IT’S been a good year for Heworth, who celebrate their centenary in 2012. The Gateshead club has won the North Durham Union League for the first time in one of the tightest finishes in the 63 years of the league.
One of their top players, England cap Faye Sanderson, has captained the England Girls’ team to another success in their Home Internationals and the club has also learned they will host the English Seniors’ County Finals in their centenary year.
Last year, Heworth hosted the Durham against Yorkshire county clash and next year the Durham County Championship will be at the Gingling Gate course.
The course has matured over the years and is a popular and respected layout as was shown in the inaugural 36-hole Keith Shivers Bowl – the third event in the ZFL North East Masters Series – which attracted a top-class entry.
The event was started in memory of Keith Shivers, who died in April 2009. The Bowl was donated to the club by his friends. Now the club has been crowned North Durham Union League Champions for the first time.
“The way our title is decided is that every player counts every week,” said league secretary Ian Wilson.
“There are 14 points at stake for each match and each player can win, halve or lose his individual game.
“The way it went into the last fixture of the season, at Heworth, South Moor could afford to lose 10-4 and still take the title, while Heworth needed an 11-3 win – which is exactly what they got.”
It went to the last hole of the last match before the title was decided with Heworth’s Terry McAllister posting a bogey, but it was still enough to beat Moor’s Gary Wearmouth, who missed an eight-foot putt by two inches.
It meant Heworth finished on 124 points one ahead of South Moor. Wilson added: “Nobody can ever remember it ever going right to the very last shot like this, with a whole season’s competition resting on one putt.”
Heworth, who will host next season’s Durham County Championship on May 21-22, were elated. Secretary Gordon Peters said: “We are all as high as kites. We like to feel the club is improving all the time and an honour like this is a big feather in our cap.”
Meanwhile, Jason McGuire has won the Heworth Club Championship with a seven under par total of 135
Jason posted a fantastic five under par 66 in the first round to lead by four, and he added a 69 the following day to win by five from Bryan Ross (70 70) with Mark McAllister third (73 71).