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SCRATCH - FINAL RESULTS

DAY 3: Friday, 4th August, 2017

TEAM TROPHY - FINAL RESULTS

DAY 2: Thursday, 3rd August, 2017

 
MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY AND A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:

 

Bence BERTENYI, Royal Balton Golf & Yacht Club, Hungary

Rick ZHOU, South Winchester Golf Club, Kent

Gabriel SOMERVILL SMITH, Beamish Park GC, County Durham

Channon JAMES, Leamnington County Golf Club, Warwickshire

Morgan BLYTHE, Matfen Hall Golf & Country Club, County Durham

Oliver BUTTS, Matfen Hall Golf & Country Club, County Durham

Rio MERCER MARSDEN, Burhill Golf Club, Surrey

Freddie BREMNER, Warkworth Golf Club, Northumberland

Nicky LEE SHIELD, Barnard Castle Golf Club, Teeside

Libby BELL - Gosforth Park Golf Club, Northumberland

Jack BURTON - Seaton Carew Golf Club, County Durham

Neil SANDOZ, Wrexham Golf Club, Wales

Tyler CROSTA, Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire

Michael KILGANNON, St. Annes Old Links Golf Club, Lancashire

26th November

23rd November

14th November

11th November

5th November

2nd November

21st October

6th October

26th September

21st September

13th September

25th August

8th August

1st August

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13 years of age

13 years of age

13 years of age

13 years of age

11 years of age

11 years of age

12 years of age

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12 years of age

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HAVE A GOOD ONE !
 
ENTRY FORMS POSTED TO THE WEB SITE
Entry forms and Tournament Conditions have now been posted to the web site
11 October, 2017

HANNAH SHOWS HER IRON SKILLS AT THE BRITISH MASTERS

14-year-old rising star Hannah Golding, who won the girls trophy at the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at South Moor GC in August this year, shows off her iron skills at the British Masters at Close House to her idol, British No 1 Charlie Hull, and Sky TV presenter Nick Dougherty .

Hannah played in the pro-am on Tyneside on Wednesday, alongside Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, after earning a place in the competition by winning the Bridgestone UK Chase Your Dream Trophy.

The teenager, who hopes to secure a place on the LPGA tour hereslf in the future, watched Hull hit a few shots, and then took a turn herself. Both Hull and Dougherty offered her advice after being impressed with Hannah's swing.

Hull later tweeted 'It was great to meet Hannah at Close House.'

Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire]

30 September, 2017
ST. JAMES'S PLACE WEALTH PARTNERSHIP CONFIRM SPONSORSHIP DEAL FOR 2018
The St. James's Place Wealth Partnership has generously agreed to continue to serve as the prime sponsor of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship in 2018 . The St. James's Place Wealth Management Group specialises in delivering face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, trustees and businesses, and in addition to addressing straightforward issues such as mortgages and insurance, will offer its help in resolving more complex financial problems on behalf of its clients. Everyone involved in the organisation and administration of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship is extremely grateful to Mike Kyle and theSt. James's Place Wealth Partnership for its continuous support.
15 September, 2017
NORTH of ENGLAND [Under 14] - CHAMPIONSHIP DATES 2018

The 2018 North of England [Under1 41] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship will be played over the course at the South Moor Golf Club, The Middles, Craghead, Stanley, County Durham from Wednesday, the 1st August through until Friday, the 3rd August, 2018 inclusive, with a free practice round for competitors on Tuesday, the 31st July.

Entry Forms and Championship Conditions will be posted on the web-site in due course.

2017 TOURNAMENT REVIEW

For a number of reasons the 2017 Championship turned out to be a real thriller ! On the opening day fine weather was frequently with spells of heavy rain, and on the morning of the second day players were subjected to constant rain, which led to play being abandoned at 11.30. In spite of the valiant efforts of the greens staff and numerous volunteers the weather eventually won through and course became unplayable with flooded greens. Nonetheless after a brief suspension of 45 minutes the sun came out and play was resumed, with the competitors enjoying a trouble free afternoon. Trouble free that is except for strong winds which caused a few tricky problems for some. However, Mikey Shepherd [North Berwick GC, East Lothian] coped admirably matching the standard scrath for the day with a gross 73. The final day was played out in glorious sunshine, although the strong winds prevailed sending scores soaring.   The CSS for the first day increased by one for the bays to 72, and the girls remained unchanged at 74, on the second day the CSS increased further to 73 for the boys, and to 77 for the girls. While on the final the CSS for girls and the boys increased by 2 to 76 and 73 respectively.

