City of Newcastle to defend Champion Club title

The three-man team from the City of Newcastle Golf Club will defend their title as England’s Champion Club this weekend.

Mark Wharton, Alex Dixon and Phil Ridden won the title in the dark last year, after fog delayed play in the final round at East Devon Golf Club.

They went on to take third place in the European Men’s Club Trophy – one of the best ever results by an English club.
This year, they are closer to home for their defence, travelling from Northumberland to Huddersfield in Yorkshire to take on the challenge of champion clubs from 27 other counties.

The standard of the golf will be high with a number of internationals in the field, fresh from England team successes.

The team from Castle Royle, BB&O, boasts Harrison Arnold and David Langley who were in the winning boys’ and men’s teams respectively at this season’s Home Internationals.

Habebul Islam (Ipswich, Suffolk) and Matthew Freeman, (Notts, Hollinwell) were also in the boys’ team while Andrew Wilson (Darlington, Durham) played his part in the England men’s team.

Among the other prominent golfers are John Longcake (Stony Holme, Cumbria), the three-time winner of the English men’s mid-amateur championship, and Simon Richardson (Spalding, Lincolnshire) who was the 2017 English Men’s County Champion of Champion.

Yorkshire will be represented by Abbeydale Golf Club, whose team includes Jack Leversedge, a member of the winning team at English Boys’ County Finals.

All the teams will play 18 holes on both Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 September, with all three scores counting. The winners will represent England in the European Men’s Club Trophy at Golf du Medoc, France in October.