PAM Wright, from the Matfen Hall club, won the Northumberland heat of The Journal Trophy with a nett score of 78 at Dunstanburgh Castle that was two shots over the competition scratch score on a wild, windswept day.
Wright’s reward for negotiating her way accurately around the course, avoiding the heavy rough that ensnared so many of the field, was a place among the six qualifiers through to the final at Ramside Hall on September 25. They will be joined by another six qualifiers from the County Durham heat, which will be played at Garesfield on August 8.
The prize for the winner of the Ramside final, apart from The Journal Trophy, is a golf and pamper weekend for two at De Vere Slaley Hall. The second prize is a £100 voucher, put up by event sponsors 1st Tee Golfing Holidays, which can be spent at any PGA professional’s club shop.
Wright, who lives in Stelling Hall, near Corbridge, is a 64-year-old 15-handicapper who has retired from the family business, Athenaeum Developments. Having started playing golf at the Stocksfield club, Wright is also a former member of Chester-le-Street and Ramside Hall, where she will be able to bring her knowledge of the course to bear in the final.
Like all the heat competitors, Wright started out along The Journal Trophy trail by winning her club qualifier and she said: “I don’t normally put my name down for this sort of competition, where you commit yourself to more than one day because I don’t usually plan that far ahead.
“But I decided to have a go at this one and I’m glad I did now, not just because I won the heat, but because it is always interesting to play different courses. You can tell I have got into the spirit of the whole thing because I even played a practice round at Dunstanburgh to prepare for the heat.” Anybody who would like a 1st Tee Golfing Holidays brochure should ring (01670) 789877 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.1sttee.co.uk