At the end of the first day five handicap Matthew Sandoz [Wrexham GC, North Wales] led the field with a score of 74, followed one shot back by two handicapper Henry Warnock Thompson [Littlestone GC, Kent], with Satria Cumming [Lingdale GC, Leicestershire[ a further shot adrift on 76. Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire] led the girls chase for the title witha fine round of 78 off a handicap of 7, while Dylan Shaw Radford [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire] topped the under 12's table with a round of 80.

The morning of the second day was not so appealing, following a night of heavy rain which persisted throughout the best part of the morning. Henry Warnock Thompson continued his form and overtook the leader with a score of 76 for a two round total of 147. However, Bence Kotel [Royal Baltaton Golf & Yacht Club, Hungary] produced a stunning round of 74 to join him at the top of the leader board.O'Hagen [Old Course Ranfurly, Renfrewshire] added a fine round of 75 to card an aggregate score of 153 and claim third place on his own. Meanwhile, Cameron Adam [Royal Burgess GS, Edinburgh] matched his opening round of 77 to share fourth place on 154 with the in-form Joshua Hil [Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE] who added a 76 to his opening round of 78.

Hannah Golding took a firm grip on the girls championship adding a score of 80 to her opening round to post a total of 158. With Dylan Shaw Radford returning another round of 80 to head the under 12's on 160.

Mikey Shepherd had the best round of the day with a stunning 73 in the most atrocious conditions.

   

                                                              Joshua Hill poised to attack !                                                              The Hill family celebrate Joshua's win

Glorious weather on the morning final day saw the players optimistic for a good score, but the hopes of a number of them were dashed with high winds playng havoc with the scoring.

The Team Trophy, which is decided by taking the two best scores from a team of three players was decided over the first two days of the championship to provide a 72 hole total. This year it was won by The Celtic Raiders, a team from north of the border made up of Cameron Adam, Cameron Johnston [Troon Welbeck GC, Ayshire] and Aiden O'Hagen with agrioss score of 3 07. The handicap team prize was won by The Three Girls team of Hannah Golding, Kirsten Porte and Constance Brooks [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire] with a nett score of 281

Hannah Golding continued to show fine form posting a final round of 80 for an aggregate score of 238 to clinch the girls title by 7 shots from her good friend Kirsten Porte [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire], who won the best handicap prize with a nett score of 212. This result allowed Libby Bell [Gosforth Park Ladies GC, Northumberland] in to to be awraded with the best girl's handicap prize on 221.

Young Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire] took the under 12's honours after posting a final round score of 77 for a total of 238, pipping Dylan Shaw Radford to the post by a stroke.

Playing in the final group, Matthew Warnock Thompson, with a score of 85, fell away to finsih in 9th place overall. As did Bence Kotel, who despite a final round of 80 managed to hang on to a share of third place with Duran Gun who made up ground with a card of 76. Cameron Adam maintained his form and his round of 76 took second place one stroke back with an aggregate total of 230.

Plus two handicapper, thrirteen year-old Joshua Hill, who won the Under 12's title last year, showed his class and made up the three shot deficit of the second day, carding a quality round of 75, the best round of the day, to climb through the field and take the title on 229, one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

The South Moor GC Ladies Captain welcomed evryone to the club and thanked the many volunteers who had made the event possible under the most difficult of conditions. The championship is supported by the St. James Place Wealth Management Group and the prizes were presented by its representative Mike Kyle.

2017 Prize Winners

Winner: Joshua Hill

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

Joshua Hill with Roy Case

 

                            Mike Kyle of the sponsors St. James Place Wealth Management Group                         The Celtic Raiders    

                                                      presents the Under 12 Trophy to Joshua Berry                                        Team Trophy Winners

 

                                                                                                    Spectataors at the Prize Giving and around the 18th Green

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COMMENTS ON JOSHUA HILL

'Nice little bounce back with a win at the North of England [Under 14Junior Golf Open Championship] after his last poor and fatigued performance. A very mature, measured, controlled performance during three amazingly difficult days of golf !

It started off worse than his last performance, but continued to improve and finished with some of the best 'competitive' golf I have ever seen Josh play. We had hard greens and fairways, to soft greens and fairways, it rained so hard play was suspended, and a stupidly strong wind on the final day. On the last day Josh was three behind the leaders, and lost three shots in the the first three holes on the final day, due to some amazing golf being played. Josh said, 'What I was most happy with is that after a quadruple bogie at the first hole, I was able to pull things together.'

