The University of Sunderland golfers finished their Northern 2B League campaign second bottom of the table, avoiding relegation by two points.

Sunderland have only been able to muster up one win from their five games in the second half the season, with fielding a full team still being a struggle.

The players were given a lifeline at the start of the new University calendar, when BUCS promoted Sunderland and Newcastle 2nds up a division – without a ball being hit. This was due to an insufficient number of teams in the league below.

Since that helping hand, the golfers have been unable to improve on their end of season heroics last campaign, which saw them win their last two games.

Sunderland began their league campaign with two crushing defeats to Newcastle 2nds, and their counterparts Newcastle 1sts. In between these two defeats was a 3-3 draw at home to York 2nds, which secured Sunderland’s first point of the season.

After three tough league games Sunderland had another tough ask in their BUCS Northern Conference Cup tie against Liverpool, and the addition of two new players boosted their hopes. However, after being ahead with three games left out on the course, the golfers were beaten 4-2. This meant that the golf team would head into the Christmas break without a victory.

Sunderland came back to a tough contest against Durham 4ths, their relegation rivals. The golfers struggled to field a team for this game, and were without two of their lower handicappers. They lost it in a tight match, going down 3.5-2.5 at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club.

Sunderland golfers’ next three games followed the same pattern, and president Josh Carr struggled to field a full team. They lost 5-1 to Leeds University 1sts, 5-1 to Leeds Beckett 2nds and then were destroyed at the hands of Hull 1sts 6-0.

The golfers had to wait a few weeks for their final game of the season, which came away to Durham 3rds at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club. If the golfers won, and results went in their favour, they could have potentially finished mid-table.

But Carr once again though struggled to field a full team, and his side were narrowly beaten 4-2.

With the season coming to a close, the golfers face a future of uncertainty as they are set to lose a number of big players next season.

The team will now be looking forward to Freshers Fayre in late September, where they will hope to attract a number of new team members.