NORTHERN COUNTIES GOLF UNION
Men’s County Qualifying Championship 2017
Seascale Golf Club - 9th August
On a very challenging course, teams from the seven counties within the NCGU teed it up over 36 holes of stroke play with all scores from each six-man team counting for both rounds.
|Seascale Golf Club|
Situated on the West coast of Cumbria, Seascale GC has views of the Isle of Man and Scotland to the West and the mountains of the Lake District to the East.
Founded in 1893, Seascale golf links was designed by Willie Campbell and George Lowe and is included in “The Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses” along with only 282 courses in the whole of Europe.
From the championship tees it is a stiff test of 6,370 yards, par 71 (sss72).
The winner of this championship will represent the North of England in the England Men’s County Championship to be held from the 29th September to 1st October at Trevose Golf Club, Padstow, Cornwall.
Yorkshire won the County Championship last year so there is great hope that the Northern Counties qualifier in 2017 will emulate their winning performance.
In the morning round, Northumberland played some great golf and came in for lunch with an excellent score of 438 aided by a two under par round of 69 from Daniel Shevill.
Just two shots behind was Durham followed closely on 443 by Cheshire with both Yorkshire and Lancashire on 450, Cumbria on 453 and the Isle of Man on 458.
In addition to Daniel Shevill’s sub-par round, others who achieved the same benchmark were Lewis George (Cheshire) 67, Joshua McMahon (Cheshire) 69, Ben Hutchinson (Yorkshire) 70 and Tom Harris (Isle of Man) 70.
|Ben Hutchinson - Yorkshire||Tom Harris - Isle of Man|
With such a slim lead after the first round it was potentially going to be a bit of a nerve racking second round for Northumberland as the other counties got to grips with the tricky conditions at Seascale.
If there were any nerves around however, you wouldn’t have noticed as Northumberland went from strength to strength, outscoring all of the other counties by eight clear shots in the afternoon.
Their star performer in round two was Andrew Minnikin who breezed around the course in a four under par round of 67, to match Lewis George’s morning number.
Solid rounds from team mates Daniel Shevill (71), Matty Lamb (71), Phil Ridden (74), Craig Penny (74) and Alex Dixon (74) meant that Northumberland ran out as overall winners on 869 after 36 holes, thirteen shots ahead of runners-up Cheshire on 882, with Cumbria in third place on 888, followed by Yorkshire (891), Lancashire (894), back peddling Durham (902) and The Isle of Man (925)
Once again, the second round produced a number of great sub-par performances in addition to Andrew Minnikin’s tremendous effort. Bailey Gill (Yorkshire) and Tom Gandy (Isle of Man) both went round in 68, Ian Kenwright (Lancashire) recorded a 69 and Cumbria’s Will Bowe and Luke Walker both shot one under par rounds of 70.
With CSS coming in at 74 for the first round and 73 for round two, twenty of the eighty four rounds played on the day were either under or level par on the challenging Seascale links.
Individual honours went to Lewis George (Cheshire) who recorded the best 36 hole score of 138, Joshua McMahon (Cheshire) for the best morning round of 69 and Andrew Minnikin (Northumberland) for the best afternoon round of 67.
Lewis George - Cheshire
Best 36 Hole Score
Joshua McMahon -Cheshire
Best first round score
Congratulations to the Northumberland team and the very best of luck to their players and officials for the Men’s County Finals in Cornwall during September and October.
A full results sheet for this championship may be here.
On behalf of the Northern Counties Golf Union