NORTH EAST player Lucy Newton put on a great display at the English Senior Women's Championship.
The Matfen Hall member went all the way to the final before eventually losing out by the slender margin of 2&1 to Hampshire's Chris Quinn at Hunstanton Golf Club in Norfolk.
It was Quinn's third win in the event after her previous successes in 2004 and 2005 while she was British champion in 2006.
Newton, a newcomer to senior ranks, played fantastic golf all week and following her three wins on the way to the final she said: "I am really enjoying myself; I just don't want it to end. It's just so good to be the young kid on the block!" The final was played in strong winds and both players coped well with the tough conditions, but Chris had the advantage of much greater length, regularly hitting 250-yards or further.
She took the lead on the 3rd and went two up on the tricky 6th hole where the upturned green and the difficult winds combined to frustrate Lucy's approach shot.
However, the Northumberland player fought back and was on level terms at the turn. Chris pulled ahead again, winning the 10th - helped by one of her trademark long drives - and went two up with a birdie on the par five 11th.
Lucy hit back by winning at the 14th, a short par four, where Chris tangled first with rough and then with a bunker.
The players halved the next two holes before Chris sealed the title by holing a testing putt on the 17th.
Lucy, last year's Northumberland ladies county captain, beat Sheree Dove-Wilde (Chobham) 5&3 in the first round, Christine Stirling (Meon Valley) 2&1 in the quarter-finals and Denise Parker (Woodhall Spa) 2 up in semis.
Salver win for Curry
DURHAM County player Michael Curry was the big winner in the annual Cleveland Salver - the tournament that officially kicks off the golf season in the Tees Valley area.
Curry, of Brancepeth Castle, produced two stunning rounds for a 36-hole score of 137, five better than runner-up Adam Best of home club Cleveland GC in Redcar.
Best, who has triumphed in the event in the past, was two better than third-placed J. Buckley of Harrogate on 144.
Another Brancepeth player, Richard Aisbitt, was fourth on 144 with fellow County Durham player Callum Tarren (Dinsdale Spa) a shot further back in fifth.
Sixth was J. Grey (South Shields) also on 145 with the host club's K. Fawcett in 7th a shot further back. Another Cleveland GC player, S. Croce, was 8th on 146.
The weather conditions were fine though there was a stiff breeze blowing across the links course in the morning, which eased in the afternoon.
Sponsors back Ponteland event
THE organisers of the prestigious 'Camerons Brewery & Ponteland Golf Club' men's 36 hole amateur scratch event, to be held on July 12th this year, are delighted to announce an increase to the total prize money.
An extra £250 has been added to the prizes, making this one of the richest purses in the North East. This increase is as a direct result - even in these difficult financial times - of securing further sponsors for the tournament from local and Ponteland village based companies.
Please note that the closing date for entries to this tournament has also been extended to June 30th.
To apply please contact Chris Espiner, Secretary at Ponteland Golf Club on 01661 822689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Army golf success
THE British Arms Infantry Golf Championships has been staged at Catterick Golf Club in North Yorkshire.
Well over a hundred golfers from all over the world descended on the course. The weather conditions on the day could not have been worse with heavy rain most of the day threatening to close the course - though scoring was generally excellent.
However, the weather changed dramatically on the second day of the tournament and the competitors were treated to the vast contrasts of the English weather.
The sun shone continuously showing the Catterick course at its most beautiful with lots of different flowering trees, shrubs and flowers.
The Infantry golf champion of 2009 was Lcpl D Geoghegan from 3 Mercian with two consecutive rounds of 79 for a score of 158.
The nett champion was Cpl Waugh with rounds of 69 and 71 for a winning score of 140.
With only seven golfers producing a nil return the remaining 100 plus golfers are to be congratulated for their staying power, especially on day one.