|2011 Champion - Teejay White|
17-year-old Teejay White became the 2011 Northern Matchplay Golf Championship champion today when he staged a fabulous fightback, coming from six-down over Alwoodley's famous golf course, in the final to land the coveted title.
Rotherham Golf Club have produced many fine golfers over the decades and it would appear that there is now a new kid on the block.
The Thrybergh youngster has only been playing golf for a little over three years but displayed maturity beyond his years with a resurgent performance over a course ranked inside the top 100 in the world and as true a test of golf as you will get.
The triumph not only lands him the Northern Matchplay trophy but a wonderful golfing holiday to Spain courtesy of Golf de la Luz, the main sponsor of the championship.
Today's win was the tenth consecutive victory for White, who was making his first appearance in the season-long competition.
The three-handicapper won five qualifying rounds to make the Yorkshire regional final at Pannal earlier in the month where he claimed two more scalps to progress to the two-day grand final. In the quarter-final at Alwoodley he defeated Runcorn's Michael Adams before beating John Goodland of Haydock Park in the last four tie.
|With Golf de la Luz director|
That minor setback didn't deter the South Yorkshire player though and he soon reduced the arrears further with a win down the first hole straight after the break. Although still two down he now had the momentum, soon leveled the game and then hit the front. By the time the contest reached the 16th White was dormie three-up and that's where it ended with a 4&2 scoreline the eventual outcome.
For White, who is currently at college but would love to make it amongst the paid-ranks of the sport at some point in the future, it was the biggest win of his short career but on this showing likely to be the first of many.
Meanwhile Goodland claimed the third place play-off honours over Southport & Ainsdale's Tony Miller.
In the 54-hole individual Stableford consolation competition for quarter-final losers Sean Jackson, a scratch golfer from Magdalene Fields Golf Club, topped the points list with 97. His three rounds consisted of 30 points in the first round, a superb 36 points in the second round and was capped off with 31 in the third and final round. Adams finished second on 94 whilst Stuart Conley from Seaton Carew came third with 92, which included a brilliant 40 points in the opening round.