Young golfers blow away competition

Two young golfers refused to be blown off course as Northumberland’s competition for young golfers reached a windswept conclusion.

The 2013 March2Matfen event had to be reduced to nine holes after high winds made playing conditions unplayable.

However, the tough conditions did not stop Jai Scott and Megan Forman producing some excellent golf to score 18 points in the stableford competition.

The March2Matfen has seen up and coming golfers from across the region competing in nine different events to score points on an order of merit.

Megan had an impressive record in the qualifying rounds, amassing 1,240 points, and carried that form into the final to hold off Rosie Belsham to win by two points.

The 15-year-old has been playing golf for the past four years as a member of both Newbiggin Golf Club and Alnmouth Village and has enjoyed a successful summer, including wins in two ladies’ matchplay competitions, the Ladies Captain’s day and Rothbury Plate at Alnmouth Village, where she also won the CL Ross Trophy, a mixed pairs competition.

Megan, who has got her handicap down to 16, said: “This is the first year I’ve really dedicated time to practice and playing more competitions. With continued practice and lessons with John McKenna at Tynemouth over the winter, I hope to get my handicap down to single figures next year.

“I am really enjoying my golf and have had great opportunities through the March2Matfen to play some outstanding courses in the region.”

Jai served notice of his potential by scoring top points at Allendale before turning in a title-winning display at Matfen Hall to pip runner-up Elliot Brown by a single point.

The 12-year-old plays off 23 and started playing golf at the age of five. He is a member at Newbiggin GC.

Jai said: “Despite the bad weather on the day, I tried hard to play well and still enjoyed the day.

“I was very happy to win and would like to thank everyone at Northumberland CGP for their encouragement and support as well as the sponsors for the fantastic prizes. I look forward to taking part again next year.”