GOLFER Matty Lamb has lifted one of the country’s most prestigious amateur titles.

The plus-five handicapper has won the Hampshire Hog Open, which boasts a star-studded list of previous winners, including Sandy Lyle and Justin Rose.

The 21-year-old Hexham Golf Club member shot rounds of 70 and 63 for a 36-hole total of 133, which won by two strokes.

He beat Rose’s previous second round record of 65, and overall total of 134.

Gary Wolstenholme’s two round total of 132, set in 2002, remains the 36-hole record.

Lamb’s success at North Hants Golf Club in Fleet was a continuation of his impressive early season form, following a spell playing in Australia during the winter months.

Prior to the victory, he had already finished seventh in both the Portugese International Amateur, and Spanish International Amateur championships this year.

He said: “I was very pleased with my performance at the Hampshire Hog. It’s always nice to shoot a good score when you need to, and my game is looking good for the rest of the year.”

The former England Boys’ captain has a busy schedule ahead. Next month, he is due to compete in the Lytham Trophy, at Royal Lytham & St Annes, as well as the French and Irish Amateur championships.

The youngster is coached by his friend and mentor Andy Paisley, who is head professional at Hexham, and has widely established himself as one of the most highly regarded coaches in the UK.

Lamb is an ambassador for Golfing4Life, a not for profit organisation which supports young golfers to progress in the sport.