Team work – Hexham and Durham City win county qualifiers

Hexham and Durham City will represent Northumberland and Durham respectively in England Golf’s men’s Champion Club event at Lilly Brook.

Hexham will be part of the event for a second year in a row after winning the Northumberland qualifier at Newcastle United.

The team of Morgan Blythe (76-70), Sean Heads (76-72) and Junior Dobson (69-73) edged out the host club – represented by Mark Wharton, Cameron Stott and Michael Burrow – with a better second-round total as the teams tied on four over-par totals of 436.

In the Durham qualifying event at Boldon, Durham City – represented by James Glenn (68-68), Jack Richardson (71-70) and Graeme Marchbank (74-77) – pipped Castle Eden – represented by Chris Brown, Thomas Harbord and Sean Huntington – on countback to book their place in the national final as both teams posted two-round totals of 428. Durham City progressed by virtue of the best two 36-hole gross scores after both teams posted a first-round team total of 213 and tied again in the second round on 215.

The best individual score at Boldon came from Consett’s John Kennedy (70-65).

Meanwhile, in the second division of the Northumberland event, played over 18 holes, Longhirst Hall – represented by Neil Graham, David Chambers and David Gilroy – led the field, beating Dunstanburgh Castle by a single shot. Newcastle United’s Mark Wharton led the individual scoring with a two-round total of 141 in division one as Newbiggin’s Craig Penny picked up individual honours in division two with a round of 70.