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George Durkan helps Bishop's Stortford Golf Club enjoy huge success in Hertfordshire Boys' Championship


By Michael Vaughton


George Durkan bagged two individual titles and team glory for Bishop's Stortford Golf Club in the Hertfordshire Boys' Championship.

The 16-year-old Leventhorpe School pupil triumphed in the main event on home soil by four shots.

He was also crowned the under-16 champion and teamed up with George Wright and Ollie Brunt to snare the team honour to complete a memorable tournament.

From left, Ollie Brunt, George Durkan, George Wright and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club captain Terry Jack (14798401)
From left, Ollie Brunt, George Durkan, George Wright and Bishop's Stortford Golf Club captain Terry Jack (14798401)

Durkan, who plays off a handicap of 0.8, will now represent Herts in the England Golf Boys' Champion of Champions event at Frilford Heath next month.

The top young golfers from across Herts gathered at the Dunmow Road club for the county's premier boys' competition.

Durkan, who has ambitions of gaining a golf bursary at a college in America, fired a stunning four-under-par opening round of 67, which contained eight threes. It put him three shots clear of clubmate and fellow Leventhorpe student Wright.

George Durkan with his under-18 and under-16 Hertfordshire Boys' Championship trophies (14798397)
George Durkan with his under-18 and under-16 Hertfordshire Boys' Championship trophies (14798397)

In the afternoon, West Herts' Matthew Gauntlett stormed through the field to match Durkan's opening 67. The latter was up for the challenge, however, as he produced a solid one-under-par round including three birdies.

Wright's two-over-par afternoon round secured him a tie for third position.

Rebecca Earl continued her good form when she finished joint-fifth in the 36-hole Ladies' Scratch Trophy at Royal Birkdale.

Rounds of five- and two-under-par meant the BSGC member ended up just three shots adrift of champion Emily Slater, from Gog Magog.

Back at the Dunmow Road club there was further evidence of the conveyor belt of young talent when Ben Sessions returned 45 stableford points to win the Olive Sell Junior Trophy.

The extremely talented 11-year-old plays off a handicap of 11.5.

Meanwhile, Stortford's men's scratch team enjoyed a superb 9½-2½ victory at home to Sandy Lodge. They now sit fifth in Division Two and are hoping to climb into the top places as they have a couple of games in hand.

The junior side are currently top of the County League thanks to an 8-4 success over second-placed Enfield.



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