Cumbria’s champion

Mike Turner has been revealed as the winner of the Trilby Tour Championship of Cumbria, held at Carus Green in June.

Celebrations had to wait until the event aired on Sky Sports but now Mike (pictured above), a three-time club champion and employee at Carus Green, can take in the praise.

Mike, who plays off a handicap of one, pipped three others in the Cumbrian leg of the amateur competition, which is one of the biggest golf tournaments in the UK, following a four-man playoff.

Having posted a round of 33 stableford points, Mike was joined in the three-hole playoff on the fifth, eighth and 18th holes by fellow members Gaz Hudson and Ian Fairhurst, and Scotland-based golfer Frank Brannon.

“It really was the most exciting day and I’d played well throughout, so was delighted to be able to hold my nerve to achieve a positive outcome,” said Mike. “In the playoff, I managed to par the first two holes and sunk a 40ft putt to birdie the 18th in front of a home crowd. It was a very memorable experience.”

A total of 141 players, plus caddies, turned out at Carus Green to compete in the tournament, now in its 11th year. The grand final of the championship was held in August at Hull Golf Club and will be shown on Sky Sports on December 24.