Golf: Rising star Lewis Eccles crowned UK junior champion

Lewis Eccles with his award at the Doncaster Free Press 2014 Sports Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe
Lewis Eccles with his award at the Doncaster Free Press 2014 Sports Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Rising golf star Lewis Eccles has been crowned UK junior champion for a second successive year, writes Paul Goodwin.

The 13-year-old, from Mexborough, defended his crown at The Golf Trust UK Disabled Open in London to continue his sensational form in 2014.

He also finished in the top five in the adjoining men’s championship, underlining the ability which has seen him represent the England Disabled Golf team.

The Golf Trust UK Disabled Open is the largest national disability golf tournament, this year attracting 60 competitors.

And defending champion Lewis, who has Autism, ADHD and Dsypraxia and competes in disabled and special Olympic golf, held his nerve in tough blustery conditions to once again top the junior leaderboard.

Wath Comprehensive School pupil Lewis has recorded seven wins from seven competitions this year.

He also won 2.5 out of 3 points in his England matchplay singles matches against Wales and Scotland.

The talented teenager has also helped his club, Waterfront Golf, become the Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs inaugural 6 to 18 handicap league champions, having played in nine of the team’s matches including the finals day at Sitwell Golf Club.

Lewis, who is coached by Nick Huby at the Peter Cowen Golf Academy, has recenty featured in video interviews with England Golf, for the purpose of encouraging other disabled children to take up golf.

Lewis was highly commended in the Disability Sports Personality of the Year category at the 2014 Doncaster Free Press Sports Awards.