Prudhoe Golf Club's captain, Gordon Garratt, and vice-captain, David Gilroy, are determined to bring in some much-needed silverware. It's been 12 years since Prudhoe last won a major title - the Newcastle & District League - and the duo believe a repeat is long overdue.
At a pre-season team meeting new rules were introduced to ensure an improved team spirit. This included everyone turning out in matching team clothing.
As a result, a new team kit was introduced in time for pre-season friendly matches including one against the Northumberland County Ladies squad.
Team players have all been provided with dark blue jumpers, light blue shirts and grey trousers with the tops emblazoned with the club emblem and "Home of Champions" underneath.
To assist with the high cost of the kit, Speedline Tyres in Blaydon and Exclusive Estates (Europe) in Whickham have provided valuable sponsorship.
And it already seems to be working.
David Gilroy said: "We believed success would come from getting all the players focused on playing as a tight knit team. Good communication, pre-season training and co-ordinated team kit are vital. But so are good sporting behaviour and discipline. For example, players who have completed their matches must stay on the course to support their fellow players and everyone must attend the after-match meal in jackets and ties.
"At this stage of the season, the results are very encouraging. We are in strong challenging positions in both the District and the Hadrian Leagues. Our top six players have a combined handicap of better than scratch.
"If they all continue to be available and support each other, we have high hopes for the season. Now that they look like a team in their new kit helps enormously and we are extremely grateful to Speedline and Exclusive Estates for their very generous support."
Wendy Robison (Exclusive Estates) and John Irving (Speedline Tyres) were very keen to sponsor Prudhoe's teams.
"Prudhoe's record at League, County and International level speaks for itself," said John Irving. "I was delighted to be asked to help out and it also helps to strengthen our brand as a leading commercial and domestic tyre supplier in the region."
Wendy Robison added: "Being aware of Prudhoe's reputation, it made good commercial sense to back the teams. Our special relationship with Polaris World Resorts, with their Jack Nicklaus Design golf courses, together with our unique approach to helping clients find their perfect home in the sun means Exclusive Estates and Prudhoe make a great team!"
¬|¬AMBITIOUS: Prudhoe captain Gordon Garratt and vice-captain David Gilroy have big hopes for the club this season.
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North East golfers can help put a smile of the faces of some of the region's most in need youngsters. North East-based charity Raise A Smile, which is a joint initiative between the Children's Foundation and leading regional arts development company TIN Arts, is staging a golf day at Close House Golf & Country club near Newcastle on September 25th.
Raise A Smile was set up to generate charitable donations that are used to support the delivery of the Clown Doctors Programme in hospitals throughout the North East.
The Clown Doctors is an innovative initiative that provides hospitalised children across the region with fun, playful activity that aims to ease their stay and support their emotional wellbeing at a traumatic time.
The golf day is aimed at teams of four and will feature a 9am shotgun start.
Entry costs £240 per team, though there is only space for 18 teams, and the day includes bacon roll and coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf, a two-course lunch and there are team prizes together with longest drive and nearest the pin.
Close House is situated at Heddon-on-the-Wall and features a superb 18-hole golf course that is located in the lovely parkland setting of the Close House Estate. It boasts stunning views of the River Tyne and surrounding area.
The golf course has recently undergone a redevelopment with a substantial investment to produce one of the finest courses in Northumberland. The new course offers a great challenge to golfers of all abilities with its USGA-specification sloping greens and longer length.
For more details contact Martin Wilson, the Director of TIN Arts, on 0191-384-0728.