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Darren Walkley has revealed his determination to pick up where he left off in 2014 after collecting more trophies.

The Hayling amateur topped the inaugural Hampshire order of merit last season after a string of consistent performances.

That success, helped by victory at the Delhi Cup and some good finishes in the other ranking events over the campaign, saw him land a double prize at the recent Havant Sports Awards.

Run by Havant Borough Council, the bash at the Horizon Leisure Centre was given some extra glamour when it was hosted by BBC Radio Solent Sport celebrity Andy Moon.

And Walkley was the main recipient after landing the prizes of Havant senior sportsman of the year and Havant sportsperson of the year.

Although Waterlooville’s Scott Gregory was also in the hunt for the men’s prize, Walkley carried off the gong.

And he believes it can act as more motivation for the forthcoming new season.

He said: ‘It was a proud moment and great to receive an award like that.

‘It was a consistent year for me and there were some good results, so it was brilliant when my name was announced.

‘I feel like my golf is improving all the time.

‘My handicap has gone down from seven to plus three in five years.

‘But there are lots of things I want to achieve and I will be hoping to do well in some of the national amateur events this season.

‘It all starts next month and I’ve been putting in the practice over the winter.

‘Now I just want to get started.’

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