Players fly the flag for county golf

THE search is on for the players to fly the flag for Northumberland in the grand final of the North East and Cumbria Junior Golf Tour.

And a number of youngsters made their mark in the first qualifying event at Ponteland Golf Club.

A team from Northumberland will compete against players from the junior tours in Durham and Cumbria to decide northern bragging rights.

The make up of the squad will be determined by an Order of Merit built up over four nine-hole qualifiers in Northumberland during the summer for children between the ages of seven and 12 on January 1, 2012. They are open to players without a handicap and those with a handicap of 18 or more.

At Ponteland, nine-year-old Cameron Fletcher-Smith of Burgham Golf Club finished second in the Advanced Boys’ section with a nett score of 34.

In the Beginner Boys’ seven to 10 years category, Morpeth Golf Club’s Aiden Layug, eight, did very well to win the event with a gross total of 39 and a nett of just 12.

Max Bromley was second at his home club with a gross of 48 and nett 21 and fellow 10-year-old and Ponteland clubmate Gabriel Rodda was one higher in third.

Alex Donaghy of Longhirst Golf Club already had a handicap, so he will be looking for an even better position next time round after coming fourth.

Ponteland’s Adam Waugh will also be hoping to move up in the second event as he was narrowly fifth in the Beginner Boys 11 to 12 years section with a nett score of 27.

And Sarah Fay and Kiri-Mae Lamb, both of Morpeth Golf Club, were second and fourth respectively in the Beginner Girls category.

The other events are at Alnmouth on June 17, Linden Hall on July 1 and Hexham on August 12. The northern area competition will be held on September 1 in Kendal.

Entrants must play in a minimum of three order of merit afternoons and entries may still be accepted if there are spaces left. To find out, or for more information, telephone Regional Development Officer Jason Budd on 07726 601724 or email j.budd@englandgolf.org