Cleckheaton’s Clarke lifts Yorkshire junior crown at Middlesbrough GC

Cleckheaton's Megan Clarke, front, with other prize winners at Yorkshire's junior championships at Middlesbrough GC.
Cleckheaton's Megan Clarke, front, with other prize winners at Yorkshire's junior championships at Middlesbrough GC.
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CLECKHEATON’S Megan Clarke won the Yorkshire junior championsip at Middlesbrough GC with two excellent rounds of two-under-par 71.

Clarke holed out for a two from a bunker on the 16th hole in her morning round and also eagled the par-4 10th in the afternoon.

Middlesbrough's ladies captain Julie Spuhler with Ganton's Lucy Walker, right, and Huddersfield's Jess Hoskins.

Middlesbrough's ladies captain Julie Spuhler with Ganton's Lucy Walker, right, and Huddersfield's Jess Hoskins.

Her superb play in the 36-hole gross competition for girls with handicaps of scratch to 18 will see her handicap cut to one.

The golf was of a high standard and notable highlights included Kirsty Beckwith (Alwoodley) ending her first round on a high by rattling in a 40-yard putt on the par-4 18th for a three.

In the second round on the same hole, Olivia Jackson (Pannal) – Kirsty’s playing partner – holed her third shot for a birdie out of the bunker.

Both Jess Smee and Charlotte Heath nearly aced the par-3 16th, both skimming the hole with their respective tee shots.

The 18-hole stableford competition for girls with handicaps between 19 and 36 saw Ganton’s Lucy Walker prevail with 38 points.

She finished just one point ahead of Huddersfield’s Jess Hoskins.