Harry Ellis has been handed another timely reminder of his growing reputation in the game.
Fresh from competing at the Australian Youth Olympics for Team GB this month, the teenager’s return home coincided with him picking up the Hampshire Golf Union’s prestigious Harry Vardon Trophy.
The accolade, named after the six-times Open champion from the Channel Islands, is awarded to the county’s best junior golfer each year.
And with the Meon Valley ace becoming the youngest-ever winner of the English Amateur Championship in 2012, there was only ever going to be one name etched into it’s roll of honour this time around.
Among the first to congratulate the England international was Justin Rose, who won the European Tour’s Vardon Trophy in 2007 after topping its order of merit.
He responded to a celebratory tweet posted by Ellis on social media site Twitter after taking possession of the coveted trophy – giving the talented teenager yet another boost as he attempts to carve out a successful career on the fairways.
‘To be awarded the Harry Vardon Trophy is a great honour and I follow in some great footsteps,’ said Ellis.
‘Justin won it a few years ago, so I included him in the tweet and it was very nice of him to reply and send his congratulations to me.
‘I’ve never met him before but hopefully one day I will.
‘He is the player that every Hampshire player wants to follow and he has shown how far you can go.’
After a top-10 finish in Australia, Ellis now has a couple of weeks to fine tune his game before competing in Spain next month.
That tournament will kick-start another exciting season on the course.
And with the youngster also being handed the Hampshire junior captaincy for 2013, it’s a year he’s relishing.
‘I’ve got a couple of weeks off but I’m looking forward to getting out there again,’ he said.
‘It should be a good year and I can’t wait to get started.
‘I’m trying to improve my amateur world ranking as much as possible.
‘I picked up 413 places playing in the Youth Olympics and I’m up to 338.’
He added: ‘I’ve seen a lot of people become junior captain, so finally my time has come. It’s lovely to do it.
‘Hampshire is a big part of my success so far, so I will do as much as I can for them when I can.
‘You’ve got to remember where your roots are.’