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Max Hopkins wins Hampshire Hog, Jon Hopkins named in ASUN Men's Golf All-Academic Team and Rebecca Earl second in Southern Conference Championship in South Carolina



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Max Hopkins followed in the footsteps of some big names by winning the Hampshire Hog trophy on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member triumphed by one shot at North Hants Golf Club and his name is now etched on the silverware alongside the likes of Justin Rose and Sandy Lyle.

He shot rounds of 68 and 69 for a three-under-par winning total of 137 at the Fleet venue. Joe Harvey, from The Kendleshire, was runner-up and Ullesthorpe Court's Freddie Macarther came third.

Max Hopkins (56318816)
Max Hopkins (56318816)

Max dreams of competing on the professional circuit alongside his older brother Jon – also a +4 handicapper – and is working hard with coach Simon Khan to achieve his aim.

Jon is also celebrating a big achievement this week having been selected for the ASUN Men's Golf All-Academic Team for his efforts competing for Florida Gulf Coast University in America.

In 27 rounds this season, he has a career-best 72.48 scoring average with two top-10 finishes and four top-15 finishes.

Jon Hopkins (56263909)
Jon Hopkins (56263909)

He placed third at the Coral Creek Invitational, helping the Eagles to the team title while equalling his season-low 54-hole total. He also came 10th at the Florida Gators Invitational.

Meanwhile, fellow Stortford member Rebecca Earl celebrated her 22nd birthday in style by finishing second in the Southern Conference Championship at North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

It was the best finish achieved by a Wofford College student in the competition and caps off a very successful four years for her in America.

Earl started with a five-over-par score of 77 prior to her blitzing a tournament-low 67 in round two on the 6,004-yard, par-72 course.

Rebecca Earl (56263912)
Rebecca Earl (56263912)

This was then followed on day two, her birthday, by a level-par round of 72 for a total of 216, which was just one shot behind champion Dorothy Zalewska from Chattanooga College in Tennessee.

Earl, who went into the tournament on the back of four consecutive top-10 finishes including victory at the Lady Bison Classic in February, will return home in May after her final exams and hopes to continue her good form on the English women's amateur circuit.



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