Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saltburn Stymie Darlington Hopes; TSGU GOLF LEAGUES

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Saltburn Stymie Darlington Hopes; TSGU GOLF LEAGUES

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Byline: KEN ROGERS

CHAMPIONS Saltburn served notice of their intention to hold on to the title when they opened with an 18-6 home win against Darlington.

An extremely strong scratch section made light of the absence of three of last year's winners and the return of Nigel Storey and Noel Emmerson together with a win from Adam Best on his debut saw them take the section 12-0. Quakers' handicap players had more success as wins for Nat Poole, Andrew Wilson and Phil Wake gave them six points but home players Jim Kane, James Farrell and Chris Alcock matched them to leave honours even.

Billingham have lost a number of players and made the tough trip to Castle Eden.

Only Tony Littlefair could find a scratch win for the visitors as Joe Redshaw, Stuart Brown, Graham Border, Michael Ridley and Jack Selby all got their seasons off to a winning start.

Handicap games were much closer with two wins for each side. Tony Featonby and Martin Smith halved with Billingham's Neil Kerr and Brad Hildreth as the section finished 6-6, leaving Castle Eden 16-8 winners.

Eaglescliffe beat Hartlepool 18-6, but Cleveland were unable to stage their match against Bishop Auckland due to fog.

DIVISION TWO INEOS hosted Wilton in their first ever division two game and edged to a hard-earned win.

Duncan Barker took the top game but their only other return from the scratch games were halves for Alistair and Sean Sim who shared with Neil Cox and Lee Woolams.

Wilton had wins from Simon Dean, Neil Hutchinson and Paul Macken to edge ahead 8-4. Handicap games saw the home club on top with winners in Dave Molyneaux, Alan Moore, Paul Chaplin and Dave Summerfield.

Mark Newcombe won his game for Wilton and the final game between Michael Howlett and Paul Jones was halved to give Ineos the section 9-3 and the match 13-11.

Seaton Carew, relegated last year, started with a trip to Blackwell Grange where the home scratch players got off to a flying start. …

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