Up to scratch

The region’s leading male golfers have picked up scratch titles across Northumberland and Durham.

In the Northumberland County Golf Union’s Fenwick Smith Trophy at Ponteland, Blyth’s Ian Henderson led the field with a five under-par round of 67 as Andrew Minnikin (City of Newcastle) and James Wilson (Close House) shared second place with rounds of 68.

Meanwhile, Jamie Birkbeck won the Bishop Auckland Bowl at his home club with a seven under-par total of 137 in the 36-hole event. Heworth’s Will Marshall and Bishop Auckland’s James Glenn finished in a tie for second place one shot back.

In the North Durham Union of Golf Clubs’ Alan Curtis Scratch at Ravensworth, Crook’s John Howarth finished in top spot with a round 70 as Anthony Black from George Washington won the nett trophy with a round of 71 playing off scratch.