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Triple triumph.

Byline: Golf Round-up

Saltburn Golf Club have made it three titles in a row in the tough Yorkshire League.

After winning the sixth and fifth division championships outright last month, Saltburn's four-man team have now lifted the Division Four title at Brough on Humberside.

It's an incredible and unprecedented run of success ( but the Saltburn lads haven't finished yet, as they are hoping for more joy when they play in the third division championship at nearby Cleveland Golf Club next month.

The team were led home at Brough by Noel Emerson, who was top individual at the event, with scores of 72 and 68.

Andy Birkbeck (73, 78), Julian Jackson (74, 73) and Tony Henderson (76, 78) also pulled their weight in a fine team display that earned them 592 points and placed them at the head of the leaderboard just a point ahead of Leeds club Moor Allerton.

But Middlesbrough Brass Castle lost their place in the fourth division at the same event when they finished 14th on 616.

Saltburn captain Colin Turner said: "The lads are doing brilliantly.

"We've been up in the second division before but everyone says our current team is the best we've ever had because they have won every division they've played in so far this season," he added.

Saltburn will be strengthened by the return of England Under-18 captain Dale Smith for the third division championship.

Dale missed the last round as he was taking an A-level exam.

Colin added: "We should have our strongest team out there and all the lads are pretty confident as it's a course they all know very well."

* TEESSIDE golf pro Graeme Storm plans on taking a well-earned rest after a gruelling spell on the European Tour - and he may also decide to skip next month's Open Championship at Hoylake.

Storm decided to take part in last weekend's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles despite not feeling well, but still managed to finish tied in 32nd place on -4 overall after rounds of 69, 72, 73 and 74 - 12 shots behind winner Paul Casey.

Storm will not take part in this week's French Open near Paris and may also sit out qualifying for the British Open, which starts next week.

He said: "It's been a pretty hectic few weeks on tour.

"Now I've achieved my first objective for the year of retaining my tour card for 2007, I think I need to take stock a bit.

"My main aims now are to try and win my first title and also qualify for the Volvo Masters at Valderrama in October."

* WYNYARD-BASED professional Michael Skelton believes he's beginning to really find his form on the EuroPro Tour.

Skelton achieved his best result of the season so far with his second place at Heydon Grange earlier this month and knows he needs to be patient as he tries to work his way through the pro ranks.

He said: "The performance at Heydon Grange has lifted my confidence as it's proved that my game is pretty good now.

"I've made a few changes to quite a few aspects and knew that things were progressing well.

"I didn't get the results in the early part of the season that I thought my golf deserved but now I'm hoping to go one better with a win in the next few weeks or so.

"I know it will be tough as there's a good standard of golf on the EuroPro.

"It's a stepping stone towards the European Tour and to my ultimate ambition of playing on the US Tour."

Skelton, from Marske, finished tied in 36th place in his latest EuroPro outing at Whitekirk in Scotland on +4 - a shot ahead of Middlesbrough's Jonathon Lupton.

Teesside Golf Club assistant pro Vince Guest failed to make the cut for the final round after shooting ten over in the first two rounds.

Skelton will be back in action at this week's EuroPro event at Stoke-by-Nyland along with fellow Wynyard player Thomas Robinson.

Another Wynyard golfer, Simon Robinson, who was third in the EuroPro order of merit last year, has moved up to the harder Challenge Tour this season and will be playing at the Open Mahou de Madrid in Spain this week.
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Title Annotation:Sport Golf
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 29, 2006
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