Jakes show their talents

TWO Durham youngsters have been making their name a byword for success.

TWO Durham youngsters have been making their name a byword for success. Jake Heron, a 12-year-old Hetton Comprehensive pupil, won the Durham County Under-14 Championship earlier this year and was the youngest player in a recent Durham County boys side.

Jake broke his thigh bone when he was younger and was unable to play sport for almost a year. He took up golf aged seven as he was prevented from playing football, and was hooked. He has already aced the 127-yard third hole at his club Ramside.

Meanwhile, another Jake, also 12 years old, has aced the 12th at Seaton Carew and he’s Jake Robertson, the nephew of former England International and Durham County player Alex Robertson, now a pro in Germany.

Jake’s dad, Brian, plays off a six-handicap and his brother Daniel, 19, plays off nine. Now his six-year-old brother Aaron is taking golf lessons.

Jake, who goes to High Tunstall School College of Science, was playing in a Texas scramble with Gloria West and Gary Thrift when he hit his hole-in-one.

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Open places closed

ALL places in the second annual Disabled British Open (DBO) golf championship have been filled within weeks of the event’s launch. A total of 72 disabled athletes from across the globe will take to the tees at East Sussex National on September 20-21 with the event truly living up to its claim as the “the most inclusive pan-disability event in the country”.

Competitors with a wide range of disabilities will fly in from South Africa, Pakistan, Spain, Ireland and Germany to line up against UK entries with their ages range from 16 to 71.

Plus, four members of the GB Special Olympics team will also be participating in the contest which will be played out over the 7,138-yard, Robert E Cupp-designed East course.

Last year’s inaugural event at Old Thorns, in Hampshire, which was broadcast on Sky Sports, was one of 15 projects delivered in the South East through the Accentuate programme, set up as part of region’s drive to create a cultural shift in the way disabled people are perceived by celebrating excellence and showcasing talent, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Training cash available

THE England Golf Partnership (EGP) is inviting clubs to take advantage of a coaching grant that helped more than 41,000 beginners and improving players last year

The Club Coaching Grant, organised by the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA), offers flexible funding to provide coaching for both adults and juniors. Its twin aims are to increase participation and sustain involvement in the game.

The annual £600 grant is available to clubs awarded GolfMark, the national scheme which identifies and recognises junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities.

Clubs awarded GolfMark which want to apply for funding can do so until March 31, 2011, either online at www.englishgolfunion.org/coachinggrant or by contacting 01526 354500.


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