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Lancashire lads retain crown after tense finish

Dramatic finish for Lancashire golfing juniors

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WINNING LINE-UP: from the left, Callum Blinkhorn, Michael Tunstall, James Broadbent, Macauley Murgatroyd, Joe Banks, Dan Croft, Liam Jenkinson and Haydn McCullen. Front: President David Eccleston, junior chairman and captain Andrew Barr, and director Phil Harvey

Lancashire completed a hat-trick of Four Counties Junior Tournament titles after a dramatic finish at Nottingham club Woolaton Park.

It was a repeat of last year at The Herefordshire when they fought back after losing the opening match, on this occasion neighbours Cheshire beating them 4-3.

The Red Rose boys dispatched the hosts 5-2 in the second round then Shropshire & Herefordshire by the same margin on the final day.

But after Cheshire succumbed 4-3 to Nottinghamshire the outcome was decided on countback on games won with Lancashire prevailing by one point.

It was a tense finish which went down to the last two matches on the course.

Macauley Murgatroyd recovered from one down after 13 holes to beat Ross Booton on the last green, having nearly holed in one on the 17th; Liam Jenkinson, three down after five against Callum Brown, rallied to ease home 3&2.

Debutants Callum Blinkhorn and James Broadbent, both 15, registered convincing wins;  Michael Tunstall, also making his first appearance, turned round a two hole deficit after 11 for an important half,  and county senior and boy champion Haydn McCullen maintained his record of never having lost a Four Counties game.

Cheshire finished runners-up for the third successive year.

DETAILS: Round 1: Lancashire 3 Cheshire 4; Shropshire & Herefordshire 4 Nottinghamshire 3. Round 2:  Shropshire & Hereford 2 Cheshire 4; Lancashire 5 Nottinghamshire 2. Round 3: Shropshire & Hereford 2 Lancashire 5; Cheshire 3 Nottinghamshire 4. Standings: 13pts Lancs; 12 Cheshire; S&H 8.5; Nottinghamshire 8.5.