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EDITOR’S NOTE AND CONTENTS Fortune may favour the brave but it also has a habit of kicking you in the teeth. Some of our top professionals have certainly found this to be the case in the past few weeks. While Chris Paisley has seen an upturn in form and secured his European Tour card for next year in style, Graeme Storm has endured an agonising three weeks. Having missed out on securing his card in the final event of the season by just €100, he has been handed back his card as Patrick Reed was removed from the Race to Dubai. Storm has flown the flag for Hartlepool and the region’s golf with distinction so it is fantastic to see he will be doing the same next year. The focus is now on Robert Dinwiddie who, as you will read on page 5, is maintaining a positive attitude with a determination to make sure he overcomes his disappointment to resume his career at the top level. Good luck to him and all our regional golfers at Q school. Many amateurs who have dreamt of playing at the top probably underestimate the toll practice, travelling and the constant competition from the flow of talent all over the world impacts on a pro’s life. Our cover star this month Mat Webb gives us an insight into life as a pro climbing the ladder, the dedication required to get to the top and the benefits of learning from experience. It is a lesson some of the younger guns, who have done so well on the region’s golfing scene, should take on board - it is one thing to do something you love but another to make a full-time career from it. Elsewhere, we are delighted to report on the success of the NERGA leagues. It is fantastic to see so many clubs and individuals taking part in competitions for higher and mid handicappers, enjoying some of our best courses and the social side of the game. Find out more about them on pages 20 &21. Our course review takes us to Gosforth Golf Club while if you are planning to give the golfers in your life something special for Christmas there are plenty of ideas in the Gear pages (pages 38&39) and in our adverts offering some great golfing deals. Finally, next month marks the 50th issue of Northern Golfer which will cover December and January. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to bringing you news of golf in North East and Yorkshire for many more issues to come. Paul Robertson, editor editor@northerngolfer.co.uk

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Storm cloud has lifted Graeme Storm keeps his European Tour card for 2017 having originally lost out by €100

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raeme Storm received one of the most important calls of his career following the Turkish Airlines Open – one that meant his place on the European Tour for 2017 was safe. Following a heartbreaking finish to the final regular season event in Portugal – where Storm held his head in his hands on the 18th green having bogeyed the last hole to miss out on his European Tour card by €100 – the 38-year-old’s 112th place finish in the Race to Dubai has been confirmed as the final spot for the 2017 season. Storm has American Patrick Reed to thank for the reprieve. The Ryder Cup star had secured his card through the rankings, but when he pulled out of the Final Series events in Turkey and South Africa he fell short of the Tour’s requirement to play five ‘regular’ season events. That meant he was removed from the Race to

Dubai and his place went to the next man in the rankings - a relieved Storm. “It’s been a rollercoaster the last couple of weeks,” Storm said shortly after receiving the call from the Tour. “I knew Patrick hadn’t quite made the numbers and it was a case of seeing if he’d take the invite to South Africa. “It was a nice phone call to take. I just tried to focus on getting ready for tour school to be honest. My first focus was to make sure I was still playing decent golf and in decent shape ready for that. I was just praying it would go my way. “I’ve been on tour a long time now and I didn’t want to lose my playing status. It’s great to look forward to the 2017 season.” The 38-year-old from Hartlepool bogeyed the final hole of the Portugal Masters and

Marjorie’s pair of aces South Shields Golf Club’s Marjorie Lonsdale has recorded a rare pair of aces at her home club - at the same hole within 16 days. Marjorie’s first hole-in-one came on July 24 in the Captain’s Weekend Mixed Greensomes competition when her eight iron approach at Shields’ 13th hole found the cup. Just 16 days later in the Lady Captain’s 04 NORTHERN GOLFER

Day Stableford competition Marjorie doubled her hole-in-one count while playing with Joan Dawson, this time with a six iron. Got a hole-in-one story to share? Email editor@northerngolfer.co.uk

Marjorie Lonsdale at South Shields’ par three 13th

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feared the worst. He was proved right as the tournament concluded, that closing bogey at Vilamoura cost him his card on next year’s European Tour as he fell €100 short of 111th place in the money list having posted an impressive 15 under-par total amid conflicting stories of what would be the exact cut-off point. At first it was said to be 110th place in the Race to Dubai, then 111th and then even 112th but Storm didn’t know it would be 111th when he came off the course. Following the Portugal Masters he said: “I was very disappointed when I bogeyed the last hole. I didn’t really know what the position was and it was a real kick in the teeth to then just miss out on keeping may card by €100. “It was gut wrenching. It’s just been a really frustrating year and, at times, I put a bit too much pressure on myself. You just can’t afford to miss the cut in the big events which have massive prize money at stake.” With the call, Storm secured his place on the European Tour for a 16th year and is looking forward to getting his season underway in South Africa later this year.


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Fightback starts here Dinwiddie aims to put injury and disappointment behind him to get back on track

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ob Dinwiddie is certain he can bounce back at this month’s Q School. There’s no doubt the 33-year-old from Barnard Castle in Co Durham has the talent, but the question is the physical demands it presents for Dinwiddie, who has a perennial back problem. “The back problem is something I always have to manage,” he said, “but thank goodness I’ve avoided surgery and I have learned a lot about how to manage my back. “It’s not easy having to go to Q School. It’s a lot of pressure but I’m sure I will bounce back.”

Dinwiddie played on the European Tour last year through a medical exemption and kept his card on merit. Sadly, that wasn’t the case this year as he finished 117th in the Race to Dubai with €229,801. “It’s not been a great year to be honest,” he added. “I never really found the groove I needed all year, but all is not lost as I didn’t miss out by much. “I did expect to do a lot better this year and I accept I have some work to do.” Dinwiddie will be the first to admit he’s been unable to build on a formidable amateur record.

Before turning professional at the end of 2006 he played in the Walker Cup and won the Scottish and Welsh Amateur Strokeplay Championships in 2005 as well as the English title in 2006. He’s produced occasional flashes of that talent as a pro - he played the 2008 US Open finishing 36th and also finished in the top 10 five times to be a Rookie of the Year runner-up. Unfortunately, injury has blighted his pro career since, but he believes he can still make a breakthrough.

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Close call at Quinta do Lago Wilson and Brown finish in the top five at the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship

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urham’s James Wilson and Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown just missed out in the Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Portugal’s Quinta do Lago resort. Hoping to emulate past winners Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyneside Golf Club and Close House member Wilson finished in fourth place with rounds of 69, 75 and 78 - 12 shots behind boys’ winner Harry Goddard. Brown, from the same Hallamshire club as Fitzpatrick, finished two shots better than Wilson with rounds of 76, 72 and 72 as he claimed third place in the event which featured 12 leading boys and nine leading girls from across

the UK and Ireland. England international Goddard, 16, carded a final day five under-par 67 to cruise to a nine-stroke victory. In the girls’ event fellow England star Hannah Screen made it a Hertfordshire double as she won by two shots. Goddard, from Cheshunt, enjoyed a rollercoaster week with a course record 66 in the opening round before a wayward 77 on Thursday. His birdie run returned in the final round as he fired a superb 67. He said: “It feels great to win. I’ve had a great season with no missed cuts, mainly against players two years older than me. This is right up there.” In the girls’ event it was a tight affair all the way down the closing stretch

James Wilson. Inset: Harry Goddard and Hannah Screen between overnight leader Screen and first round leader Lily May Humphreys. Screen looked shaken after four-putting from close range on the seventh hole, but three birdies in five holes calmed the nerves and the Berkhamsted star held on to win

by two strokes. “It was a bonus I even qualified for this event and to follow in Alice Hewson’s footsteps, I’m absolutely thrilled,” said Screen. “I’m incredibly proud and it’s such a good platform for what lies ahead.”

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ndrew Minnikin has been appointed England Golf North Region Under 18 squad manager and has begun working alongside squad coach Andy Paisley. Minnikin, a member of the Northumberland county team and former county captain, takes over from Dave Charlton and will be working with the squad of seven boys and girls throughout the winter alongside Paisley at Hexham Golf Club. Minnikin said: “I hadn’t thought about getting back into managing squads since giving up the county captaincy in 2015. I’ve really enjoyed being able to focus on my own game this season, but knew I wanted to get back into something like this at some point in the future. “When Andy said he thought I’d be a good fit for the role I just had to take it. I’ve known Andy for more than 20 years and I’m looking forward to supporting him in developing the region’s best young

players as they aim to reach the top of the game.” The Under 18 squad includes James Wilson, Will Postlethwaite, Jess Hall, Niamh Lendrum, Matthew Watson, Briony Bayles and Jack Johnston. “We’ll be working hard over the winter months at Hexham before letting players go off and play through the season. I’d love to see the best young players from the North making their mark on the national stage and the North Region squad is the next step in that process,” Minnikin added. Paisley, who works with leading male and female European Tour players as well as elite players from across the region, added: “I’ve known Andrew for a long time and knew he had the right skills and mentality to manage a squad of highly talented young golfers. “As Andrew’s coach, I know his work ethic and commitment to practise is tremendous. His passion for the game, talent and work ethic will all benefit the squad members going forward.”

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Shining on the national stage Some of the region’s best youngsters star in England victory over Scotland

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North East quartet played a major role in the England Schools’ win over their Scottish counterparts at Fairhaven. Tyneside’s James Wilson (Walbottle Campus), Castle Eden’s Jack Trewhitt (Byron College), Heworth’s Will Marshall (Gateshead College) and Bishop Auckland’s Jessica Hall (Durham Sixth Form Centre) all booked their places with top performances in the National Schools Championships in June and all scored vital points in the 41st annual fixture at Fairhaven. Jessica clinched her first cap and was named girls team captain - leading her side to a 5-4 win in which she led by example by capturing 1.5 points.

