Golf sensation sensation claims first win

Matt Whitfield, 14, shows off Broadford Golf Club’s monthly medal after shooting a net 63. It was the first competition win for Whitfield, who only took up golf in April.

TEENAGE golf sensation Matt Whitfield claimed the first of what promises to be many competition wins by taking out the monthly medal at Broadford Golf Club.

Whitfield, 14, only began playing golf in April but quickly took to the sport and now practices most days, showing remarkable improvement.

The youngster recently began working with club stalwart Tom Fenton to improve his game, and the move paid dividends with his first competition win.

To claim the monthly medal, Whitfield beat a field of more than 70 experienced golfers in trying weather conditions at Broadford.

He crushed the ball to all parts of the course in an amazing round of precision golf, resulting in a gross score of 92 for a net 63 after factoring in his handicap of 29.

Pinpoint shots on the seventh, eighth, 10th and 16th holes resulted in pars, but his real brilliance came on the 14th with an astonishing birdie on a tough par four.

In accepting the monthly medal, Whitfield told a packed clubhouse of his enthusiasm for practice during the past six months.

Pictured, back, Alex Potts, Skip Bray, front, Kath Bray, Tom Fenton, Matt Whitfield, Will Hastie and Corey Bray at the inaugural Keith Bray Memorial Day four-person ambrose event.

Whitfield and Fenton were also part of the winning team for the inaugural Keith Bray Memorial Day four-person ambrose event.

The club reported a large turnout of 120 players for the new event, which honours the memory of a much-loved clubman.

Mr Bray joined Broadford Golf Club in the late 1990s and endeared himself to club members with his infectious personality.

He represented the club in pennant matches for many years, a good number of them as captain.

Players competed for the Keith Bray trophy, which was made up of one of Mr Bray’s tees, a ball and a club.

The club thanked the Bray family and everyone who was involved during day.

Fenton and Whitfield were joined by Will Hastie and Alex Potts in the winning team.