Golf: Starlet Sam leads the way as Leicestershire boys clinch title
A young Leicestershire boys line-up won the team trophy in a five-counties championship at Robin Hood, in Solihull.
The six-player squad finished with a total of 436 to see off Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Shropshire & Herefordshire.
All six scores counted, but it was Sam Haynes-Coote (Kibworth), who is coached by Michael Bent at Kilworth Springs, who was the top individual with his 91-38-53 return.
Haynes-Coote, who celebrates his ninth birthday this weekend, will compete in the England Golf national skills final at Woodhall Spa later this month after winning his age group in the Midlands final at The Warwickshire.
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Ian Lyner, the Leicestershire & Rutland County Golf Partnership academy programme administrator, said: "All the boys did well, especially Sam, with such an impressive low score. It was a good win for the County team at this event."
County scores: Sam Haynes-Coote (Kibworth) 91-38-53, Otis Harrison (Market Harborough) 92-21-71, Charlie Hallam (Glen Gorse) 99-26-73, Alfie Cockerill (Glen Gorse) 103-30-73, Stephen Hebbron (Kibworth) 102-19-83, Dev Popat (Glen Gorse) 110-27-83.
There was also a County girls' team competing who managed to finish third. Evie Crane (Forest Hill), Alexandra West (Glen Gorse), Bethany Swain (Ullesthorpe Court) and Hannah Garner-Stephens (Charnwood Forest) had a total of 234 when three out of four scores counted.
Western Park's Coby Cartwright won the Midland Boys Under-14 championship over the par-three course at Broughton Heath.
He had 57-56 cards for his 113 total to win by a stroke.
Joe Halfpenny (Kirby Muxloe) was in a tie for eighth with his 62-60-122 return.
Competing in the Midland Boys Champion of Champions tournament at Spalding, Cartwright, who turned 14 last month, was eighth overall with his 78-76-154 total, and runner-up in his age group to Billy Spooner (Boston).
Jack Merry (Birstall), the County boys' champion, was fourth overall at Spalding with his 78-72-150 return.
Kirby Muxloe's Greg Eason was the leading scorer for the University of Central Florida when they finished joint-fifth in their opening inter-collegiate tournament of their new campaign.
Twenty-year-old Eason, who is back in the USA for the start of his third year on a golf scholarship at UCF, shot 72-77-75-224 in the Northern Collegiate event at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
He finished in a tie for 11th and helped his team to joint-fifth behind title-winners Indiana.
Eason won the 72-hole qualifier ahead of the tournament when he had a 12-under-par 276 aggregate, and in two more rounds of qualifying for the next event he fired six-under for the 36 holes.
There are a total of four inter-collegiate tournaments in America this term.
In his second year at UCF, Eason earned All America honourable member recognition and was named in the Conference-USA All Second Team.
He earned medallist honours at the C-USA Championship at Texarkana, and was joint 13th at the NCAA Nationals Championship at Riviera Country Club.