Westwood leads the way at Close House charity event
Published at 09:08, Monday, 09 July 2012
FORMER world number one golfer Lee Westwood will return ‘home’ next week as he leads a star studded line-up at a charity golf day.
Westwood, who is the attached tour professional at Heddon-on-the-Wall’s Close House Hotel golf resort, will be the star attraction at the hotel’s Have a Heart Trophy challenge on Tuesday.
And he will be joined by a string of A-list celebrities as the resort looks to raise thousands of pounds for Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital’s Children’s Heart Unit Foundation (CHUF).
The charity is very close to Close House owner’s Graham Wylie’s heart as it saved his daughter Kiera’s life by carrying out three live saving operations.
At the celebrity challenge, which debuted to great success last year, there will be 32 teams battling it out, with a host of famous names from football, rugby and television teeing off.
Among the famous names will be North-East favourites Ant and Dec, Newcastle United and England legend Alan Shearer and current United boss Alan Pardew.
Also making an appearance will be former Scotland international and now football pundit Alan Hansen, Sky Sports presenter Ben Shephard and racing legends Tony McCoy and Ruby Walsh.
In addition to the star studded golf, there will be a list of spectacular prizes up for grabs, while an evening dinner and disco with entertainment from Bobby Davro and Kenny Lynch will take place later on.
For more information, contact Close House on (01661) 852255.
The popular annual Golf Day, run in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, is being held at Prudhoe on Friday, September 7.
Already, team entries are exceeding last year’s numbers at this time with local golfers keen to support this worthwhile cause.
Hexham MP, Guy Opperman, is entering a team and said he was looking forward to playing the enjoyable Prudhoe course.
For team entries and sponsorship opportunities, contact Tom Kelsey of Tynedale Rotary Club on (01434) 600372.
Meanwhile, local golfers are clubbing together for St Oswald’s Hospice at the second annual Golf Day at Ponteland on September 13.
Teams of four will be pitted against each other on the picturesque 18-hole course, followed by a meal and a well-deserved drink at the club’s 19th hole.
Kevin Batty, who runs travel company Golfing Holidays, is organising the event. He said: “We held a similar event last year with The Swan Inn at Heddon on the Wall and we raised over £1,000. This year we are returning to the club and hope to attract even more teams so we can raise extra money for such a dedicated charity.”
For further information, contact Kevin on (01661) 828021 or email: Kevin@golfingholidays.org.
June was a busy month at Hexham with a number of competitions keenly contested throughout.
The winner in Division One of the Thursday Medal was Michael Inglis with figures of 76-10-66, while Marcus Mellor (74-5-69) who had the lowest gross was second. Richard A. Dodd (79-9-70) came third.
In Division Two, Stephen Brown (83-13-70) was the winner after countback, and he also had the lowest gross.
Geoff Strong (84-14-70) was second and Kevin Walsh (93-21-72) third.
The men's Open 4BBB Stableford was won by the Consett pair of D. Bell and I. Johnston after accruing 41 points.
The duo of I. Pickering (Hexham) and J. Renwick (Alston) also scored 41 but, because the Consett team scored more points on the back nine, had to settle for second spot.
D. Rhodes and M. Haddrell (Knaresborough) were third on 39, with Tynedale’s E. Bell and G. Henson (39) fourth, and J. Arnott and I. Foster (39) fifth.
Following on was G. Simpson and G. Gilhespy (38), R. Dodd (Hexham) and N. Baker (Beamish) (38), and N. Bowman and T. Fenwick (Hexham) (38).
In the Hexham Vases Singles v Bogey competition, Stephen Riley (1 up) was the winner after countback.
Iain Crawford (1 up) was second, Thomas Philipson (0) third and Raymond Bell (0) fourth with all placements subject to countback.
The stableford Ian Lauder Memorial Trophy attracted 95 entrants, of whom 90 handed in their cards.
The winner was Alastair Harris (37), with Martin Lowes (36) second and Graeme Gilhespy (35) third.
Kim Steward (75-8-67) was the Division One winner of the June Monthly Medal, followed by Andrew Crawford (74-6-68) who also had the lowest gross. Clifford Watson (82-12-70) was third.
Ray Hall (87-16-71) won Division Two after countback and shared the lowest gross with second placed Paul Shrimpton (87-16-71). Andrew Trzeciak (89-15-74) was in clear water in third place.
Meanwhile, in Division One of the July Monthly Medal, the top three all scored nett 68.
After countback, Michael Gardner (74-6-68) was the winner, closely followed by Tommy C. Carrol (80-12-68) and Simon Ricketts (78-10-68).
The Division Two winner was David Haffey (82-13-69), who also had the lowest gross. Laurence W. Hogarth (83-13-70) was second and
Michael Lee (87-16-71) third.
At Haltwhistle, Trevor Jackson’s Captain’s Day was well attended with Andy Pape (40 points) clinching the victory.
Graham Ferguson (39) was second, with Phil Dalton (38) third.
In the Captain’s Guests contest, Jimmy Nixon (35) needed countback to secure victory over runner-up Richard Howard (35). In third was Tony Pesara (34).
Ged Wall (20) recorded the best front nine, while Richard Byers (19) had the best score from the back nine. Ian Charlton (29) was the best former captain, while Chris Bowerbank won the twos competition.
Richard Watters (73-3-70) finished first in Category One of the July Medal, while posting the best gross with 73. In second was Craig Smith (823-12-71) and John Archibald (82-10-72) was third.
Category Two was won by Jeff Elliott (92-26-66), followed by Mick Goodfellow (90-20-70) and Eddie Howe (92-21-71).
A keen wind at Allendale was no handicap to local stonewaller Kevin Philipson in the July Medal as his 77-16-61 prevailed over Rod Milburn's 77-14-63 and Dan Newman's 79-14-65.
But the other Philipson, Fran, had to be content with second in the ladies medal, Valeria Dunn taking the honours from the club champion by five strokes with her 106-35-71.
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Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, Sir Charles Trevelyan unveiled a series of murals at Acomb Youth Hostel which had been painted by pupils of King Edward VII School in Newcastle.
Sir Charles commented that membership of the Tyneside Hostel Movement, which included the Acomb hostel, was expanding rapidly and there were plans to open another hostel at Twice Brewed on the Military Road.