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Preparation heats up for California Junior World Champs

Ellis Kerr has had a busy few weeks on the golf course as he prepares for July’s IMG Academy Junior World Championships in California.

The eight-year-old has just returned from the US Kid’s European Championships in Longniddry – near Edinburgh – after competing in a three day competition.

With more than 700 children taking part, the Haverhill Golf Club member took on the tough course and finished tied in 38th place out of 60 in his age group.

Dad Garry said the youngster missed a few putts but still pulled off a ‘great’ achievement against an international field.

And was ‘good practice’ ahead of the World Championships in mid- July.

Meanwhile in the British Junior Golf Tour, Kerr consolidated his second place in the 7-8 Order of Merit after his podium performance in the latest round at the Cambridge Meridian Golf Club on Sunday.

It was a warm and sunny day for the first of two outings this season at the club, one of just 10 courses in the world to straddle the Greenwich Meridian Line – and designed by Ryder Cup players Peter Alliss and Clive Clark.

The course provided a great test of golf for all age categories, with the 9th, 12th and 18th proving particularly challenging.

The 7-8 age category, which saw the youngsters play nine holes off forward tees, was won by Tristan Evans of West Herts GC, who carded 40.

He was closely followed by Kerr, who is also a member of Gog Magog Golf Club, who tied with Michael Haywood (Graves End GC) for second on 41.

The result saw him stretch his lead over third place in the Order of Merit to 55 points, having accumulated 189 points.

He currently trails leader Haywood by 14 points with a number of rounds remaining – with Order of Merit points able to be collected up to the Tour Championship on October 7.

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