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Burghley junior is following in the footsteps of golfing greats James and Jacklin

Burghley Park junior Teddy Crooke is following in the footsteps of golfing greats Mark James and Tony Jacklin after an historic county success.

The duo are both previous winners of the Lincolnshire County Junior Championship and Crooke continued that illustrious line with victory in the competition at Cleethorpes.

In very wet and windy conditions, the Oakham School pupil was the only player in the field to play to his handicap in both of the rounds of the 36-hole event, emerging at the end of the day as winner of the Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 Championships.

Teddy Crooke (11379318)
Teddy Crooke (11379318)

In the history of the event, which goes back to 1937, no-one has ever - as far as the organisers are aware - done this before. Teddy was cut 0.1 on each of his rounds and his handicap is now down to 3.6.

In the morning round he started well with two pars, before a double bogey on the par three third hole stalled his progress a bit.

But a birdie on the fifth eased the pressure and he reached the turn three over before dropping only one more shot on the way home, courtesy of holing several long putts to reach the clubhouse with a four over par 74.

That put him in fourth position overall at the halfway point of the Under 18 event, first in the Under 14 section and second in the Under 16 category.

A disappointing start to the second 18 holes saw Crooke three over after three holes, but eight consecutive pars steadied the ship and he then dropped only one more shot on the back nine, including chipping in from 20 yards on the 18th to come in with a second 74.

The first round leaders struggled in the afternoon winds, dropping shots steadily, leaving Cooke to emerge at the head of the field to win the Under 18 Championship by three shots and also take the Under 14 and Under 16 titles at the same time.

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