It's A Flag Day For Girls

The Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association have been encouraging more young girls to take up the game.

The Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association have been encouraging more young girls to take up the game. The NLCGA staged a special flag day event at Rothbury with 24 junior girls aged between 5 and 15 taking part.

All of them either had a go on the course with their flags at the ready or tried out Tri-golf.

Mums and dads accompanied the girls on the course and helped with the scoring, which allows players 36 shots in all (with no more than 10 on one hole) while they leave their flag where the last shot finishes.

The event was organised by Doreen Swinburne, the NLGCA junior organiser, who was assisted by members of the NLCGA.

The NLCGA's Heather Stonebank said: "It was great fun, with everyone getting a prize, this time it was little teddy bears. The weather was great and the new clubhouse and course were brilliant, as was the help we received from the ladies of Rothbury."

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Busy Times

Rothbury Golf Club have had a busy time of it lately. The lady captain's Charity Day proved a big hit and was staged in fine weather.

This year's captain, Pauline Swann, was delighted with the event, which helped raise over £1200 for her designated charities, the Anthony Nolan Trust and breast cancer after one of the club's ladies was recently diagnosed with leukemia and is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant.

Another big event, the first Sponsors' Day Trophy, was affected by poor conditions with part of the course being closed due to the rain.

It meant that the 15 teams taking part had to play twice around the same nine holes.

The format was Stableford with teams of four with the best three scores on each hole counting.

However, in spite of the rain, everyone seemed to enjoy it and the winning team, with

127 points, was Scotts of Alnwick (D. Scott, A. Thompson, R. Carr and N. Pickard).

They were thrilled to receive the trophy donated by Scottish & Newcastle North and presented to them by the club captain, Harry Hogg.

The tournament was Rothbury's way of saying a little thank you to those sponsors who had helped to get the club's recently-opened new course.


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