Two out of three for Ridley

Mark Ridley overcame howling winds and pouring rain to win his second Northumberland and Durham Open title at Linden Hall.

Mark, from South Moor Golf Club, shot rounds of 69 and 70 for a five under-par total and a one-shot victory over Graeme Bell.

“It’s a great feeling to get my hands on the Northumberland and Durham Open trophy for the second time in three years. I played well considering it was a really tough day weather-wise, particularly when the rain started to come down and puddles started forming on the greens. The team did a great job getting the 36 holes played. I managed to hold it together and shoot 70 in the afternoon, which was an excellent score given the conditions.

“It’s been a strange year with no events at the start and then a really busy schedule locally in the second half. It’s a shame the national seniors events aren’t going ahead, but I’m playing well and I’m really happy to be out playing in the local pro ams and professional events.”

The N&D Open brings together the region’s best professionals and amateurs. This year, 16 amateurs competed alongside the pros. City of Newcastle’s Andrew Minnikin took home the prize for the leading amateur with a two under-par total, beating Will Bowe and Adam Charlton with the best second round score.