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Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member and Bishop's Stortford High School boy Ben Sessions close to winning Hertfordshire Boys' Under-16 Championship

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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.

Ben Sessions with the Hertfordshire Boys' Under-14 Championship trophy (52844207)
Ben Sessions with the Hertfordshire Boys' Under-14 Championship trophy (52844207)

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.

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