Golf: Magnificent Durham off to a flier in Northern Counties League

Durham enjoyed a magnificent opening win over Cheshire to start their Northern Counties League campaign in style.

Monday, 14th May 2018, 11:30 am

Tyneside Golf Club suited the Durham squad, who won all six foursomes matches in the morning on the way to a resounding 13.5-4.5 triumph.

Bishop Auckland pair James Glenn and Jamie Birkbeck got Durham off to a flier in the top match, winning 3&2, a scoreline matched by James Wilson (Tyneside) and South Moor’s Chris Handy.

Boldon’s Gavin Nesbit teamed up with Michael Henson of Bishops Auckland for a two-hole victory, then Martin McCririck (South Shields) and Tyneside’s Kris Rae edged home 2&1.

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Durham City’s Andy Bell and Stefan Labuschagne (Bishop Auckland) secured the biggest foursomes win, cruising to a 5&4 success, before Stuart Brown of Castle Eden and Heworth’s Will Marshall made it 6-0 with a two-hole win.

Durham tied up the overall victory with four wins in the first five singles matches, courtesy of Glenn (3&2), Wilson (5&4), Birkbeck (3&2) and Nesbit (2&1).

Handy went down 3&1 and Henson was outgunned 4&2, while Rae managed a half.

Further victories from McCririck (3&1), Labuschagne (one hole) and Bell (one hole) left the visitors reeling, though they snatched consolation wins in the final two matches, beating Marshall by two holes and Brown 3&2.

Durham next visit Hornsea to take on Yorkshire on June 16.