It was lovely to get Nana out on a buggy, so she could watch Josh for at least two days of the summer ! Thank you to South Moor Golf Club, and all the organisers, it always a great little venue and event !'

 
ENTRIES CLOSED !

Joshua Hill, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

The official closing date for entries has now passed with the current total of entries received for the 2017 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play  the Championship numbering 91 players.

The Hungarian Golf Federation helped swell the number with the addition of twelve year-old Bence Bertenyi [Handicap 7] and thirteen year-old Bence Kotel [Handicap 4] both of the Royal Balaton Golf and Yacht Club, Budapest, Hungary. Meanwhile, the winner of the 2016 Under 12's Championship, thirteen year-old Joshua Hill, who now plays of a handicap of +2 out of the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has posted his entry for this year's event and will return to South Moor to bid for this years title.

Shortly following the European Tour win in South Africa by Hartlepool's Graeme Storm, 13 year old Zamokuhle Nxasana of the Glendawer GC, Gauteng, lodged his entry for the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship. Zamokuhle, plays off a handicap of 3, will represent South Africa in it's third successive year in the Championship.

Rachel Seal of the Knaresborough GC in North Yorkshire, who plays off a handicap of 9, was the first girl to register her entry for this years Championship, followed closely by Sophie Wood, of the Pleasington GC, the first entry this year from Lancashire.

Six handicapper Constance Brooks, of the Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire, will bid to improve on her fourth place last year, as will club-mate ten handicap Kirsten Porte who will be making her third appearance in the Championship.

Derbyshire's Henry Hayward, plays off a handicap of 5 at Kedleston Park, and will be making a bid for this year's title after scooping up the Under 12's trophy in 2015.

Entries have been received from twenty-one English counties, including Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire. Shropshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire. Entries have also been received from Argyll & Bute in Dumbartonshire, Ayrshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Nairn, Perthshire, and Renfrewshire in Scotland, and also from the counties of Carnarvonshire, Wrexham County Borough in North Wales, and the City and County of Swansea in South Wales. Overseas entries include Hungary, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and a player from the United States of America who is currently playing out of Scotland.

The field includes 63 category one players, with sixteen girls [18%], and twenty-three players [26%] under the age of 12 years. The current average playing handicap of the field of players is 10, twenty-one of which are category one handicap players [25%]. The average handicap of the under 12's is 14, and the average girl's handicap is 16. Scotland continues to lay claim to the highest number of players entered to date, with the Scottish contingent of twelve numbering 13% of the total field.

 
COUNTRIES & COUNTIES ENTERED IN 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP TO DATE

England
Buckinghamshire
Cheshire
Cornwall
Derbyshire
County Durham
Hampshire
Hertfordshire
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
City of London
Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

Shropshire

Staffordshire

Surrey

Tyne & Wear

Warwickshire

Worcestershire

Yorkshire

Scotland

Ayrshire

Argyll & Bute

East Lothian

Edinburgh

Fife

Nairnshire

Perthshire

Renfrewshire

Wales

Carnarvonshire

North Wales

City & County of Swansea, S. Wales

Wrexham County

Borough, North Wales

 

 

 

Hungary

South Africa
United Arab Emirates

United States

of America

 
17 July, 2017
 
GRAEME STORM JUNIOR OPEN WINNERS ALLOCATED PLACES IN THIS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP

European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April last year, in association with Durham’s Dyke House Sports and Technology College. Open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 18, the tournament was held at the Hartlepool Golf Club this year on the 8 April, with the entire proceeds collected through the £10.00 entry fee donated to its children’s charity partner the  Finlay Cooper Trust.

The highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 section have been allocated spots and invited to compete in this year's North of England [Under 14] 54 hole Junior Open Stroke-play Championship, to be held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, from the 2–4 August. The two successful Durham youngsters were twelve year-old Libby Bell of the Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club, who playes off a handicap of 10, and fourteen year-old Duran Gun, a 6 handicapper from the George Washington Golf Club. Hartlepool professional Storm said, 'I am keen to put something back into the sport which has served me so well over the years, and it will be nice to pass on some of my experiences to young golfers across the region.'

