Tynemouth juniors win county league

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TYNEMOUTH junior golfers have won the Northumberland County Junior League Championship for the second time in four years.

Having dominated their division during the league season they progressed to the play-offs with a comprehensive 12-0 win against Bedlington.

The team then travelled to Stocksfield Golf Club on Sunday for the end of season play-off finals day.

The team of captain Paul Westphal, Ben Parfitt, Daniel Chambers, Marcus Crowe, Adam Nicholson and Kelly McNulty were drawn against Longhirst in the morning semi-final.

An all round team effort saw lead out player Parfitt setting the pace with an 8 and 6 win, followed up by wins from Crowe, Nicholson and McNulty saw the talented youngsters triumph 9-3 and progress to the final to face reigning champions Hexham.

Once again Parfitt led the way, playing some excellent golf as he triumphed 4 and 3 to gain Tynemouth their first two crucial points of the seven required to win.

Chambers made amends for a frustrating loss in morning by adding a further two points with another great 4 and 3 win.

With all the remaining games out on the course, the match was far from over and all was still to play for.

Westphal produced a captain’s performance, finding himself at 1 down on the 16th tee he turned round the deficit and triumphed on the 18th for another two points to put his team in a commanding match winning position.

Tynemouth only required one point for an outright win from the remaining three games.

Nicholson salvaged a good half on the 18th and young star of the future McNulty, who had won easily 5 and 4 in the morning, recorded another win to secure a great 9-3 result for Tynemouth.

All six players contributed to the team effort in what was a competitive 36 holes of golf and were deservedly crowned county champions.

The Tynemouth club congratulated the team, their fellow junior team member caddies, and all the other junior golfers who had represented the club during the season in league matches.

It had been a difficult decision to leave out some of the juniors that had made a significant contribution during the season but Tynemouth had to field the strongest team possible for the finals.

The win was even more pleasing for Tynemouth Golf Club captain Will Smith, who has been the club’s junior golf organiser for many years and has seen all the current team from the day they hit their first shots with 36 handicaps grow into the competitive, single figure golfers they are today.

He said the result was “absolutely fantastic and especially in his year as Tynemouth club captain”.

He added: “I’m proud of the team and all the junior section who are a credit to the club.”