Patterson, Thompson into semis

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SEAHAM’S David Patterson and Rhys Thompson of Boldon have won through to the semi-finals of the prestigious Durham County Match Play Championship.

The pair came through four tough rounds at Wynyard over the weekend to progress to the last four, and next meet Jordan Bettis (Ravensworth) and Hartlepool’s Jamie Austwicke respectively, back at Wynyard, on July 26.

Former County champion Patterson began his weekend by beating Durham City’s Andrew Bell 2&1, moving on to overcome John Scott of Heworth 5&3, Boldon’s Andrew McCarrick 3&2 and Wynyard’s Callum Tarren by two holes.

Youngster Thompson scored four impressive wins to reach the last four. He began by knocking out Durham City’s Richard Lee 4&2, then seeing off Graeme Marchbank (Durham City) by the same score. Yesterday, he outgunned Seaton Carew’s Cameron Wallace 4&3, finishing off by beating Robert Moon of the host club 3&2.

H Dorset 22-year-old Ben Stow, who plays his golf in the United States, landed the Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew yesterday, shrugging off a lost ball at the 16th hole to take the prestigious amateur trophy on 14 under par by a shot from Ashley Chesters, who posted a share of the course record with a final-day 66, and Ryan Evans.

Boldon’s Gavin Nesbit finished eight over par, while Wickham’s James Simpson was four over.