The future’s bright for town’s 11-year-old golfing revelation

GOOD YEAR: West Suffolk Golf Club's trophy winners including Max Weaver, front row centre with red shirt, who has won three individual junior open titles
GOOD YEAR: West Suffolk Golf Club's trophy winners including Max Weaver, front row centre with red shirt, who has won three individual junior open titles
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The future looks bright for a young Newmarket golfer if his success across courses in Suffolk and Norfolk this year is anything to go by.

Max Weaver, 11, has proven to be something of a revelation on the fairways this year after winning junior open titles at Dereham Golf Club, Swaffham Golf Club and West Suffolk Golf Club in Beck Row, where he receives weekly tuition from PGA professional Ben Kerr.

Earlier this month, the son of former jockey Jason Weaver – who has also seen his handicap cut down to 11 from 15 – was presented with the Rutter Salver at West Suffolk Golf Club’s presentation day, handing him the club’s Junior Club Champion on gross scores.

“Max has got the attitude and determination to do well and he would play golf every day if he could,” said mum Fiona Weaver. “He has worked really hard this summer and his game has improved with the help he has had from Ben (Kerr).

“It has also been good to see his handicap come down from not just playing at West Suffolk Golf Club, but at other courses.

“Touch wood, he is getting better and better and long may it continue.”

Max was not the only member of the Weaver household to pick up silverware at the New Drove club’s presentation day with his younger brother Tyler crowned junior club champion on net scores, while the pair were also presented with the club’s winter league title.

“It was the first time that they had done the pairs winter league and there were quite a few in it so they did well to win that,” said Fiona. “It was nice 
to see them play well as a 
pair.”

Prior to both Max and Tyler picking their trophies alongside the other winners the Suffolk club held its annual Ryder Bowl competition between the captain’s team and professional’s team.

Following the conclusion of the 11 pairs games, the captain’s team emerged as winners by 7.5-3.5.

A cheque for £1,300, which was collected during the captain’s charity day 
in August, was also 
presented on the day to Margaret Fulham from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Although a presentation did not take place on the day the same amount was also handed over to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Trophy winners: Club doubles: Mark Thomas and Gail Hurst; Winter League: Max and Tyler Weaver; Walker Bowl: Martin Smith; Bungalow Cup: Freddie Leonard; Matchplay Champion: Danny Kelly; Order of Merit: Kevin Langley; Men’s Club Champion (gross): Rhys Nightingale; Men’s Club Champion (net): Danny Kelly; Most Improved: Will Hampshire; Ladies Club Champion (gross): Gail Hurst; Ladies Club Champion (net): Naomi Pilmer; Ladies Most Improved: Naomi Pilmer; Junior Club Champion (gross): Max Weaver; Junior Club Champion (net): Tyler Weaver; Junior Most Improved: Jake Bilton: Warn.