Golfer Darrel wins William Hunt Trilby Tour trophy

Darrel Cross winner of the  William Hunt Trilby Tour Matchplay Singles Championship at Rockliffe Hall. Picture supplied by Trilby Tour.'Photo: MSMP Golf Darrel Cross 2
Darrel Cross winner of the William Hunt Trilby Tour Matchplay Singles Championship at Rockliffe Hall. Picture supplied by Trilby Tour.'Photo: MSMP Golf Darrel Cross 2

A Bourne golfer is celebrating the pinnacle of his amateur career so far after winning a national competition.

Tears flowed from his family as he secured the William Hunt Trilby Tour Singles trophy on Monday in front of Sky TV cameras.

Cross, 40, of Darnes Close, said it was the highlight of his career by a country mile.

He said: “I don’t think I’ll ever beat this. It was the first time I’d played in a competition like this and to win it is amazing.”

Cross said the moment he won was all a bit surreal as he was still expecting to play a shot.

However in true golfing spirit, his opponent gave the putt to him as it was so close to the hole.

Cross said: “He was shaking my hand, my wife and son were running on to the green, my mum was in tears and I thought why’s everyone crying. It was all a bit surreal.

“Within about 10 seconds they had a podium out and there was a big crowd around, William Hunt gave a speech and was presenting the trophy to me.

“It was amazing and I think it’s as close as I’ll ever get to replicating what happens to a professional sportsman.”

Cross, who plays at Spalding Golf Club with a 14 handicap, played five regional matches to make it through to the final at Rockcliffe House in Northumberland.

He played a practice round on Sunday at Rockcliffe and admits to being nervous.

He said: “I played one of the other finalists and he was really good and I thought he was probably going to win it.”

However he woke up a different player on the day of the final as the nerves were gone.

Cross won three, six-hole knockout rounds to reach the final. In game two he beat the player he had tipped to win the competition 24 hours earlier.

He said: “When I beat him I thought ‘I’ve got a chance here’. In that second game I probably played the best six holes of golf in my life.”

He then faced a four-hour wait before the three-hole play-off final, but spent some of that time on the driving range with son Toby.

In the final he won the first hole, lost the second and so it was all to play for on the third.

After talking to his dad and caddy Keith, Cross drove long into a patch of rough to give himself the best chance of getting a good shot onto the green.

His opponent hit two trees on his way to the green and by the time the pair were putting for the trophy, Cross was just a few inches out and in the lead.

The William Hunt Trilby Tour finals are due to be shown on Sky Sports on December 10 at 7pm.