Consett duo up to the challenge in Yorkshire

Consett Golf Club’s John Kennedy and Aaron Leathley beat more than 200 teams to win the Yorkshire Challenge.

Played over Ryder Cup venues Lindrick, Ganton and Moortown over three consecutive days, John and Aaron led the 208-team field with 123 stableford points – beating Rudding Park duo John Macnamara and Richard Pallister by three points.

John, a scratch handicapper, said: “This was our first time in the Yorkshire Challenge and we’re over the moon to have won the title. The event was incredible, the whole experience was very impressive from the moment we arrived, and the three courses were absolutely fantastic. 

“We played some superb golf throughout, but the two holes that stand out for me were Aaron’s birdies on the first hole at Lindrick on day one and on the 18th at Moortown on the final day – both were superb.”

Aaron, who plays off two, added: “It’s a great feeling to win an event of this size over three amazing courses. It’s a busy few days, but the whole event was fantastic. I’d recommend it to anyone who can get a place.”

John and Aaron recorded 42 points at Lindrick before adding 41 points at Ganton and 40 points at Moortown on the final day. 

Meanwhile, Bishop Auckland Golf Club’s Matthew Sibley and Stewart Breckon finished in 11th place overall and Durham City Golf Club’s Andrew Bell and Craig Bell finished in 16th place.