Moore’s last gasp ram raid

Ramside will fly the flag for Durham in this month’s English Champion Club Tournament at East Devon.

But only after a tense finish which saw them win by a single shot in the Durham Club Championship on their home course.

It came down to Matthew Moore’s final putt playing in the final group of the day to clinch the title for Ramside.

“Our captain Trevor Bowman told me coming down the stretch I needed three pars for us to win it,” said Moore. “I’m happy to say I duly did it, two-putting from 50ft at 16, getting up and down for par at 17 and lipping out for birdie at 18. The winning putt was about an inch long – and I was pleased about that!”

Matthew Stephenson also did his bit with a birdie the 18th to shoot 74 in his second round as veteran John Kirkpatrick laid the base for Ramside’s title charge by posting rounds of 71 and 68.

“John shot five under-par in leading us out which is superb golf,” added Moore. “He was playing head-to-head with James Glenn from Brancepeth, the lowest handicapper in the field and beating him by two shots.”

Moore’s two 73s gave Ramside a total of 434, one ahead of Durham City. City’s Andy Bell, who shot a fine closing 70, will be rueing the fact he started and finished with a double bogey.

Kirkpatrick’s 139 was not the best individual score however as Jamie Birkbeck from Bishop Auckland recorded rounds of 70 and 67.