A teen from Barnet has taken the top prize in a national junior golf championship.

Elle Gibson, who goes to Queen Elizabeth girls school, qualified for the final of the American Golf Junior Championship at a regional qualifying event held at the Shire golf club.

She took the title at Gainsborough golf club with a round of net 63 in the girls’ category, winning against other young golfers from all over the UK and Ireland.

The 13-year-old said: “This was my first time playing in a national final. I really enjoyed the day, everyone was really friendly which helped to calm my nerves.

It was great having my dad caddy so he could share the experience too. I didn't expect to win, so that was a bonus and I'm really happy I get to come back to play in the final again next year.”

The Junior Championship is part of American Golf’s drive to get more people out playing golf more often, which will see more golfing tournaments, both junior and adult, take place nationally in 2017.