Lewis seventh in Ernie Els event

PUBLISHED: 17:13 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 27 October 2009

Tom Lewis' scorecard from the Ernie Els World Junior Invitational

Tom Lewis' scorecard from the Ernie Els World Junior Invitational

TALENTED teenage golfer Tom Lewis finished seventh in the inaugural Ernie Els World Junior Invitational in South Africa. The 17-year-old Welwyn resident was one of three of the country s most talented youngsters selected to represent the English Golf Unio

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TALENTED teenage golfer Tom Lewis finished seventh in the inaugural Ernie Els World Junior Invitational in South Africa.

The 17-year-old Welwyn resident was one of three of the country's most talented youngsters selected to represent the English Golf Union in the invitation only tournament at The Links in Fancourt.

County junior Lewis came seventh overall after finishing 10 over par for the 72 holes.

He shot rounds of 76, 73, 82, 71 for a 302 total, eight behind fellow England U16 team member Chris Lloyd, who came from three shots behind on the final day to claim the title yesterday (Thursday).

WGC Golf Club's Lewis opened with a three over par 76 on the first day.

His round included an eagle three at the par 5 fifth hole.

That left him three under for the tournament but six bogeys and a triple-bogey at the 10th left him three over at the close of play.

Lewis again shot an eagle on day two, this time at the 561-yards par 5 16th, and finished his round with a 73 to stand on 149 at the halfway stage.

A disastrous 82 on day three cost the WGC schoolboy the chance of victory and left him 12 over entering the final 18 holes.

His nine over par third round included four bogeys, two double-bogeys and another triple-bogey at the 14th, with just two birdies at nine and 16.

He rallied in the final round on Thursday to record his best score of the tournament, a two under 71.

Whereas Tom struggled on day three, he found his putting form on the final morning with five birdies and only three dropped shots.

At just 17 years of age, Lewis is proving to be a great prospect.

In 2007, he won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and tied first place for the North of England U16 title.

He was also joint runner-up in the English U16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy last year and a semi-finalist in the Hertfordshire Championship.

Lewis was also capped at U16 level for England against Spain and Scotland.

Tom is currently backed by the Elite Athlete Support Programme, which is run by the Herts Sports Partnership, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield.

This programme provides athletes with a package of support services worth £800 each free of charge.

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