Ian McEntee

Ian McEntee wins the Durham County Seniors Championship

Ian McEntee mastered a windswept Whitburn to win the Durham County Seniors Championship by the narrowest of margins.

Winner of the Durham matchplay crown over his home course, South Moor, in 2017, Ian put together back-to-back rounds of 72 over Whitburn’s revamped course to lift the trophy.

Following a delayed start due to sea fret, 2018 winner and last year’s runner-up John Kirkpatrick led after round one with a one under-par round of 69 – including three birdies to finish.

Following his opening 72, Ian produced a similarly steady second round including a bogey at the fifth and birdie at the 10th before two more bogeys at the difficult 11th and long par three 16th. At the 18th, which he’d birdied in round one, he made a vital par four as John bogeyed the last to finish with a 76 to finish one shot behind as Consett’s John Kennedy finished third.