SIR Captain Tom Moore’s grandson has won a local golf championship and managed to retain his winning title, but he had to make a big sacrifice to play.

Max Teixeira took part in a golf championship held at The Club at Mapledurham, Reading, on September 5 and 6 having previously won the men’s competition in 2019.

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The 19-year-old revealed he was given his very first set of clubs by his grandad when he was only four years old and has been a member at the club since he was 11.

Sir Captain Tom Moore, a Second World War veteran, set out to walk 100 laps of his garden in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30.

His initial target was to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together but he smashed his target and managed to raise more than £32 million.

He has since been knighted by the Queen.

Max had been invited along with his family to film Piers Morgan’s Life Stories with Captain Tom Moore but turned down the experience to take part in the golf tournament.

Max successfully won the men’s championship defending his title with a total score of 142 – just four over par.

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The Ladies Club Championships were won for the third time by Jessica Kennedy, with a score of 161 for two rounds.

The men’s captain, Khayyam Aslam, said: “It’s superb to see two former junior golf members progress, work hard and go on to become Club Champions.

“I hope they inspire other juniors at the golf club and we look forward to seeing them both defend their championships in 2021.”

Speaking about this year’s competition, Max explained he felt “more pressure” as he wanted to retain his title but said he was relieved when he won.

Max, who hasn’t seen his grandad since the start of lockdown, said when he told him he had won the championship “he was very chuffed”.

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He added golf is what his grandad asks him about first every time he sees him.

Lucy Teixeira, Max’s mother, said she is “very proud” of her son who she described as a “very talented golf player”.

She added he is “waiting for his lucky round”.

Now at the University of the West of England, Max is part of the university’s golf team.

Looking ahead to the future, Max said his dream is to play golf professionally.

He said he is going to “knuckle down and get my handicap as low as possible”.

He added: “I look forward to seeing where golf goes because I feel like it is there I just have to work hard for it.”