STRESSHOLME Golf Centre has introduced a new sponsorship initiative called 'Ad In The Hole'. The sponsor, John Wade Group, will have its name in all 18 holes on the course, as well as on the flags at every hole.
The Darlington course is the first municipal in the UK to pioneer the venture and will be using the sponsorship money to improve facilities and services for all visitors to Stressholme, which is run by Darlington Borough Council.
Leon Jones, the course's sponsorship manager, said: "Darlington Borough Council has had a long partnership with the John Wade Group and we are delighted to be working together on this initiative.
"Ad In The Hole will raise the profile of our local business sponsor while allowing us to improve the experience for visitors to the golf course - whether they want to play golf or just enjoy the catering facilities."
Chris Moody, sales manager of the John Wade Group, said: "The John Wade Group is delighted to be associated with this new initiative at Stressholme Golf Centre. We have been involved with Darlington Council in various ways for many years and we are keen to continue our partnership in positive ways that allow the residents of the town to benefit."
Ad In The Hole representative, David Bainbridge. Added: "We have Ad In The Hole in a number of major golf courses around the world, such as The Belfry in the UK, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Lisbon Golf Club in Portugal, Golf del Sur in Tenerife, the Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius and Portmarnock, Ireland.
"Stressholme is the first municipal course to adopt this project, which will be good for both the golf centre and for the sponsor."
MATFEN Hall's Lisa Ball was the leading English player in the St Rule Trophy, which was played in strong winds over the Old Course at St Andrews. Lisa scored 80, 74 to share fifth place in the tournament which was won by Scotland's Kylie Walker who shot 75, 73 for a one-stroke win over Audrey Goumard of France. The par of the course was 76.
Lisa, who plays at Matfen Hall, represented England in the 2004 Home internationals and has captained the England girls' teams. She reached the last 16 in this month's English championship at Ganton.
GARY Donnison, the former Gosforth and Whitley Bay assistant pro, who is now attached to Stocksfield, Northumberland, set a new course record of 62 in winning the Tamsel Tour event at Helsby. A first round 74 left him in 16th place, six shots behind home pro Matthew Jones, Adam Scallon and Steve Parry who shared the overnight lead on 68.
But Donnison surged to victory with a superb second round, which included six birdies and an eagle and no dropped shots, to finish three strokes clear of nearest rivals David Wilcock, Gareth Davies and Adam Stott.
Donnison's win moves him up to seventh in Tamsel Tour order of merit.
CHRIS Paisley is in the preliminary Great Britain and Ireland squad selected for this year's St Andrews Trophy, which will be played at Kingsbarns in Scotland on August 29-30. The Stocksfield youngster is home for the Summer from his golfing scholarship in the USA, and may defend his Northumberland county title in July before linking up with the GB and Ireland squad of 16 players.
"After the inevitable move to the professional game by the majority of last year's Walker Cup Team, we are now seeing significant new talent emerging fast," said Colin Dalgleish, the GB and Ireland captain.
"We are hopeful this squad will provide the foundation of both our 2008 St Andrews Trophy Team and 2009 Walker Cup team"