Golf club secretaries throughout the North East are now responding to our invitation letter and nominating qualifying medals for our 2009 Golf North East Amateur Classic, sponsored by Close House. It is expected that most clubs will participate, where one member will be given a chance of winning a top prize in amateur golf.
As stated in the invitation, entry to the tournament is free and all we require is a nominated club medal competition. The date of the competition should be forwarded to us no later than March 31st, 2009.
Not only will the overall medal winner go on to represent his club at the final being staged at Close House in Northumberland later this year, he will also have a chance of winning our magnificent crystal claret jug trophy, to be retained by his home club for 12 months, a replica trophy and a seven day golfing holiday to take part in the Golf North East and Golfing Holidays Algarve Invitational Tournament week in Portugal in November.
Prizes on the day will be awarded to the top 12 players, along with prizes for nearest the pins and longest drives.
All players must be 18+ and for the final, will be required to play off a maximum handicap of 18.
Last minute replacement Daniel Keogh from Tyneside Golf Club won our 2008 final with a score of 76 nett 75. Although he bogeyed the first two holes, he steadied the ship with par, birdie and par before dropping another shot at the difficult sixth.
He carded another excellent birdie at the seventh, made par at the eighth and like most players, dropped a shot at the ninth to be out in 38.
His back nine started with a bogey followed by two pars and then he dropped another shot at the 13th.
A good seven iron tee shot at the next to eight foot resulted in a birdie two and with solid pars through the next three holes he finished off with a dropped shot at the last to score an inward half of 38 and a two-shot victory.
Mark Smith, a five handicapper from Linden Hall finished with a nett 77 to take second place and in third, Andy Crapper playing off four scored a nett 78.
So gentlemen, keep a close watch on your club's notice boards for our posters and make sure you enter your qualifier - you never know, it could be you.
If clubs have already allocated a 2008 qualifying medal, details should be forwarded to Paul Corney.