Doncaster teenager Berry riding high in round one of the R&A's Junior British Open

DONCASTER'S Josh Berry shot a two-under-par 68 to claim a place among the leaders in round one of the R&A's Junior British Open at St Andrews.

Doncaster's Josh Berry with defending Open champion Jordan Spieth.

Berry is just 13, but was chosen to represent England Under-16s in an event involving top juniors from around the world.

Despite conceding a three-year age gap to many of his competitors over the Eden course the French Under-14 champion was third overnight.

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He began at the 10th and parred every hole up to and including the 18th, missing a few good chances to make birdie on his 'outward' nine.

Defending Open champion Jordan Spieth officially opened the British Junior Open at St Andrews.

He made it 14 pars in a row with regulation scores at holes one to five before dropping a shot at the sixth.

Berry hit back in superb style with gains at holes seven, eight and nine.

He was 'out' in level-par 35 and 'home' in two-under 33.

Past winners of the biennial R&A’s Junior British Open include current Masters champion Patrick Reed, who triumphed at Heswall in 2006.

Six years after its creation in 1994 the Junior Open Championship came under the R&A’s administrative umbrella.

All golfing nations affiliated to the R&A are invited to enter their best Under-16 boy and girl golfers.

The event is closely linked to the Open which starts at Carnoustie on Thursday - and is always played on a nearby course.

Berry’s multiple successes include him becoming French Under-14 champion earlier this year, the first English player to win the Chantilly International Trophy in its 45-year history.

He followed that by making his debut for England Under-16s against the North West at Alwoodley, for the Sheffield Union scratch team, and for Yorkshire Under-18s.

It is only three years since he began playing golf and he made his mark immediately when, aged 10, he overhauled an eight-shot first-round deficit to win the 36-hole adidas British Wee Wonders championship on the Strathtyrum course, St Andrews.

Last year he won the title for an unprecedented second time, his 65 setting a course record that surpassed the previous efforts of Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick and the Sheffielder’s fellow European Tour winners Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood.