Rothbury Golf Club has held what is believed to be the first open event for Power Play Golf in Northumberland. Some 22 ladies, 18 juniors and 10 men played the new nine-hole format course where risk and reward plays a huge part of the game.
On the first eight holes players have to select, while on the tee, whether to go for the easy pin or the black flag pin, which is in a more difficult location.
Out of the eight holes they must select three black flags.
Power Play Golf is played in a Stableford format with the easy flag counting as normal points but black flag, if a nett birdie or better is achieved, counts as double - six points instead of three or eight instead of four.
On the last hole a further black flag may be taken, but if a nett bogey or worse is made, then the competitor loses 2 points.
The lady winner was Ann Worthington from Blyth Golf Club with 25 points while the junior winner was Chris White from Rothbury Golf Club with 31 points and the men's winner was Ken Stokoe, also from Rothbury Golf Club, with 32 points.
Several juniors with club handicaps also wanted to play and great fun was had by all.
Tony Drives Off
Tony Cawood has taken office as the new captain of Tynemouth Golf Club. As tradition dictates, the 58-year-old drove a ball from the first tee as club members looked on, with the junior who collects the ball from up the fairway receiving a prize. Tony said this was a nervous moment but he's looking forward to his year in office.
Tony, who was born in North Tyneside and has lived there for most of his life, was then welcomed back into the clubhouse for speeches and a lunch.
Youngsters Are All Heart
Three youngsters from Whitburn Church of England School have been celebrating after scooping second place in the British Heart Foundation Junior Golf Championship. Andrew McCrarrick, 17, and 16-year-olds James Gerencser and Chris Glancy took part in the final at The Belfry after winning the regional finals and on the day they finished with 81 points for second spot.
This year over 5,500 players have raised the over £298,000 for the charity and Burnside Business and Enterprise College and Wallsend Golf Club were the second top fundraisers.