Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nicky in Control at Home of Golf; Guru Harrison Lifts Maddison

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Nicky in Control at Home of Golf; Guru Harrison Lifts Maddison

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Byline: Tim Taylor

NICKY Maddison says farewell to county golf for the season this weekend as the new St Andrews Boys Champion.

This is a tournament whose list of former triumphant notables includes the 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, the last Briton to lift the claret jug, and this year's Silver Medal winner at Royal Birkdale, Bristol's Chris Wood.

The guitar-playing Maddison, 18, beat two Scottish internationals on the Old Course at the home of golf in the semifinals and final, Jamie Binning and Ian Redford. The City of Newcastle golfer hammered Binning 7&6 and triumphed 4&2 over Redford, a member of St Andrews. Today, Maddison plays for Northumberland against Cheshire at Arcot Hall and tomorrow he will take some beating when he captains the county junior side against South of Scotland at Matfen Hall.

On Tuesday, the former Cramlington High School pupil leaves for a golf scholarship at Hutchinson College in Kansas minus his guitar saying: "I just want to focus on my golf."

In six rounds at St Andrews, Maddison missed only eight greens and his ability to keep the ball low in the wind and handle rainswept conditions were major factors in his victory.

"Quite a bit of it is down to the coaching I have had through the Northumberland's development scheme for youngsters," he said.

"Both with their coaching and under the English Golf Union scheme I go to John Harrison for coaching at Matfen and he has done a lot of work this year on my distance control.

"That is why I hit so many greens at St Andrews - it does solve a lot of problems if you know how far you are going to hit the ball." It was Maddison's fourth title of the season following wins in the Northumberland Under-18 Strokeplay and Junior Mathchplay and the Fenwick-Smith Trophy.

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