One of the region's most established golf societies has really come of age.
One of the region's most established golf societies has really come of age. It's 21 year's since the Plough Inn Golf Society, or Pigs as it is known, was formed in County Durham and members have played just about every course in the North East in that time - and travelled far beyond to boot. The society, which has 30 members, is still going strong and stages numerous day outings a year together with golf holidays near and far.
In September, the society will also host the Norman Lodge Charity Golf Day at Ponteland Golf Club.
Society organiser Alan Dufton said: "We were formed in 1987 therefore have completed 21 years of fellowship and keen competition. The name came from the local pub in Shadforth Village near Durham City, the Plough Inn, where our founder David Hopper - and three friends who still participate in the society - was the owner of the pub at that time."
In the last two decades the society has visited an incredible 100 different courses, including virtually every course in the North East from North Yorkshire up to the Scottish Borders.
Alan added: "We have 18 outings a year, and annual golf holidays in Portugal and also Northumberland or Scotland. Tee off s have totalled over 3500 with approximately 300 separate competitions.
"Our members come from many walks of life and we play various formats of golf competitions, including Stableford, Medal, Pairs, Texas Scrambles and Turkey Trots."
More information on the society is available from Alan on 07896-065860.
The best girl golfers in the country will battle it out in the North East. Almost 250 of England's top girls are heading for Durham to contest three national championships - the English Girls' Under-18 will be played at Durham City Golf Club from July 29 to August 2 while the English Girls' Under-15 and Under-13 championships will take place at Ramside Hall Golf Club near Durham from July 29-31.
Catterick's Jodi Ewart, fresh from her Curtis Cup adventure at St Andrew's, was part of the England team that just missed out on a medal at the European ladies' team championship at Stenungsund in Sweden. Sadly, the girls' hopes of a bronze medal were dashed when they lost 6-1 to Spain on the final day. Jodi teamed up with Rachel Jennings in the foursomes against the Spanish but lost out on the 19th before going down 2&1 in the singles - but it was still a great display from one of the country's most promising lady golfers. Jodi has a full calendar of events this summer before she heads back to her US college.