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Golf shorts: Morfoot joy and England hopes for youngsters
WOODHAM Golf Club’s Carl Morfoot landed the top prize as a Durham competition for young golfers reached its dramatic conclusion.
The 2013 Mizuno Race 2 Rockliffe has seen up and coming golfers from across the region competing in 15 different events to score points on an order of merit.
The leading 30 players across the three categories qualified for the grand final at Rockliffe Hall, which saw 19-year-old Morfoot come out on top in the gross event and be crowned the DCGP Mizuno Race 2 Rockliffe Champion for 2013.
He received a £500 voucher towards equipment from Mizuno, enthusiastic supporters of the event alongside Rockliffe Hall.
The nett champion was 17-year-old Natasha Martin, from Beamish Park, who returned a nett score of 76.
The six-handicapper is the ladies club champion at Beamish Park and is studying for a National Extended Diploma in Sport at Durham Sixth Form Centre, where she is captain of the golf team.
The three order of merit winners were Morfoot (Mixed Gross), Houghton-le-Spring’s Adam Laidler (Boys Nett) and Erin Goodfellow of Consett (Girls Nett).
Registrations for the 2014 Race 2 Rockliffe open in the new year with a full list of the dates and venues of the qualifying events appearing on the Durham CGP website www.durhamgolfpartnership.com TWO young golfers from the same Hartlepool college have taken another giant step towards international honours.
Dyke House Sports and Technology's Elite Development Squad duo Jack Ainscough and Cameron Wallace impressed during trials for their country at Northumberland's Matfen Hall.
Twenty-eight teenagers from across the North-East were assessed before it was whittled down and both Ainscough, a four-handicapper, and Wallace, who plays off five, will receive the winter coaching as part of the North Region England squad.
It is eventually hoped they will impress further to graduate on to the England Under-16s team. Shotton-born Ainscough, 14, is a former Scottish Under-13s champion and has seen his progress continue since moving to Hartlepool Golf Club.
While Seaton Carew's Wallace, 14, recently won-back-to-back events on the Lee Westwood Tour's northern section.
THE PAIR will look to follow the example set by South Moor's Chris Handy.
Handy is preparing to play for England Under-16s against Scotland on October 6 after impressing on the North Region scene.
Hexham's Matty Lamb will also play at St Andrew's. Both are also selected in the team to face Ireland a week later.
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