Durham’s best

Jess Hall lifted the Durham Ladies County Championship trophy for the fourth time at Hartlepool Golf Club.

Jess, from Bishop Auckland Golf Club, beat Wynyard Golf Club’s Shannon O’Dywer on the first extra hole of the final, having led qualifying for the matchplay rounds with a morning round of 70 and a course record 63 in the afternoon to lead the field by 16 shots. 

Jess, who last won the event in 2018, said: “It’s a great feeling to be Durham’s county champion again. I played really well all week, equalling my lowest ever round in qualifying and then finishing it off with a win in a really close match against Shannon.”

Jess returned from college in the US early this year, arriving home in March. Since then she has used her time at home to work on swing changes and prepare for a busy second half of the 2020 season. “I’ve worked on some really good swing changes; which I didn’t think I would get to do for a while. 

“The break in competitive golf has definitely helped me and I’ve got a busy season ahead with a lot of events before I’m due to head back to college.”

Faye Wheatley and Ella Crang were beaten in the semi-finals at Hartlepool, while Lucy Ashworth, Stacie Morton, Cara Weddell and Kitana Hollins made it to the quarter finals.

In the strokeplay qualifying event, Jess was also the leading nett qualifier while Faye Wheatley was the leading junior. Wynyard’s team of Shannon O’Dwyer, Kitana Hollins and Amy Sutheran won the team nett and gross titles.