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Dougherty Leads Club to Victory

 

England international Nick Dougherty, a protege of six-times major winner Nick Faldo, led Shaw Hill's juniors to a convincing win in the northern semi-final of the Sunday Telegraph's junior team championship at Dalmahoy.

Held on the Scottish club's par-68 West Course, the former England boys' captain's handicap of +4 gave his team a considerable advantage because the rules require one player in each of the six-strong teams to play off scratch.

The 18-year-old's one-under-par 67 may have been three shots over his handicap, but it was still the lowest gross score of the day by four strokes.

The performance of the day, though, went to Dougherty's 12-handicap team-mate Neil Ingham, who carded a five-over-par 73 for a net 61. This duo provided the cornerstone of the Yorkshire club's overall score of 331, beating Tyneside club Whickham into second place by five strokes.

Shaw Hill will now compete in the two-team final at the five-star La Manga Club in southern Spain next month.

 
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