Up-and-coming golfer Max to play at St Andrews

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Bridlington Golf Club have a potential Wee Wonder champion in their midst.

Seven-year-old member Max Brompton travelled to the Leeds Golf Centre recently to take part in the Yorkshire regional final of the Wee Wonders national golf event.

He was competing in the seven-and-eight-year-old category and, having only turned seven a couple of weeks ago, he was facing a tough challenge to try and secure the one qualifying spot on offer playing against much older and much bigger juniors.

Max stunned the organisers when he came in with the best score of the day, beating some home club favourites and playing some excellent golf in the process.

His prize for securing the top spot in his age group is a trip to the home of golf St Andrews, to compete in the National Wee Wonders Grand final on 24 and 25 August.

He began playing at the age of four, and since joining the Bridlington Golf Club Junior Academy his game has gone from strength to strength.

Junior Academy co-ordinator Anthony Howarth said “We have lots of great young players at the moment but Max has always stood out from the rest.

“This will be a great trip for him and will give him a huge amount of experience for the future.

“I am looking forward to making the trip with Max to St Andrews as his ‘personal coach’, even though I am sure he would have preferred his hero Rory McIlroy.”

Qualifying for St Andrews also caught the attention of another golfing superstar. Dad Chris said: “Somebody was lagging Ian Poulter off on Twitter saying his clothes were too expensive, but his is the only range which does junior sizes small enough for Max.

“I took a picture of him in wearing Ian Poulter trousers and top and sent it to Poulter, telling him about how he had won the regional final.

“Within minutes, he had replied saying ‘class’. Max was overwhelmed by getting a response by one of the stars of the game and his picture was on Ian Poulter’s Twitter page for the next day.”

Max’s older brother Harrison also made the trip to Leeds for the regional Wee Wonder qualifier.

He played in the nine-and-10-year-old category and despite an excellent performance narrowly missed out on that elusive qualification.