Will shows the way

Will Skipp’s impressive record in the Durham County Boys Championship continued at his home club Eaglescliffe.

Skipp, 16, posted rounds of 71 and 73 to beat Houghton’s Ryan Lewis-Mackie and club colleague Will Alexander by four shots – adding the under-18s trophy to his two wins in the under-16s event and one win in the under-14 tournament.

Skipp delivered the win while studying for his GCSEs at Hartlepool’s Dyke House College.

He said: “It feels amazing as it’s the first event I’ve gone into where I didn’t see myself as favourite as I wasn’t playing very well and I’ve had a lot of exams. Both rounds went really well. I just tried to play within myself and didn’t attack anything too much because that’s when things have gone wrong.

“Now I just want to get my exams out of the way and concentrate on golf over the summer to prepare for national events, and hopefully have a few good finishes to push towards getting a national call up.”

In the under-16 tournament, Ramside’s Adam Charlton shot a round of 70 beat George Washington’s Duran Gun by three shots and lift the trophy.

Meanwhile Heworth’s Ben Willis claimed the under-14 crown, his 78 two better than Harry Etherington of Ramside and Nicky Lee Shield of Barnard Castle.