IF you need someone to lead an England side look no further than the North East. Heworth’s Faye Sanderson has just skippered England Girls to their third successive Home Internationals title and Hartlepool’s Chris Williamson captains the England Women’s side in their Home International series at Whitchurch this month.
Both Sanderson and Williamson played international golf for England as did Lisa Ball-Ferrie, who played out of Parklands, Bedlington and Matfen Hall, and she has also captained England’s Under-18 girls side.
Meanwhile, the men won’t feel left out with the news that Kevin Cademy-Taylor, now in his sixth and final year as Northumberland County captain, has been appointed England Boys’ manager next season.
Sanderson saw her side storm to victory at Bangor when they defeated Wales 9-0 on the final day of the matches.
It was their third consecutive win in the championship and the ninth time in the last 11 years that they have won the Stroyan Cup. The young England team played superbly throughout the event, winning 23 points and conceding just four in their three matches.
Sanderson said: “The whole team has been absolutely brilliant, they have all played great. The standard of golf was just fantastic – this is a very low scoring team!”
Linda Bayman, the English Women’s Golf Association’s Performance Director, remarked: “Huge congratulations to this very promising, young team who have again delivered an amazing result. We must also give full credit to our very able captain Faye Sanderson and our hard-working coach Pat Smillie.”
Pat Smillie, of course, is the Wilton club pro, and she coaches the England under-16, 18, and 21 squads and is Director of Coaching for the English Women’s Golf Association.
Cademy-Taylor’s elevation to England Boys’ manager is as a result of the success enjoyed by Northumberland, which has been no fluke.
The Newcastle United and Slaley Hall golfer built on the progress made by previous captain Peter Davey. He went out and drummed up sponsorship as well as overhauling Northumberland’s county squad coaching system, placing the emphasis very much on youth
He also made sure that John Harrison, who currently plays on the European Seniors’ Tour and also coaches former European Open and Spanish Open champion Ken Ferrie, was available to all age groups of players.
It’s helped Northumberland – a small county in terms of numbers of players – punch far above their weight and they won the Northern Counties League for the first time in 18 years in 2006.
“There has been a lot of progress made in terms of Northumberland’s increasing commitment to developing young players,” said Harrison, “And Kevin’s contribution to that has been a big factor.”
Kevin Robson will take over as Northumberland captain when Cademy-Taylor moves on to his new role and the 1987 county strokeplay champion from Prudhoe club will work with Cademy-Taylor as vice-captain for the rest of this season.