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Close House to host Journal competitions next year

THE Journal Champion of Champions and the final of The Journal Ladies Trophy will again be hosted by Close House next year, with both tournaments being played on the Filly.

THE Journal Champion of Champions and the final of The Journal Ladies Trophy will again be hosted by Close House next year, with both tournaments being played on the Filly.

The ladies final is on Friday August 16, 2013, and the Champions on Sunday September 8.

Russell Smith, director of golf at Close House, said: “We are again delighted to stage the Champions and the Journal Ladies final for 2013”.

The generous sponsorship of Close House enables the Champions players to enjoy free entry, a free practice round and a £1,500 prize table – the maximum allowed under amateur rules.

General manager John Glendinning said: “Close House appreciate the on-going relationship we have with The Journal and this is a tournament which, among other things, enables us to play our part in developing top-level golfers in the region.

“This is without doubt the most prestigious amateur event in the North East.

“It has always been a tournament much loved by the players, and to be invited to host it three times in a row is a privilege.

“The event also gives us the chance to showcase everything we have at Close House – including our academy and driving range, where the players warm up before the tournament.

“There are some players who compete in the Champions who have never been to Close House before and naturally we always hope they will come and enjoy the experience.

“It is also a joy to put on the ladies’ handicap tournament for The Journal, and we received nothing but compliments about the course and facilities from the players this year.”

The players attached to Close House are Ryder Cup star Lee Westwood and two North East golfers – ex Walker Cup man and Challenge Tour winner Chris Paisley and former British under-16 girls champion Anna Scott

Paisley’s progress in the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final in Savelletri, southern Italy, faltered yesterday.

The third round of the last Challenge Tour event of the season brought the Northumberland golfer, already qualified for next year’s European Tour, a one-over 72.

He dropped eight places to lie tied for 31st place on four-under 209.

Penrith’s Gary Lockerbie is tied sixth on 11 under after rounds of 66, 68 and 68 – six shots behind Danish leader Joachim B Hansen.

Scott, from Consett, has a chance of flying the flag for Close House in America next year having reached the final stage of qualifying for the LPGA Tour late next month.

The Close House league team finished runners-up behind Bedlingtonshire in the Hadrian League and won the Davison Cup, a knock-out trophy contested by teams from the Hadrian League and the North Northumberland League.

Bedlingtonshire caused a brief minor alarm at the Hadrian League dinner at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle, delayed for 10 minutes because of the late arrival of the champions.

League secretary Colin Musset said: “There was a bit of mild concern at one stage.

“It would have been awkward to start without them because there was a large table reserved in the middle of the room.

“However, after a telephone call we discovered they had been hijacked by their own celebrations nearby and all is well that ends well.”



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