Marsh stays closer to home for junior finale

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In-form Nick Marsh will attempt to win one last title this weekend before he leaves the junior ranks to compete with the men.

The Elland player, who turns 18 this week, takes part in the English Junior County Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa on Saturday.

Marsh, who qualified by winning the Yorkshire Boys title, heads to Lincolnshire in great heart after starring for England Boys in Canada last week.

England won the Canadian International Junior Challenge for the fifth time in a row and Marsh showed his undoubted quality with rounds of 70, 72 and 71 at Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club in Collingwood, Ontario.

His three under par total gave him the individual honours by a six-shot margin from fellow England player Bradley Moore.

It also helped England win the team event by a massive 22-shot margin from Canada with Columbia third and Mexico, Norway and the United States further back.

Marsh, who has played out of Lightcliffe and Elland before switching to the Huddersfield club this year, said: “It is definitely one of my best wins so far because it was an international event.”

After two steady rounds, Marsh faced a rare moment of crisis in his final round when he double bogeyed the second and fourth.

That took him from three under to one over and set the nerves jangling.

However, Marsh was delighted with the way he steadied the ship, saying: “I managed to get a few birdies - I think I played the last 10 or 11 holes in four under - to bounce back.”

An excellent course and tremendous hopitality from the Canadians helped ensure it was a trip to remember.

“It was definitely the best course I have played on this year,” he said.