A SIX-YEAR-OLD golfer has made history by winning a major junior competition at the Welsh home of the Ryder Cup.
Last week, the Leader reported how Ysgol Tanyfron schoolboy Charlie Boys had qualified for the Welsh Mini Masters at the famous Celtic Manor course in Newport – where Colin Montgomery’s European team stormed to a famous Ryder Cup victory over the US in 2010.
Year two pupil Charlie was not overawed by the occasion, shooting a round of 43 on the front nine of the South Wales venue’s Montgomery Championship course – a mere seven over par – to lift the trophy.
It is a remarkable feat by pint-sized Charlie, a member at Clay’s Golf Club, Wrexham, as he was playing against children up to two-years older.
And as an extra special touch on the day, Charlie’s granddad Lesley was on hand to caddie for him as they walked around the course played on by the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
Charlie’s dad Gareth, a PE teacher at Hartford High School in Northwich, Cheshire, said: “I’m absolutely stunned. Obviously we’ve known Charlie is an excellent golfer for his age but to go to Celtic Manor, shoot that score and win the Mini Masters against lads a couple of years older than him is just fantastic.
“It was a real challenge. Some of the bunkers are over 12 feet high – but he played them to perfection.
“He loved every minute of it and when I asked him what his favourite moment was, he said it was the fact his granddad had been there to share the day with him.
“What a lovely thing for a six-year-old boy to say. He’s been in the paper and on radio and I think he’s taking it all in his stride.”
Katherine, Charlie’s mum, said he took to the course better than some of the other players. “Many of the children seemed to get very nervous, perhaps in awe of the course they were playing on and the great players who played here in the Ryder Cup”, she said.
“Charlie had a bit of a poor start but he soon picked up and he played the last five holes like a young professional. I’m very proud of him.”
Clay’s club pro Sam Griffiths, who coaches Charlie, said: “I’m over the moon. I was just pleased that he qualified so to go and win the Masters is just brilliant.
“He’s a great kid and hopefully this is proof that our coaching methods are working and we teach the youngsters to play golf in the right way.”