Fulford’s Charlie Thornton won the 2018 North of England Open Amateur Championship after a great show of controlled golf and dogged determination.
He was the only man to break par over the 72 holes and led the tournament from start to finish.
Starting the final round with a six-stroke advantage, Thornton’s lead slowly ebbed away. He showed great determination on the back nine however and eventually reached the safety of the clubhouse after recording a three-over-par round of 74 for a winning total of 283, one under par for the tournament.
Gill Shaw and John Shaw present the trophy to Charlie Thornton
That was two shots clear of Lindrick’s Sam Rook, who almost managed to chase the leader down after a closing two-under 69. Arron Edwards-Hill, from Chelmsford, came in third a shot further back while Curtis Knipes showed why he is the reigning County Champion of Champions by recording a final round of 68 to take fourth.
Other fast finishers closing with sub-par rounds included Dillon West (The Buckinghamshire), Kieran Cantley (Liberton), Richard Wheatley (Bradford), Daniel Taplin (Chartham Park) and Enrique Dimayuga (Walton Heath).
Returning to Alwoodley for the third straight season, the North of England Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship was the final event on the 2018 England Golf Order of Merit.
Ninety-six golfers teed it up for this 72-hole championship, hoping to emulate past winners Daniel Wasteney (Lindrick), Adam Chapman (Windermere), Dan Brown (Masham) and David Hague (Malton & Norton).
The week began with strong winds whipping across the Leeds heathland. Thornton and Rook were joined by Cumberwell’s Park James Cooper (Cumberwell Park) in the distinction of matching par on a day when the CSS soared to 77.
Thankfully, conditions eased slightly on the second day, with the cut eventually falling at 155, 13 over par, and the leading 32 players proceeding to the 36-hole final day. Thornton’s leading halfway total was two over par.
The third round saw the lowest scoring with Thornton’s magnificent six-under-par 65 the lowest score of the week by three shots. In fact, there were only nine sub-70 rounds carded over the week.
In additional to the main title, the County Plate, awarded to the county whose leading two players recorded the lowest aggregate score, was won by Yorkshire, represented by Thornton and Sam Rook, from Lindrick.
“The organisers and officials of the championship would like to sincerely thank all of those who took part in the sixth running of this event and they look forward to seeing everyone again next year at Alwoodley,” said the organisers.
A full results sheet can be found on the Northern Counties Golf Union website