Youngsters in battle of north

A TEAM of promising young golfers from Northumberland will be battling for northern bragging rights on Saturday.

The players – who have all been competing on the Northumberland County Golf Partnership’s Junior Tour – will now defend the county’s honour against teams from Cumbria and Durham.

The grand final of the North East and Cumbria Junior Golf Tour takes place at Carus Green Golf Club (GC), Kendal.

The successful Northumberland players, between the ages of seven and 12, competed in an Order of Merit based on four events at Ponteland GC, Alnmouth GC, Linden Hall GC and Hexham GC.

Cameron Fletcher-Smith (Burgham GC) topped the Category One (advanced boys) rankings while Niamh Lendrum (Parklands GC) was the leading player in the girls’ equivalent.

Three players finished on the same points at the head of the Boys’ Beginners (7-10) category – Aiden Layug (Morpeth GC), Matthew Grant (unattached) and Thomas Middleton (Parklands GC) – while Bertie Hinson (Rothbury GC) led the 10-12 age group. In the girls beginners’ competition Emily Forman (Newbiggin GC) led the qualifiers.

The other members of the squad are as follows: Owen Thomas (Ponteland GC), James Potts (Prudhoe GC), Morgan Bulman (Tynemouth GC), Gabriel Rodda (Ponteland GC), Ben Sweet (Morpeth GC), Finlay Laverick (Stocksfield GC), Dylan Povey (Westerhope GC), Jessica Mohon (Tynemouth GC) and Sarah Fay (Morpeth GC).

Ryan Jensen, county development officer for the Northumberland County Golf Partnership, said: “We would like to thank all of the fantastic volunteers, staff and golf clubs for their continued support in making this another successful Junior Golf Tour.

“This year, as always, the standard has been fantastic and we hope the players have both enjoyed and benefitted from the experience.”