A TWELVE-year-old budding golf star missed out on victory at Ross Golf Club's recent event on count-back from senior member Steve Price.

Playing off a 19 handicap young Leo Powell hit an impressive net 70 medal score in the men's event, which saw 101 competitors compete for free entry to their club's forthcoming Pro-AM competition.

Powell has enjoyed some remarkable improvement moving to a 19 handicap from its 33 New Year starting point.

The qualifier was played from the testing white tees reflected in the course standard scratch score being 73 for the day.

However, top honours went to nine handicapper Price after his accomplished net medal 70 outcome.

With just three shots dropped to par in his opening nine holes, this gave Price the required impetus and a welcome birdie at the challenging 11th hole and some steady play thereafter resulted in his win resulting in a one-shot handicap reduction.

Price and Powell were followed by Richard Clements and Ian Griffiths with net 71's and David Taylor, Danny Gear, Jayden Decloedt, James Hay and Rod Buchan finished with net 72's. There were a host of creditable net 73 scorers in Mike Mintram, Neil Winter, 2019 Juniors Captain Harry Griffiths, 2018 Pro-Am winner Stuart Smith, Tim Fewell, Nic Pomeroy, Rhys McGinley, Andrew Peterson and former Juniors Captain Cam Haines.