Yorkshire golf: I hope we run out of Honours Board space for Jamie Bower, says Meltham GC captain Jim Hemmings

Jamie Bower with Meltham GC captain Jim Hemmings.
Jamie Bower with Meltham GC captain Jim Hemmings.
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MELTHAM GC captain Jim Hemmings has saluted member Jamie Bower's achievements in winning two prestigious South African amateur titles.

And he is hopeful that the Yorkshire champion will continue his success - even if it means the club runs out of Honours Board space to mark his achievements.

Jamie Bower with Meltham GC professionals Simon and Sarah Race.

Jamie Bower with Meltham GC professionals Simon and Sarah Race.

Bower will return home from South Africa on Saturday following a six-week trip as a member of England Golf men's squad.

As well as winning the first tournament of six in which he played - the Gauteng North Open - Bower added the Southern Cape Open title, placed third in the South African stroke play championship and this week reached the quarter-finals of the South African Amateur championship.

Here is captain Jim Hemmings's tribute to the Yorkshire county player.

"There can be no doubt that to describe Jamie Bower’s 2015-16 golf year as successful would be an understatement of the facts.

"Building on a continuing record of excellent results he has, in this year alone, been promoted from the England A Squad to full England representation, won the Yorkshire Amateur stroke play championship and picked up a few trophies on his inaugural South African tour.

"But this success doesn’t come through talent alone and it’s worth taking a look at his journey from fledgling footballer and golfer to the present.

"Coming from solid Yorkshire stock he’s the third generation Bower at Meltham Golf Club where his father, Steve, and both his grandfathers, Harry and Tony, still play and where he started at the age of 10 to lay the foundation of his current success.

"Football was discarded fairly early on, despite club trials, as golf came to dominate his every available hour and his talent for the game came to the fore.

"Jamie swiftly rose through the Boys and Youth ranks, captaining teams for Yorkshire and lifting numerous trophies on the way, including winning the Faldo Under-21 Series, the Midland Counties Amateur and several North of England Amateur events, where Middlesborough Golf Club proved a favourite course.

"As with all talented youngsters he has been constantly supported by his parents and grandparents, both providing the necessary taxi service and when possible travelling away to watch his progress.

"On the way he has overcome broken wrists and a dedication to chips now that travels have broadened his taste buds.

"But like all aspiring sportsmen Jamie applies a very disciplined and professional approach to practice with every opportunity being taken to hone his game. And even now he makes himself available for local Union commitments when his busy schedule allows.

"The ability of all talented golfers to focus and concentrate to the exclusion of all else is well known, but Jamie manages to combine this with a stress-free approach to his game that undoubtedly stands him in good stead.

"I can recall giving Jamie a lift to the Yorkshire Union annual dinner this year, but he was running late having been practising at Newark all day and had detoured to pick up his Australian girlfriend, Olivia, at Meadowhall. He was still dressing in the back of my car on the way and even managed a brief nap to arrive unflustered and ready to be acknowledged as Yorkshire Amateur champion.

"This is characteristic of Jamie the man who, at 22, is a calm and maturing golfer, and has built the momentum to launch his career in golf to even higher levels, especially so since on his recent South African tour he has broken through to become one of the top 50 world amateur golfers.

"I’m just hoping the Honours Board at Meltham Golf Club runs out of space."