Alex wins county crown

Alex Stevenson produced a superb run of form to lift her first Durham County Ladies Championship trophy.

Alex, 18, cruised into the final of the matchplay event with a series of impressive victories before beating Hobson Golf Club’s Stacie Morton 2&1 in the final at Whitburn Golf Club in bitterly cold and windy conditions.

Alex, who is based at Beamish Park, led the qualifying rounds for the event with a 36-hole total of 153, while Consett Golf Club – represented by Annette Walton, Marie Spence and Ann Bowen – took home the team nett and gross titles at the event.

Alex will follow in the footsteps of past champion Jessica Hall when she takes up a golf scholarship in the US later this year at West Kentucky University.

She is hoping to have a career in golf afterwards. “I’ll be studying sport and management, and I’d like to do something in golf. Hopefully playing as a professional will be an option,” she said.

The win follows Alex captaining the Durham Sixth Form College team in the British Schools and Colleges finals at the Forest of Arden, where she finished top girl with rounds of 71 and 78.