Robbie Redpath, the former Newcastle Falcons conditioner , was a delegate to the World Golf Fitness Summit at Coronado Springs in Orlando, Florida.
Redpath, a member of Bamburgh Castle, said: "The main theme for recreational golfers was that they should look after their body and regard it as their number one club. You need a stretching programme if you wish to have any longevity in the game, especially if you play a lot. Golf, by its very nature , will get you injured and you need to realign yourself every now and then. Recreational golfers should also pay more attention to warming up and on-course nutrition and hydration." Anybody requiring more details should ring Redpath on (01668) 213432.
THE National Skills Challenge, organised by the EGU and Elga, has attracted 850 juniors, doubling the number at this stage of the 2006 season. Over 200 clubs in England are already taking part, including Blyth, Hunley Hall, Longhirst Hall, Middlesbrough, Newbiggin, Prudhoe, Rothbury, Tynemouth, Tyneside and Whitley Bay. More information from www.getintogolf.org/skills
HEXHAM'S Phil Reay has qualified to pair up with club pro Ben West in a regional final of the PGA National Pro-Am event at Fulford, York, on July 5.
Time out for ladies
INTERNATIONAL amateur golfers Faye Sanderson, from the Heworth club, and Whitley Bay's Julie Ross are taking a break from the sport this season after earning Masters in Sports Science and Psychology degrees at Northumbria University. Having visited Singapore, they're in Australia on the second leg of a gap year style world tour lasting nine months. With New Zealand, Fiji and Los Angeles on the itinerary, they're back home just before Christmas. Sanderson, who also has a law degree, has yet to make up her mind about how far to take her golf career when she comes home. Ross has decided not to pursue a professional career and may even give up top level amateur competition.
THE EGU/Elga Development Team has produced a Women & Girls Golf brochure to help guide clubs on how to recruit and retain more women and girls. Information is available online via the EGU website, www.englishgolfunion.org/ womenandgirls
WESTERHOPE have become the latest club to take advantage of the EGU grant for a free taster session, enabling non-member male and female beginners of all ages to have a go at golf for the first time.
LONGHIRST HALL are holding a two-round Junior Open on August 15-16, entry fee £7. For more details, ring (01670) 791562. The age limit is 18 or under (on August 15).