Teenager fights back to win championship

Tom Hanson became just the second 15-year-old to win a Colac Golf Club Championship after the talented athlete produced a stunning final round on Saturday.

Emerging golfer Tom Hanson has capped off a breakout 2018 by becoming the second youngest player to win the Colac Golf Club Championship.

The 15-year-old started Saturday’s final round three shots back from reigning champion and former professional Nick Welsh.

Hanson held his nerve in the final grouping, which featured Welsh, Hanson’s dad Paul and 2016 winner Tyson Finn, to shoot 75 and edge out Welsh, 79, by a shot.

The Trinity College Colac Year Nine student, who turned 15 in September, joins rare company by taking out the event as a teenager.

Talented export Chris Milverton took out the event at 15 and two weeks, while Craig Spence won as a 16-year-old before going on to celebrate a decorated career, which included an Australian Masters triumph in 1999.

Hanson said Saturday’s win was the icing on the cake for a big year of golf for the talented sportsman.

The son of Paul and Anita Hanson earned a chance to represent the state at the Australian Schools 15 Years and Under School Golf Championships after claiming the School Sports Victoria’s Secondary Schools Junior Final.

He is also gearing up to represent premier Melbourne-based club Kingston Heath in junior pennant this summer with fellow Colac junior Max Miraglia.

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