Hague makes history

England international David Hague proved a worthy winner of the Seaton Salver in the event’s 50th anniversary.

David, from the Malton & Norton Golf Club in Yorkshire, showed superb form to shoot a second round 66 following an opening round of 70 to win the event, which is part of the Durham and Yorkshire order of merits.

With little wind early on, scoring was low and home players dominated the leaderboard after the morning’s play. Scott Phillips and Cameron Wallace tied for first place with opening rounds of 68. They were closely followed by three more Seaton-based players – Chris Gilbraith, Ian Hendry and Phil Nicholson.

The wind increased during the second round and with a continuous drizzle, scoring became more difficult.

A scrambling 73 saw Scott’s chances dissolve, but another steady round of 68 by Cameron left only a handful of players with a chance of catching him.

Playing in the final group, David required a five under-par 66 to take victory and produced a birdie, birdie, par finish to finish tied with Cameron on a score of 136, lifting the trophy thanks to his better second round score.

Scott took third place, five shots back, as Ian finished fourth. Phil finished fifth and Ramside’s John Kirkpatrick took sixth place.