If you want to see the future of North East golf, look no further than this picture of four England age-group internationals.
The youngster wearing the cap is 15-year-old Matty Lamb, who has just conquered an international field to win one of the majors of the national junior game, the 72-hole Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.
The picture was taken by Lamb’s father, Darren, at the club which hosted the tournament, Nizels in Kent, where all four made the halfway cut.
That was a fine achievement by the tomorrow’s men of the region because only the top 33 and ties went through from a field of 116.
To the right of Lamb are Jack Hermeston and (far right) Jake Storey the 2011 and 2012 winners of the McGregor Trophy, the England Boys Under-16 strokeplay championship.
Lamb, from the Hexham club, will be hoping to make it an incredible hat-trick of titles for Northumberland when he competes in this year’s McGregor.
On the left of the picture is Durham County’s Chris Handy, among the youngsters who tied 27th in the Henry Cooper. Hermeston and Storey were two of the three players who shared 14th place.
Lamb, the serial winner of the season, was two shots clear of the field on six under after rounds of 73 71 70 and 68.
Handy, winner of the South Moor men’s club championship last year at the age of 15, has captured the 2013 Durham County Boys title, an event for which he is eligible for two more seasons.
He will be among Lamb’s rivals in the McGregor at the Seacroft club in Skegness, Lincolnshire, on July 16-18.
This season Lamb has also become the youngest winner of the Northumberland strokeplay championship and helped Hexham lift the Northumberland and Durham Inter-County Foursomes and the Northumberland Teams Championship.