Her team had started with a 2-1 lead in the foursomes but faltered a little in the singles matches - coming through with a 3-3 score to secure the win. In the boys match, England were 4–2 down at the break but came back to win the singles matches 7-5 and draw the match 9-9 with James’ performance a crucial one. The Durham Matchplay champion used his experience to win both his singles and foursomes matches. In the morning foursomes he played with the England captain Will Hopkins (Lincolnshire) and played arguably the shot of the day when he pitched to a foot on the 18th to ensure they held on to their 1up advantage. Will and Jack narrowly lost their

England captain Jessica Hall takes victory lying down with the rest of the England Schools Girls Team

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earside’s Rebecca McGinley has notched a second successive third-place finish in the World Long Drive Championship. The Prudhoe-based pro qualified to take on the biggest hitters in the women’s game in Oklahoma after winning the American Golf UK Long Drive Championship. Despite a hand injury, Rebecca cruised through the first five stages of the tournament finishing as third seed for the knockout quarter finals. In tough conditions with a 15mph headwind and a damp landing surface, the quarter finals produced a display of power hitting from every competitor with Rebecca edging out Los Angelesbased Troy Mullins with a 297-yard

monster hit. Progressing to the semi finals, Rebecca came up against number two seed Phyllis Meti from New Zealand. “Phyllis is a great competitor so I knew it’d be a tough match up,” said Rebecca. “I wasn’t hitting the ball as well as I’d like as I’ve been struggling with a hand injury, but we were evenly matched and it just came down to who got the better ball away on the day.” Taking the first set of six balls, Rebecca struggled for consistency but managed to get away a good drive of 290 yards. Phyllis took up the challenge and edged past with a 294-yard effort knocking Rebecca out and into third position. Phyllis went on to secure the overall title with a 310 yard drive in

Rebecca McGinley the final with the very last ball of the tournament. “To lose to the winner is some consolation but I know that I can do better,” said Rebecca. “I’ll be heading to my local American Golf next spring to start the qualification process for next year. This is my second year at the world championships and American

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amside’s Neil Stein topped the leaderboard at Slaley Hall to win a place in the grand final of the 2016 Morocco Matchplay powered by HowDidiDo next February. He’ll be joined by David Jenkinson, 52, a 14-handicapper who plays at Wearside and 11-handicapper Kevin Bowman, 42, who plays at Roseberry Grange, in Marrakech after they finished third in the regional pairs final. Coachbuilder Neil, from Newton Aycliffe, scored 40 points while Jenkinson and Bowman scored 42 to finish just one point behind the winners. Luck was not with the North East’s other competitors however as they all missed out on the trip. Darlington’s Paul Knight, a 45-yearold sheet-metal worker, who plays off 16, could muster only 27 points in the singles while Billingham’s 58-year-old 12-handicapper David McNeill, an administrator from Fishburn, and retiree Dennis Wright, 66, from Billingham, who also plays off 12, finished third in the senior pairs to miss out by just one place. In the pairs competition, Jason Budd and Shaun Brown, both members at Crook, finished in the middle of the field. Stein was naturally jubilant. He said: “I can’t believe it - it hasn’t sunk in yet!

This is the first time I have played in this competition and I’ve really enjoyed it. “It was not until the ninth, where I chipped in for a birdie, that I got my game going and I just played steadily from then. Going to Morocco to play tournament golf makes you feel like a professional golfer. I have never been there before but I am expecting sunshine and gleaming golf courses.” Jenkinson said: “It’s exciting to be going somewhere different like Morocco to play golf and I am over the moon. It only sunk in after I told my wife and daughter about it.” His partner, Bowman, a former secretary and director of Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club near Chester-le-Street, added: “This is our first time in Africa and we hope to keep our form going because we’ve been golf partners for three years now and are unbeaten in matchplay.” In total, 32 golfers from the two regional finals will enjoy complimentary return flights courtesy of event partner British Airways, five nights luxury bedand-breakfast accommodation in the five-star Palmeraie Palace; four rounds of championship golf on the Robert Trent Jones-designed Palm Golf Marrakech Palmeraie, a welcome cocktail reception, a gala dinner and prize presentation.

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The king of Foshan

Armitage secures European Tour card for 2017 with his maiden Challenge Tour title

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arcus Armitage catapulted himself up the Challenge Tour rankings and onto the European Tour for the 2017 season in style in the final three weeks of the season. The Howley Hall-based pro, who graduated from the EuroPro Tour in 2015 - during which he won the Tree of Life Championship at Close House, launched himself into the top 15 of the Road to Oman standings with a five under-par round of 67 to win the Foshan Open. “To get my fist win on the Challenge Tour at Foshan was magic,” said Armitage. “I’ve always believed I could do it and to finally get that win was fantastic. A lot of hard work paid off that week.” Following the win Armitage finished in 47th place in the Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Challenge a week later before finishing in 10th place at the season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final at Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, Oman. Armitage featured on the cover of Northern Golfer following his win at Close House in 2015 and outlined

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his 10-year plan to winning on the European Tour. He admitted that things have changed dramatically since then. “Securing a European Tour card within a year of making it to the Challenge Tour through the EuroPro rankings is an amazing result. It’s catapulted me way ahead of my plan and I can’t wait to get out there and fulfil my dream of playing on the European Tour. “I’m in a real good place at the moment and this is such an exciting time. I’ll be spending a few weeks at home, relaxing and seeing my coaches Anthony Sheehy and Duncan McCarthy, and getting focused ahead of Leopard Creek and getting the European Tour season off to a good start.” Northumberland’s Garrick Porteous climbed the rankings with a tie for seventh in the final event of the season to claim 30th place in the Road to Oman. Jordan Smith, who won the EuroPro Tour’s Race to Desert Springs in 2015, won the Road to Oman to also secure back-toback promotions.


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Portuguese master Watkins wins Portugal Pro Am as we round up the final events of the NE/NW PGA season

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obson’s Mark Watkins made the most of the final event of the NE/ NW PGA season with a 15 underpar total at the NE/NW PGA Portugal Pro Am for a six-shot victory. Playing in the annual four-round event, Watkins put together scores of 38, 41, 38 and a closing 42 points to beat South Moor’s Mark Ridley. Stephen Kyle finished in third place on eight under-par as Westerhope’s Michael Nesbit finished fourth. “It’s great to be back at the top of the leaderboard,” said Watkins on his return. “There were some scores out there which I haven’t shot in a few years, it was great to get to some low numbers. The warmer climate definitely helped a bit and to win the event for the first time is a great feeling. “The highlight was definitely the last round.

It was tight at the top of the leaderboard and to put a six under-par final round together with birdies at four of the last five holes was fantastic.” Andrew Scrimshaw led the team of Dave Tweddle, John Potts and Graeme Robson to victory in the team event. There’ll be a full report on them in the next edition. In the two-day Archerfield Links Pro Am, Kyle led the field with a 10 under-par aggregate of 82 stableford points. Tynedale’s Martin Forster finished in second place with 79 points over the two rounds – including an ace on the par three third on the Dirleton course on day two. Sharpley’s Simon Robinson was two shots further back in third. The NE/NW PGA’s Christmas Pro Am takes place at Rockliffe Hall on November 23.

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Double top Hexham and Whitley Bay are the pride of Northumbria Junior golf

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he Northumbria Junior Golf League is celebrating a unique double. They are the first league ever to have two teams win their way through to the Junior Team Golf Home Nations Inter-Club Championship finals. Marcus Chisholm, chairman of Northumbria Junior Golf League, said: “Just having one team in

the finals would be a great achievement, but to have two teams getting through is fantastic and shows the quality of the junior golfers which are being developed in the Northumbria League.” Whitley Bay and Hexham both won their regional finals and semi finals to get to the Home Nations Finals at Studley Moor Golf Club in Oxfordshire along with Cuddington, Romsey and

Whitley Bay’s team: Rosie Belsham Charlotte Pickering, Tom Swinney, Jack Suttie, James Burstom and Brandon James

Beadlow Manor golf clubs. Unfortunately, both just missed out on the top two spots which would have seen them progress to the Junior Team Golf Home Nations Inter-Club Championship Final to be held in Andalucia, Spain in March 2017. Hexham reached that final in Spain in 2013 finishing in third place overall.

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yke House golfers enjoyed a Dunhill dream with a taste of top-class European Tour action at the Home of Golf. The eight students enrolled on the golf programme at Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool were taken to St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns to watch the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. As well as playing some golf at nearby Strathmore and the Duke’s Course at St Andrews, the group walked two rounds with Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm - Dyke House’s golf consultant. Danny Evans, director of the Elite Development Squad, said: “It was important for them to get a taste of European Tour golf and the standard of play. It was nice for them to see at

close hand how difficult it is to keep concentration over a five and a half hour round when the pressure is on. “They all enjoyed themselves. Socially as a group it was invaluable. On the evening they all played FIFA 17 in one room mixing together and it has made that group strong.” Sixth form students Ben Bailey, Briony Bayles and Amy Sotheran have joined the scheme at college level, while Jack Burton and Louis Westmoreland have started at year 7. While on the trip they each had tuition with Wynyard’s PGA pro Andrew Betts as well as having to complete their studies each day. During the trip they also got to meet and have photographs with celebrities including Jamie Redknapp, Damon Hill, Bryan Mcfadden, DJ Spoony and Fabio Capello.


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Disappointment for local favourites as EuroPro Tour graduates set for Challenge Tour in 2017

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he HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour season came to its conclusion with the Matchroom Sport Tour Championship at Desert Springs Resort in Spain, where two of this season’s winners in the North East gained their Challenge Tour cards for 2017. However, there was disappointment for a number of players based in the North East and Yorkshire. Rockliffe Hall’s James Maw, Yorkshireman Joe Dean and Carlisle golfer James Wilkinson all narrowly missed out on promotion to Europe’s second-tier tour - with Dean coming agonisingly close as he let a three-shot lead in the final round slip to finish in a tie for third. A second place finish would have secured his card. Matthew Cort, the Leicester golfer who claimed the first of his two EuroPro wins this season at Longhirst Hall, won the tour’s Order of Merit after finishing tied third at the Tour

Championship. Richard James, who claimed his maiden professional win at Close House this summer, lost out in a playoff at Desert Springs but second place was enough for him to move into the top five and earn his Challenge Tour card. There was joy also for Mark Laskey, who won on the EuroPro Tour at Moor Allerton last year and again at The Oxfordshire this summer. The Brocket Hall pro took the fifth and final Challenge Tour card by a shade over £600. The HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour is set to return to the region three times next summer. A tournament at Close House has already been confirmed for April 26-28 and Northern Golfer understands Longhirst Hall and Moor Allerton are primed to once again host the tour in 2017.

