Stevens is proud to accept Norfolk role

Dunston Hall's Simon Stevens will mark his last year in junior golf as the Norfolk boys' captain.

The 17-year-old is delighted by his appointment and describes it as the proudest moment in his golfing career to date.

That's saying something – as he has represented Norfolk boys at U14, U16 and U18 level and also played his part in helping his club win the men's Cullington Cup and, twice, the Bass junior league. He has also been club champion, adding his name to an impressive roll of honour which includes the late Craig Waugh and Norfolk champion Stuart Ballingall.

Stevens' aims for his new role include explaining the ropes to newcomers to the junior teams so they quickly get over any nerves. 'I'm very pleased about it – and surprised. I didn't expect to be asked,' he said.

Stevens took up golf when he was 13, when his father sorted him out a set of old ladies' clubs and suggested a trip to the range. He loved it straight away and jumped at the chance when the Dunston Hall professionals suggested he join their junior coaching sessions.

Since then he has made rapid progress, down to two handicap – and this year he hopes to get into plus figures. He's also planning to play more national competitions, such as the McEvoy Trophy, the prestigious U18 boys' tournament.

Stevens is taking golf studies at Easton College. He hopes to go on to Birmingham University to study golf management.