KENDAL Golf Club member, Dominic Barron-Holden, topped the standings at the English Men's Amateur competition in Leeds last week.

Barron-Holden, 19,  finished just ahead of England men's squad player, Haider Hussain thanks to two consecutive under-par rounds. He followed up a three-under round of 68 at Moortown with a one-under round of 70 at nearby Headingley.

Bringing the strokeplay trophy home, Barron-Holden said: "I’m over the moon. I played well over the two days of the strokeplay and I’m looking forward to what comes next with my golf. The conditions were challenging and it's always an interesting test of your game when you're on away courses, but it was good to know I can compete with the top men's amateurs. It was a great experience."

Barron-Holden went on to the match play stages of the English Men's Amateur and finished in the top 64. His Leeds success came on the back of an eight-under round during the two-day Cheshire Cat amateur competition held at Wilmslow and Stockport golf clubs, which equalled a course record.

Carus Green Golf Club member, Will Coxon, 18, also qualified for the match play stages of the English Men's Amateur and finished in the top 32. 

Coxon, who was knocked out by the eventual English Men's Amateur winner, commented: It was great having Dom on my bag and to take the match to the 18th hole. Playing together for so long means we know each other's game inside out. I'm really proud that we both got as far as we did. And we had loads of support from our clubs, family and friends who were watching the leaderboards from home.

These two ambitious young golfers will now travel together to Manchester Golf Club as part of the Cumbria Men's team this week. The 'Big 6' competition sees six in-form amateurs from Cumbria take on six players from each northern county: Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Durham, Northumberland and the Isle of Man.

Barron-Holden will then return for his second year of a golf scholarship at Tusculum University in America. He finished his inaugural campaign there with a 73.59 stroke average and set a new TU freshman record. He also received the Most Valuable Player Award.

Coxon is all set to enter the university golf circuit too. He has secured a place on Stirling University's Performance Golf Programme from September. Backed by the R&A, it aims to develop student golf talent in the UK.