Winning has become a very welcome habit for young Mountfield golfer Sam Rutledge as he finished the summer undefeated with a bulging trophy cabinet.
Travelling the length and breadth of Ireland over the past few months, Sam has made a name for himself as one of the brightest young talents in Irish Junior Golf, winning all nine Under-6 competitions he entered this season.
This including three provincial wins, five county victories and culminated with defending his Irish Masters title a couple of weekends ago in Dublin.
Added to that he was named the overall Junior Golf Ireland tour player of the year, while also picking up some additional trophies at the Irish Championships for closest to the pin and longest drive.
Sam started the summer winning the Clare County shield before winning similar titles in Donegal, Fermanagh, Kerry before claiming the Ulster Leinster and Munster Championships before rounding things off by defending his All-Ireland title.
This successful summer has helped ease the disappointment of cancelling a trip to take part in a number of World Under 6 Championship events across America due to the incredible heat experienced there this summer.
Sam’s father Johnny Rutledge said, “We had a friend out in the tournaments in America and said he was never as glad to get home as it was 42 degrees.
“It would have been too tough to be out playing in those temperatures so we are planning to maybe go in future years and hope the conditions will be more favourable.
“Sam was a bit disappointed not to get to America but he really enjoyed going to all these tournaments around Ireland which will give him great experience for the future, making a lot of new friends on the tour.
“He is really enjoying just being out playing golf and learning the sport and improving all the time. As long as he is enjoying it that is the most important thing.”