Arron rains supreme

Chelmsford’s Arron Edwards-Hill travelled north to battle the weather and claim the North of England Open Amateur Youth Golf Championship at Middlesbrough Golf Club.

Following an abandoned first round due to rain and an 18-hole shootout to make the cut on day two, Edwards-Hill shot two rounds of 66 on the final day for a two shot victory over Sam Broadhurst, son of European Tour legend Paul.

Following his win Edwards-Hill said: “It’s been a tough few days but I’m proud to have come through it and get the win. It was well worth the trip and I really enjoyed playing the course and being part of a great event. We had a bit of everything out there in the three days and the last two rounds were definitely the most scoreable. I kept my score ticking over all day, holed a few putts when I had to and played some really nice, solid golf.”

Local favourite Michael Hay, representing Hunley Hall and Middlesbrough Golf Club, was left frustrated have been stranded on the waterlogged course on five under-par on day one. He went on to win the Bates Trophy for the highest placed home player with a total of 210. Boldon’s Rhys Thompson finished in third place on 207, while last year’s winner Haider Hussain (The Kendleshire) finished in fifth place with a three-round score of 209.

The event, for the first time run in association with Northern Golfer, has been going 43 years and in that time has attracted golfers who have gone on to become big names in the sport, including three former Masters champions Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Danny Willett.