Cup glory for Seaham

SEAHAM put the disappointment of relegation behind them to retain the Clark Cup – the Durham County knockout trophy.

SEAHAM put the disappointment of relegation behind them to retain the Clark Cup – the Durham County knockout trophy.

They defeated Brancepeth 3-2 in the final at South Shields and will be targeting the hat-trick in 2011, which is their centenary year, as well as promotion back to the North Durham League first division after a 7-7 tie with Houghton in their final match of the season sent them down to Division Two.

Results in the Clark Cup Final were: D Patterson beat R J Aisbitt at the 20th, S Craig lost to M P Curry 3 and 2, K Booth lost to G. Cooper 3 and 1, A Williams beat J Howarth at the 19th. G Williamson beat M Baker 3 and 2.

Incidentally, the Northern Durham League will be holding their inaugural scratch tournament at South Moor on October 2.

The competition is open to all players who are part of their club teams participating in the three leagues of the North Durham Union – who run the league – during the 2010 season either as a player or as a reserve.

Participation in the Durham County Clubs Championship at Garesfield last May also acts as qualification.

Those taking part will be competing for the Alan Curtis Trophy in memory of the former president and secretary of the league.

THE Northern Counties Seniors Championship was played out in a micro-climate of warm sunshine and the occasional shower at York Golf Club and produced a worthy winner in Rod Shimwell from Yorkshire, who was defending his title.

A tremendous gross 67 in the final round gave him a two-shot margin over his county colleague Brian Christie from Wilton.

Strong performances were recorded by Northumberland players, particularly former county senior winner Dennis Martin from Newbiggin with 148 and Slaley Hall’s David Peel with 150. Both featured in the top 20 with excellent final rounds of 73 and 72 respectively.

The York Golf Club, in fine condition despite the recent dry weather, provided a challenging test for all competitors, requiring a very strategic approach to play.

THE Romanby course record has been broken by member David Lloyd.

Playing in the Midweek Medal. David shot a magnificent 66, beating the old record by two shots.


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