Robert Making Big Strides

Warkworth's Robert Balmbra is another of Northumberland's promising juniors who has joined the senior ranks and won his club's men's championship at his first attempt.

Warkworth's Robert Balmbra is another of Northumberland's promising juniors who has joined the senior ranks and won his club's men's championship at his first attempt. The 18-year-old started playing golf at the age of 11 and is a member at both Warkworth and Foxton Hall.

His current run of good form started at the beginning of July when he played in the 36-hole club championship qualifier at Foxton Hall. He came second to move into the advanced stages - a match play knockout competition involving the top eight finishers.

Robert was then picked to play for Warkworth where he produced the come back of the season.

Melvyn Rowe, Warkworth's secretary, witnessed the match and said: "He played for the Warkworth match play team in a Davidson Cup match away at Seahouses. In pouring rain and high winds, Robert found himself 6 down with 7 to play at which point, the waterproofs were abandoned and he recovered to win at the 22nd hole. His victory helped Warkworth through to the next round."

The following day, Robert came 4th (gross) out of a field of 84 in the North Northumberland Golf League Field Day competition at Warkworth and then won a two-man playoff 18 hole stroke play contest by 2 shots to take the Warkworth Club Championship 2007.

Club captain Darrin Hindhaugh, who also looks after the junior section, presented Robert with the trophy and said: "I am particularly pleased in my year as captain to see a new graduate from the junior section take the club championship."

Robert didn't make the final at Foxton Hall; he was beaten by 1 hole in the semi-finals.

The youngster lives with his grandparents in Amble and is hoping to secure an apprenticeship with Proctor and Gamble after just completing his A levels.

 

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