Girls retain trophy

JUNIOR girl golfers in Northumberland have beaten their Durham counterparts to win the Connie Burton Shield at Wearside Golf Club.

JUNIOR girl golfers in Northumberland have beaten their Durham counterparts to win the Connie Burton Shield at Wearside Golf Club.

The girls' team, part of the Northumberland Ladies Golf Association set-up, was led by Liz Barnett and consisted of captain Rachel Bruce, Grace Anderson, Alyssa Balding, Chloe Beckworth, Nicola Haynes and Joanna Rumney.

Liz said: "The Wearside course was in great shape and the weather stayed fine until the final few holes, the secretary was very welcoming to both teams and the after game food was great.

"As for the matches, Nicola Haynes gave Northumberland an early lead but Durham quickly levelled with Charlotte Hindmoor beating Alyssa Balding and then took a 2-1 lead when Rebecca Horner beat Rachel Bruce.

"But with convincing wins under the belts of Northumberland's Chloe Beck and Grace Anderson, this meant that Northumberland went into a 3-2 lead with only Kelly McNulty to finish her match. Kelly had been up in a close fought game and was one up when the heavens opened on the 17th hole.

"As the rain got heavier, both sets of team members and supporters followed under umbrellas in anticipation until the two girls shook hands halfway up the 18th fairway and called it a day."

With the final game finishing all square, the match resulted in a 3.5-2.5 win for Northumberland and a record 12th success.

Liz concluded: "We are all proud of the girls - this Northumberland team will be a force to be reckoned with in five to eight years' time."

 
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