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15th July 2011

Jack Hermeston was in a class of his own at South Moor in County Durham, dominating the McGregor Trophy virtually throughout and winning the English boys under 16 championship, supported by FootJoy, at a canter.

A closing 70 for 281, seven under par, left him four strokes ahead of Scotland's Bradley Neil, who also returned a closing 70, and six clear of the rest of the field.

He also collected the under 15 title, a unique double, and he did it all in front of his home fans, many of them from his home club of City of Newcastle .

Hermeston (picture © Tom Ward) is a very unflappable character but he admitted: "I'm overwhelmed. I've achieved my target for the year to win this title and the support I've had, especially today, has been amazing.

"I only live 20 minutes from South Moor and words can't describe how I feel to win in front of a home crowd. It's probably the biggest crowd I've played before and that played a key role in my success."

Having completed several practice rounds over the undulating Durham course in preparation for the championship meant he had the right strategy to succeed.

"I knew I should use my driver as little as possible," he added. "I hit three-iron off most tees and I knew others would be hitting driver and making lots. But I felt comfortable all the way round and today I played just the way I've played all week."

Starting the day two strokes ahead, he fired a level-par 72 in the morning and found himself three in front going into the final round. His front nine of 32 with three birdies put him firmly in control and he was able to cruise home with little pressure to knock him off course.

He only ran up one bogey, at the 11th, and didn't have a three-putt over the last 36 holes.

Hermeston is also the first winner from the North East since Graeme Storm won the McGregor Trophy at Radcliffe on Trent in 1994.

Neil, winner of the English under 14 title last year at Hesketh , was a worthy runner-up on 285 after shooting 71 and 70 on the day.

In joint third place on 287, one under, were Pierre Mazier from France, also with a closing 70, and Norway's Jarand Ekeland Arnøy, who shot a course record 65, one better than the previous mark.

The 14 year old from Bergen covered the front nine in 29 strokes and his card contained an eagle and six birdies. Needless to say, it was the lowest round if his young life.

For more information, results, photos and interviews go to the English Golf Union website .



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