How the Saint blazed US trail

The first golfer from the UK to play for an American college was Tynesider Ken Saint, who blazed the trail in 1972, the year he was a semi-finalist in the English Amateur Championship.

The first golfer from the UK to play for an American college was Tynesider Ken Saint, who blazed the trail in 1972, the year he was a semi-finalist in the English Amateur Championship.

Saint studied psychology and sociology at Edison College in Fort Myers, Florida, where he was a team-mate of Fuzzy Zoeller, who went on to win the 1979 US Masters and the 1984 US Open.

Forest Hall-born Saint, a Newcastle United fan, was a pupil at the old Westmoor Grammar School, near Killingworth, took up the sport at the Backworth club, and was also a member of Ami Storey's club, Ponteland, and Dunstanburgh Castle.

These days, he plays at the Brass Castle club in Middlesbrough and lives nearby in Stokesley.

The former England Boys and Youths international became national sales manager for Ben Sayers and Proquip.

He is now the North-East representative for Ram clubs and Stuburt, the shoes and waterproofs firm who this week signed up Darren Clark to join fellow Ryder Cup star David Howell in their stable.

"There's no doubt whatsoever Ami and James are doing the right thing, " said 55-year-old Saint last night. "They will love the experience - I certainly did.

"It will take their golf up on to another level and, whatever happens in the long run, it will be the making of them as far as any kind of long-term future in golf or the golf industry is concerned."

* ANY of Saint's old friends from Northumberland and County Durham who want to catch up with him now he's living in North Yorkshire can ring him on (07769) 710700.

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