Yorkshire golf: Double Order of Merit winner David Hague steps in to replace absent Alex Fitzpatrick

Vardon Grip Trophy winner David Hague with Harrogate GC official John Robinson.
Vardon Grip Trophy winner David Hague with Harrogate GC official John Robinson.
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YORKSHIRE have lost Hallamshire’s Alex Fitzpatrick from their scheduled line-up for the Northern Counties Championship at Delamere Forest next month to England Boys’ home internationals duty.

But they have a more than able deputy for Fitzpatrick, the recent winner of the Sheffield Plate who placed third in last week’s Carris Trophy at Hunstanton.

In comes Malton & Norton’s David Hague, who has won twice on the Yorkshire Order of Merit this season.

Within a fortnight of claiming the Pannal Rose Bowl, Hague won the Vardon Grip Trophy.

Hague’s team-mates at Delamere Forest will include Wheatley’s Ben Brewster, who has won the Lindrick Scratch Open and set a new course record in Brabazon Trophy qualifying at Fulford.

Howley Hall’s Ben Hutchinson – who lies 15th in the England Golf Order of Merit – Fulford’s James Cass, new Welsh Open Youths’ champion Bailey Gill (Lindrick) and a second Wheatley player in Kealan Lowe complete the line-up. The travelling reserve will be Luke Robinson, of Hornsea.

“The event clashes with other events including the European individual championship, so Jamie Bower (Meltham), Will Whiteoak (Shipley) and others have chosen to go to that,” said Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs’ president Jonathan Plaxton. “It means some youngsters have got a chance that perhaps they might not have done.

“Ben Brewster has come on a treat this year, and Ben Hutchinson as well.

“Bailey Gill and James Cass are two relative youngsters, both 19, but both have got a bit of experience.

“It is a relatively young team so the two Bens are senior citiizens comparitively.”

Today a combined Yorkshire Under-16/Under-15/Under-14 side will take on their Lancashire counterparts in a match at Abbeydale involving six foursomes and 12 singles matches.