YOUNGSTERS at Ross Golf Club again proved their talent against senior opposition coming with two prestigious titles recently.

The annual blue ribbon event in Ross Golf Club's programme for handicap category Division One men members is the Mike Lane Trophy played over 36 holes on a gross medal basis.

It was therefore timely that the competition's two rounds played on separate days coincided with the temporary return to club ranks of 22 year-old one handicap golfer Niall Powell, having recently completed the first year of a two-year International Competitive Scholarship at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Powell defended the Mike Lane Trophy with gross scores of 71 and 73 to give him a combined level par 144.

Ross Juniors captain Harry Griffiths finished in the runners-up spot with a combined 152.

For the best net handicap performers the same two rounds format enables members to compete for the Traders Cup.

For the second successive year it was won by a teenager and product of the Ross Club's investment in young people.

Matty Dobbs became a Junior member with a 36 handicap in July 2016 and to his credit has fully embraced the Junior Academy's continuous improvement culture. In doing so he has developed into into an accomplished 13 handicap golfer. Dobbs' combined 136 nett total gave him a five shots advantage over runner-up Club Secretary Ian Griffiths, who is also enjoying a highly effective season.

In third and fourth position were teenagers Harry Griffiths 142 and Rhys McGinley 143.

McGinley's latest success saw him paired with Tim Wyatt in the annual Tim Hall School of Golf Junior/Adult event which they won with 42 points.

There total dened top spot to his sister, Rhian and dad Jonathan who scored 39 points in finishing runners-up. In the Traders Cup seasoned campaigner 10 handicapper Colin Bennion impressed in equal 4th position with a 143 total.