King of the Castle

Not many players get to shoot their age – unless they are pushing into their 80s and most of us would be happy with a score like that.

But Ken Saint has recorded the feat in style by shooting 66 to match his age and win the Hinton Cup at Middlesbrough Golf Club.

The score gave him a five-shot victory and he’s hoping it will also qualify him for the Srixon Grand Final at The Belfry in October as he finished with a nett score of nine under-par off his five handicap.

Captain of Middlesbrough in 2014, Saint is currently greens chairman at the club. He said: “Some of the lads said the only reason I won was because I knew where the pins were!”

Saint did admit he had changed a couple of things in his swing after a disappointing 2017 and that has clearly paid off for the former Northumberland county player who won the county junior strokeplay and matchplay titles while he was a member of Backworth. He also had a crack at the pro scene and had his moments on the NE/NW PGA and Northern PGA circuits before injury curtailed his career and he moved into the business side of golf.