Newbiggin Golf Club hosts county competition

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Newbiggin Golf Club stage what is thought to be their first ever Northern Counties County match on Saturday (August 30) when Northumberland take on Yorkshire.

And there is added spice to the day as Newbiggin’s own home grown player, Craig Penny, will be in the Northumberland side.

Billy Bennett, 53, a past captain and committee member at the club who in his 20s played for the county juniors and seniors, said: “I’ve been a member at Newbiggin since 1972 and although we have had county competitions, I can’t remember a county match being played here.

“This is tremendous news for us because it is a prestigious event – and it is testament to the quality of the golf course, which is in excellent condition.

“Craig Penny is probably the only player from this region who will be playing for the county and we are all naturally delighted for him.

“He has got back into the side because of the quality of golf he is playing and is shooting really low scores, and I know he is very proud and considers it an honour to represent Northumberland.”

Mr Bennett added: “There are five teams – Northumberland, Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cheshire – in a league and the competition is run on the same format as the Ryder Cup.

“Yorkshire have always had a very strong team and produce quite a few quality European tour players, as has Northumberland in recent years such as Kenneth Ferrie and recently Garrick Porteous, and also the lad from Stocksfield Chris Paisley.

“It’s an excellent event and it’s free for anyone interested to come along and watch quality amateur golfers.

“The two counties on view have produced a lot of professional golfers – and we are really proud to host the event.”

The first game tees off at 9am.