Tom Lewis on hand to present trophies at WGC Golf Club’s Junior Open

PUBLISHED: 12:08 10 September 2011

Tom Lewis, left, presents the winning trophy to Junior Open winner George Ackerman

Tom Lewis, left, presents the winning trophy to Junior Open winner George Ackerman


TOM Lewis was in attendance as Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held its Junior Open.

As the juniors finished their rounds they were treated to the sight of the England international practising on the putting green.

Lewis led The Open earlier this year, and finished the famous tournament as the highest-ranked amateur earning him the Silver Medal.

He was paired with golfing legend Tom Watson, and then Phil Mickelson at Royal St George’s.

Several juniors took the opportunity to ask Tom for his autograph.

After a practice session on the putting green, Tom played nine holes, and was watched in awe by a large number of the juniors, who had finished their rounds, as he teed off.

Tom is in Scotland this week as he represents England in the Walker Cup (see page 62 for a preview).

The juniors were further delighted when Tom helped the club captain, Keith Travers, and junior organiser, Lee Duncan, present the prizes.

The Junior Open was won by George Ackerman from Mid Herts Golf Club, who shot a level par 70, beating Neal Pabari and Joe Brooks by one shot.

George included a hole in one at the par 3 third hole within his excellent round.

Thomas Porteous from Porters Park won the prize for the best nett score, shooting a gross 76 with a handicap of 14 to give him a nett 62, to win on countback from WGC’s Nick Whitton who shot a gross 73 with a handicap of 11.

The event was a great success, with 83 juniors competing from clubs all around the county and beyond - with one from as far as Austria.

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