Champion Ben

HERTS Boys champion Ben Smith stormed home with six birdies in the second round to win the English Junior Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa.

HERTS Boys champion Ben Smith stormed home with six birdies in the second round to win the English Junior Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa.

Smith, 17, from Sandy Lodge, opened with 75 to be four strokes off the lead, but clinched his first national title with birdies at the final two holes for a four under par 142 to win by one stroke from Durham’s James Simpson (Whickham), North of England schools champion.

Ronnie Madeville, one of Hertfordshire’s popular club professionals, has died in Watford General Hospital. aged 90.

He was club pro at West Herts from 1946 to 1985, before retiring, and the club marked his 90th birthday in February with a celebration dinner in his honour, a tribute which was also paid by the Chorleywood club, for whom he was honorary professional.

He was a member of the Herts Alliance and a former winner of their championship.

A former plus 2 player, he competed in the Open Championship, three times completing all four rounds, and also in European Tour events in Swiss and French Opens.

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Serving for four and a half years in the RAF in the Western Desert during the Second World War, he played in organised leisure events by the Middle East Forces.