Wire-to-wire Logan Trophy victory for Durham man at Northumberland
Durham's Richard Aisbitt finished six shots clear of the field to complete an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the Logan Trophy at Northumberland Golf Club.
Aisbitt closed with a two-under 70 to finish the 54-hole English Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at six-under par. That put him out ahead of his playing partner and friend, the host club’s Andrew Minnikin, who in turn was one clear of Yorkshire’s Stephen East.
“I am delighted, chuffed to bits,” said Brancepeth Castle man Aisbitt, who is also the Durham champion. “This is what you want, to have the chance of winning on a Sunday.
“Andy and I said earlier in the year that the next time we played it would be in the last group at the Logan and it worked out that way. It’s a great one-two for the North-East and, now, we will have to invade the south next year!”
The championship will be held at Brokenhurst Manor in Hampshire in 2016 and both players are planning to play.
Minnikin, who closed with a 73 for a level-par total, added: “This is my first year of playing mid-amateur golf and it gives you the bit between your teeth to know you can compete.”
Aisbitt set out on the final round with a three-shot lead over Minnikin and quickly extended it with a birdie on the first.
The lead widened again when Minnikin three-putted from close range on the second and, by the time the pair turned for home, Aisbitt was six-under for the tournament. A level-par back nine completed the runaway win.
That left Minnikin to battle it out for second place. At one stage, he was briefly overtaken by Stephen East of Moortown, who has won the title three times and charged to the turn in four-under before dropping two on the way in. By contrast, Minnikin’s steady play over the back nine brought him home as runner-up, despite failing to hole any significant putts.
“I’m pleased overall because it’s quite hard to play at home,” said the Northumberland county captain. “I just didn’t hole a putt. That’s the story of my three days. It’s just one of those things.”
Phil Hubball of Whittington Heath also made strides and his 69 - equalling the low score of the day - moved him into fourth place alongside Hampshire’s Martin Young.