Yorkshire golf: James Walker lifts Selborne Salver and Kealan Lowe rides high at Hampshire Hog

The Oaks James Walker (Picture: Chris Stratford).
The Oaks James Walker (Picture: Chris Stratford).
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YORKSHIRE’S excellent coaching system, that helped progress Danny Willett towards his amazing Masters triumph and has produced the last two English men’s amateur champions in Nick Marsh and Joe Dean, racked up another success at the weekend.

The Oaks’ James Walker shot 68 68 for a two-under-par aggregate to win the Selborne Salver at Blackmoor GC on Saturday.

Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall GC) also placed just inside the top 10 with a two-over total of 140 after rounds of 71 69 while Shipley GC’s Will Whiteoak was 12th on the same total (69 71).

First-round leader, Malton & Norton GC’s David Hague, finished 20th (67 74) and Wheatley GC’s Kealan Lowe was 32nd (70 74). A place further back was Ben Firth, of Moortown GC, with scores of 69 75 and Hull GC’s Steve Robins was 42nd (73 73).

Walker, who recently reached the semi-finals of the Spanish Amateur championship, was two under at the turn in round one after birdies at holes one, five and eight and a dropped shot at three.

He shed further shots at 11, 14 and 17, but birdies at 16 and the last ensured he finished under par at halfway.

His second and winning round was a calmer affair, a bogey at the third following a birdie at the second before he played the last 15 holes in one under with 14 pars and a birdie at 13.

Hutchinson had carded three birdies in the last four holes on the way out in round one to be two under.

However, the morning back nine saw him sandwich a double bogey at the 198-yard par-3 15th with single dropped shots at 10 and 17.

In the afternoon he played the last six holes in two under with the aid of birdies at 13, 17 and 18.

England A international Whiteoak had three birdies and three bogeys in his morning 69. The afternoon brought two birdies, but also a pair of bogeys and a double bogey at the third.

Hague did not drop a shot in the morning, carding birdies at holes two and 13 to add to 16 pars.

However, the afternoon saw him shed shots at fives holes with none regained to par.

Yesterday Lowe placed sixth in the Hampshire Hog at North Hants GC, won by Royal Liverpool GC’s Matthew Jordan (67 68).

Lowe had been in second place after round one, shooting a 68 that included four birdies. He could manage only one, however, in a second round 72.

Hague placed inside the top 20 again in 17th spot (70 73) with some steady golf that included just one glitch, a double bogey at the seventh in round two.

Hutchinson (71 74) was 27th, he too enduring an afternoon double bogey at the seventh before coming home in level par.

Firth produced two rounds of 75, an eventful second round including only seven pars.

Walker could only manage a 78 in round one, six bogeys leading to an outward 41, but played the next 27 holes in only three over and closed with a birdie.

Whiteoak shot 77 75, his efforts on the day being undermined by four double bogeys.

Robins stood at one under through 11 holes in his opening round, but four bogeys led to a 73.

He birdied the third in the afternoon, but eventually carded a 79, six shots being lost to par in his last five holes.

Josh Hilleard (Farrington GC) won the Hampshire Salver awarded to the player with the best score in the two events.