Top of the class

The best student golfers from across the region took part in the North of England Schools Championship at Longhirst Hall, each vying for a place in the 44th annual English Schools’ Golf Championships at Gog Magog Golf Club on June 27.

Westerhope’s Cameron Thorburn led the boys’ field with rounds of 75 and 77 in tough conditions at Longhirst, where winds gusted up to 40mph – beating Hexham’s Morgan Blythe and Chester-le-Street’s James Lusk on countback as all three players finished with 152 totals over 36 holes.

In the girls’ event, Charlotte E Colley (Phoenix) led the field with a total score of 162 as Zara Ali (Cookridge Hall) finished in second place.

The event brought together 49 competitors from six northern counties – Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Cumbria – with Northumberland winning the team prize as five players from the county qualified for the national finals.

The boys who will represent the north region at the national championship are: Cameron Thorburn, Morgan Blythe, James Lusk, Jack Whaley (Rotherham), Jack Mckie (Eaton (Chester)), William McGhie (Lancaster), Josh Stephens (Moortown), Junior Dobson (Hexham), Nairn Barclay (Hexham) and Jake Sowden (The Oaks). Meanwhile, the girls heading to Gog Magog are Charlotte E Colley, Zara Ali, Faye Wheatley (Whickham), Sofia McGhie (Lancaster), and Charlotte Naughton (Ponteland).