County Durham’s Ryan Dixon enjoyed the biggest win of his career at the Welsh Open Youths at Wenvoe Castle near Cardiff.
Letchworth’s Jack Slater was second, three shots back, with Llandudno’s Rueben Bather in third, part of a strong home challenge with Prestbury’s Matthew Delaney 5th, Aberdovey’s Connor Owen and Delamere Forest’s James Ashfield part of a group tied sixth.
“I am pretty happy obviously, this is a big achievement for me,” said Dixon. “It is the first event I have played since coming back from St Mary’s University, St Antonio in Texas, where I have just finished my first year.
“It is the first time I have won a national tournament so it is pretty much up there. I have learned so much about myself and managing my emotions in America.
“I was watching people beat themselves up and I was just staying patient, I didn’t have that control before I went to America so I am really enjoying it.
“I didn’t know I if I had a cushion or not and that is how I wanted it. I just wanted to stick to my game plan and it didn’t faze me what I needed to do.”