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Dean Bailey discovers a stunning course minutes from Newcastle olfers in Newcastle are well served by top golf courses – from classics laid out over ancient moorland to modern tracks with fantastic facilities. At Gosforth Golf Club, less than five minutes from the heart of the city, you’ll find the best of both. From the warm welcome in the clubhouse and pro shop to the 18-hole layout, which is divided by the Ouseburn and has produced some of our region’s best players, Gosforth is a treat from the moment you arrive. Equally well known as the Bridlepath, due to the path which splits the course in half through its centre, the clubhouse side is regarded by many as the tougher test. It opens with a simple enough par four of a little more than 300 yards before the first real test – the tee shot at the 435-yard second with out of bounds right. It doesn’t get much

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easier at the green where an out of bounds fence looms at the back edge and two deep bunkers protect the left side. The stretch before crossing the bridlepath is one of the trickiest. Finding the right portion of the greens at the par three third and fifth holes is key as the greens are fast and tricky to read – the latter hidden from view down the hill. The 342yard par four fourth features the Ouseburn for the first time – lay up short with a long iron before pitching to the two-tiered green here. Crossing the bridlepath, the sixth is great risk and reward par four of 298 yards with a large bunker protecting the front of the green – though who can resist going for it? The seventh is the toughest hole on the course and the first of Viking corner, named after the pub which used to sit on the boundary of the

course, and where the wind swirls between the trees. This 451-yard par four is played steeply uphill to a large green and holding the putting surface is incredibly tough. The wind is the toughest factor at the downhill par three eighth, though you should find the large putting surface. The ninth and 10th are both tough par fours, 397 yards and 416 yards respectively, with deep fairway bunkers and trees bordering both sides of the fairways. At the short par three 11th a short iron should present a good chance of birdie if you avoid the deep bunker at the front edge of the green. The two par fives at Gosforth are played backto-back with the 532-yard dogleg 13th the simpler of the two. At the 14th your drive must avoid the out of bounds tight right while also missing the


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FACT FILE CONTACT Gosforth Golf Club, Broadway East Gosforth, NE3 5ER tel: 0191 285 3495 web: www.gosforthgolfclub.co.uk email: gosforth.golf@virgin.net Professional/secretary: Grahame Garland GREEN FEES Oct 2016 – Mar 2017 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun £16 With a member £12 Junior £10 Every Weds & Fri £12 inc. coffee and bacon sandwich or a pint of draught beer For full details see website

The club has been working with the Sports Turf Research Institute in the last two seasons to improve the quality of the putting surfaces and having visited numerous times in that time, it’s clear the work is paying off. Expect to find some of the best putting surfaces in the region here throughout the season.

TOTAL DISTANCE White tees 6,084 yards Yellow tees 5,806 yards Red tees 5,585 yards ditch which crosses the fairway some 300 yards from the tee. Crossing back across the bridlepath you enter one of the toughest final stretches in the area. The 15th plays back into the prevailing wind and at 412 yards, the second shot to a steeply two-tiered green must find the correct tier or risk an embarrassing series of putts to get back up or down the slope. The 179-yard par three 16th is no pushover with two large bunkers short of the green, while the 17th at 260 yards presents a good birdie chance – though finding the steep slopes around the green or the three cavernous bunkers can scupper any last chances of a good score. The 18th at Gosforth is one of the toughest finishing holes in the North East and gets our nod for signature hole (see fact file). With such a tough finish, it’s no surprise Gosforth has produced some of the counties finest players in its 111 years – from 1954 English Amateur Champion Alan Thirwell to seven-time Northumberland champion Jimmy Hayes and Jenny Lee Smith – winner of the first Women’s British Open.

FEATURES Clubhouse with bar, lounge, catering and changing rooms PGA tuition with Grahame Garland Practice area and practice net Putting green Buggy and trolley hire Ladies Get into Golf centre CADDY’S TIP Gosforth isn’t the longest course but you can get yourself in a lot trouble by blazing away with the driver. Be sensible from the tee on the shorter holes and avoid the trees – there are lots of them out there! SIGNATURE HOLE The 18th at Gosforth is played into the prevailing wind and deservedly ranked as one of the toughest finishing holes in the North East. This 434-yard par four is flanked by a hedge to the left and the Ouseburn at its widest point on the course to the right - a daunting prospect on a hole which requires driver should you wish to reach the green in regulation. Closing with a par four is a great finish.

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Drive Vauxhall’s Joe Palmer and Seaton Carew’s head pro Clifford Jackson Seaton Carew Golf Club’s drive to increase numbers has been boosted by a partnership with a local car dealer. The 10th oldest course in the UK has announced a deal with local Vauxhall Dealer Drive Vauxhall, which will be offering a 12-month membership at Seaton Carew to customers when they buy a new car from the Hartlepool site on Burn Road before December 31, 2016. Seaton Carew head professional Clifford Jackson said: “There’s a noticeable decline in golf memberships throughout the country and this initiative will hopefully help address the trend here. “Working closely with Drive Vauxhall has given us a far greater opportunity to find new members and hopefully create a retention. “In recent years we have hosted exciting events like the Brabazon Trophy. We are striving to work closely with England Golf and also to strengthen our position within Durham County Union to increase the size of events year on year.”

Flying visitors Slaley Hall has announced a surge in enquiries from overseas. The Hexham club – a member of QHotels – has enjoyed a rapid rise in bookings as visitors seek to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate. Set in 1,000 acres, Slaley features two 18-hole courses and has hosted top events on the European and European Seniors tours. 20 NORTHERN GOLFER

Inter Individual finalists Robert Dove - Inter Individual champion

Pulling Rabbits from the hat

Champions crowned in region’s biggest golf leagues

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he champion clubs and individuals in this year’s North East Rabbits Golf Association’s Rabbits and Inter leagues were crowned at Rockliffe Hall with two Finals Days in October. In the Rabbits league, for players with handicaps 16-28, Roseberry Grange lifted the team title with 222 points in the seven scores from eight format as Kirkbymoorside took the runners up spot with 211 points. Roseberry Grange captain Ray Clifford said: “For a small club like ours it’s a great achievement to win the league. The whole team are chuffed to be the best in the North East. “The club has gone from strength to strength following a tough period in 2011 and success like this makes it all worthwhile. The team performed really well at Rockliffe and despite three sets of penalty shots we managed to get over the line.”

The Rabbits Finals Day saw the leading teams from the league’s four divisions and the best runner up compete for the team total. The leading points scorers from all 33 clubs also competed for the NERGA Rabbits Individual Championship with Graham Nealan from Garesfield beating Romanby’s Nigel Edson and Dinsdale Spa’s Dave Curry to the title with 39 points. In the association’s second Finals Day the leading teams in the Inter league, for players with handicaps 8-15, took on the Hurworth course. Roseberry Grange missed out on double success by just two points as Ripon City were crowned team champions with 228 points. Ripon City captain Wayne Best said: “To get the win at Rockliffe Hall was a fantastic achievement for the team and for our club. We came close to making it to finals day last year and had a great time there this year. “I led the Rabbits team a couple of years ago and to lead the Inter team to the win is great feeling – it’s definitely the highlight


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From boys to men Northumberland systems merged to improve path for young players

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he route for junior golfers and the ties between the men’s and junior systems in Northumberland have been streamlined through a merger of the Northumberland Junior Golf Association and Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs. The new system, which has been championed by county captain David Gilroy, will see juniors more involved with the men’s team through coaching sessions and at elite events. David explained: “The junior association had started to struggle for volunteers and we’d found there was a widening gap between players reaching the top level of junior golf and making the transition into the county system. “We’ve got some very good young players in the county and the aim is to provide them with the best opportunities to improve and step up to the next level.” Members of the junior squad will

be invited to take part in the men’s coaching programme during the winter months with Andy Paisley and John Harrison. They will also be part of a mentoring system with senior players and will be invited to take part in the county’s top events. “We’ve got some new blood on board to manage the junior system and we’re confident that we’ll see young players regularly featuring in the county setup in the next 18 months,” added David. “The men’s team players are looking forward to it and to have them on board will make the whole thing a great experience for the juniors. “The time is right to bring the two together and make things as simple as possible. We’ve struggled to get things right in the last few years and there’s work still to do, but this is a step in the right direction and we should reap the rewards in the near future,” added David.


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artlepool’s Alex Wrigley has ended a solid year with success at Qualifying School for the Nordic League for 2017. Alex, who also finished in the top 20 on this year’s EuroPro Tour, will play events in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden next term as he looks to finish in the top five in the order of merit and gain a card for the 2018 Challenge Tour. “There have been a few peaks and troughs this year and a couple of close calls. “The quality of my golf this season has been better and I’ve played more consistent golf throughout. I was in contention a bit in August and gained a lot from that experience – hopefully I can take that into next season,” said Alex, who will split his time around Europe next season and is looking

forward to some different experiences having spent five years on the EuroPro Tour. “It’s a tough qualifying process with two stages, the second one in the middle of nowhere in Denmark, from which the top 25 get a card. I’m looking forward to being out there, playing some golf in very different conditions and in some different places. “I’ll also be fitting in with my girlfriend’s [Johanna Gustavsson] schedule on the Ladies European Tour and it’ll be great to be able to spend more time with her at home. I’ll be back for some EuroPro events too and there are a few events across Europe that I’d like to try and get into. “I’ve had five years on the EuroPro Tour so I’m looking forward to getting a few different experiences and doing a bit more travelling while I have the opportunity to do it.”

