Belvedere boys become East Riding Junior golf champions

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Bridlington Golf Club Junior Section are officially the East Riding Junior Club Champions for the first time.

The youngsters secured their place in the Grand Final at Ganton Golf Club last week by virtue of winning one of the four divisional titles during the summer.

The winners of each division are invited to send a three-man team to Ganton to play off for the Rob McLeish Trophy and the title of East Riding Junior Club Champions.

The Bridlington team of teenagers Henry Howarth, Nick and Matthew Raybould were up against stiff opposition from the other finalists Brough, Ganstead Park and Driffield.

The Belvedere boys all played extremely well, in particular the Raybould brothers with Nick returning the best score of the day a gross 76 (nett 73) and his younger brother Matthew, not to be outdone, returned a gross 78 (nett 74).

The final combined total of the Bridlington trio was good enough to secure victory by a very impressive and emphatic 14 shots from defending champions Driffield.

Anthony Howarth, junior organiser at Bridlington Golf Club, said “ The Junior Section at Bridlington Golf Club grows from strength to strength and this win is the icing on the cake.”

Following on from this success at Ganton, Matthew Raybould continued his rich vein of form and played some more impressive golf to put himself into the later stages of the East Riding Junior Matchplay.

He succesfully won his semi-final match at Hull Golf Club last Sunday but just failed at the final hurdle and was narrowly beaten by Callum Skinner, an opponent who is three years his senior.

It was an impressive display from the talented 14-year-old who has also represented Yorkshire on a couple of occasions this year.