MORPETH duo Jill Leonard and Barbara Low turned on the style to record a high finish in one of the country's leading ladies events. The duo came third in the national final of the NSPCC Ladies' Golf Classic 2008, posting a super score of 35 points - seven points behind the winners - at the Wales National Course at the Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort.
The national final features just eight pairs, who had all qualified from regional finals across the UK and Northern Ireland.
With nearly all the regional finals played in wet conditions, all the ladies were delighted to see blue skies at the Vale.
The event raises in excess of £12,000 each year for the NSPCC.
Jill and Barbara were one of two Northumberland ladies' pairs who had travelled to Pleasington Golf Club for the regional final.
Jill and Barbara were the early clubhouse leaders with 39 points, a fantastic score considering the poor conditions.
It looked as though it was going to be too good for the rest of the field until Viv Hutchinson and June Stobo from Matfen Hall came in with 39 points as well.
The winners were decided by countback with the Morpeth ladies just topping the leaderboard with 20 on the back nine.
Not only did Jill and Barbara qualify for the grand final, they won two nights' luxury accommodation, two rounds of golf, welcome dinner and gala dinner at the Vale.
To take part in next year's competition or for further information, clubs should contact Team Frith on 0870-850-3436 or email: email@example.com
Big Win For Sandy
NORTH EAST golfing stalwart Sandy Twynholm has won one of the biggest annual competitions in the country.
The 43-year-old from Morpeth Golf Club beat over 3,000 players to scoop the HSBC Golf World Champion of Champions title at Turnberry on the south-west Scottish coast.
The Northumberland county star fired a level par 69 in the first round over the Ailsa Course, reduced by the weather to 6,390-yards, and followed up with a 70 to triumph by an astonishing five shots.
This national tournament is open to the 3,000-plus golf club champions in Great Britain and Ireland with the grand final featuring a 55-man field.
Twynholm's runaway victory came in foul conditions as the Ayrshire coast was ravaged by violent rainstorms and winds of up to 40mph.
Chris Jones, editor of organisers Golf World magazine, was full of praise for the North East player and said: "Colin Montgomerie and Paul Casey played the same course in the same conditions in an HSBC corporate tournament the day before our event started - and neither of them could break par.
"I think that puts Sandy's performance into context. I sat next to him at the gala dinner after our Golf World tournament and another finalist, Russell Hahoe, from the Ponteland club, summed up Sandy's game well. Russell said 'Sandy is not a big hitter, but he keeps the ball so straight he can put a 3-wood more on line with the target than the rest of us can with an eight-iron'.
"Sandy was doing this in conditions so bad that Turnberry was closed for two hours on the first day of our tournament and that was the first time that had happened in five years. It was a sensational performance."
Sandy's road to Turnberry was similarly tough. After winning his own club title he went forward to one of the 11 regional qualifying tournaments and was one of only five players to go through to the final from each one.
His efforts were well rewarded though as he won a Scotty Cameron putter used by Tiger Woods, the Waterford Crystal trophy and three year's free subscription to Golf World.
Twynholm revealed that he very nearly didn't take part though, saying: "My daughter, Tara, who is now four months old, was due shortly after my Golf World national qualifier at Roxburghe in Kelso.
"I was up there wondering whether the baby was going to be a few days early, which would have meant I would have gone straight home to my wife Susi. That did not happen - but if it had, I would never have gone on to Turnberry in the first place."