Northern champion crowned at Dunstanburgh

Olivia Heard stormed to an emphatic victory in the Faldo Series England Championship (North) at Dunstanburgh Castle, finishing eight shots clear of the field on the Northumberland coast.

Olivia – from Biddenden – shot rounds of 70, 71 and 74 to finish four under-par and claim the overall title.

Meanwhile, the boys’ under-21 category went to a sudden death playoff after Max Weaver and Mackenzie Holmes finished tied on four over-par for 54 holes. Heading back down the par four first, Max was able to hold his nerve and almost drive the green to setup a birdie and claim victory.

In the boys’ under-12 category, Brodi Lewis led the way with an eight over-par total, while Isabella Taylor-Stokes won the under-16 girls’ title.

The event was the Faldo Series’ second visit to Dunstanburgh Castle. Stuart Imeson, co-owner of Dunstanburgh, said: “The return of the Faldo Series was another fantastic experience and we’re so happy to see such top-quality golf played over the links. This year, the course played fast and firm, and the skill of the players I saw in action – not just driving it a long way but having great control too – was phenomenal.

“We hope to continue to build on the fantastic partnership we have with the Faldo Series, and see more top players competing here in a variety of big events in the years to come.”