Lamb wins North of England title

Matty Lamb won the individual title at The North of England Open Amateur Championship as Northumberland won the Northern Counties Plate.

Matty, from Hexham Golf Club, shot rounds of 71, 68, 71 and 71 to lead the elite field by three shots at Alwoodley Golf Club. Fulford Golf Club’s Charlie Thornton finished in second place as Elsham’s Callum Bruce finished third.

The County Plate, which combines the 36-hole scores of the leading two players from each county, was won by Northumberland – represented by Matty and Close House’s Christian Brown.

Matty said: “It’s a good feeling to win again given all that’s been going on this year and the limited number of 72-hole events we’ve had. This is the top event for amateurs from the north of England and it was a strong field, so it was fantastic to pick up the win.

“I’m playing some good golf and I’m happy with how my game feels. I’ve got a light schedule through the winter and my sights are still set on being picked for the Walker Cup, which is scheduled to take place in May 2021. After that, I’ll reassess where I am and set out my plans for the rest of the season.”

With his plans open following a potential Walker Cup appearance at Seminole Golf Club next season, Matty secured the option to turn professional with guaranteed playing opportunities by finishing in a tie for 22nd place in the EuroPro Tour’s qualifying school. See page 5 for our full report on Q School.