Matfen Hall seems to have been at been the centre of the universe for junior golf recently.
Just over a week after the conclusion of the March 2 Matfen series, the course provided two happy memories in one day for City of Newcastle’s former England under-16 champion Jack Hermeston.
He was a member of the winning team in the Sport Newcastle golf day and in the clubhouse afterwards it was announced he had been made a Sport Newcastle Scholar, which brought him a cheque for £1,250.
Hermeston, an England junior international, lifted the McGregor Trophy for the 2011 Under-16 Championship at South Moor. This season he beat 252 of Europe’s finest to win the 36-hole qualifying tournament at Hoylake for The Boys Amateur Championship, an event for which he is still eligible in 2014.
Hermeston said: “This will allow me to play in more tournaments in the UK and around Europe and to spend more time with my coach at Matfen, John Harrison, getting my game ready for next season.
“It was a big surprise and many thanks to Sport Newcastle for giving me the opportunities which this cheque will present.”
At Matfen, Hermeston played for Team Dufner alongside captain Steven Jacobs, Gary Owen and Bob Matthewson with Jacobs receiving the George Bayley Trophy in an event which raised more than £1,700 for Sport Newcastle funds.
Alan Younger, the Chair of Sport Newcastle, said: “Jack is one of the region’s brightest golfing talents and travelling the world playing golf he is an outstanding ambassador for his sport, the region and Sport Newcastle.
“Who knows? In the future he may become as famous as another Sport Newcastle Scholar Victoria Pendleton.”
The Grand Final of the March 2 Matfen series, organised by the Northumberland County Golf Partnership, was shortened to nine holes after a tree was blown over by strong winds.
Participants gained Order of Merit points by playing in selected junior opens throughout the summer at Seahouses, Allendale, Matfen Hall, Alnmouth, Tynemouth, Newcastle United, Morpeth, Hexham and Ponteland.
The Grand Final winners, who also had driving rain to contend with, were Newbiggin’s Jai Scott (boys) and Megan Foreman (girls), both with 18 points. Foreman won the girls’ Order of Merit with Jonathan Dykes top in the boys’ section.