Jonathan Lupton really found the groove as he captured the 2009 PGA North East North West Championship, played at Ramside Hall. The 30-year-old professional from Close House, finished with a three-under total of 141, 70 in the morning round and 71 after lunch, to finish two shots clear of the runner-up, Tynedale's Martin Forster.
Jonathan had been experimenting with some new equipment, but had decided to go back to his old Titleist driver and Yes putter. And Yes it worked.
"Going back to the old putter has worked well," he said. "The grooves on the face of the Yes putter stop the ball skidding and the ball starts rolling earlier."
With six single putts through the front nine of his second round, Jonathan reached five under par and appeared at that stage to be coasting to victory.
Westerhope's George Cowan, in the same group as Lupton, said: "Jonathan was dangerous with his putter. Every time he looked down the line, the ball looked like it was going in."
Although he took 17 putts on the back nine, he had done enough to win the Championship along with the Assistants' Championship run in conjunction with the main event.
Born in 1979, Jonathan began playing golf at the age of seven initially at Eaglescliffe Golf Club before moving on to Middlesbrough Brass Castle Golf Club.
As an amateur player he represented England at both junior and senior levels, played for Great Britain and Ireland and won numerous titles including the 2002 Welsh Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the British Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2003.
Following his victory in 2003, he turned professional and with local sponsorship, played on the Euro Pro and European Challenge Tours. He has been lucky enough to compete against some of the world's top players including Sergio Garcia, Darren Clark, Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Ross Fisher and Oliver Wilson.
In 2007, he won both the North East/North West PGA Assistants and the PGA Powerade Assistants Golf Championships resulting in him being awarded the North East/North West PGA Assistants Golf Player of the Year Trophy.
His coaches have included Peter Cowan from the European Tour, EGU national coaches Keith Williams, David Ridley and Graeme Walker and putting guru Harold Swash.
In Memory Of Peter
The 5th annual golf tournament in memory of Peter Graham, who tragically died from pancreatic cancer five years ago, has been held at Beamish Park Golf Club. The event was established by his brother Stuart and close friend Colin Galbraith with a view to raising much needed cash for North East charities.
Colin told Golf North East: "I was a friend to Stuart, Peter and their families and when Stuart asked me to get involved it was a pleasure to do so.
"Beamish Park Golf Club has been very generous in allowing us to use their golf course annually to raise funds for local charities. So far we have raised £18,000 and this does not include the amount raised this year. Local charities gifted funds in previously years have been LIVErNORTH and the Freeman Hospital."
The tournament this year saw 150 golfers taking part including sponsors, individuals and Beamish Park members, all of whom were very generous with their donations for charity.
Colin added: "Although everyone had a great day, the tournament was saddened by the death of Sir Bobby Robson who now shares the same day and month we lost Peter."
The lady captain Jeanette Galbraith welcomed and thanked Stuart Graham, the sponsors and their guests to Beamish Park and paid tribute to Peter, who loved sports including golf, squash and football at local level.
Jeanette asked everyone to raise their glasses to toast Peter, Sir Bobby and absent friends.
Very special thanks were given to Stuart, his wife Katherine, Colin and all those involved behind the scenes for making Peter's 5th golf tournament a great success.
The winners were presented with their trophies and many other prizes by Peter's daughters, Julie Shield and Nicola Tait.
Results were: Men: 1, Michael Richards 42 points; 2, Ian Maith 42; 3, Stuart Graham 41; 4, Mark Pallister 39. Women: 1, Margaret Newsome 33; 2, Jeanette Galbraith 30; 3, Hilary Johnson 28; 4, Jean Ambler 26. Team: Neil Summerson 93 points.