One of the favourites for The Journal Ladies Trophy, Durham County champion Pauline Dobson, was yesterday forced to cry off from today’s Durham County Final at George Washington because of work commitments.
But Dobson made sure her replacement as the South Moor player, Dawn Harrison, got a copy of yesterday’s Journal.
Both the Grand Final of the JLT and The Journal Champion of Champions men’s tournament are being played on the Lee Westwood Filly Course at Close House, recently refurbished at a cost of £1m.
In yesterday’s Journal , Westwood took over the weekly Teeing Off column to flag up the main changes in the course layout, having played a part in the re-design.
Dobson, a 43-year-old civil servant, said: “I am gutted I cannot make it, but Dawn is a good player who is more than capable of representing South Moor very well.
“She won the JLT Grand Final, when it was played at Slaley Hall, and Lee Westwood had lots of vital information for anybody who plays the Filly, so in case she does not read The Journal I am letting her have my copy.
“That’s a step ahead, of course. Dawn has to make the top six at George Washington to reach the Grand Final, but it’s best to be prepared.”
The first prize for the JLT is an overnight stay for two at Close House Hotel with two rounds of golf, B&B and dinner in the Argent D’Or restaurant.
“It’s a fantastic prize,” said Dobson. “Dawn really enjoyed herself when she won her stay at Slaley.”
Dobson has captured her ninth county title this season, beating two Durham City players, Rebecca McGinley and Louise Richardson, in the semi-final and final.
Always in tune with links golf, Dobson’s ability to keep the ball under the wind at South Shields was a key factor.
Dobson, who started playing golf aged 12, has just landed her second hole-in-one, acing the 161-yard par three first with an eight-iron in winning the Dot Sample Trophy at South Moor.
She broke the course record by two shots in signing for a 68, which cut her handicap from two to one.
“I usually drink lager,” she said. “But I think I can be excused for celebrating with two or three brandy and sodas after all that!”
13.40 Dawn Harrison (South Moor), Lynn Stearman (Ravensworth)
13.47 Margaret Brown (Woodham), Christine Bell (Durham City)
13.55 Brittany Hill (Hartlepool), Margaret Tindale (Heworth)
14.02 Margaret Watkin (Castle Eden), Pat Woodward (Dinsdale Spa)
14.10 Margaret Jeffcock (Seaton Carew), Liz Taylor (Roseberry Grange)
14.17 Susan Dinning (Hetton-le-Hill), Eileen Stothert (Beamish Park)
14.25 Vera Swainston (Consett), Marie Spence (Hobson)
14.32 Helen Yarrow (Darlington), Pat Moses (Boldon)
14.40 Sandra Neely (Chester-le-Street), Sheila Munroe (Houghton-le-Spring)
14.47 Vicky Thompson (Tyneside), Dorothy Gibb (South Shields)
14.55 Carol Jones (Billingham), Vicky Parker (Birtley)
15.02 Denise Bunton (Crook), Margaret Corkhill (Seaham)
15.10 Sue Holmes (Bishop Auckland), Ann Prudhoe (Ramside)
15.17 Cath Oxley (Ryton), Sue Seddon (Barnard Castle)
15.25 Janet Collingwood (Eaglescliffe), Wendy Aziz (Whitburn)
15.32 Margery Greatbatch (Whickham), Maureen Knox (Garesfield)
15.40 Judith Alexander (Wearside), Jackie Heaton (Blackwell Grange)