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Youngster helps fellow golfers with disability get into the game

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orkshire teenager Lewis Eccles is determined disability will not get in the way of playing golf. Winner of the Special Olympics gold medal in Macau in May and the 2015 British Disabled Open, Eccles is hoping his story will encourage more people to take up and enjoy the sport. Lewis is one of five English golfers sharing their experiences following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which shone a spotlight on disability sport. Many disabled people find it difficult to get involved with sports and physical activity and the English Federation of Disability Sport has set out to encourage disabled people to be more active through its recent campaign Together We Will.

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England Golf has joined the campaign and is working with clubs and counties across the country to help and encourage more people with disabilities to play golf and 15-yearold Lewis, from Rotherham, is a shining example. Lewis was diagnosed with autism when he was nine shortly after he first started playing golf, which he began by hitting a few balls in a local field with his father and older brother. He showed a natural instinct for the game, joined them at a local golf course and has never looked back. Lewis plays golf four or five times a week, has a handicap of five and regularly represents Longley Park Golf Club in Huddersfield and Waterfront Golf in Rotherham.

Lewis isn’t content with just improving his own game - he is currently encouraging several other youngsters with autism at his school to get involved with golf. Since taking up the game, Lewis has transformed into a confident, happy teenager and his father Peter said: “The relaxed social nature of the sport has really helped Lewis’ development, his confidence levels and social skills. It has also helped our family get closer together too. We are all passionate golfers and it is the only sport that we can all play together.” The National Autistic Society runs a training and consultancy programme called Active for Autism, which aims to increase understanding of autism among PE teachers, sports coaches and anyone involved in sports. Carol Povey, a director at the charity, said: “The benefits of sport, including golf, are well known - it can increase self-esteem, help develop social skills, and improve physical and mental health, as well as general wellbeing.”


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HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! WITH EUROPEAN TOUR PLAYER CHRIS PAISLEY It amazes me how quickly things can change. At the start of July I was languishing towards the bottom of the money list, wondering how I was going to make my next cut. Fast forward a few months and I am getting ready to play my first Final Series event in Turkey with a great chance of making it to the season finale - the DP Tour Championship in Dubai. My final two regular season events were the British Masters and the Portugal Masters, where I finished 60th and fifth respectively. The British Masters at The Grove was one of the best events of the year. The venue, golf course and crowds were all amazing. We also saw the start of some of the new initiatives introduced by our CEO including the Hero Shootout Challenge and improved Sky coverage during the tournament. The event certainly seemed ‘bigger’ and much more fan friendly. It was a lot of fun. Hopefully Close House can one-up the Grove next year and put the North East back on the golfing map with a bang! My last event in Portugal was a huge personal success. It was great to be in the mix with some top players again. It provided me further proof that my game is improving and gave me another injection of confidence. Most of all, I felt fortunate that I wasn’t one of the ‘Bubble Boys’ around the 110 mark on the order of merit. I was genuinely gutted watching Eddie Pepperell and Craig Lee double bogey and bogey their final hole in round two to miss the cut, and ultimately lose their tour cards. While having these groups on camera is good for ratings, what you are effectively watching is someone getting sacked on live TV. It was gut-wrenching to see Graeme Storm lose his card by €100 - a margin so small that it makes you wince. Stormy is a top player so it was fantastic to see him re-instated. I have experienced similar moments myself, so I can empathise with these guys. It also makes me realise that you can never become complacent. You have to keep improving and enjoying the good times because you never know what is around the corner.

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PIG Society celebrates 30 years at Ramside

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ne of our region’s oldest golf societies has celebrated its 30th anniversary - and plans are already well underway for its 31st year. The Plough Inn Golf Society (PIGS) was formed in 1986 at the pub in Shadforth Village near Durham City with six members. Society organiser Alan Dufton said: “There were a few golfers who came in the pub and the landlord at the time was keen to have sports team based there so he got a few guys together. “We keep the society quite small – just 36 players – and we’re from all walks of life, from barbers and butchers to teachers and police officers. “It’s a fantastic mix of people all brought together through golf. “The special thing is - we outlasted the pub! We’ve retained the name and carried on through the years.” The society now hosts 18 outings per year and has visited 120 different venues in its 30 years – starting at Durham City Golf Club and hosting its most recent event at Close House.

It has visited almost all the clubs in Northumberland and Durham as well venues in North Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders, Spain and Portugal. “We like to travel to as many different clubs as possible and there aren’t many left which we haven’t been to at least once,” added Alan. The PIG’s 36 members belong to clubs across Durham and meet fortnightly throughout the season. To mark the society’s 30th year a special celebratory tournament took place at Ramside Hall in July. Castle Eden member Richard Anderson collected the trophy, donated by Ramside director of golf Helen Roseberry, with 43 points. “We visit Ramside annually so it was the perfect place for the anniversary event. “We’re old friends now – the last new member joined more than two years ago - and that friendship has been the key to our longevity,” added Alan. Planning is already underway for the 2017 season. Expect to see the PIGS at a club near you soon.

Just the job Bob Cameron and Gordon Hedley ensured lightning did not strike thrice at Gleneagles by winning the PGA Super 60s Championship. The pair prevented defending champion Murray White from recording an unprecedented hat-trick of victories in the tournament for PGA Professionals and their amateur

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eamish Park Golf Club’s Matthew Watson has finished 2016 with one of the best records of any youngster in our region. Having started the year by reaching the last 16 of the Scottish Boys at Mercar Links in Aberdeen, Watson retained the Race to Rockliffe title he lifted for the first time in 2015. “It’s been a great year on the course,” said Matthew. “To get through to the last 16 from 236 players in the Scottish Boys was a good start to the year. “To go on and retain the Race to Rockliffe title was a really good feeling and definitely stands out as one of my best wins.” As well as his county triumphs the 16-year-old has found home success – becoming the youngest winner of the men’s club championships and winning the junior championship at Beamish.

“To win both club championships, and to be the first person to do it, was the highlight of my year. There’s a lot of history at Beamish and to be part of that is a great feeling,” he added. Rounding off his season, Matthew was crowned Durham’s junior county champion of champions at Brancepeth Castle. “The key to having such a good year was getting school out the way. Finishing my GCSEs then spending all my time on the golf course was great. I practised a lot, worked with John Harrison and got some great results from all that hard work. “I’m looking forward to working with the England North squad over the winter and continuing with my course with the Golf Academy at Durham Sixth Form College. Next season I want to get down to scratch and make the cut consistently in the national events.”

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Masters moment Carus Green Golf Club’s Harriet Barker won this year’s Cumbrian Junior Masters Tour at Kendal Golf Club. The 14-year-old, who plays off a handicap of five, qualified through the Cumbrian Junior Open competitions throughout the season and has started winter training with

England under 16s teammates at Matfen Hall. “We are delighted with Harriet’s progress and she has made significant strides in her performance this season,” said her mum, Jane. “Harriet is extremely disciplined and we are delighted that her ambitions are being realised.” NORTHERN GOLFER 27


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Webb finds a winning formula Mat Webb reflects on his remarkable success as a PGA professional in the last two seasons and shares his plans for the future with Dean Bailey

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very sportsperson marks their arrival on a particular stage differently. For Mat Webb, an 11-time winner this season, the spotlight was on him throughout his teenage years – in my particular case when he sported pink tartan trousers and bleached blonde hair en route to winning the Northumberland county championship in 2012. “Things have changed a lot since then,” he says as we recall his win at Newbiggin in his early 20s. “What on Earth was I thinking?” he adds with a wry smile. Four years on the 27-year-old - dressed in more subdued fashion – has more than 20 professional titles to his name, including this year’s Galvin Green PGA Assistants’ Championship and the Australian National Futures Championship. A third-year assistant to his father Marcus, head pro at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club, Mat admits finding his feet as a professional golfer has not been easy. “When I first turned pro and tried to make it as a player on the EuroPro Tour it was tough. I didn’t appreciate what professional golf was going to be like. I knew I was a decent player but had no idea how good you had to be to compete with

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the guys out there. It was easy to get to a position where I thought I could turn pro but making it as a pro was a very different thing. Being unable to perform my best week-in-week-out left me doubting whether this was the right thing to do. “After two years of trying to play it just wasn’t going forwards. I had to re-evaluate and change what I was doing.” Relaxing on a short visit home after returning from a tough schedule which saw him fly to the UK from Australia and head straight into the PGA Play-Offs in Saunton – where he struggled and finished well down the field – Mat is incredibly open about the choices which haven’t worked out. “I was really good amateur playing off plusthree, I turned pro and I was a s*** professional,” he admits. Having played professionally for two years with limited success Mat made the decision to join the PGA for the 2015 season – one he admits he should have made earlier. “Going out there and playing straight away wasn’t the right route for me. Though I would have done things differently knowing what I know now, I learned a lot about playing golf professionally. “Golf is all about being able to figure out how


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MATWEBB you get better then going out and doing it. I learned where I needed to be and what I needed to do to get there. “It was a big wake up call. I don’t think it was a case of not being good enough; I just wasn’t capable of performing to my best at that level. I felt I wasn’t achieving anything, I was spending a lot of money and I didn’t know what I would do outside of playing golf for a living. “Since joining the PGA a lot of the pressure has been lifted. I’m now getting my qualifications and know I have a very good career to step into should I decide to stop pursuing being a tour player.” On the course Mat – who has also won the PGA Fourball Championship alongside Alex Belt, and the NE/NW PGA Championship at Westerhope this season - says that playing in smaller fields locally and working his way up to bigger events made a huge difference. “Without the PGA accreditation there aren’t a lot of doors open if you’re not ready to compete on the EuroPro. To be able to enter things like the local PGA pro ams was a huge boost to my confidence. The shorter format and being closer to home gave me a chance to get some wins under my belt and get a little bit of money coming in. For the first time as a pro, I felt like I was moving forwards. “Winning gets easier every time you do it. I know when I’m in a situation to win and playing well, I can win. I don’t have to prove that to everybody anymore. That takes a little pressure off and allows me to concentrate on getting the job done.” His confidence continued to grow and ahead of 2016 Mat set his sights on the PGA Assistants’ title and European Tour Qualifying School. “Being able to perform when you need to is huge. You don’t get too many events – Q School is once a year and there aren’t loads of assistants’ events out there – so you have to take your chances.” His drive to improve and move forward is a recurring theme. Rather than dwelling on his success in the last 12 months, Mat is far more passionate discussing his plans for the future. “Each win and good week so far is a stepping stone. You have to celebrate those successes but then put them to the back of your mind and look to the next, bigger thing. “I’m in a really fortunate position where I can see where things lead and 30 NORTHERN GOLFER

