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NORTHERN COUNTIES GOLF UNION

Boys’ County Qualifying Championship 2016

Lindrick Golf Club - 6th July

On an immaculately presented golf course, boys’ teams from 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.

The winner of this event will represent the North of England in the England Golf Boys’ County Championship to be held from the 23rd to 25th August at Cumberwell Park Golf Club near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.

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 2016 and win the Boys’ County Finals next month.

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In the morning round, Durham settled extremely well and came in for lunch with an excellent score of 366 aided by sub-par rounds of 68 by Cameron Wallace and 69 by Ryan Dixon plus solid support from Jack Trewhitt (74), James Wilson (75) and Jack Ainscough (80).

   
Cameron Wallace - Durham Ryan Dixon - Durham

 

Just two shots behind on 368 were Yorkshire with Sam Bairstow recording their best morning round of level par 70, followed by Alex Fitzpatrick (72), Charlie Thornton (74), Charlie Daughtrey (75) and Dan Bradbury (77).

 

   
Sam Bairstow - Yorkshire Alex Fitzpatrick - Yorkshire

   

Lancashire were third on 375 with Oliver Clarke being the pick of their team following a round of 71, followed by Cheshire on 382, Northumberland on 394, Cumbria on 397 and the Isle of Man rather tailed off on 439 with some of their higher handicapped players finding the challenging Lindrick championship course to be a real handful for them on the day.

 

 
Oliver Clarke - Lancashire

 

In the afternoon round, six of the seven counties improved on their morning performances as their players became more familiar with the course set-up and playing conditions.

With Lancashire and Cheshire unable to make any impression on the top two teams, it was left to Durham and Yorkshire to fight it out for the honour of winning this qualifying championship and taking part in the Boys’ County Finals next month.

Durham proved to be the model of consistency, putting an afternoon aggregate score of 365 together with their morning return of 366 for an overall total of 731. James Wilson was their star man in the afternoon with a level par round of 70 ably supported by Cameron Wallace (71), Jack Trewhitt (74), Ryan Dixon (74) plus Jack Ainscough and Thomas Harbord who both recorded rounds of 76. 

 
James Wilson - Durham

 

With CSS turning out to be 73 for both the morning and afternoon rounds, it seemed that Durham’s 731 total (average score of 73.1 per player for the counting rounds) would be a very difficult total to beat but Yorkshire were not fazed by the task in hand and managed to improve by ten shots on their morning performance for an afternoon score of 358 and an overall 36 hole total of 726 to take the championship qualifier title by five shots.

Incredible consistency was the key to Yorkshire’s afternoon success with all five of their counting scores being under CSS, namely Sam Bairstow (71), Alex Fitzpatrick (71), Tom North (72), Charlie Thornton (72) and Charlie Daughtrey (72).

     
Tom North - Yorkshire Charlie Thornton - Yorkshire

Charlie Daughtrey - Yorkshire

chips in for eagle on the 14th in round 2

 

Individual honours went to Cameron Wallace who won the John Todd Trophy for the best 36 hole score (139), Ryan Dixon for the best morning round (69) and Oliver Clarke for the best afternoon round (69).

 

Cameron Wallace winner of the John Todd Trophy Yorkshire - Boys’ County Qualifying Championship winners

Congratulations to Yorkshire and the very best of luck to their players and officials for the Boys’ County Finals at Cumberwell Park.

A full results sheet for this championship may be found on the NCGU website by accessing the following link :- http://www.ncgu.co.uk/competitions/boys-qualifying/results

Tim Jackson

On behalf of the Northern Counties Golf Union