/> Thomas Heaton is a happy young man right now after finishing seventh in the Junior British Open overnight.
The 16-year-old from Woonona, near Wollongong, carded rounds of 69, 71 and 70 on the Eden Course at St. Andrews to finish at even par for the 54 hole event. South African Martin Vorster led all the way to win the Championship by a shot from Japan’s Tsubasa Kajitani.
An elated Heaton was proud with his effort after finishing the final round.
“I played well this week, I kept it pretty straight off the tee, didn’t make too many mistakes.
“Making 13 birdies for the week was the best part, my putting was very good," he said.
Heaton added that besides the quality of his putting, meeting his Idol, Jordan Spieth at the Opening Ceremony was the highlight of his week.
“Spieth is my favourite player,” he smiled.
Next up for the junior from The Australian Golf Club is the Walton Heath Trophy, which begins on July 24th.
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Solid start for Heaton at Jnr British Open
The Australian Golf Club's Thomas Heaton has made a solid start at the Junior British Open which got underway on the Eden Course at St. Andrews in Scotland overnight.
Despite starting the championship with back-to-back bogeys on his opening two holes, Heaton settled down and played faultless golf for the rest of the day, making birdies on the 9th, 16th and 17th to sign for a respectable one under par 69.
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South African Martin Vorster leads the event after carding a four under par 66.
Heaton got the thrill of his life at the tournament’s opening ceremony on Sunday, where he managed to meet the reigning Open Champion, Jordan Spieth, for a quick chat and photo opportunity.
The biennial event is open to all nations who are invited to send their best under 16 boy and girl to compete. Current Masters Champion Patrick Reed boasts a Jr British Open title to his name (2007).
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