Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member and Bishop's Stortford High School boy Ben Sessions close to winning Hertfordshire Boys' Under-16 Championship
Talented teenager Ben Sessions narrowly missed out on completing an impressive double during some extra-hole drama in the Hertfordshire Boys' Under-16 Championship.
The 13-year-old Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member had already claimed the county under-14 crown in August and went exceedingly close to triumphing again in the older age category, only losing out in a three-way sudden death play-off.
Sessions, who goes to The Bishop's Stortford High School, was one of 55 competitors in action at Dyrham Park Country Club, near Barnet.
The recent wet weather resulted in the course playing very long, with virtually no run on the ball, and provided a stern test for all the players over the 6,497-yard course.
Sessions, like many, struggled early on and turned in four over par, but this was followed by a level-par back nine to give him a score of 76. That total was only matched by Archie Mathers, from Harpenden Common Golf Club, and Knebworth Golf Club's George Abbott.
All three carded a five on the first of the extra holes before Sessions, who plays off a handicap of 1.6 and is normally rock solid with his putting, was eliminated when he failed to sink an attempt from four feet for a par, which the other boys secured.
Archie Mathers then took the title by parring the third extra hole while Abbott could only muster a bogey.
The age qualification being taken at January 1 of the year in which the county tournaments are played means Sessions, who enjoyed a winning debut when he was selected for the Dunmow Road club's men's scratch team earlier this year, is young enough to play in both events again next year.