THE husband and wife team of Kenneth and Lisa Ferrie were on hand to help youngsters when the Northumberland Junior Golf Tour got under way.
The location was Close House, venue for The Journal Champion of Champions which will be played over the Colt Course on Sunday, September 4.
However, instead of the top- notch club and county men golfers who play in the Champions, this was the first of a series of four nine-hole tournaments for boys and girls aged seven to 12.
Ferrie, twice a winner on the European Tour, acted as starter for the day.
Lisa, a former England amateur international, is the county development officer for the Junior Tour organisers, the Northumberland County Golf Partnership.
She was grateful for the additional help, saying: “We rely heavily on volunteers and it was great to have Kenneth’s support on the day.
“Meeting a player who has worked his way up through the ranks shows just what can be achieved by hard work and commitment and will hopefully help to inspire the youngsters on our tour.
“We are always looking for volunteers to help out and anyone who is interested in this should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Ferrie said: “I enjoyed the day and seeing such enthusiasm from the youngsters for their golf.
“The work that goes on to introduce the next generation of players to the sport is vital to the long-term future of golf.
“If anyone can spare a few hours to help out they will be helping make a big difference.”
Sponsored by Cleveland and Srixon, the tour is part of a county-wide drive to encourage children to take up the sport.
Players do not need to be members of a club or have an official handicap. Winners of the Order of Merit, based on the four events, will qualify for a final against teams from Durham and Cumbria at the Ramside Golf Club on September 11.
In the opening event, Morpeth Golf Club players won three of the six categories.