Doncaster Golf Club trio win national junior title

l-r Cameron Newman, Jack Ciullo, Connor Longworth and Declan Stoppard. Credit: Leaderboard Photography
l-r Cameron Newman, Jack Ciullo, Connor Longworth and Declan Stoppard. Credit: Leaderboard Photography

A teenage trio delivered national glory to Doncaster Golf Club this week when they won England’s Junior Champion Club title by five points at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.

The team of junior captain Connor Longworth, Jack Ciullo and Cameron Newman, supported by their reserve Declan Stoppard, amassed 162 points over 36 holes on the Green course.

They are the first champions of England Golf’s new Golf Week, which is celebrating grassroots golf with a host of team and handicap events over a five-day festival.

“This is massive,” said Doncaster junior organiser Simon Longworth.

“Nobody at the club has ever been involved in an event like this and to win it puts us well and truly on the map.

“It’s one of the best golfing days of my life and I haven’t hit a ball!”

Doncaster travelled a long road to the title. First they had to win the Sheffield Golf Union inter-club competition, which was contested by 37 teams. Then they had to win the Yorkshire team championship to take their place in the final.

On Monday all three team members played below their handicaps for a first round total of 80 points. They did even better with 82 on Tuesday but because they were among the earliest starters they had a long wait before they could begin celebrating.

Newman, 15, led the team’s scoring today with 43 points.

That was despite starting with a double bogey seven.

“It didn’t really put me off, I’m used to getting them, it’s just one of those things,” said the 13-handicapper.

“After that I had a string of pars and two birdies.”

Longworth, 17, provided the other counting score with 39 points, playing off 14 handicap.

Ciullo, 17, who had 33 points, playing off 13.

The runners-up were the team of Mikey Nicholls, Dominic Williams and Ryan Thrupp from Worlebury, Somerset, who scored 157 points.

Third prize was won by Marley Najak, Imogen Rafferty and Joseph Capewell of Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, on 155 points.