AFTER an entertaining final, a popular figure at Hexham Golf Club celebrated a fifth triumph in the club championship with supportive members.

Sean Heads’ success on Sunday was a popular one as he overcome the challenge of youngster Rob Henderson 3&2 to etch his name on to the trophy again.

Playing off a handicap of +4, Heads has long been a pivotal member at Hexham and this year’s captain, Hugh Thompson, praised him for his influential presence around the Spital Lane club.

Heads first represented Hexham’s junior team after the turn of the Millennium, and has featured ever since.

He said: “Everyone looks up to Sean in the club and, although he is only in his early 30s, he has been around for an awful long time and is very well respected among members and within the Hadrian League.

“He is a leader and is never beaten, and all the young lads look up to him.

“His final against Rob was really entertaining between two members of our elite Hadrian League team.

“Sean just proved to be too much for Rob and his experience shone through, but Rob battled on and certainly didn’t disgrace himself, so it was a real treat to watch.

“Rob has done so well to get to the final and he has a bright future in golf.”

The young challenger had a shaky start to the final but fought back admirably. However, Heads kept his composure to forge ahead.

A large crowd formed to take in the action, and that did not faze Heads who retained the trophy he won for the fourth time in 2018.

There was a familiar winner in the ladies’ championship too as June Lomax fought off finalist Val Robinson to lift the trophy.

But Robinson did get her hands on the Joan Swan Trophy.

Meanwhile, Judith Dunn was celebrating victory in the Bronze Shield.