Yorkshire golf: Doncaster flag flying high as new England junior champions

Doncaster GC, proud inaugural England Junior Club champions (Picture: Leaderboard Photography).

Doncaster GC, proud inaugural England Junior Club champions (Picture: Leaderboard Photography).

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doncaster GC have a new flag flying at the club this weekend thanks to the efforts of junior captain Connor Longworth, Jack Ciullo, Cameron Newman and reserve Declan Stoppard.

For this week they won England’s Junior Champion Club title by five points at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.

After an exhausting three days down south it has been business as usual, with a 36-hole Yorkshire scratch match followed by club knockout ties and an honours board event to finish the week.

Junior captain Longworth said: “It was such an honour to represent Yorkshire against the other 32 counties of England. I felt like I was dreaming and, to be honest, it’s taken me a little time to come down.

“The lads keep asking me who we are taking on next: is it the Europeans?”

Doncaster won a competition which saw the best two Stableford scores count in each round as they amassed 162 points.

The runners-up were Worlebury, Somerset, who scored 157 and third place went to Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, on 155.

“This is massive,” said Doncaster junior organiser Simon Longworth.

“Nobody at the club has ever been involved in an event like this and to win it puts us well and truly on the map. It was one of the best golfing days of my life and I didn’t hit a ball.”

Doncaster’s first hurdle towards national glory was to win the Sheffield Golf Union inter-club competition, which was contested by 37 teams. Then they had to win the Yorkshire team championship to take their place in the final.

In the first round all three team members played below their handicaps for a total of 80 points. In the second they did even better with a total of 82.

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