“When I first turned pro it was tough. I didn’t appreciate what it was going to be like.”

take each opportunity that comes up. I have to re-evaluate every month and planning too far in advance is near impossible right now. “I set out a plan for the year and wanted to win the assistants’ title but I hadn’t planned on being sponsored by Galvin Green or getting an invite to Australia. There’s a lot that can happen really quickly and change everything. It’s exciting and daunting all at the same time.” A relative latecomer, he got his first handicap of 33 aged 14, Mat’s progression through the junior ranks was fast. By the time he was 18, with a handicap of one, he took a golf scholarship at junior college in Texas - a move which changed his golf game and set him on the path to becoming a professional. “I’m super-competitive and that really came out when I was younger

and I improved quickly. It took until I went to the US to realise what it would take to become a really good amateur,” says Mat. “I went from a onehandicapper to playing off plus-three in two years.” On his return Mat spent two more years as an amateur, when his lack of elite golf in his teens restricted his access to top events through the ranking system, before turning pro in 2012. Outside of his time spent in the US, Mat says the skills he has developed in the last two years with the help of Andrew Nicholson have brought the biggest change to his ability to win. “On the course the biggest change has been being able to know what’s going to happen before it happens. The difference in my ability to control the ball, and the thinking process to do that, has been huge. “Away from golf, it’s been about

being who I am and doing my own thing. You have to take control of your own path.” Though planning his future is tough, as Mat comes to the end of his season he has started to think about what lies ahead. “Leaving Q School to one side as it’s impossible to bank on, I’d like to look into playing the PGA Tour China next year. I’ll have my qualifications done by then and I think the lifestyle of being away playing golf breeds a better golfer. In order to improve you have to learn from different people, experience different things and play in an environment which will improve your game.” As Mat has found out in the last four years, there are many routes to becoming a professional golfer and those routes can change quickly. For now though it’s time to cover some shop hours and plan his next step.


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Tributes paid to Roy Clark The day a Durham plumber shocked a golfing great

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oy Clark, an amateur golfer from Stanley who has died at the age of 80, will be best remembered as the plumber who once matched – and startled – the great Lee Trevino Trevino was in his prime when he played The Whitley Bay Classic in 1970 having already won the first of six majors. The professional field, who played 36 holes, featured big names of the era including Peter Thomson, Tommy Horton, Neil Coles, Peter Oosterhuis and Maurice Bembridge. Regional amateurs competed in a separate 18-hole tournament. Trevino travelled down from Scotland to Whitley Bay for this Sunday tournament, played the day after Jack Nicklaus won an 18-hole playoff to win The Open Championship at St

Andrews. Trevino had led the Open at one stage and, playing with Oosterhuis, was followed by a gallery of more than 1,000 fans at Whitley Bay. He appeared thanks to the connections of Chris Robinson, a Northumberland publisher and golf administrator who was the public relations officer for John Letters, the makers of Trevino’s clubs. No record was kept of the full scoreboard. Although Bembridge won, Trevino rewarded his fans with a three under-par 69 in the afternoon. Clark, who won the amateur event, was the only other player to shoot a 69. The two men left the clubhouse without meeting but the 1968 US Open champion, who was to amass a career total of 89 pro tour wins, was staggered to learn an amateur had matched

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Roy Clark. Inset: Lee Trevino with Chris Robinson his score in such blustery conditions. Trevino said: “He must be one hell of as player. Who is this guy Roy Clark?” Almost a quarter of a century later, “this guy” was to be officially recognised as the ultimate prize guy in his county’s golfing history. In 1996, the Durham County Golf Union hosted a dinner in Clark’s honour at his golf club, South Moor, to celebrate a unique status he achieved that year by winning the first of his three seniors championships. Clark had become the only Durham player to win every county title

available to him in all age ranges. In the 46 years between 1953 and 1999 he won 14 various county titles. In 1961 he did the double of strokeplay and matchplay titles, one of only three players to pull off the feat in the 108year history of the county union. He was awarded 42 county caps and in the same year he impressed Trevino, won The Journal Champion of Champions. For the last 45 years of his life Clark lived across the road from his golf club and is survived by wife Marion and their son, Chris.

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Made of the Wright stuff Gareth pulls off second success at Gleneagles

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areth Wright is the Scottish PGA champion for the second time in three years after winning the event’s 100th staging in style at Gleneagles The 34-year-old West Linton professional eagled the par five 18th on the King’s Course from six feet to beat Paul O’Hara in a playoff after the pair had tied on 16 under-par in the £50,000 M&H Logistics-sponsored event. With closing 68s for 268 totals, Wright and O’Hara finished five shots clear of the field in Perthshire, where Louis Gaughan birdied the last to tie for third place with Greig Hutcheon and Graham Fox after they’d both signed off with stirring 65s.

The victory in the Tartan Tour’s flagship tournament earned Wright a £9,000 pay-day while, in addition to a runners-up cheque for £6,500, O’Hara secured a place in the PGA Play-Offs in Devon along with Hutcheon and Fox. Locked together at the start of the day, Wright and O’Hara fought out an enthralling battle in the final round and came to the 72nd hole still sharing the lead. It was advantage Wright after the pair had hit their approaches but 30-year-old O’Hara, who is based at Lochview Golf Centre in Coatbridge through an attachment to North Lanarkshire Leisure, got down in two putts from 120ft to make a birdie, which

Gareth Wright his title rival matched. Returning to the same hole for the playoff, O’Hara was a lot closer in two and made birdie once more despite

racing his first putt six feet past, but Wright had hit a six-iron from 201 yards to six feet and rolled it in for a titlewinning eagle.

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Richmond Golf Club Neil Raine doubled up to win on both days of Richmond’s Oktoberfest weekend. Raine teamed up with Stuart Dozey, Ryan Howe and Ash Green in the team stableford event and their best two scores total of 91 points was enough to win on countback from Steve Willis, Jim Love, Jon Freeman and Neville Wallis. Raine’s 42-point total in the individual stableford the next day saw him finish one point ahead of Gary Catt (41) with Rob Eldred (40) a point further back in third place.

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orkshire’s Olivia Winning joins Lancashire’s Louisa Brunt and Cornwall’s Georgia Price as new members of the England Golf women’s squad. They will join Cheshire’s Gemma Clews and British strokeplay champion Sophie Lamb of Lancashire for the winter training programme. The 21-year-old Olivia, from Rotherham,

won the Helen Holm Scottish strokeplay this year for the second time and she was in England’s winning team at the European championships and the Home Internationals. Brunt, 17, is an England girl international who won the Pleasington Putter, was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and ninth in the English women’s strokeplay while Price has been runner-up and third in the British strokeplay.

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TURNED PRO: 23 HOME CLUB: DURHAM CITY GOLF CLUB HOW HAS THIS SEASON GONE? “I’m in my third year at Durham City and things are going really well. I don’t play a lot of tournament golf these days, between a car accident I had in my early 20s and working on setting up the business here, but I hope to get back out on the golf course a bit more in the next few years. Off the course things are going well with a new layout for the shop and the new swing studio complete with GC2 technology ready to go now just ahead of the winter months.” HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE GAME? “I took up golf relatively late aged 14 at Colchester Golf Club having played football and rugby growing up. “I got down to a seven handicap within a year and got into the Essex team within 18 months. From there I kept progressing through the system until I turned pro in my 20s.” WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? “In the short term, having the swing studio with the GC2 technology is a massive boost to our work through the winter months. “I’d like to keep building my reputation and business here, particularly when it comes to custom fitting thanks to the new technology. I’d also like to improve more as a coach, working with players of all abilities, and build a good reputation in the area.”

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As we move into the middle of autumn the weather so far has been very forgiving. We have had some frosty mornings and yet we have still had some very mild, sunny days with very little rainfall for the time of year. That being said, the turf on the course has started to shut down and become dormant ready for the coming winter months so mowing has become less frequent. Even with this lack of regular growth, it is imperative to maintain the mowing quality of the machines cutting units. A sharp mower blade will create a clean cut across the leaf blade. This cut aids the grass in healing faster and promotes photosynthesis even with the minimal light for the time of

year. A dull blade will tear the grass, often leaving a jagged edge. These greater surface areas on the leaf cause stress, making it more susceptible to attacks from pests, diseases and fungal activity which can be highly active due to damp, mild days at this time of year. The operator should be vigilant while mowing as debris build up from worm casts or tree debris can mean a mower soon goes ‘off cut’. The mowers should then be checked over for both mowing height and quality once cleaned to ensure the machine is ready for the next mowing operation. If required the mowing units should be reground on the grinding benches to re-sharpen any dull blades.

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Three-day Wynyard challenge Changes to Durham’s biggest events announced

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ollowing a review of the format for Durham’s County Strokeplay Championship the event has been changed to give all players a chance to compete in the opening 36 holes. The 2017 event at Wynyard will be played over three days from May 19-21 with 18 holes on Friday and Saturday before a cut is made for the final 36 holes on Sunday.

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The new format means there will no longer be an 18-hole qualifying event and that the county’s premier strokeplay tournament is aligned with successful systems across the country. County secretary Jonathan Ward explained: “The idea is that players need not play a qualifier over 18 holes on a different course and will get the opportunity to play a minimum of 36 holes.

