Heartbreak for Niall in Open qualifying

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THERE was heartache for Niall Ormerod this week as the Nelson junior golfer missed out on the qualifying rounds of the British Open by one shot.

The youngster fired 73 gross at Clitheroe Golf Club in the competition’s pre-qualifier but his efforts were agonisingly short of the requirements.

Elsewhere, Nelson GC junior captain Curtis Clarkin qualified for the East Lancashire Golf Association Harold Ryden Trophy play-off final but was eventually knocked out of the competition in Accrington after a superb effort.

Josh Kilbride and Nathan Gill were on form in the Town League but were unable to steer Nelson juniors away from defeat at the hands of Green Haworth GC.

Meanwhile there was joy for 13-year-old Matthew Halstead who hit a hole-in-one at the 11th hole on the club’s course.

• AT Ghyll’s Invitation Day, a very close competition saw Ian Graham from Ghyll, and his guest, Harry Bolton from Colne Golf Club, win on the back nine with 40 points from Jimmy Hunt from Ghyll and Trevor Dickinson from Nelson Golf Club.

Third was David Hartley and Brian Ollerton from Penwortham Golf Club with 39 points.

The juniors played for the John Dawson Trophy on Saturday, which was won by junior captain Sam Bugler with 36 points from Brandon Cocker (36 points), with Jack Cheetham third (32 points).