Seaton Carew’s Ian Hendry shot a one over-par total of 143 with rounds of 71 and 72 to win the Durham County Seniors Championship.
Ian led the field by one shot from defending champion Stuart Brown (Castle Eden), who posted rounds of 73 and 71 at Chester-le-Street.
Durham City’s Graeme Marchbank was third with two 76s, and Heworth’s David Moralee finished fourth with rounds of 74 and 79.
Ian’s victory followed a tied-28th finish in the British Seniors at Ganton. “It feels great,” said Ian. “I had not been playing well for a while, and had to put a lot of practice in, luckily I found some form at the R&A British Seniors and carried that on at Chester-le-Street.
“I had not been close to winning the Men’s County Championship in the past, but I’m really pleased with how I managed myself this time in the Seniors. Both rounds were similar, couple of silly mistakes costing bogeys, but I hit a lot of solid shots and managed to make birdies when I could. I had not played Chester-le-Street for some time. They have removed a lot of trees, which has improved the course greatly. The course was in very good condition and the greens were superb.”
“Senior golf is still very competitive, particularly at county and national level the standard is still very high with many of the top players being full time players.”