Storming success for junior open

More than 100 competitors competed for the Graeme Storm Junior Open trophies at Hartlepool Golf Club, helping raise £1,855 for The Percy Hedley Foundation.

There was some exceptional scoring at Hartlepool across the four categories, including a round of 67 by Durham County Boys captain Will Skipp to win the gross prize in the boys 15-18 section.

Meanwhile, Tynemouth Golf Club’s Freddie McKenna shot a superb round of 68 to win the boys 11-14 group. In the nett events, Benjamin Waite (Howley Hall) won the 11-14 boys title with a score of 62, while Joe Maloney (Eaglescliffe Golf Club) shot a nett score of 61 to win the boys 15-18 title.

In the girls’ categories, Boldon Golf Club’s Neve Pearson won the 11-14 nett title with a score of 74 and Imogen Williamson (Delamere Forest) won the gross prize in the 11-14 group with a score of 88. In the 15-18 category, Hexham’s Lois Blythe won both the gross and nett titles with a score of 79 for a nett 67.

Following the success of this year’s event, Graeme is looking forward to growing his stable of junior tournaments next year.

He said: “We are always looking at ways to improve and develop the junior competitions and very much hope that there will be new ones in the future… Watch this space!”

Along with running the Storm Junior Open, Graeme is also hosting a Mini-Storm Trophy Series for the first time this year with events at Rudding Park, Consett Golf Club and Wynyard Golf Club.

The series ends in June and we’ll have a full report on the event, and the final standings in the series, in our next edition.