A GOLF club stewardess, who started playing golf only 12 months ago, has won 10 trophies in her first season at the Alnmouth Village Golf Club in Northumberland.
Deborah Hood and husband Dave were appointed in March 2006 and both have now settled in well at Alnmouth following six hectic years as chef/managers at the Cock Crow Inn on South Tyneside.
Deborah, or Deb as she is known, has always been a keen sportswoman and in her younger days played for the Durham Ladies' hockey team. Although she did try her hand at golf as a youngster, it was only when she took up her new job at Alnmouth; she discovered that she had an aptitude for the game.
And under her husband's watchful eye and tuition, the 42-year-old's golf improved to the point where she was invited to start playing in club competitions.
Deb's collection of trophies is unheard of for a beginner at the village club which is widely regarded as one of the friendliest in the North East of England.
Throughout the 2007 season, Deb won the Booth Shield, the Woman's Institute Cup, the Bronze Division Trophy and Medal, the Ann Covell Trophy, the Alice Fife Salver, the Marshall Cup, The Hugh Percy Greensomes (pairs), the Summer Eclectic Trophy and Lady Player of the Year.
Deb said: "I'm pleased to say I have been very well received by the ladies' section. They have given me every encouragement to join in their competitions so I'm really chuffed at what I've managed to achieve in my first competitive season at Alnmouth."
She added: "It's a different way of life up here on the Northumberland coast, it's quieter and more scenic but I still go back to South Shields on a regular basis to meet up with family and friends."
Husband Dave, a 12-handicapper has also made his mark at the club. He has already had two holes in one including an ace at the 12th, a 306-yard par 4. And over the year, he has won the Village Men's Singles Championships, a mixed event with Deb, the Lightfoot Shield & Christmas Handicap and a parent/junior competition partnering his son Andrew, who incidentally also took up golf on his parents' appointment to the club.
Dave is also a very good darts player. He used to play for the Alberta Social Club and Jarrow Crusader teams and over a 20-year period has been selected to play for both Tyne & Wear and Northumberland at county level.
Deb and Dave are looking forward to the new season and the 400-strong membership at Alnmouth Village might find it a struggle to stop this couple from adding to their trophy cabinet!