GOLF-mad youngster Jack Elkins got to meet some of his idols – including Masters winner Danny Willett and Ryder Cup record holder Lee Westwood.

The 11-year-old from Romsey was taken to watch the practice day at The Belfry last week, where Willett, who became just the second Englishman ever to win the Green Jacket at Augusta in 2016, was the official host for the Betfred British Masters.

Stoneham Golf Club member Jack, who has already played for Hampshire’s U14s, and picked up a couple of good wins in junior golf events, was thrilled to get to meet his heroes.

And when he bumped into Southampton’s Richard Bland, the British Masters defending champion, the first thing the former Dibden Golf Club junior did was spot Jack was wearing a Stoneham GC hat.

Jack, who only joined Stoneham a few weeks ago, had posted a picture on Twitter of him stood by the sign by the ninth and 10th holes at the Bassett Green course, which is now dubbed “Blandy’s Corner.”

Jack’s dad Simon said: “As soon as he mentioned that he was the boy in the pic stood at Blandy’s Corner, which he had liked, on Twitter, Richard was laughing and happy to sign his Stoneham cap.”

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While Bland – who famously claimed the British Masters at The Belfry 12 months ago in his 478th start on the European Tour – missed the cut on Friday, Jack’s dad could not put a price on their experience at the West Midlands club.

Simon said: “I got permission for him to miss school for a day as Jack is absolutely golf mad, and I knew he would learn so much from watching and talking to his heroes at the official practice day.

“I booked us into The Belfry Hotel and lo and behold, we went down to dinner and there was Danny Willett, followed by Lee Westwood, also eating there.

“Jack was able to chat to them and have some pictures taken. They were both brilliant and happy to talk to him, and hear about his own success in golf.

“We went to the pro-am at Wentworth last year, but this was even better.

“We were able to use all the facilities at the hotel as guests and that meant we bumped into some of the players who were using the gym and the pool.”

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