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Woan beats Walding to win County Boys Matchplay crown for second time

THE BEST - Harry Woan collected the County Boys Matchplay title for the second time from tournament sponsors John and Doris Redden at Wellingborough GC

THE BEST - Harry Woan collected the County Boys Matchplay title for the second time from tournament sponsors John and Doris Redden at Wellingborough GC

 

Harry Woan lifted the County Boys Matchplay crown for the second time by defeating Kingsthorpe’s Jack Walding in the 2012 final at Wellingborough GC.

In a repeat of the 2010 final, when Woan triumphed on the closing hole, the Overstone Park member enjoyed a more convincing win on this occasion as he secured a 5&3 victory.

The England Boys international was given a stiffer test by Gavin Cope in his morning semi-final as he was taken the distance by the Cold Ashby lad before winning on the first extra hole.

Walding reached the final with a 2&1 last four win against Whittlebury Park’s Mitchell Edwards, who defeated Cope with four holes to spare in the third/fourth play-off.

Meanwhile, top county professional Simon Lilly completed an individual and team double on home turf as he found top form in the NPGA Winter Series Pro-Am at Wellingborough GC.

In the second event of the Winter Series, the reigning champion fired two bogey-free halves of 34 to finish three ahead of Jason Newman (Cherwell Edge), with Cold Ashby’s Shane Rose in third on 72.

Lilly joined forces with Chris Billson and John Barratt, plus Woburn’s Frank Breuer, to grab the team honours by four shots with a 14-under-par score.

Local knowledge also provided vital in the battle for second as home club assistant pro James Whittemore combined with amateurs Andy Redding, Paul Redding and Steve Bailey to secure the runners-up prize.

 

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