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Eric Banks has one more tournament this season.

A young Nova Scotian golfer from Truro has been honoured for overcoming adversity after he came back from open-heart surgery to play competitively.

Eric Banks, who studies at the University of Florida, was awarded the David Toms Award on Tuesday. 

"It's near the top. When I was struggling after my surgery, I always dreamed I would win an award like this," he said. "It doesn't make all the struggles feel any better because it still hurt a lot, but it makes those months I went through a little better."

The award celebrates the NCAA golfer who has overcome the most adversity.

Banks had the major surgery in 2012. The 21-year-old returned to the links and finished in the top 20 in two tournaments this spring. 

He was the 2011 Nova Scotia Junior and Men's Amateur champion and a member of Canada's national amateur team.