Top of the league

City of Newcastle Golf Club continued its record-breaking run of success in the Newcastle & District League, lifting a fifth consecutive title as champion clubs were crowned around the region.

The City topped the league with 132 points as Tyneside Golf Club finished in second place, and Tynemouth Golf Club’s Stew Fell was named the league’s player of the season after winning 24 points.

City captain Simon Coultas said: “It’s a delight and a relief to have won the league for a fifth season in a row, and to do it as club captain is very special. Expectations were high at the start of the season and we had a tough start with a loss at Backworth, but we kept pushing and finished off the year with a pair of 12-0 wins.

“I’ve been involved in league golf for more than 20 years and this is a very proud moment.”

In the North Northumberland League, Alnmouth Golf Club won the league title in the club’s 150th anniversary year as Bamburgh Golf Club finished in second place. Meanwhile, Goswick Golf Club won the second division title.

Brancepeth Castle Golf Club lifted the North Durham league title, finishing 13 points clear of Boldon Golf Club in division one. Heworth Golf Club won the division two title while Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club won division three.

In the Hadrian League, Stocksfield Golf Club topped the season-long points race with 141 points as Close House finished in runner-up spot, 11 points behind.

Meanwhile, Bishop Auckland Golf Club won the Teesside and District Union of Golf Clubs League, beating Eaglescliffe Golf Club to the title. In division two, Cleveland Golf Club topped the standings while Rockliffe Hall won the third division title.

The Dixon Cup, which brings together the champions of the five leagues will take place at South Moor Golf Club on Sunday September 8.