Durham Duo Leave It Late To Win Tight Match

Rob Moon and Martin Lee delivered Durham's first trophy of their centenary year when they won the Inter-County Foursomes title at Tyneside.

Rob Moon and Martin Lee delivered Durham's first trophy of their centenary year when they won the Inter-County Foursomes title at Tyneside. The Billingham duo won the 18th in the final against Hexham's Martin Cook and Sean Heads who threatened to snatch the championship when Heads sank successive birdie putts on 15 and 16 to take a one-hole lead.

But after running a third birdie chance five feet past on 17 to lose the hole to a par when Cook missed the return, Hexham's chances of the title looked slim when Cooks' drive finished behind a tree on the 18th.

With Moon finding the fairway, Lee drilled a five iron into the wind to 18 feet and when Heads' approach clipped the tree and came up short and Cook chipped to back of the green it looked all over.

It wasn't, because Heads' putt for par clattered into the back of the hole but somehow stayed out, leaving Moon with two putts for the title. He didn't need them as he rolled in the putt for a fitting birdie to close out the final.

There'd not been much in all the way round, with Hexham one up after the second with a birdie but all square after the third when they found sand.

Billingham went one up at the seventh and two up with a par at the ninth but Moon's approach spun back off the green at 11 and sand at the next cost them the hole for the match to be all-square. Billingham edged in front again at 13 but then Heads rattled in a six-footer at 15 and a 15-footer at 16 to turn the match around before three-putting 17 opened the door for Billingham to win the home hole.

 

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