MEET THE TEAM Many of you will have heard from our new sales executives already, or recognise them from the North East’s golfing circles. PGA professional Doug Brolls, head teaching pro at Cocken Lodge Golf Club and Driving Range and former head professional at Wearside Golf Club, and former Linden Hall director of golf Graeme Heads have joined the team to further the magazine’s development. Expect to see more of them in clubs across the

Doug Brolls and Graeme Heads North East and Yorkshire in coming months. Contact Doug on 07721 031 482 doug@offstonepublishing.co.uk & Graeme on 07591 961 888 graeme@offstonepublishing. co.uk

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“It also accommodates a bigger entry as well as the opportunity of spacing the groups out to ensure a better pace of play rather than 72 players squeezing 36 holes into one day.” Players will be able to request tee times to fit their schedules for the first two rounds. Changes have also been made to the County Seniors Championship for 2017, where an 18-hole cut will see the

top 12 players progress to the second round. The new format, which will be introduced at Houghton le Spring GC July 19-20 2017, matches events across the country and is more in line with the men’s and boys championships. All nett and age group prizes will be decided over 18 holes. Durham county fixtures for 2017 are now available at www.durhamcountygolfunion.co.uk

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NEW KICKS Nike Lunar Control Vapor shoes RRP: £TBC www.nike.com Following its move out of the golf hardware business earlier this year, Nike’s new apparel and footwear focused golf division has unveiled its first new launch – the Lunar Control Vapor golf shoes. As worn by Rory McIlroy, the new kicks are inspired by snowmobile tracks with an Articulated Integrated Traction Sole, which we’re told helps “propel the athlete through the swing”.

Brighten up the long, dark winter nights with some shiny gear this month as Wilson Staff brings the FG Tour V6 irons to the public, Cobra launches two Bryson DeChambeau-inspired single-length iron sets, Nike unveils Rory’s new kicks, Golf Buddy is back with its Voice 2 GPS system, and there are new flat sticks from Evnroll and TaylorMade.

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Wilson FG Tour V6 irons RRP: £699 (4-PW) www.wilson.com

Cobra single-length irons RRP: from £549 www.cobragolf.co.uk

Wilson Staff has launched its latest forged irons for the public following rave reviews from tour players – including Portugal Masters winner Padraig Harrington. The Feel portion of Wilson Staff’s Feel, Crossover and Distance system, the irons are made from 8620 carbon steel and feature a split tungsten weighting system throughout to improve sole camber and bounce for added distance and versatility with specific setups for long, mid and short irons.

Following the success of staffer Bryson DeChambeau, Cobra has released two sets of single-length irons. The King Forged One Length and King F7 One Length sets are constructed to seven iron weighting and length with geometries, trajectories and distance gapping altered to create a complete set of irons. Each set also features the technology of its standard equivalent – five-step forging in the King Forged and advanced cavity construction in the F7.

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INTHEBAG

IN THE BAG © L.E.MORMILE / Shutterstock.com

With CIMB Classic winner Justin Thomas

ON A ROLL TaylorMade TP Collection putters RRP: TBA www.taylormadegolf.co.uk TaylorMade has released information on its new TP Collection putters, due to launch in March 2017. The six models – from classic blades to mid-mallets - feature the Pure Roll insert, which has 45° grooves in a softer polymer to promote better roll and reduce skidding. The insert has already proved popular with tour players including world number one Jason Day and world number two Dustin Johnson.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 9.5° Justin Thomas became the first player since Matt Every at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2015 to defend a PGA Tour title in October with a 23 under-par total at the CIMB Classic. Thomas led the field in birdies with 29 and finished fourth in putts per green in regulation (1.625) with his Scotty Cameron X5 Prototype – which he put in play at The Barclays during the FedExCup Playoffs. Here’s what was in his bag…

3-wood: Titleist 917F3 15°

2-iron: Titleist 712U

KEEP ON ROLLING Evnroll putters RRP: from £275 www.evnroll.com Putter design maestro Guerin Rife, who introduced grooves to putters 20 years ago, is back with the new line of Evnroll Putters. The new putters feature a unique face mill pattern across the entire hitting area for zero dispersion through Gearing Technology - progressively increasing contact surface away from the centre of percussion that replaces the energy loss on mishits. All that adds up to off-centre hits rolling almost the same distance as centre hits as the varying contact surface gently gears the ball back to the centre.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Irons: Titleist 716 MB (4-9)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Concept M1 Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM5/6 (46°, 52°, 56°,60°) NORTHERN GOLFER 39


GOLFERTIPS

BUNKER BASICS A common fault I find in players’ technique in greenside bunkers is creating too aggressive an angle of attack into the sand. This tends to make the leading edge of the club dig deep into the sand, decelerating the club and producing inconsistent results. Here’s a simple tweak to the setup and a drill for the practice ground which will improve your technique and lead to more up and downs.

THE FAULT

In your setup - take a wider stance. This should help create a shallower angle of attack, bringing the club into the sand behind the ball more consistently. A great drill once you’re in this position is to hit bunker shots with just your right hand (for the right-handed golfer). This will give you a great feeling of the club releasing, carrying its speed through the sand, using the bounce on the club correctly and popping the ball out with more consistency.

THE FIX

John Harrison Matfen Hall

tel 01661 8 86 400 www.matf enhall.com

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GOLFERCOMPETITIONS

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Ponteland Golf Club 53 Bell Villas, Ponteland, NE20 9BD 01661 822 689 Prudhoe Golf Club Eastwood Park, Prudhoe, NE42 5DX 01661 832 466

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Beamish Park Golf Club Beamish Park, Stanley, DH9 0RH 0191 370 1382 Birtley Golf Club Portobello Road, Birtley, DH3 2LR 0191 410 2207 Bishop Auckland Golf Club High Plains, Bishop Auckland, DL14 8DL 01388 661 618 Blackwell Grange Golf Club Snipe Lane, Darlington, DL2 2SA 01325 464 458 Brancepeth Castle Golf Club Brancepeth Castle, DH7 8EA 0191 378 0075 Castle Eden Golf Club Castle Eden, TS27 4SS 01429 836 510 Chester le Street Golf Club Lumley Pk, Chester le Street, DH3 4NS 0191 388 3218 Cocken Lodge Golf Cocken Lodge Farm, Leamside, DH4 6QP 0191 584 1053 Consett & District Golf Club Elmfield Road, Consett, DH8 5NN 01207 505 060 Crook Golf Club Low Jobs Hill, Crook, DL15 9AA 01388 762 429

Oak Leaf Golf Club School Aycliffe Lane, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4EF, 01325 310 820

Bedlingtonshire Golf Club Acorn Bank, Bedlington, NE22 6AA 01670 822 457

Ramside Hall Golf Club Carville, Durham, DH1 1TD 0191 386 9514

Belford Golf Club South Road, Belford, NE70 7DP 01668 213 232

Rockliffe Hall Golf Club Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington, DL2 2DU 01325 729 980

Bellingham Golf Club Boggle Hole, Bellingham, NE48 2DT 01434 220 152

Roseberry Grange Community Golf Club Grange Villa, Chester le Street, DH2 3NF 0191 370 0660 Seaham Golf Club Shrewsbury Street, Seaham, SR7 7RD 0191 581 1268 Sharpley Golf Seaton, Seaham, Co Durham, SR7 0NP 0191 513 1100 South Moor Golf Cub The Middles, Craghead, Stanley, DH9 6AG 01207 232 848 Woodham Golf & Country Club Burnhill Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4PN 01325 319977

CUMBRIA Brampton Golf Club Talkin Tarn, Brampton, CA8 1HN 01697 72255 Seascale Golf Club The Banks, Seascale, CA20 1QL 019467 28202

Blyth Golf Club New Delaval, Blyth, NE24 4DB 01670 540 110 Burgham Park Golf Club Near Felton, Morpeth, NE65 8QP 01670 787 898 Close House Heddon-on-the-Wall, NE15 0HT 01661 852 953 Dunstanburgh Golf Club Embleton, NE66 3XQ 01665 576 562 Goswick Golf Club Goswick Beal, TD15 2RW 01289 387 256 Gubeon Golf Centre Walton Road, Morpeth, NE61 3YJ 01670 519 090 Haltwhistle Golf Club Banktop, Greenhead, NE49 9JR 01697 747367 Hexham Golf Club Spital Lane, Hexham, NE46 3RZ 01434 603 072

NORTHUMBERLAND

Longhirst Hall Golf Club Longhirst Hall, Morpeth, NE61 3LL 01670 791 562

Darlington Golf Club Haughton Road, Darlington, DL1 3JD 01325 355 324

Allendale Golf Club High Studden, Allenheads Road, Allendale, NE47 9QL, 01434 683 926

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Longhorsley, Morpeth, NE65 8XF 01670 500 011

Dinsdale Spa Golf Club Middleton St George, Darlington, DL2 1DW 01325 332 297

Alnmouth Golf Club Foxton Hall, Alnmouth, NE66 3BE 01665 830 231

Matfen Hall Golf Club Matfen, NE20 0RH 01661 886 400

Durham City Golf Club Littleburn, Langley Moor, DH7 8HL 0191 378 0029

Alnmouth Village Golf Club Marine Road, Alnmouth, NE66 2RZ 01665 830 370

Magdalene Fields Golf Club Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1NE 01289 306 130

Hallgarth Hotel Golf & Country Club Coatham Munderville, Darlington, DL1 3LU 01325 300 400

Alnwick Castle Golf Club Swansfield Park, Alnwick, NE66 2AB 01665 602 632

Morpeth Golf club Loansdean, Morpeth, NE61 2BT 01670 504 942

Hobson Golf Club Hobson, Near Burnopfield, NE16 6BZ 01207 270 941

Arcot Hall Golf Club Dudley, Cramlington, NE23 7QP 0191 236 2794

Newbiggin Golf Club Newbiggin NE64 3DW 01670 817 344

Ineos Golf Club School Aycliffe Lane, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6EA, 07974 742 679

