Durham kids claim the spoils in grand final of 2014 North East and Cumbria Junior Golf Tour
A TEAM of promising young golfers from Durham has claimed northern bragging rights.
The players, who have all been competing on the Durham County Golf Partnership’s Junior Tour, came out on top against teams from Cumbria and Northumberland.
That happened in the grand final of the Cleveland-Srixon North East and Cumbria Junior Golf Tour, which took place over nine holes at The Wynyard Club, a former host venue of the Seve Trophy, in County Durham
The successful Durham players, all aged between seven and 13, competed in an order of merit throughout the summer to win a place in the team to play at the final.
The 16-strong squad returned a winning score of 578 to see off the challenge of Cumbria (581) and Northumberland (595) to become the first host county to lift the trophy.
Jonathan Ward, county development officer for the Durham CGP, commented: “Congratulations to all the youngsters who took part. They have all worked hard to make progress with their golf and that effort and commitment paid off in the final.”
The Durham team comprised captain Lewis Reay (Ramside Hall GC) alongside Adam Charlton (The Hobson GC), Luke Tate (Boldon GC), Amy Lawson (The Hobson GC), Lauren Robson (Bishop Auckland GC) and James Phetmalaikul (Ramside Hall GC).
Also in the team were Joshua Fletcher (Ramside Hall GC), Logan Douglas (Roseberry Grange GC), Jake Dickinson (Brancepeth Castle GC), Kieran Hall (Castle Eden GC) and Callum Brown (Crook GC), as well as Jack Vincent (Ryton GC), Harvey Crooks (Billingham GC), Ellen Robson (Eaglescliffe GC), Abbi Wheatley (South Moor GC) and Neve Pearson (Wearside GC).
More than 200 youngsters took part across the three counties, with each hosting four qualifying events between May and August with different age, gender and ability categories.
The Cleveland-Srixon North East and Cumbria Junior Golf Tour is now in its sixth year and has been sponsored by Cleveland Golf and Srixon for the past three.
Details of next year’s Junior Tour, which will conclude with a final in Cumbria, will appear on durhamgolfpartnership.com in the New Year.