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Eagle seals thriller at Delamere

By Geoff Garnett

AFTER the torrential rain in 2014 that reduced the Cheshire Boys Championships to a single round they were blessed with great weather for the 2015 event at Delamere Forest.

It was always going to be a close affair with the depth in talent in the 60-strong field and so it proved to be as it went to the final hole in round two before the new champion emerged.

Bromborough scratch player Rob Cull’s two-under-par 70 gave him the first round lead over Jeremiah Hayes (Prestbury) and Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway).

In round two, Cull’s playing partner Lewis George (Delamere), the 2013 champion and Cheshire Boys Captain, and Nevin-Wharton began to apply pressure along with Ringway’s Josh Curtis who had crucial birdies on the ninth and 12th holes helping to take him to a fine final return of level par.

Cull chipped in for a vital birdie two on the par three 12th hole but it was still nip and tuck going into the final hole.

Cull had a slender one-shot advantage over George and Curtis but put in a great second shot on the par five 18th hole that finished on the back of the green.

George’s second shot was wide of the green but he made a solid chip to give him a birdie chance. Then Cull showed nerves of steel as he holed the 45-foot putt for an eagle three to finish three clear of George, who finished with a par five for a level par score and beat Curtis with a better back nine for the runners-up berth.

Cull will now represent Cheshire in the national finals at Woodhall Spa in September.

The winner of the best nett prize was Styal youngster Will Lucas with 139.

Cheshire president John Roberts thanked all at Delamere Forest for their great help as they continue to host the event in real style, the many county officials for their great work in setting up the day and to all players for their skill and sporting excellence during play.

Pictured (from left) are third placed Josh Curtis, nett winner Will Lucas, Cheshire president John Roberts, winner Rob Cull, Delamere past captain Steve Perry and runner-up Lewis George.