THERE were two maiden triumphs at Seaton Carew when David Hague and William Guthrie won their respective Salvers last month.

Malton & Norton’s Hague – an England international and Walker Cup hopeful - turned on the style in the second round to win the prestigious Seaton Salver.

It was a fitting and memorable 50th Salver day as Hague produced a five-under 66 in his second round to claim the title, having finished birdie, birdie and par.

Hague, who finished second to Steve Robins in the Salver a few years back, said: “I had a great day, I always love coming to play Seaton.

“In the morning round I had to stay very patient, I game myself lots of opportunities but wasn’t taking them. I was one under through 11 then got a flier to the 12th green and went out of bounds. I managed to make the best six of my life.”

“When I was teeing off the first in the afternoon I saw Cameron Wallace finishing his round, so I knew I had to get to six under to be able to win.”

Plus-four handicapper Hague is a previous winner of the North of England Championship, a Lagonda winner and a member of the England Elite and GB&I squads.

He started to play golf aged ten and has been a member of Malton & Norton ever since, and he has been a member of Ganton for the last six years.

The 22-year-old’s success followed on the heels of long-term Seaton Carew member Guthrie winning the Senior Salver.

The 63-year-old delivered a near flawless round of 70 in beautiful May sunshine to lead a field of more than 100 golfers from across the country.

He said: “The day went well of course, I played solidly and the conditions were kind. The highlight was making a two at 15 with an outrageous chip in. It was nice to win the Senior Salver at the eighth attempt, and this was my first gross score success.”

MICHAEL Thompson’s tenacity took him to the Durham County Matchplay Championship crown.

The 29-year-old Seaham golfer showed real grit down the closing stretch at Chester-le-Street to see off defending champion Will Marshall (Heworth) in the semi-finals and then the more-fancied Thomas Harbord (Castle Eden) in the final.

Both matches finished on the 18th, Thompson edging out Marshall by one hole and against Harbord - runner up in last season’s Durham County Championship (which is strokeplay) - he edged ahead on the 17th when the Castle Eden player bunkered his approach and won the last.

“I know Thomas is a better standard of player than me but on the day anyone can beat anyone,” said Thompson. “I did win the Durham County Junior title when I was younger but then I quit golf for a while, so to get the double if you like is quite nice.”