FIXBY’S Josh Morton is the new Halifax and Huddersfield Junior Matchplay Champion.
The 17-year-old beat clubmate Jake Hamilton 5&4 at West End.
After going one down early in the first round of the 36-hole final, three-handicapper Morton hit back with four birdies to go three up.
His game improved over the second 18, and he reached a commanding lead of 7up before Hamilton, who plays off five, fought back.
But Morton hung on, halving holes to close the match 5&4.
Although Morton only joined Huddersfield from Hanging Heaton, his grandfather’s club, a year ago, the two lads regularly practise together.
Morton said: “I know Jake well, we play a lot together.
“The match was very friendly, though it did get a bit serious towards the end.
“I feel good coming all the way through the competition to win. This is really special for me.”
Morton is also through to the final of the Junior Foursomes with in-form partner and Welsh player Megan Lockett. They were 2up in the final at Saddleworth against Woodsome Hall’s Seamus Hooley and George Grady when the match had to be abandoned due to bad weather.
A date has yet to be set for the rematch.
Morton studies Sport Performance and Excellence at Wakefield College and is hoping to take golf at Myerscough College, Preston, next year. He has one more season in the juniors and will “definitely” be back to defend his title next year.