Greg Makes It A Double

Greg Southwick, a 17-year-old member at Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club, has not only won his club's junior championship for the third consecutive year, but has achieved the double by winning this year's senior club championship too.

Greg Southwick, a 17-year-old member at Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club, has not only won his club's junior championship for the third consecutive year, but has achieved the double by winning this year's senior club championship too. Last year's senior championship was a play-off between John Ellison Junior and Greg, resulting in John taking the title.

This year's championship produced was a repeat final, with the same two players having scores of 77 and 71 in the championship race and another 18-hole play off.

This year Greg came up trumps in the play-off, scoring a 2 under par 70, four shots better than John's 74.

Greg now has the honour of being the club's youngest champion since Frederick George Harland won it in 1913 as a 20-year old.

Greg has been a member at Houghton since he joined at the age of nine in 2002. As a diminutive 10-year old, his first success in the club's junior competitions was against a young giant by the name of Craig White in the Little Trophy.

Alan White, Craig's father and Houghton's Junior Liaison Officer, said: "To win both the junior and senior championships is a great achievement. Greg is no longer the diminutive young golfer and is now probably as big as his old adversary and has won several junior club competitions in recent years.

"In addition, he has qualified twice for the Golf Foundation's National Finals of the Weetabix Age Group Championships at the Forest of Arden - sadly, this competition no longer exists.

"Greg has been selected to represent the English Golf Union Northern Group, the Durham County Golf Union and the Durham Junior Golf Society. He is part of the Durham County Golf Union Elite coaching squad and team and has had several years coaching from them.

"And having recently taken part in an Inter County competition held at Ganton in Yorkshire, he won the regional qualifying competition for the National Schools Championship."

Greg, who is a student at St Robert's RC School in Washington, is currently playing off a handicap varying between three and four.

His father Graeme is also a member at Houghton along with brother Mark, who plays off a six handicap.

 
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