Golden shots


Cameron Wallace made up for his narrow miss in last year’s national colleges championship with a two-shot win in the 2017 event.

The Hartlepool teenager took the Gold Medal in the AoC Sport National Championships at Morley Hayes in Derbyshire with a one under-par 143 and two stroke victory ahead of Otley College’s Warren Bates.

The 17-year-old was unfortunate not to take the title last year as he was tied first with two other competitors before missing out on countback after 36 holes of competition. This time, he made sure there was no question who was the winner.

“I’d shot a course record of 66 around Seaton Carew earlier in the week so I knew my game was in good shape,” he said.

Wallace birdied the opening two holes before he drove into the greenside bunker at the 372-yard fifth and still made birdie to lead the field at the end of day one.

In windy conditions the following day he played more defensively and posted a sound level par round for victory.

Currently working toward a BTEC Sport diploma at Hartlepool College of Further Education, Wallace is contemplating a US scholarship and has been working with his mentor, Challenge Tour player Garrick Porteous.

Wallace wasn’t able to take his AoC Colleges Championship form into the Peter McEvoy Trophy at Copt Heath as he missed the cut along with his Hartlepool colleague Jack Ainscough.

In the McEvoy, Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown, a former winner of the North of England Under 14 title at South Moor, shot a blistering last round 65 to finish eighth while Daniel Bradbury, who finished ninth in the AoC event, was 12th at Copt Heath while Middlesbrough’s James Swash shared 21st place. Meanwhile Hallamshire’s Barclay Brown proved he can shoot low scores in winning the British Schools Northern Open title at Fleetwood with a five under-par 67.