Norfolk rising star Ed Featherstone is all set for a red-letter month.

The Sheringham golfer will turn 18 on September 5, but either side of that has a series of important playing engagements – including the Norfolk Elite Amateur Championship.

He’s busy preparing to tee up on September 7 at Royal Norwich in the 36-hole tournament that features many of the host county’s best players, as well as others from their Anglian League rivals.

Featherstone also played last year at Hunstanton in the same tournament, which he won’t forget – and not just because it was reduced to 18 holes as a result of an overnight thunderstorm.

The Sheringham High School sixth-former said: “It was a bit of a stressful day, the same day I got my GCSE results. My mum had to go to my school and get the results and give me a call just before I was about to tee off.”

Fresh from the news that he’d got the grades he wanted, Featherstone went out for a different sort of examination and duly passed with flying colours.

He shot a level-par 72 to finish runner-up, just a stroke behind Leicestershire’s Scott Wormleighton.

“That was a real confidence booster,” said Featherstone, who this season has gone on to win the Norfolk Amateur Championship and the prestigious Lagonda Trophy.

Ed has also added to his experience bank by playing in a string of renowned events such as the Brabazon Trophy, English Under-25s Championship and the R&A’s Boys’ Amateur Championship.

But he feels that there’s a bit of unfinished business when it comes to the Norfolk Elite Amateur Championship.

Featherstone added: “It’s one of my last big events of the year, so I’d like to end this season with a bit of a high and this would be a very good way of doing it. Considering last year and how I played, it would be nice to go one better.”

There will be an element of home advantage as Featherstone has membership at Royal Norwich.

He said: “It is a very nice course – a proper test of golf.  It’s long, the fairways are really pure – you can’t really complain about any bad lies. The greens are undulating as well, so you’ve got to place the ball on the greens well. If it’s windy, it’s pretty tough sometimes.”

Aside from the Norfolk Elite Amateur Championship, Featherstone has accepted an invitation to join 15 other young stars for a September 1-3 get-together at Woodhall Spa, home of England Golf.

There will be another chance to enhance his international claims when he returns to Woodhall Spa on September 17 for the national Men’s County Champion of Champions event.

*Entry for the Norfolk Elite Amateur Championship is still open via