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Oh Brother! Weaver pair land National Titles

NEWMARKET brothers Max and Tyler Weaver recently underlined their huge golfing potential by pulling off an extraordinary double.

In the final week of July, 18-year-old Tyler registered the biggest success of his rapidly-blossoming career with a thumping five-shot victory in the Carris Trophy, the English Boys’ Under-18 Stroke-play Championship.

Not to be outdone, his elder sibling Max produced a series of skilled and gritty displays to battle past five opponents and claim the Welsh Amateur Men’s Championship title.

Max, 20, said: “Tyler absolutely tore it up and then I managed to follow him. It’s nice to get the name out there.”

(Credit Leaderboard Photography): Tyler Weaver enjoys the moment at the Carris trophy after sealing the biggest win of his career to date

Tyler Weaver enjoys the moment at the Carris trophy after sealing the biggest win of his career to date.
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Tyler, a member at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, dominated an international field from start to finish at Moor Park in Hertfordshire. He fired rounds of 68, 69, 67 and 68 to end up a convincing winner on 16-under-par.

He said: “Being at the top of the leaderboard most of the event was new for me. But it was fun and exciting to be in contention the whole way through.

“Off the tee I was very solid and that course required a lot of drivers if you wanted to take advantage, especially the long holes.

“I think I might have only had two three-putts in all four rounds, so not many dropped shots on the greens, which was very good as well.

“I think, for me, it’s the biggest event I’ve won as of yet. As an Englishman, that’s definitely one of the events you want to win before you go on to college golf.”

(Credit Rushmer PR): Max Weaver displayed his battling qualities in winning the Welsh Amateur Men’s Championship

Max Weaver displayed his battling qualities in winning the Welsh Amateur Men’s Championship 
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While Tyler was finishing off his wonderful week at the Carris Trophy, Max – also a member at Bury St Edmunds – was getting his bid for Welsh Amateur glory underway at Newport Golf Club.

He battled through the opening two rounds of stroke-play to make the last-32 before winning a series of match-play head-to-heads.

The 36-hole final saw Max – who has Welsh grandparents on his dad’s side – overcome Welshpool golfer Tomi Bowen 2 and 1.

Max said: “The week was brutal. The wind was really bad and we had lots of rain. Kind of getting into a dog-fight mentality and being able to grind it when things weren’t going your way was very important.

“The mental attitude was a huge part and it was nice to follow Tyler after everyone was talking about his victory.”   

Max Weaver with the Welsh Mens Amateur Trophy.

Max Weaver with the Welsh Mens Amateur Trophy.

The potential of the Weaver boys – whose father Jason was a top-class Flat racing jockey – has long been known about, not least within the Suffolk Golf Union. 

They are the latest rising stars to make their mark on the national stage, having benefitted early in their careers from the county’s outstanding junior training programme, headed by PGA professional Keith Preston.

Tyler is now preparing to represent the full England side in the Home Internationals, which will take place from August 9-11 at Machynys Golf Club in Wales.

He said: “That will be really exciting. I did play in the Home Internationals last year but only got to play a couple of games as I got injured. So I’m looking to play more and win more this year.”

At the same time, Max will be lining up as one of three amateurs in the £100,000 Clutch Pro Tour event in Northumberland at Slaley Hall, having secured a spot with a top-three finish in the Tillman Trophy.

(Credit Leaderboard Photography): Tyler Weaver on his way to an emphatic triumph in the Carris Trophy at Moor Park

Tyler Weaver on his way to an emphatic triumph in the Carris Trophy at Moor Park
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Their respective efforts will be followed closely by golfing friends from their home county. Equally, both young men are very aware of the part the Suffolk Golf Union has played in their development.

Max added: “Suffolk Golf have been really good. They have given myself and my brother good opportunities from when we were younger.

“When I was about 16, I managed to get the call-up for the first team, the men. With that they were able to give me the opportunity to play against better players. And they’ve also helped a lot with training sessions through the season.”

For his part, Tyler looks back fondly on his early days in the sport and the winter training sessions at Aldeburgh Golf Club where he earned the nickname of ‘Strike’ from coach Preston because of his unerring ability always to find the exact middle of the club-face every single swing.

Tyler said: “At that point I wasn’t taking golf majorly seriously, I was just having a lot of fun and enjoying the Suffolk training and matches.”

In the future, things are likely to turn a little more serious – Tyler will soon be heading off to Florida State University.

But one thing is for sure: the modest and engaging Weaver lads won’t stop having fun every time they tee it up.

Martin Webb is a keen amateur golfer and has been the editor of Suffolk Norfolk & Essex Golf Magazine since 2023.

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