Harmison proves he’s among the best of British

A golfer from East Sleekburn reckons he has proved to be one of the best after winning the Balasa and Edga Open tournament for disabled people.

Kevin Harmison, 48, who won the Scottish Open last year, fought off stiff opposition against British and European opponents including Duncan Hamilton-Martin in a field of 56 to lift the prestigious award last weekend at Belton Woods in Grantham.

Harmison, who is a gym instructor at the Hirst Welfare Centre in Ashington, won on the count back after a crucial and decisive second day.

A delighted Harmison, who will represent England in the Nations Cup at the end of the year at Las Colinas in Murcia, Spain, said: “I always thought I was one of the best players in Britain but now I have proved it.

“It was a tough, almost championship, course with the severity of the greens proving difficult but I’m over the moon.”

Harmison shot 80 in the first round and 77 in the second, having a better score on the Sunday against Hamilton-Martin who, after firing 78 on the opening day, hit 79 on the second.

“Duncan was the main threat and it was nip and tuck,” he said.

“He is a great player who is regarded as being the best player in Europe – so I must be doing something right to beat him.”

Harmison was disappointed that his wife Diane could not make the trip to Lincolnshire to help him celebrate the win.

“This is the only occasion where Diane has not been with me and even though she was thrilled to bits, it put a bit of a damper on things,” he said.

“However, I lost my mother Brenda three years ago and I know for a fact she would have been very proud of me in my hour of glory.”