Girls back at the top

Northumberland’s best female golfers have picked up where they left off in 2019 with wins for Rosie Belsham and Jess Baker, and top finishes for Zara Naughton, Rachel Gourley, Libby Bell and Maggie Whitehead.

Whitley Bay Golf Club-based Rosie has picked up two wins already this season. She took the top spot in the Faldo Series’ North East Championship at Slaley Hall with rounds of 70, 73 and 73 to add to her win in the Bridget Jackson Bowl at Handsworth Golf Club, which included a course record 65 in the second round.

Meanwhile Jess, from Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club, won the Pleasington Putter with a three under-par round of 71 – beating Rosie on countback.

The Faldo Series event at Slaley Hall’s Hunting course brought the county’s best girls together. As Rosie took the title, Ponteland-based Zara finished second and Arcot Hall-based Rachel Gourley finished third. Libby, from Gosforth Park Ladies, finished in a tie for 15th place, while Close House-based Maggie finished tied 21st.