TEENAGER golfer Ben Schmidt is celebrating the best win of his young career to date — and a place in the history books.
At 16, Ben became the youngest ever winner of the Brabazon Trophy when he triumphed at Aldwoodley on Sunday.
The youngster, who practices at Rotherham Golf Club and at the Waterfront, club, is part of the Golf Scholarship programme at Wath Comprehensive School. He shot under-par rounds of 69, 64, 69 and 69.
Ben pips Major winners Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel, who were respectively 17 and 18 when they won the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play.
The champion told the Advertiser: "I was looking at some of the people who have won the trophy. Charl Schwartzel was on there and so was Rory McIllroy, which is nice to see.
"I played really well all four days. I only dropped two shots over the four rounds on the back nine and that was probably key for the week."
Frank Houlgate, PGA professional and owner of Waterfront Golf, added: "What Ben has achieved is something for all our future scholars to aspire to."
More on this story in Friday's Advertiser.
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