North East Round-up: Former Black Cat helps win mixed title

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A Former Sunderland academy footballer teamed up with a 13-year-old playing her first season of competitive golf to win the Inter County Junior Mixed Foursomes.

Lee Dobson and Abbi Wheatley, both of South Moor, coped well with tricky conditions on a windy day at Ryton to sign for a net 72.

‘You always play one shot that makes you want to come back for more’ Dobson, 21, has not kicked a football since falling out of love with the sport, deciding instead to focus on golf. He was able to get his handicap down from 25 to 10 and has won three junior and five men’s club competitions.

He said: “What I love about golf is the challenge and that however many bad shots you play, you always play one shot that makes you want to come back for more.”

Wheatley’s debut season has brought victories in Durham County’s Junior Spring Meeting at Seaton Carew and a Billingham Junior Open.

She was only two weeks past her 13th birthday when the team triumphed at Ryton.

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Troon signs championship venue agreement

Upscale course management company Troon has signed a new agreement to manage Rossington Hall with the intention of bringing European Tour golf to Doncaster.

The venue will see the construction of an 18-hole championship course, supported by a nine-hole academy layout.

“We are thrilled to add Rossington Hall’s golf development to our collection of courses in the UK and look forward to delivering the exceptional experiences that Troon has become renowned for in the years to come,” said director of business development Jon Shauder.

The golf development forms part of an extensive restoration program, put in place by the owners since 2011. 

Rossington Hall’s Gary Gee said he was looking forward to working closely with the European Tour and Troon to get the course open to golfers as soon as possible.

Leeds youngsters given chance to discover delights of golf

Budding golfers will be able to improve their skills during the summer holidays in a specially-designed four-hole course at Temple Newsam.

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Open from Wednesday May 27 to September 5, youngsters aged 16 and under can play for just 50p.

Leeds councillor Mark Dobson said: “Sport is a great way to keep fit, socialise and meet new friends, and it is fantastic that at Temple Newsham, we will be offering from the half term holidays to September, a specially-designed four-hole area for young people.

“This will be a great place in which children can discover the magic of golf or brush up and improve their skills for just 50p. Parents can also join in for a nominal fee, and who knows, we might just discover a star of the future.”

England footballer heads home to launch cancer charity

Former Sunderland footballer Jordan Henderson returned to the Sunderland area to open a state-of-the-art driving range and launch a cancer charity.

Jordan Henderson visited Washington to launch the Eileen Smith Foundation in memory of his grandmother, who died earlier this year from cancer.

Henderson’s father, Brian, himself a survivor of cancer, told the Sunderland Echo: “The charity is named after my mother-in-law who died from the illness this month.

“When she was at hospital she shared long hours of conversation with other suffers, some of whom were elderly and far less fortunate, in the sense they had to travel on two or three public transport buses to get to and from hospital.”

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One of the first donations received by the charity was £3,000 from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Washington has unveiled a £500,000 driving range and the owners said they intend to continue supporting the charity.

Liverpool player Jordan Henderson said: “It’s bad enough to have cancer, without having the worry and hassle of struggling to get to and from treatment. I know how awful cancer can be because my dad experienced it.

“He has been through it and seen how it can affect people and I think it’s a really good cause which is going to be greatly appreciated.”

Northumberland course closed following bomb scare

Two holes at Dunstanburgh Castle were closed after a golfer discovered what was believed to be an unexploded Second World War shell in a bunker.

Head greenkeeper Stuart Imeson said: “One of the golfers left quite a large footprint in the bunker, started raking and ended up with a big hole and spotted the shell. It’s not something you would usually find in a bunker on the golf course.”

Bomb explosive experts from Catterick identified the device as a harmless smoke bomb, which was taken away for disposal.

Hodkinson takes title despite triple bogey

Adam Hodkinson won the PGA North Assistants’ Championship of Cheshire, despite a triple bogey in his final round.

The Chorlton-cum-Hardy trainee shot six birdies to finish two shots ahead of the field.

The 26-year-old Yorkshire county player was forced to give up the game for three years after breaking his wrist, but was encouraged by his father to get back into the game and train towards his PGA accreditation.

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