Golf: Eccles is British and UK champion

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Lewis Eccles enjoyed a sensational fortnight as he claimed a UK and a British title as well as a Special Olympics GB silver medal.

And in doing so the 14-year-old left the UK’s best disabled adult golfers in his wake.

Lewis, from Mexborough, competed in the Golf Trust UK Disabled Open at The Shire in London last month having won the junior trophy at the event for the previous two years.

But not content with making it three in a row, Eccles - who has Autism, ADHD and Dsypraxia and competes in disabled and special Olympic golf - won first prize in the main senior event by outscoring the country’s best adult disabled golfers.

He then followed it up four days later by also taking first prize at the British Disabled Open at Ufford Park in Ipswich.

This was another senior competition, which he had not been allowed to enter in previous years due to his age, with the rules of the course not allowing him to participate.

However, after an excellent year of competition wins he convinced the organisers to allow him into the senior contest this year, and Eccles responded in style as we swept to victory.

The following week, the Wath Comprehensive School pupil was selected for the top tier at the Special Olympic GB Championships, where he took a silver medal in the elite division.

As a result of his win in the UK Disabled Open, Eccles was invited back to The Shire last week to take part in a charity event, this time playing alongside with his dad Peter, who was impressed with his son’s recent form on the golf course.

“He’s done exceptionally well,” said Peter.

“It was an amazing couple of weeks for Lewis.

“Although dyspraxia usually affects coordination, Lewis is an absolute natural at golf.

“It’s fair to say he’s had a busy time of late but he’s gone from strength to strength. It’s been a great spell of form for him.

“I’ve carried his clubs for him around that course enough times, so it was nice to be able to hit a ball for myself for a change at The Shire.”

Lewis, who is coached by Nick Huby at the Peter Cowen Golf Academy, has continued his excellent form from 2014 when he starred for England in matchplay singles matches against Wales and Scotland.

Lewis won Disabled Sports Personality of the Year at the 2015 Doncaster Free Press Community Awards.