The 2019 Northern Counties Qualifying Championship was held at Garforth Golf Club on 3rd September.
The champions were Yorkshire with a score of 747 – 5 shots clear of Lancashie in second place.
Yorkshire will now represent the Northern Counties in the England Golf County Finals at Effingham GC on the 8th to 10th October.
Report from John Grimbleby :
“This is the best news I did want to report following my last em confirming that our two leading players had been selected for International duties and were not available for the NCG Senior Qualifier at Garforth this week. Our strength in depth was put to the test and I am pleased to say that the team put up a magnificent performance to secure the title by a five stroke margin after being three strokes behind at completion of the first round.
The course was in excellent condition with true but fast championship greens which proved difficult for all players. However in the morning session Alan Wright put together a flawless round of 71 which was only beaten by two other players who posted 68 and 69 respectively. This gave us a great start as the CSS rose to 74 R/O to reflect the difficulty of the conditions with a the wind influencing the shots.
Lancashire posted a score of 371 to lead by three shots from Yorkshire with Cheshire only a further shot behind. After the first three players had finished Yorkshire had posted a four shot lead with Alan Wright finishing with 74 after being three under par after the first six holes. Steve Mason, who was a late replacement for Andy Woodhead, performed
with great pride to shoot 75 to add to his first round score of 74. At 65 years of age he had attained Scratch status for the first time in his career during the previous week.
It is difficult to be certain who is leading as the competition draws to a close with only the best five scores out of six counting but Johnny Lawrence is a seasoned campaigner and knew that if he outscored his Lancashire playing partner we would win. Birdies on 16 and 17 with a terrific shot to four feet on the last to set up his third birdie and secure victory
by seven shots was applauded by the gathering spectators on the club balcony. Showman that he is Johnny proceeded to three put from four feet to reduce the winning margin to five shots.
Onwards now to the England Finals at Effingham in Surrey where it is hoped that our Internationals will re join the eight man team to win back the title last won in 2017 at Goswick.”