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England and Bishop's Stortford golfer Max Hopkins finishes third in his final Hertfordshire Boys' County Championship while 12-year-old Ben Sessions comes sixth

Max Hopkins narrowly missed out on a fairytale end to his time as a junior golfer when he finished third in his final Hertfordshire Boys' County Championship.

The Bishop's Stortford Golf Club member, who turns 18 in December, was looking to win the title for a second time having been crowned champion in 2017.

But Hopkins, who attends Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth, had to settle for third spot following his two-under-par round at Verulam Golf Club in St Albans, with the tournament being reduced from the usual 36 holes to 18 because of the pandemic.

He was level with eventual winner Reis Suart, from Welwyn Garden City, on three under par after 15 holes.

The short par-four 16th proved to be pivotal as Hopkins was only able to scramble a five after a slightly wayward drive, whereas Suart secured a birdie.

With them both parring the last two holes, Hopkins was to finish two shots behind the winner and one behind Matthew Gauntlet, from West Herts, who was runner-up for the second successive year.

A fine performance by 12-year-old Ben Sessions ensured he was the second Stortford player in the top 10 as he came sixth.

The Bishop's Stortford High School pupil, who has a handicap of 5.3 and whose best round to date was a 74 at Brocket Hall in the Faldo Series, shot a four-over-par 76.

A triple bogey on the 14th by last year's winner George Durkan (77) and a similar outcome for George Wright (78) on the 12th put an end to their chances of victory as they were to finish in 11th and 14th respectively.

Also representing the Dunmow Road club were James Woodmore (79), Christian Wall (83), Louis Altham (84) and Callum Gardiner (95).

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