HURST Green golfer Mark Young enjoyed a weekend double celebration when clinching his first Northern Order of Merit event victory – just 24 hours after steering Lancashire to a county win over Northumberland. The three-time Order of Merit champion, who claimed his last title in 2010 after earlier triumphs in 2007 and 2008, is joint top of the current standings after winning the Henriques Trophy at Hesketh.
He finished a shot ahead of Lancashire team-mate and current Order of Merit title-holder Steven McGlynn by one shot after rounds of 74 and 75.
Blackburn’s McGlynn blew his chance after following a morning round of 73 with a 77 which included a double bogey at the short 16th.
Both Young and McGlynn showed no signs of fatigue after battling against the wind, as they did the previous day when helping Lancashire to an emphatic 12-6 victory in the opening Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League match against Northumberland in Hexham.
Five of Northumberland's regular players turned professional at the end of last year and the side's weaknesses were emphatically exposed by Lancashire as they won 10 of the 12 singles.
Young and McGlynn both won their singles matches in style, as did Pleasington duo Michael Hunt and Jonathan Hurst.