One of the region's most historic competitions is back for the 45th year.
One of the region's most historic competitions is back for the 45th year. The Ravensworth Bowl dates back to 1963 and is being staged this year on Sunday, September 7th.
The tournament began life as a 36-hole pro-am and the first one, staged just after the Open Championship, attracted a plethora of world-class talent including Bobby Locke, Tommy Horton, Brian Barnes and Gordon Clark.
It became an amateur scratch event in 1971 and in the last 37 years there have been 29 different winners with Gosforth's Jimmy Hayes (1975 and 1976) and Catterick's Roger Roper (1994 and 1995) being the only players to win back-to-back titles.
There have been two other two-time winners - Consett's former British Amateur Champion, Harry Ashby, who won in 1972 and then again 14 years later, and the home club's Mark Sewell, who was triumphant in 1991 and 2004.
However, the player with the best record in the event is Whickham's Tony McLure, who has won an amazing five times, firstly in 1984 and latterly in 2006.
The current holder of the trophy is Chris Hewitt from Beamish, who will be looking to defend his title in September.