Golf shorts: Seaham shine, Hall and Ainscough progress as Lamb earns call-up

Runner-up: Jack Ainscough claimed another reputable finish down south last week

Runner-up: Jack Ainscough claimed another reputable finish down south last week

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Football/Golf Writer

SEAHAM turned on the style to win the Durham County Union Teams Handicap Championship at Whitburn.

John Guttridge (11 handicapper) and Neil McGann (10.6) both turned in five-under 65s and were assisted by Paul Price (15.9) and Duncan Welsh’s respective 71 and 74s to finish on a combined 201 total of nine under.

That was four shots clear of runners-up Tyneside, who had A Elleroy (13.5), Jack Herriot (6.8), S Herriot (7.5) and A McGee (6.7). Seaton Carew finished third with their four-man team consisting of Peter Chapman (6.1), Martin Coates (6.2), Malcolm Monkhouse (12.0) and David Westmoreland (6.8).

Westmoreland was the main performer for Seaton courtesy of his stunning 63, seven under. That was the best individual performance of the day throughout the competition, edging out Crook’s Peter Shaw by a shot.

WARWICKSHIRE’S Emily Price won the English girls’ open U15 championship at Copt Heath in a final-hole drama – but County Durham’s Jessica Hall continued her rise to prominence nationally.

Hall came seventh after following up a disappointing 85 on the first day with a 71 on the second to make the cut before returning a 79 and 73 in the final two rounds. Her coach Brian Ridley said ‘it was like buses, you wait for ages for your first ever red number on the scoreboard then two come along at once’.

Price had trailed by two shots as she stood on the 18th. But she birdied the final hole of the tournament to finish on nine-under par. Her rival, Lancashire’s Hollie Muse, took a triple bogey and completed the event in seven-under.

Hall was celebrating just last week after adding the Bishop Auckland Club Championship to her growing list of achievements.

CASTLE EDEN’S Jack Ainscough impressed again when he claimed second spot at the Douglas Johns Trophy ran by the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Union of Golf Clubs.

The Trophy, open to golfers up to the age of 15, narrowly missed out on the overall title by finishing a shot shy of winner A Fitzpatrick from Hallamshire. Ainscough carded a two-round total of 137 at Harewood Downs.

ENGLAND included four new caps in its squad for the Boys Home Internationals – and includes Hexham’s Matty Lamb.

The Internationals, being played at Western Gailes in Scotland this week, has seen Lamb joined by fellow Under-16 boys Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick, Yorkshire). Slightly older golfer Alnmouth’s Jake Storey is also part of the line-up.

Lamb and Co have the challenge of adding to the 18 victories in the Boys Home Internationals by England. They lost the title to Ireland last year having been champions for the previous two years.

A HARTLEPOOL golfer received a BOSS Watch for recording a hole-in-one in a club competition recently – but it was nothing new for him as he and his son have scored an astonishing eight aces in just eight years.

Neil Brookbanks, 50, scored his most recent ace on the 185-yard, par-three 12th at Hartlepool GC, and the seven-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

But it was the second watch he’s received in a little more than a year – and what’s more his 26-year-old son, Daniel, also has a watch as a result of an ace he scored in 2013.

The father and son joined Hartlepool GC in 2006, a course situated on the north coast within sight and sound of sea, which makes their achievement even more astonishing since the wind frequently blows, changing the nature of the course from day to day.

He said: “It’s almost a fluke shot. I’ve had five hole-in-ones since we joined the club and my son has had three. It’s a good talking point in the clubhouse. The lads are always ribbing me about how lucky I am and asking how my eBay account is going, with all the watches I’ve been winning!”

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