Brother Fitz the bill

Alex Fitzpatrick went one better than brother Matt when he did the double of men’s and boys’ Yorkshire County titles in the same year.

Fitzpatrick the younger was 23 under-par on a total of 265 at Cleveland to win the senior crown by 13 shots to add to his boys’ title.

In 2011, the best Matt could do was runner-up.

Hallamshire’s Alex, who represents Great Britain and Ireland Boys against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Léglise Trophy match at Ballybunion this month, set up his victory at Cleveland with a 10 under-par second round course record of 62 having opened with a 69.

That gave him a three shot lead at the halfway stage and he made that seven with a third round 65 before closing with a 69.

Joint runners-up were David Hague (Malton and Norton) 70 69 66 73) and Fulford’s Charlie Thornton (70 66 67 75), one ahead of Hallowes’ Sam Bairstow, who had shot 64 on Wednesday only to find his new course record surpassed by Fitzpatrick’s 62 in the space of 20 minutes.

Matt’s response on Twitter to his 18-year-old brother’s win was “Very impressive!”

Eddie Pepperell posted: “Keep him amateur for as long as possible please Matt. We don’t need another baby faced Fitz winning out here just yet!”