Boro Stars At Romanby

It's been a busy time at Romanby Golf Club in North Yorkshire over the summer months - despite the atrocious wet weather.

It's been a busy time at Romanby Golf Club in North Yorkshire over the summer months - despite the atrocious wet weather. The club played host to the stars of Middlesbrough Football Club in their annual challenge match with boss Gareth Southgate among the footballers showing what they can do on the fairway.

And Romanby has also been participating in a new Government-inspired health campaign to get everyone doing at least 10,000 walking steps per day.

The initiative is a joint venture between the club, the local Patient Care Trust and Hambleton and Richmondshire council - and it's proving a big success.

The basic premise is that there are enormous health benefits to be gained by walking at least 10,000 steps per day - and a round of golf easily exceeds that!

Romanby's marketing manager Richard Boucher said: "It's a really exciting project for us as golf has always been looked upon as a sport that doesn't have as many health benefits as some but the 10,000 steps initiative shows that golf can be just as good for you as most of the traditional keep-fit sports.

"The average golfer will take around 7,000 steps just to complete nine holes at Romanby so it's easy to see how many steps, and how much exercise, you're actually doing in a full round - especially when you add that sizeable total to all the other steps you would do in a normal day.

"We've all been wearing pedometers around the club for a few week now and the numbers are amazing - often twice the recommended daily amount of 10,000 steps."

Richard added: "We think a lot more people would join a golf club if they realised the enormous health benefits that can be involved in a round of golf."

Captain Andy Langford, lady captain Rosemary Archer, lady member Gladys Craven, who is in her 80s, and professional Steve Pearce, who is Golf North East's tips expert, are all wearing pedometers to track just how many steps they complete in a day.

Club members certainly put their pedometers to the test when the Boro footballers took them on in the annual challenge match.

The likes of Southgate plus fellow coaches Colin Cooper and Steve Agnew plus players like Andrew Davies, Tony McMahon, Ross Turnbull, new signing Luke Young and up-and-coming defender David Wheater all took part in a fixture that dates back to 1996.

Richard said: "It proved another hugely successful day. It was a bit wet at the start, but it brightened up in the afternoon and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it."

Romanby also lent a helping hand when a team of students on the Millennium Volunteers scheme were trying to raise cash for the special care baby unit at Northallerton's Friarage Hospital.

The four students, aged between 14 and 18, helped out with admin at the golf club and were rewarded with vouchers for eight rounds of golf that were auctioned off.

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Richard Takes Title

Durham City's Richard Mason scored a big success when he won the Durham County Junior Golf Society's strokeplay championship. The 20-year-old, who works at the club, fired rounds of 68 and 73 at Beamish Park to take victory and retain the trophy he won at Brancepeth Castle last year.

Richard said: "I was very pleased with my first round but things went a bit wrong late on in the second round and I was fortunate to hang on to the lead.

"I managed to score a nine at the 17th and so was pretty happy to still be at the top of the leaderboard after that."


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