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NORTHERN COUNTIES GOLF UNION

Boys’ County Qualifying Championship 2017

Warrington Golf Club - 5th July

On a beautifully presented course, boys’ teams from six of the seven counties within the NCGU prepared to do battle over 36 holes of stroke play with the best five scores from each six-man team counting for each round.

 

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   Warrington Golf Club

    

The winner of this event will represent the North of England in the England Golf Boys’ County Championship to be held from the 29th to 31st August at Northamptonshire County Golf Club.

The last time a county from the North of England won the championship was in 2012 when Yorkshire triumphed at Cotswold Hills so there was considerable anticipation from amongst the NCGU for another one of our member counties to go all the way in 2017 and win the Boys’ County Finals next month.

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In the morning round, Yorkshire played some great golf and came in for lunch with an excellent score of 338 aided by a magnificent seven under par round of 64 from Michael Hay, sub-par rounds of 67 from both Alex Fitzpatrick and James Swash, a 69 from Jack Leversidge and solid support from Callum McFie (71) and Charlie Daughtrey (71).

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Michael Hay  - Yorkshire Alex Fitzpatrick  - Yorkshire James Swash - Yorkshire

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Jack Leversidge  - Yorkshire Callum McFie  - Yorkshire Charlie Daughtrey - Yorkshire

Yorkshire had a commanding 18 shot lead after the first round with Durham on 356, hosts Cheshire on 357, Cumbria on 360, Lancashire on 361 and Northumberland trailing on 370.

The golf course was playing very positively from the players’ point of view and additional sub-par rounds were achieved by Cheshire’s Archie Palmer (68), Cumbria’s Will Coxon (69), Durham’s James Wilson (69), Lancashire’s James Holland (70) and Northumberland’s Jake Bullivant (70).

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Archie Palmer - Cheshire Will Coxon - Cumbria James Wilson - Durham
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James Holland - Lancashire Jake Bullivant - Northumberland  
 

In the afternoon round, Yorkshire’s lead started to fade away as both Durham and Lancashire applied the pressure and mounted a birdie fight back.

Durham’s five counting scores were all under par with Matthew Watson (66), Jack Ainscough (67), Will Marshall (67), Will Skipp (69) and James Wilson (70) doing their county proud.

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Matthew Watson - Durham Jack Ainscough - Durham Will Marshall - Durham
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Will Skipp - Durham    
 

Despite improving by 17 shots on their morning score, Durham’s 36 hole total of 695 was still 9 shots short of Yorkshire’s winning target as both Alex Fitzpatrick and Charlie Daughtrey lead the way for the white rose county with four under par rounds of 67.

Lancashire achieved an even bigger second round improvement than Durham as their team came storming home with an afternoon total of 341 for an aggregate score of 702 and third place overall.

An outstanding round of 63 by Luke Kelly, a new course record for the modified Warrington layout, was the pick of the bunch for Lancashire, with Grady Rogerson (69), George Holland (69), Greg Holmes (70) and Oliver Ravenscroft (70) all weighing in with sub-par scores. 

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Luke Kelly - Lancashire (course record 63) Grady Rogerson - Lancashire George Holland - Lancashire
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Greg Holmes - Lancashire Oliver Ravenscroft - Lancashire  
 

Excellent second rounds of 65 by George Mitchell and 68 by Tom Kirton helped Cheshire into fourth place on 707 with Cumbria finishing in fifth spot on 721 aided by a round of 68 from Archie Davies and Northumberland at the rear of the field on 737.

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George Mitchell - Cheshire Tom Kirton - Cheshire Archie Davies - Cumbria

With CSS coming in at 70 for both the morning and afternoon rounds, Yorkshire’s winning total score of 686 was 24 under par for the 6,216 yard Warrington course.

It is testimony to the exceptional golf played by the 36 competitors who teed off in this championship that out of the 72 scores recorded by them, 37 rounds were either under or level par, a truly outstanding performance by these talented boy golfers.

Individual honours went to Luke Kelly who won the John Todd Trophy for the best 36 hole score (134), Michael Hay for the best morning round (64) and George Mitchell for the best afternoon round (65).

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Luke Kelly - Lancashire

Winner of the John Todd Trophy

Michael Hay - Yorkshire

Best first round score

George Mitchell - Cheshire

Best second round score

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Clyde Camp -

Chairman of the Northern Counties Golf Union

Phil Woodcock -

Yorkshire Boys’ Team Manager

Ken Bradley - Men’s Captain

Warrington Golf Club

Congratulations to the Yorkshire team and the very best of luck to their players and officials for the Boys’ County Finals at Northamptonshire County in August.

A full results sheet for this championship may be found on the NCGU website here

Tim Jackson

On behalf of the Northern Counties Golf Union