Clapp has the Max factor

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Max Clapp is the talk of Hayling Golf Club after his first victory in an adult competition.

The talented 11-year-old shot a fine 81 in the recent Gillings Salver for a seven-under-par nett 64 winning score.

That saw him beat his nearest rivals by five strokes and also ensured his 17-handicap was trimmed down to 15 after a brilliant round.

The Hampshire starlet made a solid start to the round with three pars before he then birdied the ninth hole.

And having got himself into a good position, he continued his fine form on the back nine at the tough links course to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

Mum Emma said: ‘He has won junior competitions before but this was his biggest win because it was the first time he has won an adult competition.’

Club professional, Mark Treleaven, said: ‘He’s a good lad and he’s already a very good player at his age.

‘He works hard on his game and if he keeps going the way he is, he is only going to get better and better.’

n Meanwhile, Hampshire under-14s grabbed two narrow victories in their league clash against Essex and Hertfordshire at Weybrook Park, 

Ossian Tate (Waterlooville), Ryan Furnell (Meon Valley), Charles Morgan (Rowlands Castle), Jamie Markwick (Corhampton), Lucas Upsall (Southwick Park) and Zain Preston (Liphook) helped edge both encounters.

All three teams are locked on four points together ahead of the decider at Essex and the winners will then face Kent, Sussex or Surrey.