Following his big brother

Alex Fitzpatrick has set his sights on emulating older brother Matt after winning the prestigious Sheffield Plate and making his Great Britain & Ireland debut.

The 17-year-old from Hallamshire held off Lindrick’s Jamie Sheppard to win the Plate by five shots over his home course.

Alex carried the bag for his brother Matt in his US Amateur Championship win and watched as he went on to win twice on the European Tour on his way to making a Ryder Cup debut for Europe at Hazeltine later this year.

“I would love to be like Matt,” he said. “For all young golfers, he is somebody to look up to and I’m lucky he is my brother and is there to help me.” The England under-16 international plotted his way around Hallamshire to one under-par 70 in both rounds.

“I was consistent thanks to being conservative, playing steady golf and keeping it in play. The key, though, was holing short range putts – something that I did well all day.”

Alex was part of the GB & I team which lost narrowly to the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy 13½-11½ at Prince’s in Kent.

He won by 3&2 against Pontus Nyholm, birdieing the 16th to close out his match and finished the event as one of the home side’s top contributors with 3½ points.