Harmison hails double success as greatest achievement

Disabled golfer Kevin Harmison who has been having international success. GM041323
Disabled golfer Kevin Harmison who has been having international success. GM041323

A disabled golfer who lives in Wansbeck has described winning the Balasa tournament for a second year in a row and coming runner-up in a European tournament as being his greatest achievement.

And the icing on the cake for Kevin Harmison lies in the fact that he has managed to get his handicap down to one – an all time low.

With scores of 74 and 79, East Sleekburn-based Harmison clinched first place to retain the Balasa competition held at Belton Woods in Grantham, Derby, just pipping Duncan Hamilton-Martin whose aggregate was 154.

Then in the European individual contest, after being level on 153 with Sweden’s Johan Kommerstad , he won on a count back to finish second to Denmark’s Stefan Morkholt.

A delighted Harmison, who plays for Newbiggin in the Newcastle & District League, said: “This win and second place in the European event is definitely my best achievement to date and my golf has improved dramatically since going to see coach John Downie.

“I was the defending champion of the Balasa and knew it would be very difficult to retain top position this year as there were 85 of the very best golfers competing, so I am absolutely delighted.

“On top of that, I have now got my handicap down to one, which I think is an achievement in itself, and in the future I hope to at least maintain if not improve it and try to become the best in Europe and maintain number one status in England.”