Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golf: Billingham Earn Narrow Win over Saltburn; TSGU GOLF WEEK ONE REVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Golf: Billingham Earn Narrow Win over Saltburn; TSGU GOLF WEEK ONE REVIEW

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Byline: By KEN ROGERS

Division One

BILLINGHAM hosted a strong Saltburn team, and welcomed back Paul Oakley who took Andy Birbeck all the way before losing one down.

Saltburn too had a 'new man' in their ranks but while close, Jason Jones also went down by one hole to Robert Moon.

Each club had two other scratch winners as Tony Littlefair and Greg Johnson triumphed for Billingham, while Nigel Storey and Noel Emmerson did likewise for Saltburn.

Handicap matches were equally tight. The home club had wins from Ian Stewart, Andy Taylor and Neil Kerr to add to a point from Gary Ure's half with Paul Benoliel against Saltburn winners Rob Whiteside and Colin Gray.

The hosts earned a 13-11 win.

Newly promoted Castle Eden visited Eaglescliffe, with both clubs fielding mainly young sides bolstered by some old hands. The visitors are keen to stay in the top flight and showed their intentions when the top game between Durham County players Julian Wynn and Stuart Brown finished all square.

Both clubs gained two scratch wins - Wayne Trotter and Andrew Hutton for the Eagles and Graeme Border and Joe Redshaw for Caste Eden - before the final game between David Lupton and Michael Ridley tied the section 6-6.

Home advantage weighed heavily for the Eagles with wins for Neil Hunter-Smith, Will Gallafant, Joe Richardson, Paul Halligan and club captain Roland Todd pulling in 10 points. Steve Preschoe's par from a greenside bunker at the last then salvaged two points, meaning Eaglescliffe recorded a 16-8 win.

Defending champions Richmond visited Seaton Carew in a match delayed due to Richmond's Yorkshire commitments. The Seagulls obviously relished their return to the first division as they soared to a 19-5 win.

Division Two

HARTLEPOOL welcomed Cleveland, and their handicap squad registered a "hospitable" five wins from Charlie Tetlow, L Fuller, M Bainbridge, Chris Picken and D Pearson, although three of the games went all the way to the 18th.

Joe Fagan responded for Cleveland to leave the section 10-2.

Things were closer in the scratch games where the top four games were all decided on the last as Tom Coulson's one-up win for the Mariners was matched by similar scores for Robbie McGahan and David Innes for the home side before Gary Watson and S Bell finished all square.

A Wrigley won for Hartlepool, but Steve Croce also won for Cleveland as the match went to Hartlepool, 17-7.

Dinsdale Spa played hosts to Bishop Auckland and had four scratch victories. The top match saw the home club's Callum Tarren held in a halved game with Jamie Birkbeck, to put the section at 9-3.

Andy Dickenson and Peter Smith finished all square in the handicap section and two wins for either club - Martin Janes and Dave Kynman for Dinsdale and Nigel Dodd and Alan Barker for Bishops - left the section tied, until Neil Coleman's win edged the hosts 7-5 ahead in the section and winners overall by 16-8. …

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