23 April, 2017
 
ST. JAMES'S PLACE WEALTH PARTNERSHIP AGREE SPONSORSHIP DEAL
Guy Carr of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship is pleased to announce the St. James's Place Wealth Management Group is to become the prime sponsor of the Championship for 2017. In addition to addressing straightforward issues such as mortgages and insurance, the Group specialises in delivering face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, trustees and businesses.Whatever your financial situation the St. James Partnership can help to resolve complex problems on your behalf.
5 February, 2017
 
PERFECT STORM WINS BMW SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

With a 72 hole total of 18 under par, Graeme Storm survived a three-hole play-off against Rory McIlroy to win the BMW South African Open Championship, his second European Tour win, and first since 2007.

McIlroy made up a three-shot deficit going into the final round with a 68. The pair traded pars on their first two visits to the 18th play-off hole, but McIlroy stumbled

with a bogey on his final visit at which Storm made par.

‘It's disappointing to finish like that’ said the Irishman, ‘but Graeme played well all week and I'm delighted for him.’

As an added bonus this latest win will now guarantee Graeme exemption from qualifying for the European Tour in 2018.

Congratulations Graeme from the organsiers and everyone associated with the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship. We're looking forward to welcoming the winners of your junior tournament to South Moor Golf Club in August this year.

 

18 January, 2017

 

INVITATIONS TO THE SECTION WINNERS OF THE 2017 GRAEME STORM JUNIOR OPEN

European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April last year, in association with Durham’s Dyke House Sports and Technology College.

Open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 18, the tournament will be held at the Hartlepool Golf Club this year on the 8 April, with the entire proceeds collected through the £10.00 entry fee donated to its children’s charity partner the  Finlay Cooper Trust.

Hartlepool professional Storm said, ”I am keen to put something back into the sport which has served me so well over the years, and it will be nice to pass on some of my experiences to young golfers across the region.”

Storm who won the English Amateur Championship and represented GB & I in the Walker Cup, also triumphed as a youngster in the English Boys [Under 16] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship for the McGregor Trophy in 1994,which was founded by Roy Case, who was also instrumental in helping initiate the successful North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at South Moor Golf Club.

This year the highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 section of the Graeme Storm Junior Open will be allocated spots and invited to compete in the 54 hole Championship to be held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, from the 2–4 August in providing they fulfil the  entry requirements.   

 

Graeme Storm

10 January, 2017

 
CASE PUBLISHES SECOND BOOK - THE VICTORIAN PIONEERS

This appealing book reveals the story of a team of a dozen English cricketers which travelled to Canada and North America in 1859 to compete in the very first inter-continental sporting tour.

It tells of the early origins of the game and provides an intimate insight into the lives of some of the characters which influenced the early development of the Victorian game, including each of the players who bravely embarked on the perilous trans-Atlantic journey.

The book reveals comprehensive information about each of the matches played during the tour and subsequent developments which brought about radical changes in the governance of the game.

It provides an absorbing and informative read for the cricket enthusiast, and those with an interest in the early history of the English game.

Author:                      Roy Case

Published by:           AuthorHouse UK

                                   1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, Indiana 47403, USA

Telephone:                 0800 197 4150 [United Kingdom] Ext. 5255

Available from:         Amazon: Barnes & Noble:

Cost:                           ebook version:            £ 2.99              ISBN 978-1-5246-6458-9

                                     soft cover version:    £ 12.95          ISBN 978-1-5246-6459-6

                                     hard cover version:   £ 23.99          ISBN 978-1-5246-6457-2

OR THROUGH GOLF CONCEPTS LP

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Roy Case was born in the village of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire at the start of the Second World War. He was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Mansfield, following which he joined the Nottingham Forest Football Club where he worked for a short while as a professional footballer. Later on he joined the National Coal Board and qualified as a mining surveyor, before ultimately becoming the Managing Director of a large interior contracting company.

At the age of 55 he retired from work in order to devote his time to his true passion for sport, and golf in particular.

In 1982, whilst serving as the junior organiser at the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club, he founded the McGregor Trophy, which was later adopted by England Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in England, as the English Boys [Under 16] Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship.

After serving for a number of years on several England Golf committees, he was presented with the Gerald Micklem Award in the Millennium year, for outstanding service to amateur golf, before finally being elected its President in 2008. He also served for more than a decade on the Great Britain & Ireland Boys Selection Committee of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

A former Captain and President of the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club, he was elected an honorary life-time member of the Club in 2000.

A keen follower of cricket, Case is a member of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.

He has a daughter Sharon, and a son Shaun, who is a master golf professional living in Austria. The eldest of his two grandsons Adam is a film animator living in Manchester, and his youngest Tom is a doctor in Philadelphia, USA.

