Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golf: Tournament Title Is Ours; Foursomes Trophy Success for Top Duo

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golf: Tournament Title Is Ours; Foursomes Trophy Success for Top Duo

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Byline: By ALLAN BOUGHEY

TEESSIDE duo Rob Moon and Martin Lee have scored a big success by lifting the Inter-County Foursomes title.

The Billingham Golf Club pair won the 18th in the final against Hexham's Martin Cook and Sean Heads to give County Durham their first trophy of their centenary year.

But the Northumberland pair threatened to snatch the championship when Heads sank successive birdie putts on 15 and 16 to take a one-hole lead.

But after running a third birdie chance five feet past on 17 to lose the hole to a par when Cook missed the return, Hexham's chances of the title looked slim when Cooks' drive finished behind a tree on 18th.

With Moon finding the fairway, Lee drilled a five iron into the wind to 18 feet and when Heads' approach clipped the tree and came up short and Cook chipped to the back of the green, it looked all over.

It wasn't, because Heads' putt for par clattered into the back of the hole but somehow stayed out, leaving Moon with two putts for the title.

He didn't need them as he rolled in the putt for a fitting birdie to close out the final.

There'd not been much in it all the way round, with Hexham one up after the second with a birdie but all square after the third when they found sand.

Billingham went one up at the seventh and two up with a par at the ninth, but Moon's approach spun back off the green at 11 and sand at the next cost them the hole for the match to be all-square. Billingham edged in front again at 13 but then Heads rattled in a six-footer at 15 and a 15-footer at 16 to turn the match around, before three-putting 17 opened the door for Billingham to win on the home hole.

Earlier rounds the previous week had seen victories against Seaton Carew and Ramside Hall with Greg Johnson partnering Lee against Seaton.

THE Tees Valley golf season is officially underway after the 40th annual staging of the traditional opener, the Cleveland Salver.

The event again proved a huge triumph for host club Cleveland Golf Club with the course winning widespread acclaim for being back to its best. …

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