Cleckheaton’s Clarke lifts Yorkshire junior crown at Middlesbrough GC

CLECKHEATON’S Megan Clarke won the Yorkshire junior championsip at Middlesbrough GC with two excellent rounds of two-under-par 71.

Cleckheaton's Megan Clarke, front, with other prize winners at Yorkshire's junior championships at Middlesbrough GC.

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.

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

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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.

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

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.