Lindrick Golf Club member Callum McFie is preparing for a national final after he was part of a six-man Yorkshire team to win their regional qualifier.
Yorkshire lifted the Northern Counties Golf Union (NCGU) Boys’ County Qualifying Championship at Warrington Golf Club.
On a beautifully presented course, boys’ teams from six of the seven counties within the NCGU prepared to do battle over 36 holes of stroke play with the best five scores from each six-man team counting for each round.
In the morning round, Yorkshire played some great golf and came in for lunch with an excellent score of 338 aided by a magnificent seven under par round of 64 from Michael Hay, sub-par rounds of 67 from both Alex Fitzpatrick and James Swash, a 69 from Jack Leversidge and solid support from McFie (71) and Charlie Daughtrey (71).
Yorkshire had a commanding 18 shot lead after the first round with Durham on 356, hosts Cheshire on 357, Cumbria on 360, Lancashire on 361 and Northumberland trailing on 370.The golf course was playing very positively from the players’ point of view and additional sub-par rounds were achieved by Cheshire’s Archie Palmer (68), Cumbria’s Will Coxon (69), Durham’s James Wilson (69), Lancashire’s James Holland (70) and Northumberland’s Jake Bullivant (70).
In the afternoon round, Yorkshire’s lead started to fade away as both Durham and Lancashire applied the pressure and mounted a birdie fight back.
Durham’s five counting scores were all under par with Matthew Watson (66), Jack Ainscough (67), Will Marshall (67), Will Skipp (69) and James Wilson (70) doing their county proud.
Despite improving by 17 shots on their morning score, Durham’s 36 hole total of 695 was still 9 shots short of Yorkshire’s winning target as both Alex Fitzpatrick and Charlie Daughtrey lead the way for the white rose county with four under par rounds of 67.
Lancashire achieved an even bigger second round improvement than Durham as their team came storming home with an afternoon total of 341 for an aggregate score of 702 and third place overall.
An outstanding round of 63 by Luke Kelly, a new course record for the modified Warrington layout, was the pick of the bunch for Lancashire, with Grady Rogerson (69), George Holland (69), Greg Holmes (70) and Oliver Ravenscroft (70) all weighing in with sub-par scores.
Excellent second rounds of 65 by George Mitchell and 68 by Tom Kirton helped Cheshire into fourth place on 707 with Cumbria finishing in fifth spot on 721 aided by a round of 68 from Archie Davies and Northumberland at the rear of the field on 737.
With CSS coming in at 70 for both the morning and afternoon rounds, Yorkshire’s winning total score of 686 was 24 under par for the 6,216 yard Warrington course.
It is testimony to the exceptional golf played by the 36 competitors who teed off in this championship that out of the 72 scores recorded by them, 37 rounds were either under or level par, a truly outstanding performance by these talented boy golfers.
Individual honours went to Luke Kelly who won the John Todd Trophy for the best 36 hole score (134), Michael Hay for the best morning round (64) and George Mitchell for the best afternoon round (65).
McFie and his team-mates will now represent the region in the England Golf Boys’ County Championship to be held from the 29th to 31st August at Northamptonshire County Golf Club.