This annual Championship for elite amateur golfers from 7 counties – Yorkshire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Durham, Northumberland, Lancashire and Isle of Man – is a fiercely competitive team event. Each County selects a team of six to play 36-holes of medal golf with all twelve scores for each team counting. The County returning the lowest aggregate score is declared the winner and qualifies for the national finals. First played at Moortown in 1955 and most recently at Alnmouth in 2019, the Championship has been won by Yorkshire on 29 occasions, Lancashire on 18 and Northumberland on 12 – the other winners can be found on the Northern Counties Golf Association website.
Hopwood had two representatives in the 2021 Championship, with Ciaran Doherty and Aiden Hoosen playing for Lancashire. These fantastic young golfers will also compete for the Best Individual Gross Score which has been won in the past by some of the best amateurs in the North of England.
Northumberland were victorious on the day, moving through the fielf in the afternoon with a fantastci combined score of eleven under, helped by a gross 65 from Alex Dixon and consistent scores from his five teammates. Having taken the lead in the morning with a ten under aggregate (including gross 68 from Aiden Hoosen and 72 by Ciaran Doherty), Lancashire slipped to fourth place overall.
Thanks to his fantastic 7-under score in the afternoon, Alex Dixon from Northumberland collected the best individual score with players from Cumbria, Yorkshire and Durham completing the top four. Aiden finished joint 14th and Ciaran joint 20th with gross scores of 144 and 146 respectively.
With Manchester Golf Club in fantastic condition for the Championship, there is a great deal for the players to enjoy.