Nesbit storms to victory

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BOLDON’S Gavin Nesbit clinched the Durham County Match Play Championship in storming style.

Nesbit used home course knowledge to his advantage to outgun Durham City’s Graeme Marchbank 6&4 in the final.

Nesbit had it tougher in the semi-final, when he was taken to a third extra hole before finally seeing off South Moor’s Christopher Handy.

Marchbank eased home 4&3 against Craig Walton (Chester-le-Street) in his semi-final.

Results, first round: C Walton (Chester-le-Street bt C Thompson (Boldon 2&1), D Patterson (Durham City) bt D Beeson (Tyneside) at 1st extra hole, B Ross (Heworth) bt A McCarrick (Boldon) at 2nd extra hole, G Marchbank (Durham City) bt J Gerenscer (Boldon) 2&1, C Handy (South Moor) bt C Hewitt (Beamish Park) 2 holes, K Rae (Tyneside) bt J Bettis (Ravensworth) 5&3, R Lee (Tyneside) bt C Suddick (Brancepeth Castle) 3&2, G Nesbit (Boldon) bt K Diamond (Seaton Carew) 4&2

Second round: Walton bt Patterson, Marchbank bt Ross, Handy bt Rae, Nesbit bt Lee.