Pool of talent

Young guns show town is a golfing hotbed

Hartlepool lived up to its reputation as a hotbed of golfing talent when two of the town’s colleges went head-to-head.

The match was set up to foster a greater relationship in developing talent with six-strong teams from Dyke House Sports and Technology College and Hartlepool College of Further Education getting together at Hartlepool Golf Club.

The plan is for the friendly rivalry to become a regular fixture.

Andrew Betts, Dyke House’s golf coach, who works alongside consultant and European Tour pro Graeme Storm, said: “It was a great day for both the College of FE and Dyke House.

“Both sides enjoyed the game and the condition of the course. Thanks to the College of FE’s Dan Farman and coach Cliff Jackson for putting a team out. It was a good game to watch and be involved in.”

Dyke House won the game 4-2 after Will Skipp got the ball rolling with a 7&5 win over Krissy Ball. There were also Dyke House wins for Briony Bayles, Jack Ainscough and Jack Burton against Adam Stokell, Nathan Wood and Matty Booth.

The College of Further Education also registered a couple of good wins when Cameron Wallace and Harry Linighan overcame Ben Bailey and Amy Sutheran.

Clifford Jackson, the College of FE golf coach and Seaton Carew professional, said: “It was a fabulous opportunity to bring together working relationships in a town, creating excellent pathways for young talent to express their ability.

“The new relationships bodes well for the future.”