Fashion Statement

WOMEN'S fashion was to the fore! at the first ladies golf fashion show to be held at George Washington Golf and Country Club.

WOMEN'S fashion was to the fore! at the first ladies golf fashion show to be held at George Washington Golf and Country Club.

Hosting the event was Graeme Robinson and the Glenmuir agent Ken Saint.

Graeme said: "It was a great night. Nearly 40 ladies and a few men stayed back for the show and they really enjoyed seeing the latest trends in golfing fashion for both this winter and next spring/summer.

"There was a real buzz. The six models, led by the vice-captain's daughter Laura Black, had a great time doing four turns up and down the red carpet, showing off clothes from Ping Collection and Glenmuir, plus ladies waterproofs from Sunderland of Scotland.

"After the show all the ranges were available for the ladies to try on, order or buy on the night. Ken and I did our best but we were quite overwhelmed by the rush, it was like the Next sale.

"We are definitely going to make this a yearly event as the feedback has been excellent. Fingers crossed the weather will make 2009 a year to remember for all the right reasons."

Curry Too Hot In The Bowl

MICHAEL Curry, twice the Durham county champion, completed a consistent 2008 season by landing his first big win, capturing the Ravensworth Bowl by two shots from Newcastle United's former England international Simon Lee. Curry, a 26-year-old greenkeeper at the Brancepeth Castle club, finished in the top 32 of the English Amateur this season and the last 16 in 2007.

On a rain-free day at Ravensworth, with only a slight breeze getting up in the afternoon, Curry (pictured) returned two rounds of 67, six under par for the 36-hole scratch tournament.

Following a double-bogey start to the first round, he fired five birdies before lunch.

A bogey at the fourth in his afternoon round was followed by a run of five birdies in a row, starting at the fifth, and although Curry had two bogeys coming back, he finished on a high.

At the 250-yard par four 18th, a three-wood off the tee left him six feet from the flag. A downhill left-to-right line studded with footprints cost him an eagle, but he closed with a birdie.

Simon's Future On A Knife Edge

TEES Valley golfer Simon Robinson is facing a nail-biting end to the season as he attempts to win a place on next year's full European Tour. The 27-year-old, who plays out of Wynyard Golf Club, has put together his best season so far in professional golf, predominantly on the European Challenge Tour, and is one event away from clinching a berth at the European Tour's qualifying event next month.

Robinson suffered a real setback in the Challenge Tour's penultimate tournament of the season in Italy, missing the cut, and slipped to 46th in the order of merit - he needs to finish in the top 45 to earn a place at qualifying school for Europe's top professional tour - a gruelling ten-round endurance test in Spain at the start of November.

Robinson, who won his maiden Challenge Tour title at the SK Golf Challenge at Laurence Golf Club in Lohja, Finland earlier in the summer, has peformed well of late and was 34th in the Toulouse Open in France.

But he now needs to find some good form at the final event of the Challenge Tour season, also in Italy, which was getting underway as this issue of Golf North East went to press.


David Whetstone
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