GOLF: Woodhall Spa pro Spooner claims joint first place


Billy Spooner marked only his third competition as a professional golfer by claiming joint first place.

And he did so in style, with an eagle on the final hole.

The 17-year-old and Scott Cation tied for first at Mottram Hall as part of the Manchester-based 1836 Tour.

Both shot under par 70s on a day when the course was playing long, especially the back nine.

Billy, from Wyberton and who is attached to Woodhall Spa Golf Club, finished superbly in Cheshire.

After two bogeys, he holed a 50-yard second shot for an eagle at the 15th to go two under for his round, but gave them straight back with a double at the tough 17th.

That did not deter him as he made his second eagle of the day at the par five 18th.

Billy recently won the Junior Sportsman of the Year title at the Boston Standard Sports Awards.

There he explained his decision to turn pro to compere Scott Dalton: “It was the best decision for me,” he said. “It’s the best place to help me develop and progress.

“My ambition is to play on the European Tour and I want to be there as quickly as I can. I know I can be good enough.”