Scott Gregory is a young man on a mission after his latest club championship victory – and has Phil Mickelson in his sights.
The talented 16-year-old scratch golfer lifted the club championship title at Corhampton Golf Club earlier this summer having been named as Hampshire under-16 golfer of the year for 2010.
In a year that has seen him invited to regional coaching, seal third place in the Faldo Series at Walton Heath and claim a victory in the South Winchester Open, Gregory continued his sparkling form with a three-shot win at the Waterlooville club championship.
Rounds of 72 and 73 – including a gutsy finish at the 17th and 18th holes in his second round where he produced some impressive escapology – left him three clear of a clutch of four players who all ended with totals of 148.
They were made up of Trevor Finlay – who claimed runners-up spot on countback – Dave Gatrell, Alex McLeod and Martin Swandell.
But Gregory, whose favourite player is the American left-hander and has an ambition to one day play alongside him at the US Masters, has been tipped for further honours by Waterlooville competition chairman Pete Cleverley.
Cleverley said: ‘He did tremendously well and coped really well with the pressure on 17 and 18.
‘He had to chip out on 17 and made a great up-and-down and then played an outstanding third shot on the 18th from 165 yards and put it to 18 inches.
‘Scott is clearly a very good player. If he carries on improving the way he is, there’s no reason that he can’t go on to progress further in the game.’
Waterlooville Golf Club, which is hosting its annual pro-am on August 10 with the cream of the PGA southern region golfers all taking part, also staged several other competitions on the same day with the range of handicap golfers testing their skills.
McLeod – a six-handicapper – who featured in the shake-up for the main event, carried off the Jim Cornfoot Cup for scratch to nine handicappers. While the Stan Faulkner Cup (10-18 handicap) saw 13-handicapper Willie Martin prevail.
Mark Whitcher lifted the John Dingle Cup for 19-28 handicappers.
But Cleverley insists the quality of the course helped the members.
Cleverley said: ‘The course was in fantastic condition and certainly helped the scores.’