Fatherly advice helps Alex home in on title

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TEENAGER Alex Croston is the new Fylde amateur golf champion, winning the title at his home course, Fleetwood.

And he triumphed with more than a little help from his father Neil, who gave invaluable advice as caddie.

He prevailed in a 48-strong field made up of the cream of Fylde amateur golf on a day of contrasting weather conditions.

The morning round was played with the usual stiff breeze, which is never too far away from this true links course. However, as the day progressed, the wind calemed and playing conditions became ideal.

At the halfway stage, Royal Lytham’s Ian Crowther led with a fine two under score of 70.

Winner of the John Roberts Salver for the best score by a player over-50 on two previous occasions, Crowther’s score was all the more impressive considering he had never played the course before.

He led by one shot from Croston, with another four players a further shot back on level par.

Although only two players broke par in the morning, the easier playing conditions in the afternoon and the immaculate course saw five players beat 72.

Crowther was one of the five, though his three under score only proved good enough for a share of second.

The best afternoon scores of 68, four under, came from teenagers Nick Marsh, of Knott End, and Croston.

Marsh finished his round on the par-five ninth in good style, making a fine birdie.

His 36-hole score of 141, three under, secured runners-up spot and beat Crowther into third on a card play-off.

However, 30 minutes later, this feat was matched by Croston as he knocked in a 20-foot birdie putt. He received some valuable advice from his father, a Fleetwood Scratch League veteran of the last 30 years.

Croston Junior was delighted with his victory and thanked the club members for their support in his winners’ speech.

The 36-hole nett prize went to Ollie Hart, from Lancaster, in the first year members of that club were eligible.

Alex attends Myerscough College and his victory may well help him achieve a place in their lead team, which is one of the strongest in the country.