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Friday, 22 May 2015

Stars are out in force to support hospital heart unit

ONE of golf’s biggest names returned to Tynedale as he headed a who’s who of famous people at Heddon-on-the-Wall’s Close House Hotel.

Former world number one Lee Westwood, the attached tour professional at the course, mingled with the stars at the annual Have a Heart charity golf day to raise funds for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), based at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

The line-up for this year’s event was as star studded as ever with Ant and Dec making an appearance fresh from winning two Baftas the previous evening.

Now in its fourth year, more than 50 celebrities from the world of sport and TV made the effort to take part in the tournament to raise £250,000 for the pioneering unit which saved the life of Close House owner Graham Wylie’s daughter Kiera’s life after she was born with a rare heart defect.

Among the famous faces was football legends Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley, former cricketing star Brian Lara, jockey Ruby Walsh and TV personality Jeremy Kyle.

At Stocksfield, the Hardy Cup and Pro-Am Qualifier was a close run thing with Stephen Atkinson (87-20-67) just beating Steven Coulson (84-17-67) on the back nine.

In third was David Buxton (90-22-68), while Lawrence Hardwick had his moment of glory with his first ever hole in one on the difficult 10th hole.

The Fred Punshon No 7 was won by Scott McDonald (77-10-67) with Daniel Pearson (91-22-69) runner-up and Clive Rogerson (90-10-70) in third.

There was home success for Stocksfield in the seniors open scramble as Roy Duncan, Dennis Noble and George Turnbull (65-13-52)_shot to victory.

Runners-up were the Hexham team of Trevor Cooke, Antonio Di Girolamo and David Oliver (67-12-55) with William Armston, Norman Walters and Roger Wood (69-12.8-56.2) third.

The ladies’ Antonio’s Cup was won by Wendy Jones (34), ahead of Barbara Shaw (29) and Jo Blackburn (25).

In the latest ladies medal at Hexham, June Lomax (83-9-74) came out on top in the silver division. Laura Johnson (88-12-76) was second and Sue Shaw-Toomey (92-14-78) third.

The winner of the bronze division was Jean Thompson (100-21-79), ahead of Judith Oakley (110-30-80) and Judy Hall (105-22-83).

There was further success for June Lomax in the Coronation Foursomes Qualifier as she and partner Anne Trzeciak (38) prevailed over Mary Oliver and Elizabeth Benson (31) to book their place in the area final in Bamburgh in July. Paula Forster and Sue Lishman (30) came in third.

Hexham’s ladies teams maintained a successful start to the season with a 3/2 victory over Tynemouth in the Norah Percy Trophy and a 4.5/2.5 victory over Gosforth Park.

In the men’s Thursday medal, division one was won by Richie Rutherford (72-2-70). David Fletcher (79-8-71) was second, ahead of Ian Robinson (82-10-72).

The division two winner was Colin Banks (88-14-74) on countback from John Haigh (87-13-74). John Burgess (91-16-75) was third.

The Mayors Throphy at Tynedale was won by Robert Robinson (41) with Michael Stonehouse (40) edging out Pete Carson (40) into second place.

In the Ladies’ Greensomes Open competition, the best gross was recorded by Carlisle duo Stephanie Liddell and Ann Grant.

Best nett was home captain Sally Weir and Hexham’s Joan Dinning, with Tynedale vice captain Anne Brown and City of Newcastle’s Lorna Robinson second and Tynedale’s Linda Murray and Yung Me- Butterworth, of Alston Moor, third.

Nearest the pin on the seventh hole was the hosts’ Rita Barber while Hexham’s Sue Turner registered the longest drive on the 14th.

The winner of the recent Prudhoe Veterans competition for the Rising Sun Shield was George Kinninmonth.

Played in bogey format, he carded a superb score of -2 to finish ahead of Ken Williamson (par) and third placed Brian Hedley (+2).

Meanwhile, Slaley Hall has been selected to host the regional qualifier of Golf for Heroes, the UK’s largest corporate golf tournament.

On Tuesday, June 3, the hotel will host the team stableford competition with a shotgun start across 18 holes, the event acting as the fifth of 20 regional stages taking place.

Successful teams will then progress to the national final at the Belfry on September 12, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports, for the right to be crowned national Golf for Heroes Champions.