Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Classic Win for Domnick Hunter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Classic Win for Domnick Hunter

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Byline: By Tim Taylor

A father and son partnership were in the winning team as the Golf Classic came to a brutal conclusion amid the towering rough and lightning fast wind-swept greens of the Hunting Course at Slaley Hall yesterday, writes Tim Taylor.

John Oakley Snr and Jonathan Oakley Jnr formed half of the domnick huntercorr team that entered the event for the first time last year.

Then they were runners up to Bedlingtonshire Golf Club ( who did not compete this time ( but went one better this year to win a week at Le Meridien Penina Golf Resort on the Algarve.

Just how tough conditions were yesterday can be measured by their winning total of 78 points. One of the heat winners hit 90 points and in the other two heats each winner soared over the 80 mark.

Oakley Snr was the only guest for the winning team ( but what a guest. The 51-year-old car mechanic is enjoying a golden summer having reached the semi-finals of the Northumberland match play championship this season. Six years ago, he was county stroke play champion and played for Whitley Bay who won the Newcastle and District League.

Jonathan said: "It was so tough out there I just cannot believe if my dad had been playing an individual stableford he would have scored 34 points off scratch. He started with a double bogey and then had eight pars on the trot".

The other two members of the winning side were Alan Brown and Paul Duncan.

Each of the 18 teams in yesterday's final split into pairs to have their scorecards marked by opposition.

And one of the winning side's pairings almost brought them the bonus of the Mini Cooper convertible which was on offer for a hole in one at the sixth ( a 205-yard par three.

Jonathan and Paul were partnered with Syncro pair of County player Sandy Twynholm and Jim Allison.

"It was a tough hole with a 170 carry over water but all four of us got within 10 feet of the flag and my colleague Paul Duncan was only two feet short of winning the car. …

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