Bamburgh Castle Golf Club The Wynding, Bamburgh, NE69 7DE 01668 214 321

Percy Wood Golf Club Coast View, Swarland, Felton, NE65 9JG 01670 787 010

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Rothbury Golf Club Whitton Bank Rd, Rothbury, NE65 7RX 01669 621 271 Seahouses Golf Club Beadnell Road, Seahouses, NE68 7XT 01665 720 794 Slaley Hall Slaley, Hexham, NE47 0BX 01434 673 350 Stocksfield Golf Club New Ridley Rd, Stocksfield, NE43 7RE 01661 843 041 Tynedale Golf Club Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3HQ 01434 608 154 Warkworth Golf Club The Links, Warkworth, NE65 OSW 01665 711 596 Wooler Golf Club Dod Law, Doddington, Wooler, NE71 6AN 01668 282 135

SCOTTISH BORDERS Eyemouth Golf Club Gunsgreenhill, Eyemouth, D14 5SF 01890 750 004 Hirsel Golf Club Kelso Road, Coldstream, TD12 4NJ 01890 882 678 Roxburghe Golf Club Kelso, Roxburghshire, TD5 8JZ 01573 450 333

TEESSIDE Billingham Golf Club Sandy Lane, Billingham, TS22 5NA 01642 533 816 Cleveland Golf Club Majuba Road, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5BJ 01642 471 798 Eaglescliffe & District Golf Club Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, TS16 0DQ 01642 780 238 Hartlepool Golf Club Hart Warren, Hartlepool, TS24 9QF 01429 274 398 High Throston Golf Club Hart Lane, Hartlepool, TS26 0UG 01429 268 071 Hunley Hotel & Golf Club Brotton, By Saltburn, TS12 2QN 01287 677 444 Ingleby Barwick Golf Club Lullingstone Cres, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton on Tees, TS17 5GJ 01642 765 000 Knotty Hill Golf Centre Sedgefield, Stockton on Tees, TS21 2BB 01740 620 320

Middlesbrough Golf Club Brass Castle Lane, Middlesbrough, TS8 9EE 01642 311 515 Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Club Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS5 7YZ 01642 315 533 Norton Golf Club Blakestone Lane, Norton, TS20 3LQ 01642 676 385 Saltburn by the Sea Golf Club Hob Hill, Saltburn by the Sea, TS12 1NJ 01287 622 812 Seaton Carew Golf Club Tees Road, Seaton Carew, TS25 1DE 01429 266 249 Teesside Golf Club Acklam Road, Thornaby, Stockton on Tees, TS17 7JS 01642 616 516 Wilton Golf Club Wilton,Near Redcar, TS10 4QY 01642 465 265 Wynyard Hall Golf Club Wellington Drive, Wynyard Park, TS22 5NQ 01740 644 399

TYNE AND WEAR Backworth Golf Club The Hall, Backworth, NE27 0AH 0191 268 4274 Beamish Park Hotel Marley Hill, NE16 5EG 01207 230666 Boldon Golf Club Dipe Lane, East Boldon, NE36 0PQ 0191 536 5360 Centurion Park Golf Club Rheydt Avenue, Wallsend, NE28 8SU 0191 263 0041 City of Newcastle Golf Club Three Mile Bridge, Gosforth, NE3 2DR 0191 285 1775 Garesfield Golf Club Chopwell, NE17 7AP 01207 561 309 George Washington Golf Club Stone Cellars Rd, Concorde, NE37 1PH 0191 417 8346 Gosforth Golf Club Broadway East, Gosforth, NE3 5ER 0191 285 3495 Heworth Golf Club Gingling Gate, Heworth, NE10 8XY 0191 469 9832 Hetton le Hill Golf Club Elemore Vale, Easington Lane, DH5 0QR 0191 517 3061 Houghton le Spring Golf Club Copt Hill, Houghton le Spring, DH5 8LU 0191 584 7421 Newcastle United Golf Club 60 Ponteland Road, NE5 3JW 0191 286 9998


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Bedale Golf Club Leyburn Road, Bedale, DL8 1EZ 01677 422 451

Rudding Park Golf Club Rudding Park, Harrogate, HG3 1JH 01423 872 100

Horsforth Golf Club Layton Rise, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5EX 0113 258 6819

Parklands Golf Club High Gosforth Park, NE3 5HQ 0191 236 4480

Catterick Golf Club Leyburn Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3QE 01748 833 268

Sandburn Hall Golf Club Flaxton, York, YO60 7RB 01904 469 929

Huddersfield Golf Club Fixby Hall, Lightridge Road, HD2 2EP 01484 426203

Ravensworth Golf Club Angel View, Longbank, NE9 7UU 0191 487 6014 Ryton Golf Club Clara Vale, Ryton, NE40 3TD 0191 413 3253 South Shields Golf Club Cleadon Hills, South Shields, NE34 8EG 0191 456 8942 Tynemouth Golf Club Spital Dene, Tynemouth, NE30 2ER 0191 257 4578 Tyneside Golf Club Westfield Lane, Ryton, NE40 3QE 0191 413 2742

Westerhope Golf Club Whorlton Grange, Newcastle, NE5 1PP 0191 286 9125 Whickham Golf Club Hollinside Park, Fellside Road, NE16 5BA 0191 488 1576 Whitburn Golf Club Lizard Lane, South Shields, NE34 7AF 0191 529 4210 Whitley Bay Golf Club Claremont Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 3UF 0191 252 0180

YORKSHIRE (EAST) Beverley and East Riding Golf Club Anti Mill, Westwood, Beverley, HU17 8RG 01482 868757 Bridlington Golf Club Belvedere Road, Bridlington, YO15 3NA 01262 606 367 Bridlington Links Golf Club Flamborough Road, Marton, YO15 1DW 01262 401 584 Driffield Golf Club Sunderlandwick, Driffield, YO25 9AD 01377 253 116 Flamborough Head Golf Club Lighthouse Road, Flamborough, YO15 1AR 01262 850 333 Hornsea Golf Club Rolston Road, Hornsea, HU18 1XG 01964 534989 The KP Golf Club Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF 01759 303 090

Filey Golf Club West Avenue, Filey, YO14 9BQ 01723 513293 Forest of Galtres Golf Club Skelton, York, YO32 2RF 01904 766198 Forest Park Golf Club Stockton-on-Forest, York, YO32 9HF 01904 400 425 Fulford Golf Club Heslington Lane, York, YO10 5DY 01904 413 579 Ganton Golf Club Station Road, Ganton, YO12 4PA 01944 710 329 Harrogate Golf Club Forest Lane Head, Harrogate, HG2 7TF 01423 862 999 Heworth Golf Club Muncaster House, Muncastergate, YO31 9JY 01904 426 156 Kirkbymoorside Golf Club Manor Vale, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6EG 01751 431 525 Knaresborough Golf Club Boroughbridge Road, Knaresborough, HG5 0QQ 01423 862 690 Malton & Norton Golf Club Welham Park, Norton,Malton, YO17 9QE 01653 697 912 Masham Golf Club Burnholme, Swinton Rd, Masham, HG4 4NS 01765 688 054 Oakdale Golf Club Oakdale, Harrogate, HG1 2LN 01423 567 162 Pannal Golf CLub Follifoot Road, Pannal, HG3 1ES 01423 872 628 Pike Hills Golf Club Tadcaster Road, Askham Bryan, YO23 3UW 01904 700 797 Richmond Golf Club Bend Hagg, Richmond, DL10 5EX 01748 823 231

YORKSHIRE (NORTH)

Ripon Golf Club Palace Road, Ripon, HG4 3HH 01765 603 640

Aldwark Manor Golf Club Aldwark Alne, YO61 1UF 01347 838 146

Romanby Golf Club Yafforth Road, Northallerton, DL7 0PE 01609 778 855

Scalm Park Golf Club Bishop Wood, Wistow Common, Selby, YO8 3RD 01757 210 846

Leeds Golf Club Elmete Lane, Leeds, LS8 2LJ 0113 265 9203

Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club North Cliff Avenue, Scarborough, YO12 6PP 01723 355 397

Leeds Golf Centre Wike Ridge Ln, Shadwell, Leeds, LS17 9JW 0113 288 6000

Scarborough South Cliff Golf Club Deepdale Avenue, off Filey Rd, YO11 2UE 01723 360 522

Mid Yorkshire Golf Club Havercroft Lane, Pontefract, Darrington, WF8 3BP, 01977 704522

Scarthingwell Golf Club The Scarthingwell Centre, Scarthingwell, Tadcaster, LS24 9PF 01937 557 878 Selby Golf Club Mill Lane, Brayton, YO8 9LD 01757 228 622 Skipton Golf Club Short Lee Lane, Skipton, BD23 3LF 01756 795 657

The Oaks Golf Club Aughton Common, Aughton, YO42 4PW 01757 288 577 Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club Thornton le Street, Thirsk, YO7 4AB 01845 525 115

Moor Allerton Golf Club Coal Road, Wike, Leeds, LS17 9NH 0113 266 1154 Moortown Golf Club Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 7DB 0113 268 6521 Otley Golf Club West Busk Lane, Otley, Leeds, LS21 3NG 01943 465 329 Oulton Hall Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, LS26 8HN 0871 222 4690 Pontefact & District Golf Club Park Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4QS 01977 792241

Whitby Golf Club Low Straggleton, Whitby, YO21 3SR 01947 600 660

Rawdon Golf and Lawn Tennis Club Buckstone Drive, Rawdon, Leeds,LS19 6BB 0113 2506040

York Golf Club Lords Moor Lane, Strensall, YO32 5XF 01904 491 840

Sand Moor Golf Club Alwoodley Lane, Leeds, LS17 7DJ 0113 268 5180

YORKSHIRE (WEST)

Scarcroft Golf Club Syke Lane, Leeds, LS14 3BQ 0113 289 2263

Bradford Golf Club Hawksworth Lane, Guiseley, LS20 8NP 01943 875570

Wakefield Golf Club Woodthorpe Lane, WF2 6JH 01924 258778

Cookridge Golf Club Cookridge Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7NL 0113 230 0641

Woodhall Hills Golf Club Woodhall Road, Calverley, Pudsey, LS28 5UN, 0113 255 4594

Dewsbury District Golf Club The Pinnacle, Sands Ln, Mirfield, WF14 8HJ 01924 492399

