MORPETH’S Mark Penny, surrounded by friends and family, has got his hands on the ZFL North East Masters trophy and a £500 voucher.
At the presentation evening, hosted by his home club, Mark was presented with the championship trophy by Morpeth Captain Steve Wake.
It capped a great season for the former double Northumberland County Champion which saw him win four of the 14 qualifying scratch events that make up the ZFL North East Masters series.
Penny won at Heworth, Seaton Carew, Morpeth and Westerhope, and scored points in every one of the other six events he played in. That was enough to secure the title with 1191 points from former Durham Champion Brancepeth’s Michael Curry, who scored 1034 points and won two of the tournaments.
Phil Ridden (City of Newcastle) was third on 913 followed by club mate and defending ZFL Champion Simon Lee on 841. South Shields’s Nigel King finished fifth on 730 narrowly pipping Brancepeth star Richard Aisbitt by five points thanks to a sixth place finish in the final event at Woodham.
And Morpeth showed their strength in depth as two more of their players finished in the top 10. Mark’s brother and 2010 Journal Champion of Champions winner Craig was seventh and multiple County Champion, Sandy Twynholm, tenth. ZFL MD Andrew Leach said: “I would like to congratulate the hundreds of players who competed in the series this year and especially the prize winners who have showed great skill and tenacity to get into the top five. My special congratulations go to Mark on winning the title. ZFL will be back for a third year and I wish all the players a successful campaign in 2011.”