Golf tour battles through the rain

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AFTER three months in Yorkshire, the Great North Golf Tour headed back to the north east with Tynemouth Golf Club hosting the fifth event.

Players took to the tee in heavy showers which would later clear to leave blue skies over the North Tyneside venue.

It was down to winner of the fourth event at De Vere Oulton Hall, Gerry Davison, to tee off the action.

With a field of 65 golfers at Tynemouth taking part, the club’s committee member Craig Miller said: “It’s great to see Tynemouth Golf Club being a host venue for the Great North Golf Tour and we have worked very closely with Jamie O’Neill and the management team on the tour to ensure a very successful host and build a long lasting relationship.”

The players on the tour also found the course in excellent condition with the greens perfect.

Michael Smith is currently sitting in second place on the Order of Merit table in which the winner goes to La Manga in Spain, a trip for four people and includes three rounds of golf.

Mr O’Neill, tour organiser, said: “The tour has been on the road for the past three months in West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, and South Yorkshire and we have seen some great play whilst on the road.

“Quite a few of the golfers from the north east have travelled to the venues in Yorkshire and now we have seen the Yorkshire players come to the north east as well so it’s starting to come together and we are getting a good following now.

“Although we had heavy showers today, it hasn’t dampened the spirits of the golfers and the staff at Tynemouth and it is great to see a positive vibe about the club as well.”

He added: “It’s the first year of the Great North Golf Tour and to do what we have done is truly remarkable.

“It goes without saying that we are very much looking forward to the events left for this year with Dunstanburgh Castle, Longhirst Hall and Close House along with Forest Park in York and I know the players are too.”

And speaking about next year, Jamie said: “We are organising it now, and we have a few venues signed up already with plenty of meetings pencilled in over the next few months too.

“We have made contact with the golf courses that we would like to play at, and golf courses are contacting us to be a host venue.”

Entry for the final events is £45 per venue and includes tea/coffee, bacon roll, 18-holes of golf and entry to prize ceremony.

For further information visit www.greatnorthgolftour.com