Other Publications:  The McGregor Story – The First Thirty Years

 
BARCLAY BROWN SELECTED FOR ENGLAND BOYS' 2017 COACHING SQUAD

The England boys’ squad for 2016/17 has a new look, with eight of the nine players selected for the first time.

Norfolk’s Toby Briggs  is the only player who was a member of last year’s squad.

He is joined by Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown, Gloucestershire’s Jack Cope, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels, Surrey’s Angus Flanagan, Michael Gilbert of Essex; Conor Gough and Kristian Tannum Donaldson of Berks, Bucks & Oxon; and Thomas Plumb of Dorset.

Collectively the players have an impressive record. Apart from a host of individual success, Briggs, Flanagan and Gilbert were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals; Cope, Daniels and Tannum Donaldson were in the team which won the Canadian International Junior Challenge; and Brown, Gough and Plumb have been successful U16 internationals.

Barclay Brown, 15, [The Hallamshire] won the inaugural North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, and shared the honours the following year. Last year Barclay was the leading U18 player at the North of England Youths’ championship and reached the match play stages of the British boys’ championship. The U16 boy international was joint runner-up in the Scottish U16 championship and 15th in the Italian U16 open. He won all six of his matches when representing Yorkshire in the English boys’ county finals.

                                                                                                                            Barclay Brown [The Hallamshire, South Yorkshire]

 
GUY CARR IS FUND RAISER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Guy Carr

South Moor Golf Club have taken their total of grant aid funding past the £100,000 mark in five years following an award of almost £5,000 by Sport England's National Lottery Flood Relief Fund. Just over half the total assistance has been funded by Sport England with the remainder provided by Stanley Area Action Partnership and Stanley Town Council.

South Moor staged the McGregor Trophy, the England Boys Under-16 Open Stroke-play Championship in 2008, won by Jack Hermeston of the City of Newcastle Golf Club.player.

Stanley Area Action Partnership awarded the club a £23,000 grant to stage the event and £2,000 for car park improvements.

Hosting an international tournament previously won by golfers such as Justin Rose, Edoardo Molinari and Graeme Storm drastically raised the profile of the club. So much so, South Moor attracted 80 new members and in 2012 committee man and former captain Guy Carr won England Golf’s Club Development Award

Carr a 51 year-old IT consultant, who lives in Chester-le-Street and is a PGA Level One golf coach, is the major driving force behind the club’s fund raising.

“Our facilities have improved beyond all recognition over the last five years”, said Carr. “These are fantastic times in terms of our rapid development and they are the reward for vast amounts of hard work by many people at the club and at the public bodies who have funded us. We are getting near to completing a par three course and there is an Astroturf short game practice area covering 1,668 square metres which is the biggest of its kind in Europe and includes a practice bunker. We have totally refurbished top class changing rooms, showers and lockers and an extra putting green – part of the Astroturf area – and a new practice driving area.”

Funding also allowed South Moor to be chosen to host the inaugural North of England Under-14 Open in 2014.

“We hosted the event again in 2015, " added Carr. "And after last year’s event we were announced as the permanent home of the tournament. So we have made the most of every last penny in what is a total of £104,196 of public money we have received starting with that great catalyst for us, the McGregor Trophy.

The latest grant, from the Flood Relief Fund, came after South Moor’s course was hit by Storm Desmond in December.

Kevan Jones MP, said, “I was very pleased to hear about this latest funding which provides another welcome boost for the golf club and local community. The club has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, successfully hosting big tournaments, whilst also remaining an important local facility. I look forward to seeing the next stages in the development of the club.”

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said, “We appreciate sport isn’t a major priority when people’s lives, homes and businesses are at risk from flooding.But once communities are starting to get their lives back to normal, being able to use their local pitch or sports club as usual can make a real difference. By launching this fund quickly to help with clean-up and repair costs I hope we can give people affected by the floods one less thing to worry about. We are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to South Moor.”

 
SOUTH MOOR GOLF CLUB RANKED IN DURHAM SURVEY

 

South Moor Golf Club is ranked sixth in a list of the 'top ten' golf courses in County Durham recently compiled and published by Today's Golfer.

It describes the course as offering 'lots of tricky shots that can make you look silly if you get them wrong. Lovely when the gorse and heather are in bloom'.

The links at Seaton Carew heads the list with Brancepeth Castle coming a close second, followed by Rockcliffe Hall, Ramside Hall and the Wynard. Hartlepool is placed seventh, followed by the clubs at Castle Eden, Darlington and Tyneside.