GOLF: Fine top three finish for red-hot Peppercorn

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SOUTH Holland Post 16 Centre talent Ben Peppercorn clinched a fine third place at the Lincolnshire Schools Golf Championship.

The stern par-72 South Kyme Golf Club course, which measures 6,566 yards from the white tees, played host to the event – with Peppercorn playing in his first major golf tournament.

Showing nerves of steel in the under-19 event, he hit his first drive straight down the fairway on the par 4 first – which proved the catalyst for a super start.

His good play was rewarded as he found himself two-under-par to his handicap after his first six holes.

Then, on the 479-yard par five seventh, the South Holland star kick-started his round.

Peppercorn found the front greenside bunker in three shots, before miraculously holing the bunker shot for an unlikely birdie four.

This catapulted his score to five-under-par to his handicap putting him right in contention.

Nett pars on the next two holes left him in contention at five under par at the turn.

Peppercorn picked up where he left off on the back nine. After finding the rough off the tee on the tenth, he hit a towering nine iron to within five feet of the hole. The teen duly holed to propel his score to seven-under.

Two more ‘nett’ birdies were to come on the 14th and 15th holes, which made Peppercorn the man to catch at nine-under par to his handicap.

Unfortunately, his good work was then undone by a couple of slack holes, as his stellar play did not hold up for the entire round.

That saw Peppercorn finished with a total of three dropped shots in the last three holes – meaning he carded a gross 94; six-under to his handicap of 28.

This won him third place on countback and earned him a trophy.

Frustratingly for the South Holland youngster, the eventual winner finished on seven under par to their handicap – some two shots less than the tally he had before the 16th hole.