Freddie’s the star attraction

Freddie Fenton tees off at the launch of the Hampshire Golf Partnership website at Eastleigh Golf Centre
Freddie Fenton tees off at the launch of the Hampshire Golf Partnership website at Eastleigh Golf Centre
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Freddie Fenton – remember the name.

The nine-year-old upstaged five club professionals, two England junior internationals and a Ladies European Tour player who was once the country’s leading amateur player.

The Portsmouth schoolboy, who has already caught the attention of Hampshire Boys squad coaches, was the only player to hit the pin during the TaylorMade Skills Challenge held at the launch of the Hampshire Golf Partnership’s website at Hedge End Golf Centre.

The young ace, who plays regularly at Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club with dad Edward and sister Nancy (11), struck an inch-perfect seven iron to the circular targets on the range and sparked cheers from the watching masses as he clattered the flag.

And the roar of the crowd is something he may have to get used to if he continues with his development.

He said: ‘I have been to watch Pompey and love it when the crowd get excited and make lots of noise.

‘I have also been to Wentworth and seen Rory McIlroy play and it is great when the crowd cheers a good shot.

‘I like it and it was great when everyone cheered my shot. I think I can play good shots when there are people watching me now.’

HGP development officer Beverly Huke is keen to see the likes of Freddie and anyone else get bitten by the golf bug.

She said: ‘We aim to publicise and promote the game, identify new players and then direct them to golf centres and clubs where they can receive coaching, be introduced to playing and encouraged to join in.

‘Our goal is to develop more golfers who play regularly and then choose to become club members.’

To find out more about special introductory events and offers throughout the season go to hantsgolfpartnership.co.uk