YOUNG golfer Cameron Thoburn has continued his impressive year with two fine rounds on the links at Newbiggin.

The Ponteland High School pupil followed up an opening round 76 with a one-over par 73, to win the Newcastle and District Golf League Players Championship last weekend.

The seaside course provides a stern test of golf in all weather, but Cameron kept his game together in tough conditions.

PE teacher Chris Doig said: “Cameron is a wonderful golfer and fierce competitor but what sets him apart is his unflappable demeanour on the golf course; this is particularly helpful when battling the elements.”

Alston Moor Golf Club hosted the annual four-ball-better-ball competition for captains of Cumbria golf clubs. The winners were Stuart McAloone and Maureen Jones, of Furness Golf Club, with an impressive 41 stableford points. Second were Mick Reid and Fliss Holloway from Kirkby Lonsdale with 36pts.

The competitors excelled in the superb condition of the course, and the cloudless skies and warm temperatures made it a most enjoyable day. After the competition, all players enjoyed dinner in the clubhouse kindly cooked and served by lady members.

The 40th Hal Renwick Memorial Open was held at Alston Moor Golf Club on Sunday. In the best nett competition, Simon Love (18 handicap was the winner with a superb nett 61. Second was David Rutherford (13) with a nett 68, while Philip Bell Snr (11) was third with a nett 69.

In the best gross competition, Chris Bell was the winner with a round of 76. Richard Heslop 77 was a shot behind in second place, and, Bob Wright carded a 79 to finish third. In the twos competition, Stephen Fawcett, Chris Bell, Jonathan Renwick and Bob Wright were all successful.

The Alan Rutherford Memorial four-ball-better-ball attracted visitors from Crook, Hexham, Appleby, Penrith and Carlisle. David Rutherford and Peter Richardson won with 43pts. Paul Parkin and Glen Davis were second with 42pts, and Gordon Cameron and Haydn Howard were third with 38pts.

The mixed greensome at Alston Moor was won by Paul Rymer and Vivien James (nett 62.4). Second was Steve Fawcett and Tania Rymer (nett 64.8), and Tom Younger and Christine Walton were third (nett 69.2).

At Hexham Golf Club, Val Robinson won the Calcutta Cup with victory over Susan He on the 17th hole, in a fascinating match played in great spirit.

A new greensomes competition, the Younger Trophy, went all the way to the 18th hole where the winners were Sue Cooke and Judy Oakley, over Pat Borthwick and Mary Oliver.

In the Jennifer Stobbs Trophy, Gillian Arnott won with 42 points. Second was Mary Oliver with 39 points. Margaret Montgomery won the nine-hole competition with 16 points. Hexham junior Alice Bramwell is top of advanced girls category on the Northumberland Junior Tour. Another junior, Hayley Phillips will represent Northumberland at Northern Counties Jamboree in York.