TEENAGER Freddie Titcombe has claimed a top prize in a prestigious golf tournament in Somerset.

Playing off a handicap of four, the 15-year-old Commonweal School pupil shot a nett four-under-par 66 in Division One of the amateur section at the Total Triumph Classic at Oake Manor Golf Club near Taunton. He took top prize of a putter by beating two other players on countback.

The Total Triumph is a PGA West Region order of merit tournament where amateurs play their own competition in company of leading West and Wales professionals. He played alongside Lydia Hall, the Ladies European Tour player from the Hensol Academy in Cardiff.

She was one of three players to shoot seven-under-par 133 and qualify for a three-way sudden-death play-off eventually won by Welshman Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle).

She said: “It was a pleasure playing with Freddie who impressed me as a likeable young man who could have a very bright future in the game.”

Titcombe, a member at Broome Manor and who expects his handicap to be cut after his success, has featured in Wiltshire county boys and junior teams during his nine years of playing. He is coached by by PGA pro Danny White and has county coaching with John Jacobs at Cumberwell Park.

“It was my first visit to Oake Manor and I was most impressed,” he said. “Mine was a game of two halves and I shot four-under-par 31 with four birdies on the back nine which was really satisfying. It was a privilege to play with Lydia. She is a very nice lady and really encouraged me.”