A team of four juniors from Beamish Park Golf Club have excelled themselves by qualifying to play in the EGU Junior Club Team Finals being staged at Spalding Golf Club in Lincolnshire later this year.
Organised by the Durham County Junior Golfing Society, the qualifying competition was held at Wearside Golf Club where teams competed for the PD Cowell Memorial Trophy and the distinction of representing County Durham at the national final.
The four juniors from Beamish Park were Jonathan Davey, who is aged 17, 16-year-old Max Hodgson, Graeme Burton, who's 17, and Daniel Knight, aged 16.
With three cards to count out of the four, the lads scored a total of 208 to clinch victory by four shots.
Ian Hammond is the new Junior Liaison Officer at Beamish Park and he said: "I took over the job in February this year after the previous JLO decided to retire and since then the junior section has gone from 35 to near 70 over the course of the year.
"The juniors have come 7th in the league which is quite good and basically the four juniors have now won the PD Cowell. Daniel played very well, scoring a nett 66, but they are all great kids and now they will be representing our club and the county, which is a great achievement."
He added: "I will be taking the four lads to Spalding and they have a practice round on October 20 and then they will play their competition the following day, so hopefully we'll do quite well.
"I know it will be quite tough, but I've told the kids to just enjoy it. With it being the first time, it will be quite an experience for them but hopefully they will enjoy it and whatever they do will be a bonus."
The winning club at the final will be awarded the title of English Junior Club of England and will receive the Peter Dutton Trophy and a pennant to hold for the year.
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Ladies Dodge Showers
Middlesbrough Golf Club managed to stage their annual Ladies Open competition in between days of torrential rain showers and course closures. The event at the Brass Castle club attracted a full field of 43 teams, though after all the heavy rain through June and July, the course played long, which showed in the results.
With ponds on some fairways, which only the ducks enjoyed, the ladies battled on and enjoyed their day.
The tournament was organized in a Stableford format for teams of four with the best two scores counting on every hole except the par 3s, where all four counted.
The winning foursome were W Mitchell (Dinsdale), C Bowerbank (Seaton Carew), R Studholme and V Holloway (both Eaglescliffe) on 85 pts.
Runners up with 80 points and a better back 9 were M Fletcher, E McNally, L Beresford and J Clasper (all Wearside GC) with L Milner, K Winlow, B Michael and M Thursby (all Chester-le-Street) in third place on the same score.
Fourth were H Smythe, E Corn, L Southwell and A Chippendale (all Pannal GC) on 79 points (bb9) and P Landers, J Halley, S Dryden and S Smith (all Whitby GC) were fifth on the same score.