Yorkshire golf: Hull's Steve Robins heads Moortown qualifiers for Open

YORKSHIRE county player Steve Robins, of Hull, led the six qualifiers in the Open Championship Regional Qualifying at Moortown on Monday with a two-under-par 69.

Reigning English men's amateur champion Joe Dean won a sudden-death play-off to reach the Open Championship Final Qualifying (Picture: Chris Stratford).

Two players from the host club also made it through in EuroPro Tour player Nick McCarthy and Ben Firth, the amateur who placed second last year in the Yorkshire Order of Merit series.

McCarthy, who finished as top qualifier last year in the same event, shot 70 while Firth went round in level-par 71.

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In all, five of the six people who earned the right to play in next Monday’s Final Qualifying, which will be staged at Gailes Links, Hillside, Royal Cinque Ports and Woburn, came from Yorkshire.

Beverley & East Riding’s Michael Durcan also carded a 70, while Hillsborough’s Joe Dean progressed the hard way.

The reigning English men’s amateur champion battled his way through a six-man sudden-death play-off after carding a one-over-par 72.

Among the disappointed players in the shootout was Huddersfield’s Josh Morton, recent winner of the Woodthorpe Trophy.

Robins had laid the foundations for his victory with an outward nine of three-under-par 33, birdieing holes five, seven and nine.

He dropped a shot at the 11th, regained it at the 17th, but stumbled at the last although it merely narrowed the margin of his triumph.

Rotherham’s Olivia Winning has been chosen to represent England in the European Ladies’ Team Championship in Iceland next month.

Winning recently won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play championship for the second time.

Three of her team-mates in Iceland – Alice Hewson, Bronte Law and Meghan MacLaren – were part of Great Britain & Ireland’s winning Curtis Cup team.