Durham Duo Fly The Flag

COUNTY Durham duo Del Brady and Barbara Inman produced a stunning display in a top international event.

COUNTY Durham duo Del Brady and Barbara Inman produced a stunning display in a top international event.

The Darlington Golf Club ladies excelled themselves to reach the final of the renowned Douglas Bader Ladies Moroccon Salver competition, coming through two intensive rounds of competition to reach the big event in North Africa.

And Del and Barbara did themselves proud in the final, eventually finishing in fourth place.

The road to the final began when the ladies won the designated club event at Darlington, which enabled them to qualify for the regional final at Forest of Galtres near York, which they also won with an excellent 45 points.

That triumph saw Del and Barbara join the 11 other regional winners in qualifying for the grand final itself at Golf du Soleil in Agadir, Morocco.

Del and Barbara were to be accompanied by their friends from Darlington GC, Margaret Robinson and Betty Prest but Margaret was unable to make the trip in December.

Del said: "It was a fantastic experience and we were delighted to win the two qualifying events to make it to the final itself. The US greensomes format is a bit different from what you normally play and we were delighted to do so well in the club event .

"Forest of Galtres was a lovely course and it was a nice day and we really gelled as a duo. The format means you both drive off and then hit your second shots, taking the best placed ball from then on - except on the par 3s where you both tee off and then you select the best placed ball.

"We both thought it was a great format and it certainly seemed to suit us, though we didn't play to our strengths in the final. We made some bad decisions and ended up with 34 points while the winners were on 38.

"We felt if we had made one or two different decisions we might have pushed into the top three - but we were still more than happy with how it went overall. It was great to have the chance to visit Morocco; the hotel was fantastic and the course was stunning. All in all it was a superb trip,"

Both Del and Barbara were part of what has been a highly successful season for Darlington GC ladies - one of the highlights of which was reaching the last 64 of the Mail on Sunday team event.

Del added: "I think we got in the groove in that competition and went through several rounds before losing out. The experience stood us in good stead though and I think both Barbara and I benefited from it in the Douglas Bader event."

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What A Super Effort!

DURHAM County Ladies Golf Association have handed over a massive cash boost to a local charity.

The ladies raised a magnificent £13,935 for the Alzheimer's Society, which will help to provide additional facilities and assistance for young people suffering from the disease in the North East.

Lady golfers from 30 clubs in County Durham worked throughout the year, holding coffee mornings, lunches and bridge drives, together with private donations, to enable the huge amount to be raised.

Together with the sum achieved in 2006, an incredible £27,435 has been passed to the Alzheimer's Society in the last two years.

Durham captain Marjorie Bates recently handed over a cheque for £13,935 to Mrs D Keenan of the Darlington & District, Durham & Chester-le-Street and Sunderland Branches of the Alzheimer's Society at DCLGA annual meeting at Durham Girls' High School.


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