Saltburn stalwart’s senior moment

A seven-time winner of Saltburn’s club championship has ended a 20-year wait for glory by winning the Senior Salver at Seaton Carew.

Paul Benoliel fended off competition from more than 100 golfers to get his hands on the title.

The four-handicapper, who has had that cut by a shot since his victory, posted a one over-par 72 round to finish two shots ahead of Dennis Wright and Robert McAllister.

Benoliel said: “I was really pleased. To win with a field of 120, with some strong names in there as well, was nice.

“We have all played in the Seaton Salver over the years because there was quite a few names I recognised on the start sheet.

“It’s 20 years since I last won the Saltburn club championship and this is the biggest thing I have won since. It feels good, even if I am getting some stick off the younger lads I normally play with!”

The 58-year-old, a director at an engineering supplies company in Lingdale, had birdies at six, 13 and 16 and added: “The conditions were perfect on the day. There was a slight breeze, but nothing to cause any real problem.

“The greens at Seaton are so true. You have so much confidence in them and that makes a lot of difference when you get up to them. I really enjoyed it.”