
“The development of his game this year has been fantastic and he is at the right place to continue improving because the facilities and coaching at Percy Wood are excellent.”
Cameron has also done well in county competitions this year, including the Northumberland County Golf Partnership’s March 2 Matfen contest for junior golfers. After qualifying for the final at Matfen Hall through a decent position in the Order of Merit, he finished one shot behind the boys’ winner at the event.