Surrey-based James Brash overcame challenging conditions at South Moor Golf Club to win the North of England Under 14 Championship.
James, a two-handicapper, won this year’s event with scores of 72, 7 and 72 for a total of 218, six shots better than runner-up Jack Swift from North Foreland.
James, based at the Foxhills club which nurtured the talent of Paul Casey, was a wire-to-wire winner, overcoming a dry and bumpy first day, wet and windy conditions on day two and a much softer, greener course for the last round.
Sophie Clafton, from Wallasey, took the girls’ title with rounds of 79, 79 and 80 for a 238 total to follow up her remarkable win in the Cheshire Ladies Championship aged just 12.
South Moor chairman Guy Carr congratulated the field of 59 young golfers for tackling the tough and changing conditions. He said: “James’ winning score was amazing because the course played three different ways in as many days. I want to thank all the volunteers from the club as the event ran like clockwork. Players and parents only had good things to say about the course.”
James Brash with Linda Redman (South Moor ladies captain)
Sophie Crafton with Linda Redman (South Moor ladies captain)