American Golf Junior Champion crowned

The 15-year-old winner took home the trophy as well as a PING putter and driver

American Golf Junior Champion Joseph Amer. Credit: Richard Sellers
(Image credit: RICHARD SELLERS)

The winner received a PING putter and driver as well as the trophy.

The 2015 American Golf Junior Champion is 15-year-old Joseph Amer.

Joseph saw off competition from some of the best young golfers from the UK and Ireland at Gainsborough GC in Lincolnshire.

Over 400 young golfers were involved in six American Golf Junior Championship qualifiers held across the UK and Ireland.

Joseph, who qualified for The Final at Broome Manor GC, was one of just 36 youngsters to make the cut.

With a handicap of 14, Joseph finished with 40 points to secure not only the trophy, but a PING G30 driver and Cadence putter.

He said: "To win the American Golf Junior Championship is beyond pleasing, because I haven’t played in a tournament like it before.

"I hope I can play in more tournaments like this in the future as it provided such a great experience. I’d also like to congratulate the other players and wish them luck in the future."

Eva Kenny, 13, was the leading girl, scoring 35 points with her handicap of 33.

The PING Star of the Future award was given to Stanley Lin. The 8-year-old was receiving the award for a second time and finished with 45 points.

Daniel Gathercole, Head of Marketing at American Golf, believes the response to the event, from both children and parents, shows the importance of initiatives like this.

He said: "This is the second year we have run the Junior event and I am delighted to say that the group of young golfers we have welcomed here at Gainsborough has impressed us yet again.

"The standard of golf is fantastic, but what really inspires us is the attitude and sportsmanship of every single participant.

"The feedback from the players and their parents is incredible and we are really proud to be able to give Junior golfers a real tournament experience.

All proceeds from the event have been donated to the Golf Foundation, the official charity of American Golf.

Will Medlock graduated from UEA with a degree in Film and Television before completing a Masters in Sports Journalism at St Mary's in London. Will has had work published by The Independent and the Rugby Paper.