Phil wins club championship after titanic 40-hole battle

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CLOSE friends Stewart Fell and Phil McGovern, two young golfers who have risen up through the ranks of the junior section at Tynemouth Golf Club, went head to head over 36 holes in the final of the club championship on Sunday.

Both played outstanding golf with McGovern taking an early lead of three up after the first 18 holes.

But Fell fought back well and saw himself three up standing on the 15th tee in the second round.

The next four holes saw McGovern play some of the best golf of his young life including holing out for a two from the sand on the par three 17th when two down with two to play. A shot worthy of any major golf competition.

Fell was still one up playing 18 but agonisingly saw his putt for the half he needed slide past the hole to take the match into sudden death extra time.

Both players gave no quarter for the first three extra holes with both having opportunities to win the championship.

On the 40th hole of the final Fell was in a good position in the middle of the fairway with McGovern in trees to the right but within reach of the green.

McGovern played an excellent, controlled, low punch under the trees and made the green while Fell put his approach to within eight feet.

A great putt across the green saw McGovern achieve a superb birdie. Fell once again saw his putt slide by the hole to give McGovern the club championship at the tender age of 19.

It was probably unfair that either had to lose with the golf being the real winner on the day in one of the best finals seen at Tynemouth for many years.

Other results - Medal (Division One): D McCree 75-11-64; N Thompson 72-7-65; A Rutherford 68-2-66 (best gross); Division Two: J Bowden 81-14-67; J Larner 83-14-69; N Robinson 83-14-69; Division Three: D Webb 84-20-64; J Dawson 87-20-67; C Potts 92-24-68.