Young Max’s top 20 place

Max Brompton and his brother Harrison.
Max Brompton and his brother Harrison.

Seven-year-old Max Brompton tested himself against the world’s best young golfers - and did himself and Bridlington proud with a top 20 finish.

Although the competition at Longniddry in Scotland was called the US Kids Golf European Championships, it featured players from all over the globe.

He played three rounds of the modified nine-hole course and finished seventh of the British youngsters and in the top 20 overall - narrowly missing out on the chance to play in America later in the year.

Brompton got off to a flying start in the seven-years-and-under category and was fifth after 51 competitiors after the first round, having carded a one-over-par 37.

He went out in the penultimate group on day two and kept himself in the hunt for honours but a tricky final round put paid to any chance of the Bridlington Golf Club member picking up the title.

Dad Chris said: “This time, I was allowed to caddy for him. At the other events he has had to make his own decisions.

“I tried to let him do what he felt he should do.

“He has a good idea of how far he can hit the ball, so I would just tell him the distance.

“Because I was doing that, I felt more nervous this time, because I was more involved.

“Another new experience for Max was playing against people from other countries.

“On the first day, we were with an American and a German, and he was speaking to his dad in German, which was strange for Max.

“On day three we were with a Danish player but there were players there from South Africa, Australia and Thailand, and it was won by an American.”

Brompton qualified for the event after doing well in the National Wee Wonders event last year in St Andrews.

He thrived on the pressure at Longniddry and was only a couple of shots behind the leaders at the start of the final round.

“On the first day, he birdied the first hole and it really put a spring in his step,” added his dad.

“He was full of himself.

“Unfortunately Max struggled a little over the final round, particularly with his putting and the extremely deep bunkers.

“He started with a double bogey and that really threw him but he parred the second hole and eventually did himself proud with a top 20 position.

“We are extremely proud of his performance.”