North East golf duo ready for Twynholm Testimonial

Chris Paisley and Garrick Porteous will compete in Sunday's  Sandy Twynholm Testimonial in Morpeth

Chris Paisley in action
Chris Paisley in action

European Tour player Chris Paisley and Garrick Porteous, the British Amateur champion, are among Northumberland county golfers past and present competing in the Sandy Twynholm Testimonial on Sunday.

The tournament has been organised at Twynholm’s club, Morpeth, in honour of the former Scotland international by the Northumberland captain and champion Andrew Minnikin.

Twynholm has retired from Northern Counties League golf after 30 years and 112 caps for his county.

A 48-year-old IT business analyst with Newcastle City Council, Twynholm has been a member of two title-winning sides under the matchplay format of the Northern Counties League plus another in The Big Six, the annual strokeplay tournament.

He has won a record seven county strokeplay championships.

Paisley, like Porteous a Walker Cup man, has a tournament free week with the Seve Trophy being played in France.

Golfer Garrick Porteous in action
Golfer Garrick Porteous in action

“Sandy is a nice guy and a good golfer, who goes about everything in a very professional manner,” said Paisley, from Mickley Square.

“He was one of the better county players and plays to his strengths.

“I am not a big guy or a long hitter and something I learned from Sandy was that I do not have not to try to keep up with other golfers in terms of distance which I used to try to do.

“I noticed that Sandy used his accuracy in trying to plot his way round the course, something which would benefit a lot of golfers at every level.” Porteous, from Morpeth, a member of the Bamburgh Castle and Northumberland clubs, has finished 14th in the 2013 World Amateur Golf Ranking.

The No 1 spot and the Mark H McCormack Medal went to Matthew Fitzpatrick, who won the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship at Close House last year.

This season, the 19-year-old Fitzpatrick, from Sheffield, took the silver medal as leading amateur in The Open Championship at Muirfield and became the first English player to capture the US Amateur since 1911.

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