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Whart a success for City golfer; golf.

NEWCASTLE United Golf Club's Mark Wharton is the 2019 Northumberland county champion after beating Brad Robinson (Westerhope) 9 and 7 in the 36-hole final at Westerhope Golf Club, writes CHRIS ROBINSON.

It is the second time in four years he has claimed the title.

Wharton, the son of former Newcastle United star Kenny Wharton, was three up after 17 holes in the morning round.

He then chipped in at the 18th to go four up.

Then in the afternoon it became a one-sided match with Robinson, recently returned from college in the USA, unable to win a hole.

Wharton, at 12 under par, celebrated an easy victory.

In the semi-final, Wharton beat defending champion Andrew Minnikin (City of Newcastle) 3 and 1. He was two up after nine holes but Minnikin won the 10th and 12th to level before Wharton went ahead at the par-five 14th when Minnikin failed to get out of a bunker.

He increased his lead with a fine birdie at the 15th, the 16th was halved, and following Minnikin's failure to get up and down from a greenside bunker he lost at the 17th.

In the other semi-final Robinson (right) had a fine win against Sean Heads (Hexham).

He was one up at the ninth and three up at the 11th.

Although Heads won the 12th, Robinson regained the lead at the following hole which he held to triumph 3 and 2. Heads, as the leading qualifier, with rounds of 71 and 65, won the coveted Renwick Medal.

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Date:Jul 2, 2019
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