Young genius is a golfing great of the future

9-year-old Bobby Mitton is presented with the European Gold Tour Order of Merit by professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood

9-year-old Bobby Mitton is presented with the European Gold Tour Order of Merit by professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood

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When he first picked up a golf club on holiday aged five, it was taller than he was.

Now four years later - at the grand old age of nine - Bobby Mitton has got to grips with the game and is on the cusp of sporting greatness.

9-year-old Bobby Mitton is presented with the European Gold Tour Order of Merit by professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood

9-year-old Bobby Mitton is presented with the European Gold Tour Order of Merit by professional golfer Tommy Fleetwood

The St Michael’s Primary School pupil from Much Hoole has beaten competition from across the globe to win the on the Order of Merit for most consistent play on the European Junior Golf Tour.

Coach Richie Benyon, of Southport Golf Academy, said:

“His consistency shows he can become one of the biggest names in golf, he can definitely make it all the way.”

The achievement comes after a whirlwind year of a league wins, a second place in a Junior Spanish Open and second place in a Junior Irish Open, filmed for Sky.

His consistency shows he can become one of the biggest names in golf, he can definitely make it all the way.

Richie Benyon

In May Bobby played for Penwortham Golf Club in the junior North Lancashire and Southport District League, believed to be the youngest ever player to do this still aged eight, competing against juniors up to the age of 18.

He has now qualified for the 2016 European Junior Championships in Switzerland - something he puts down to “lots of practice, listening to your coach and good parents.”

The Order of Merit was presented to Bobby by world number 67 golfer Tommy Fleetwood, at an end-of-term school assembly.

Tommy, who himself won the Order of Merit as a youngster, said: “This shows the level he’s at. Everyone can have a good week, but this shows he’s been good over a whole year, and consistency is a massive thing in golf.

“He’s shown he’s got the ability to go on to achieve great things.”

Bobby’s dad Paul Mitton said: “We are so proud of what Bobby has achieved. Bobby’s commitment and desire to succeed is a true credit to Bobby and his passion for golf, his approach to golf has a maturity far beyond his years and just as importantly has remained completely grounded.

“Bobby’s balanced and grounded approach is truly what we are proud of the most, always respecting others, looking after his sister, brother and friends.

“We love watching Bobby play golf in competitions applying his focus and then come home and play with his toys just like any other nine-year-old.”