Simply the Bex at Northumberland Ladies County Championship

Rebecca Ferguson lifted the Northumberland Ladies County Championship trophy at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club.

Tynemouth-based Rebecca, a former Northern Golfer Ladies Champion of Champions, overcame Close House’s Claire Brown in the final.

Rebecca said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won my first county championship.

“The last few days have been incredible and we’ve been very lucky to play in such great conditions on a magnificently presented course.

“A massive thank you to Holly Hardy for caddying for me in the final, to Claire for a great final, to John Mckenna for keeping my swing in check, and to everyone who came out to watch and support.”

In the semi-finals at Bamburgh, Rebecca beat Ami Ewan (Ponteland) while Claire – who won the Northumberland County Ladies Vets Championship earlier this season – beat Coralie Bretez (Gosforth Park).

Meanwhile, Zara Naughton won the Rita Rennie trophy as the leading qualifier for the matchplay rounds. Zara also teamed up with her sister Charlotte and Ami Ewan to win the Championship Shield – awarded for the lowest aggregate of three gross scores from one club after the 36-hole qualifying – for Ponteland.