Joel putts in the effort to come out on top

Joel Cartlidge from Balby Academy of Sport, who won the Northern Schools Boys Championship at Denton Golf Club, Manchester.

Joel Cartlidge from Balby Academy of Sport, who won the Northern Schools Boys Championship at Denton Golf Club, Manchester.

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A budding teenage golfer has moved one step closer to national recognition, after coming out on top in the Northern School Boys Championship.

Joel Cartlidge, 18, from Balby Academy of Sport recently triumphed at the event at Denton Golf Club in Manchester.

He was representing the whole region of Yorkshire and in coming top of the pile, he beat off students from schools in Cumbria, Lancashire and Lincolnshire amongst others.

The event was played over 36 holes and the morning round saw Joel hit a one-under-par 70; enough to leave him just one shot behind early leader Jack Duncalf from Sandiway Golf Club, Cheshire.

Joel, a member of Wheatley GC who plays off scratch, included an impressive five birdies to offset four bogeys.

In the afternoon the conditions proved far more testing as the wind increased, making competitors’ club selection tricky.

However after battling these conditions Joel managed a trio of birdies to score a 74 and be crowned champion with a +2 total score.

He narrowly edged out another Sandiway GC putter in the shape of Rhys Nevis-Wharton.

His success at the event now sees him compete in the English Schools Championships at Hollinwell GC in Nottingham later this month (June 24).

Ian Lindley, golf academy director for Balby Academy of Sport, said: “This is a tremendous achievement to be crowned North of England Schools Champion 2013.

“It follows in the footsteps of other European Tour players like David Horsey.

“Let’s hope Joel can continue this run of good form and replicate the result in the English Schools Championship Finals.”