Wetherby Golf Club Linton Lane, Linton, Wetherby, LS22 4JF 01937 580 089

Garforth Driving Range Barwick Road, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2DN 0113 287 1111 Garforth Golf Club Long Lane, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2DS 0113 286 2021 Headlingly Golf Club Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, LS16 8DW 0113 267 9573 Hollins Hall Baildon, Shipley, Bradford, BD17 7QW 01274 530 053

OTHER GOLF OUTLETS Andy Paisley Golf Centre, Hexham Golf Club, Spittal Lane, Hexham, NE46 3RZ 01434 603 072 Aslan Golf Lizard Lane, Whitburn, NE34 7AF 0191 5294210 Bargain Golf Seaham Golf Club, Shrewsbury Street, Seaham, SR7 7RD, 0191 5130837 & Hobson Golf Club, Burnopfield, Newcastle, NE16 6BZ 01207 271605

Dan Hookway Blyth Golf Club New Delaval, Blyth, NE24 4DB 01670 540 110 Dynamic Indoor Golf Wideopen, Newcastle, NE13 7BA 0191 481 3590 Eureka Copt Hill, Houghton le Spring, DH5 8LU 0191 584 1198 George Paylor 5th Tee Horsley Avenue, Crawcrook, NE40 4XF 07737 963881 Jeffrey Musgrove Golf Shop Garesfield Golf Club Chopwell, NE17 7AP 01207 563082 Leda Discount Golf Centre Grange Villa, Chester le Street, DH2 3NF 0191 370 1757 Marshalls Golf Heworth Golf Club, Gingling Gate, Heworth, NE10 8HY 0191 4384223 Gordon Cattrell Golf Shop Middlesbrough Golf Club, Brass Castle Lane,TS8 9EE 01642 311766 Riverdale Hotel Bellingham, NE48 2JT 01434 220 254 Snainton Golf Direct Coast View, Swarland, Felton, NE65 9JG 01670 787 010 Stokesley Driving Range Broughton Road, Stokesley, TS9 5JJ Sunderland Golf Centre Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR5 1JT 0191 516 8600 The Golf Factory 678 West Road, Newcastle, NE5 2UR 07837 001527 Tim Jenkins Golf Cleveland Golf Club, Majuba Road, Redcar, TS10 5BJ 01642 471 798 also at Castle Eden Golf Club Castle Eden, TS27 4SS 01429 836689 The Hobson Golf Range Hobson Golf Club Burnopfield, NE16 6BZ ZFL Golf Unit 8d, North Tyne Ind. Estate, NE12 9SZ 0191 270 2362 SELECTED TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES ALNWICK, BELLINGHAM, BERWICK, CORBRIDGE, HALTWHISTLE, HEXHAM MORPETH, NEWCASTLE, ROYAL QUAYS, SALTBURN, SEAHOUSES WHITLEY BAY AND SELECTED GOLF CLUBS IN THE BORDERS AND CUMBRIA

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Wearside Golf Club Cox Green, Sunderland, SR4 9JT 0191 534 2518

Easingwold Golf Club Stillington Road, Easingwold, YO61 3ET 01347 822 474

Custom Fit Golf South Moor Golf Club Superstore Craghead, Stanley, DH9 6AG 01207 283 525

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from the

bunker How’s this for a golf day with a difference. Executive recruitment specialists Howie White held its first golf day at Matfen Hall in Northumberland with a nine-hole stableford competition for golfers then nine holes pairs on the par three course where only the nongolfers were allowed to use a putter. While the golfers hacked their way round the front nine, their partners (in this case all non-golfing women) were putt through their paces on the practice green by Matfen Hall’s John Harrison and JJ Vallely. It proved to be a winning experience for Jen Smith as she was voted the best putter by the pros but she couldn’t take that form on to the short course. That honour fell to Nicola Blanshard who won the main golfing trophy despite having the handicap of husband Mark, while Northern Golfer editor Paul Robertson had some raking putts from wife Susan to thank for saving his blushes. “We would have won had you hit more greens,” she said. Ken Pearce won the nine-holer. Company owner Fred Howie was delighted at the way Matfen Hall had supported his idea for the format, which along with the barbecue afterwards was very enjoyable.

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Winners of couples competition Nicola & Mark Blanshard with Howie White’s Fred Howie, David Taylor and Martin Dowson Members of Easingwold Golf Club entered into the spirit of Lady Captain Susie Manning’s Breast Cancer Research Charity Day. An assortment of pink wigs, tutus, shirts, bow ties and feather boas could be seen all around the course; worn by both men and women. At the halfway house a feast was provided by Gina Lawrie and Sue Pittham assisted by Dot Dowson, all suitably attired in pink. A glass or two of punch enabled the teams to sally forth and complete the Texas Scramble. In the Clubhouse a bottle raffle and silent auction proved very popular; on the putting green a fiendishly difficult test was devised by Richard Manning and adjudicated his daughter Sophie. A total of £2,286 was raised for charity with players and organisers enjoying the great atmosphere. Well done all for being such good sports.

Keith Denholm has been in touch after winning one of our competitions. He wrote: “I was lucky enough win the free fourball to Blackwell Grange. Could I congratulate the club on the condition of the course and hospitality afforded us from the staff. I would certainly recommend a visit as we had a fantastic time. A great day was had by all.” Thanks to Blackwell for giving Keith and his guests such a good day. You can enter our latest competitions on page 42.


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OVER 100 SETS IN STOCK - BEST PRICE GUARANTEE + FREE FITTING WITH OUR NEW FLIGHT SCOPE XI - THE LATEST ON THE MARKET

NEW TITLIEST 917 DRIVERS/ FAIRWAY WOODS IN STOCK

NEW WINTER MENS/

LADIES GOLF BOOTS IN STOCK 100% WATERPROOF £69.99 NOW FROM ONLY £49.99

FOOTJOY/HI TECH/STUBURT.

BUSHNELL GOLF BRAND NEW TOUR V4 (IN STOCK) BUSHNELL TOUR V3 TO CLEAR WITH PINSEEKER + JOLT TECHNOLOGY WERE £269.00

1/2 PRICE MIZUNO WARLITE SWEATERS WERE £79.99

GREAT TRADE IN DEALS

EX DISPLAY SETS

LAMBSWOOL SWEATERS ON OFFER GLENMUIR, CALLAWAY, PROQUIP, LYLE & SCOTT

WE MATCH OR BETTER ANY COMPETITORS PRICES FOR TRADING YOUR OLD IRONS, WOODS OR PUTTER IN. TRADE IN AGAINST NEW OR USED CLUBS ‘DON’T CALL US FIRST, CALL US LAST FOR AN UNBEATABLE DEAL’

NOW £179.00

NOW £39.99

YEAR END CLEARANCE

NEW JPX 900 MIZUNO IRONS

NEW CALLAWAY STEELHEAD IRONS

IN STOCK

IN STOCK

ON MANY PAIRS OF FOOTJOY WATERPROOF SHOES UP TO 30% DISCOUNT FROM ONLY £39.99

MIZUNO MP15 FORGED IRONS 4-PW RRP £699.00 NOW £399.00 HURRY WHILE STOCKS LAST

FROM ONLY

£29.99

MANY WINTER GLOVES, SNOODES & BEANIES ON OFFER EG.OAKLEY BEANIE £13.99 NOW £9.99

NEW 2016 MOTOCADDY TROLLEYS & LITHIUM BATTERIES INSTORE FULL ACCESSORY RANGE STOCKED

ALL GALVIN GREEN SHIRTS, TROUSERS, PULLOVERS & BASELAYERS TO CLEAR

OVER 100 CART & STAND BAGS TO CLEAR STAND BAGS FROM £39.99 CART BAGS FROM £54.99

SPECIAL OFFERS

SKETCHERS (2015 RANGE) SELECTED PAIRS OF SHOES

NEW AUTUMN WINTER RANGE

MANY PRE-OWNED/EX DISPLAY SETS OF IRONS & WOODS TO CLEAR

GIFT VOUCHERS FOR XMAS AVAILABLE

LINED WINDBLOCK SWEATERS £59.99

NEW CALLAWAY FUSION DRIVERS AND FAIRWAY WOODS

1/2 PRICE

30% OFF PRICE

OSCAR JACOBSON

PRO-QUIP

PURCHASE ANY PRO-QUIP WATERPROOF SUIT FOR £99.00 AND RECEIVE A FREE PRO-QUIP WATERPROOF HAT WORTH £24.99, WATERPROOF SUIT HAS 3 YEAR WATERPROOF GUARANTEE

MANY QUALITY BRANDED GOLF SHIRTS TO CLEAR.

£9.99, £14.99, £19.99 HURRY

£5 £10 £20 £50 £100

£5

£50 £100 £10 £20

NEW - FOOTJOY AUTUMN CLOTHING RANGE SOFTSHELL VESTS, CHILLOUT PULLOVER, HYDROLITE WATERPROOFS FREE FOOTJOY RAINGRIP GLOVE WITH EVERY PURCHASE WHILE STOCKS LAST

CALLAWAY XR STEEL IRONS WERE £489.00 NOW £299.00 (LIMITED OFFER ONLY) 5 -PW

NOW £34.99

TITLEIST 716 T-MB 2,3 & 4 IRONS SEE INSTORE FOR DETAILS

WE PRICE CHECK ALL OUR STOCK ONLINE TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THE LOWEST PRICE ALWAYS (PRICE PROMISE) How to find our superstore Leave A1 (m) at junction 63 Chester-le-Street and follow B693 to Stanley, turn left onto B6532 (Asda roundabout), follow road to to end and turn right, pass Blomfomtein School and follow sign to South Moor Golf Club

Your No 1 Discount Golf Store

Shaun Cowell PGA Golf Professional - Tel: 01207 283 525 South Moor Golf Club Superstore, Craghead, Stanley, DH9 6AG

Open Mon - Sun 9am - 5pm Early opening at weekends All major credit cards accepted


Northern Golfer magazine #49 - November 2016  
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