PROMISING young golfers braved the worst of a British summer to take part in a special competition at Belford involving youngsters who had taken part in the Northumberland County Academy.
Although the weather was atrocious, spirits stayed high and the course at Belford remained in remarkably good condition.
Adam Thomson from the Stocksfield club came out on top in the boys handicap event with 41 points, two ahead of Matthew Armstrong (Hexham). Stocksfield’s Sam Wilkinson took third on countback.
The girls handicap section was won by Emily McLintock from the City of Newcastle club with 34 points. She finished ahead of Lauren Cross (27pts, Bedlingtonshire) and Charlotte Tulip (21, Foxton Hall).
In the mixed non-handicap section Beatrice Holliday of (Ponteland) beat Kate Harvey (Tynemouth) and Joseph Robson (Hexham).
The first steps towards getting involved in the 2011-12 academy programme arrive in October with two free talent assessment days for youngsters aged nine to 15.
The talent assessment venues and dates are: Saturday October 8, Close House Golf Club (12pm-5pm) and Sunday October 9, Parklands Golf Club (10am-4pm).
Anyone wishing to take part needs to complete an application form on the Northumberland County Golf Partnership’s website at www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk/county-academy-programme.
Further details are available from the partnership’s county development officer, Lisa Ferrie, a former England international whose husband Kenneth is a double European Tour winner. You can email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa said: “The programme includes golfing psychology, course management and nutrition as well as 12 hours of technical coaching.
“This will be of interest to anyone with an interest in playing golf, someone who would like to learn more about the game or players who are already members of a club or have a golf handicap.”
:: FOR details on the work of the Northumberland County Golf Partnership, call Lisa Ferrie on 07771 525495.