SOMERSET golf prodigy Mimi Rhodes has dedicated her superb victory in the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in Portugal over the weekend to her grandmother.

Rhodes, 17, has come through the ranks at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club and was taking part in the event alongside her younger sister, Patience.

Rhodes was level at the top of the leaderboard with three holes to play on the final day and finished with a remarkable flourish, recording birdie-birdie-eagle on her final three holes to take victory by four shots.

It was an emotional triumph for the Somerset star, who told The Telegraph: “Grandma is suffering from cancer and has been through a bad time, but she was so proud of Patience and I qualifying for these finals.

“I wanted so much to do it for her and when I finished and hugged my sister, I knew I would cry.

"Grandma said she knew I would win, but even she was surprised that I closed my round like that.

“Honestly, when I made that 12-footer on the 16th I didn’t know I’d moved ahead but when my approach on the 17th clattered against the pin leaving me the shortest of tap-ins I realised it was mine to lose.

"The eagle on the last was the icing really and it was lovely to walk up to that five-footer, knowing I’d lived up to my goal. It’s my biggest title to date.”

Next year, Rhodes is due to attend Wake Forest University in North Carolina as she continues to enhance her growing reputation.

Patience, 15, finished fifth after an excellent performance of her own.