County champion

Niamh Lendrum returned from university in the US to lift her first Northumberland Ladies County Championship at Gosforth Golf Club.

This year’s County Championship field included a number of talented girls from club around the county and Niamh, from City of Newcastle Golf Club, produced a string of strong performances to lift the trophy following a close final with Matfen Hall’s Zara Naughton.

Niamh, 20, said: “It was great to come home, have a little break and then play really well at Gosforth. I’ve just finished my second year at college so I’m looking forward to relaxing at home while playing a little bit of golf. County Match Week is sure to be a big highlight of the summer and I think we’ve got a great chance of doing well there this year.”

Zara, 13, progressed to the final by beating Close House’s Maggie Whitehead, 12, as Niamh progressed to the final with victory over Tynemouth’s Rebecca Ferguson.

Following the event, the Northumberland team for County Match Week was selected. The team will include England internationals Rosie Belsham, Jess Baker, Libby Bell and Rachel Gourley – all of whom were away representing England during the county championship – along with Niamh, Rebecca, Zara, Maggie, June Lomax and Judith Moore. County Match Week takes place at Seaton Carew Golf Club, June 24-28.