Ellis back from the brink to win in style

Harry Ellis
Harry Ellis
Scott Gregory. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Harry Ellis secured the Hampshire Junior Championship in style after a brilliant eagle won him a play-off at Corhampton Golf Club.

The Meon Valley 17-year-old, who became the youngest England Amateur champion since Nick Faldo last summer, showed all of his grit against Brokenhurst Manor’s Jack Singh-Brar to lift the title.

With the light fading fast, Ellis sank an eight-foot putt for an eagle three at the third extra hole, after his opponent had made an impressive four on the par five.

Holding his nerve, it was enough to see him lift the title, which appeared to be out of his grasp on several occasions throughout the tournament.

Ellis looked to be heading for defeat at the first play-off hole but rolled in a sensational 35-foot birdie putt to keep the game alive after his rival had hit his approach to two feet.

He had already snuck into the play-off with a brilliant late burst.

After carding a one-over par 72 in his first round, Ellis stormed back in the second round with a brilliant three-under-par 68, firing back-to-back birdies in the final two holes to get himself into the play-off with a two-under-par total.

The victory saw Ellis regain the under-18 trophy he won at Southampton’s Stoneham Golf Club three years ago, aged just 14.

And it came after he finished runner-up in the French Boys Amateur and Strokeplay Championships two weeks ago.

Ellis’ Meon Valley club-mate George Saunders claimed the Royal Guernsey Cup as the best placed under-14 player.