Schoolboy Harry Burton thought he was a bit of a long shot for honours when he took part in a national golf competition, but came away with a winner’s trophy.

Harry, 10, who lives in Devizes and is a pupil of St Margaret’s Preparatory School, Calne, was competing against children up to two years older than him in the U12 section of the Independent Schools Golf Association (IGSA) 2018 Junior Open Championships, which was held at Sunningdale Health in Surrey.

However, with some straight driving and focussed putting he became the nett winner of the tournament, which draws children from some of the UK’s elite schools for golf such as Millfield in Somerset and Loretto in Scotland, which has close affiliations to some of Scotland’s most famous links courses.

His success in the ISGA tournament came hot on the heels of him taking the bronze medal in the U11 age group of the Independent Association of Preparatory School’s (IAPS) 2018 Junior Championships, held at McDonald Hill Valley Golf Club earlier in the month.

Harry, who is a Year 5 pupil, is a member of Bowood Golf Club and has been playing since he was aged five. He is also a member of the Wiltshire Junior U12 County Team and travels the country to take part in competitions.

His father, Nigel, who is also a keen golfer said “I am very proud of his achievements, especially up against such strong competition. Harry had already met quite a few of his opponents in previous competitions so knew it would be a very tough match.” He also went on to say that junior golf is a fantastic way for both boys and girls to make new friends, learn a new sport and above all else, have fun.