Graham Wylie, owner of Close House, with the course's Attached Tour Professional, Lee Westwood

Golf investment drives Newcastle Close House into top 100 UK courses

Close House is the only North East golf course to make it into the prestigious list of top 100 UK golf courses

Captain Tony Jacklin collecting the cup after his European side had defeated America in the 1985 Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup: A look back at some of the great moments

From the 'War on the Shore' to the 'miracle of Medinha', some of the clashes which made the Ryder Cup

Golfer Paul Wesselingh in action

English Senior Open: Five to follow at Rockliffe Hall

Former Ryder Cup captain Mark James picks his men to watch in the English Senior Open taking place at Rockliffe Hall

Chris Paisley in action

North East golf duo ready for Twynholm Testimonial

Chris Paisley and Garrick Porteous will compete in Sunday's  Sandy Twynholm Testimonial in Morpeth

Lee Westwood

Westwood influence detected at Champion of Champions venue

The Lee Westwood influence on the Filly course at Close House is a big hit with Shaun Embleton, the Ryton club contender for Sunday’s Journal Champion of Champions

Jenny Lee Smith

Wonderful mix of sport and family poignancy

As a six-year-old in the 1950s Jenny Lee Smith used to pop next door and sneak on to the links of Dunstanburgh Castle

Not a Good day as Craig’s glory bid is sunk

CRAIG Goodfellow’s hopes of recapturing the Peugot supported Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship crashed with a final-round 77 on the Hunting Course at De Vere Slaley Hall.

The 9th hole at De Vere Slaley Hall golf course

Chance to get up close - and learn at De Vere Slaley Hall

THE final of the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship tees off at De Vere Slaley Hall on Tuesday with home club contender Steve McNally explaining why there is a buzz about the tournament.

Simon Mignolet of Sunderland

Simon Mignolet keeping life in perspective

SIMON Mignolet would make a lousy American Ryder Cup golfer. Not just because he is Belgian and doesn’t play golf – at least not professionally.

John Hughes, Hartlepool United's new manager

John Hughes motivated by the challenge ahead

THEY are bottom of League One, adrift, without victory in 22 games and having won only once all season.

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John Carver hopes to unleash raw power at NUFC

JOHN Carver yesterday gave Newcastle’s fringe players a gentle reminder about what is expected of them next season – just on the off-chance it had slipped any of their minds.

St James's Park

Strong bonds being forged at Newcastle United

NEWCASTLE United’s coaching staff already have their hands on one piece of prized silverware this season.

Will mystery man be Cats’ whiskers?

ELLIS Short’s first public appearance at the Stadium of Light was a memorable one.

Andrew's Just World Class!

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North East golf professional Andrew Nicholson has established himself as one of the most renowned teachers and technical experts in world golf.

Slaley lands PGA event

DE Vere Slaley Hall, having brought back The Journal Champion of Champions in 2007, has landed one of the main events on the 2008 European Seniors Tour.

Thomas Looks To The East

Dave and Paul Thomas have designed courses all around the world - and now they have moved into Russia.

The Graeme Storm column

IT'S been an amazing few weeks really. First of all I was part of the Great Britain and Ireland team that retained the Seve Trophy against Continental Europe at The Heritage club in Ireland.

Ladies score big success

A TEAM of four ladies from North Yorkshire are celebrating after capturing a big championship win.

Plenty To Thrill At Belfry

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IT'S been criticised for not being one of the world's best golf courses, but it's certainly one of the most famous.

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Golf supremo has come a fair way

NOT many aspiring sportsmen would turn down the chance to play for one of his country’s top clubs.


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