Yorkshire golf: Charlie Thornton, of Fulford GC, spearheads White Rose challenge at Rye

Bernard Darwin Salver winner Cameron Long, centre, flanked by runners-up Rob Burlison and Oliver Clarke (Picture: @TheRyeGolfClub).
Bernard Darwin Salver winner Cameron Long, centre, flanked by runners-up Rob Burlison and Oliver Clarke (Picture: @TheRyeGolfClub).

FULFORD'S Charlie Thornton led Yorkshire's bid for victory in the Bernard Darwin Salver, eventually placing 12th at Rye.

Thornton finished on 299 following rounds of 71 72 78 78.

Seven shots further behind in a tie for 37th place were Lindrick's Bailey Gill (74 75 73 84), Moortown's Ben Firth (72 77 78 79) and Malton & Norton's David Hague (78 76 76 76).

Lindrick's Nathan Fell (76 79 75 77) tied 40th and Phil Tomkinson, who won the 2015 Yorkshire Order of Merit ahead of Moortown club-mate Firth, finished on 321 after failing to break 80 in three of his four rounds (77 81 81 82).

Burton-on-Trent's Cameron Long won the Salver by two shots on 283 (68 70 73 72).

The salver bears the name of former Times golf correspondent Bernard Darwin and entry is restricted to players under the age of 21 on January 1 in the year of competition, with a category one handicap . Only 50 players are selected from those with the lowest handicaps.

The figure 50 has special relevance as it commemorates the fact that Darwin was twice captain of Rye, in 1906 and 1956, a gap of 50 years.

Yorkshire has past winners in James Godbold (Howley Hall) in 2001 and Simon Bell (Baildon) three years later.