GOLFING gem Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club on the rugged Northumberland coast at Embleton will be the venue for the Ali Johnson Memorial Tournament.
Created by the legendary James Braid, the course is set among beautiful scenery on Northumberland’s Heritage Coastline. It is a particular joy for the golfing purist, as well as being a fine 18-hole, 6,298yd, par 70 test for golfers of every category.
The flora and fauna within the adjoining sand dunes are managed by the National Trust and are, without doubt, among the finest in Northumberland, with many rare plant and animal species.
Thanks to the support of proprietor Dr Peter Gilbert, this exceptional section of the coastline will be a vehicle for enabling disabled people to visit the area. Ali Johnson, who died in 2008, was paralysed after sustaining a broken neck playing rugby union for Tynedale Rugby Club in 2004, and funds from the day will be directed to finalising the completion of a purpose-built house at the family farm at Coanwood, Haltwhistle, to enable it to be used as a holiday home for disabled people with the mobility issues which Ali faced with immense determination.
The cost of a team entry on October 8, which includes 18 holes of golf, an evening meal and prizes, is £160.
Cheques made payable to the “Ali Johnson Golf Day” should be sent to Debbie Maddison, rugby union development office, Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead, NE10 0EF. Call 0191 477 2959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org