Qualifying for Open revamped to be more rigorous

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson believes a revamped qualifying system for the Open Championship will prove more rigorous than the set-up it replaces

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

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

Lee Westwood during the official opening of his Filly course at Close House in Northumberland

Lee Westwood on course to open new fairways

Fresh from The Open at Muirfield in Scotland, Lee Westwood unveiled the world's first Lee Westwood Golf Courses at Close House

Garrick Porteous in action

Garrick Porteous celebrates Euro team success

The British amateur champion Garrick Porteous is heading for The Open Championship this week after success in the European Team Championships

Fifteen-year-old Matty Lamb shows off his Northumberland Strokeplay Championship trophy
Garrick Porteous in action

Garrick Porteous signs three-year contract with ISM

Garrick Porteous has signed a three-year contract with one of the world’s biggest sports management companies, Chubby Chandler’s ISM

The Journal Champion of Champions winner Ricky Lee

Andrew Minnikin backs Ricky Lee to be qualified success

Ricky Lee, The Journal Champion of Champions, is being tipped by Northumberland captain Andrew Minnikin to make it through today’s regional qualifying for The Open Championship.

Garrick Porteous

Life is a breeze for victorious Garrick Porteous

THERE were only two years in age between the players contesting the 36-hole final of The Amateur Championship, but in vile conditions it was man against boy and Northumberland’s Garrick Porteous was the man.

Garrick Porteous

Garrick Porteous stays on course to claim record

NOT even a teenage prodigy who eclipsed a record set by Tiger Woods has been able to halt a charge by Garrick Porteous at becoming the first North East golfer this century to win The Amateur Championship.

Saviour of the Northumberland course Paul O'Connor

Changes are par for the course at Northumberland

GOLFERS usually need to do homework on a course before an important tournament, a factor which will come into play frequently

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.

My top 10 - Peter Beardsley

IT’S a fair bet that when many people compile their list of the top 10 sporting moments in history, quite a few people in the North-East would include Newcastle United and England legend Peter Beardsley.

Sound as a pound

MORE restaurants have signed up to a Journal-backed campaign to raise money for homeless people in the North-East this year than ever before.

Needle exchange set for go-ahead

CONTROVERSIAL plans to relocate a walk-in needle exchange close to a city centre park should be given the go-ahead, a council report recommends.

Garrick Does Well At Carris

The North East region was well served at the English Boys Stroke Play Championship with no less than five of our best young lads taking part.

Shooting: Shepherd’s gunning for British glory

JARROW’S John Shepherd has set his sights on breaking into the international set-up after the 64-year-old embarrassed the establishment at the British Open’s veteran down the line class at Bywell.

John hoping to exit in style

JOHN Hann sounds cheerful for the ‘condemned man’ of The Journal Champion of Champions tournament.

Judo: Success that is revolutionary

TEN students from the Burns School of Black Belts were among the honours at the Revolution Tournament Series’ British Open in Doncaster.

Super Cat is on the prowl

NORTH Berwick’s Catriona Matthew, a professional on the US women’s tour, produced a superb 68 yesterday to move on to the heels of world number one Lorena Ochoa in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews.


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