DANIEL Melling has clearly inherited the golfing gene after winning his first major at the age of 11.
Daniel, the grandson of former professional Dave and son of scratch golfer Gary, won the Junior Centenary Trophy at Crompton and Royton.
As the youngest competitor in the field, Daniel registered a nerveless 90-28-62 to win the event and etch his name on the board and with it record the lowest net score in the competition’s history.
The Crompton Primary year six student is well on the way to becoming the best golfer in the family having seen his handicap more than halve in less than 12 months.
This latest score has seen his handicap tumble to 21.9 from a starting point of 45.
A run of impressive golf on the back nine holes in which Daniel made pars at the challenging 13th, 14th and 16th holes on the moorland course from the men’s white tees gave young Daniel a six shot cushion over the runner-up Michael Tomkinson (81-13-68) who edged out John Norbury (80-12-68) on a card play-off.
His dad Gary is a sports teacher at Saddleworth School.