Landen Howard took first place earlier this week in one of the most prestigious junior tournaments in the country.

The Richmond native claimed the title in the boys 11-13 year-old division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's second-annual Summer World Championship.

The three-day event took place Aug. 3 through 5 at Orange County National in Orlando, Fla.

The event featured some of the top junior players from around the world, including Europe, China, Africa, Canada and South America.

Howard shot rounds of 75, 69 and 72 for an even-par 216.

He tied for the top spot on the leaderboard with Erich Arce from Paraguay, which forced a playoff.

Howard won on the second extra hole with a birdie.

With the win Landen received a crystal vase and golf bag as well as a fully paid trip to the Bahamas to hang out with PGA Legend Ernie Els and play The Albany Golf Club, site of the annual Tiger Woods Hero Challenge.

Landen says he is extremely excited for the opportunity to ask Els about life on the PGA Tour, play with the three-time major champion and just hang out and talk about golf.

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