Yorkshire golf: Birdie burst helps Ilkley GC's Jack Lampkin double up in Raywell Classic

Raywell Classic champion Jack Lampkin with, right, Hessle GC's captain Neil Muir and former YUGC president John Deeming.
Raywell Classic champion Jack Lampkin with, right, Hessle GC's captain Neil Muir and former YUGC president John Deeming.

A RUN of six birdies in 10 holes in his first round laid the foundations for Ilkley GC's Jack Lampkin to retain his Raywell Classic title at Hessle GC.

Yorkshire county stalwart Lampkin fired rounds of 68 74 for a three-shot triumph in the third Yorkshire Order of Merit event of the season.

Cookridge Hall GC's Tom Broxup, recent winner of the Leeds amateur stroke play championship, was runner-up on 145 (69 76), the same scores produced by third-placed Nick Poppleton, of Wath GC.

The three men had held the same positions after round one at Hessle as the Raywell Classic got under way 30 minutes later than scheduled to give the greenkeepers the opportunity to prepare the course following overnight frost.

Lampkin was two over after bogeys at the second and sixth holes, but then came a superb stretch of golf that began with birdies at the close of his front nine and the opening of his inward half.

A second pair of successive birdies followed at 13 and 14, and Lampkin did likewise at holes 17 and 18 for his four-under-par 68.

Hole six cost him another dropped shot in the afternoon, and he also bogeyed three, seven and 10.

In between he had a birdie at eight and two more followed at 13 and 14 - meaning he had played this particular pair of holes in four under for the competition - before a dropped shot at 17 merely reduced the margin of his victory.

"I made the most of good conditions in the morning and battled hard in the afternoon," said Lampkin who, along with the rest of the field, faced tough second round conditions of heavy rain.

"I holed everything, which was a testament to the quality of the greens. Best greens in England this time of year? Can't be far off.

His win will be a boost for Yorkshire captain Darryl Berry as he looks ahead to Saturday, May 7 and the start of the county's defence of their Northern Counties League title against Cumbria at Eden GC.