Young golfers to tee-up for their own tour in county

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GOLF-mad youngsters are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of their heroes by playing on a Tour of their own.

The county’s 2011 Junior Golf Tour, which is sponsored by Cleveland and Srixon, is aimed at players from seven to 12-years-old.

As part of a Northumberland-wide drive to encourage children to take up the sport, competitors do not need to be members of a club or even have a handicap.

Competitions take place over nine holes at four different courses.

Youngsters will be split into six categories.

Competitors must be between the ages of seven and 12 on January 1, 2011, and have a handicap of 18 to 54 or none at all to enter.

Winners of the Order of Merit, based on the four events, will qualify for a final against teams from Durham and Cumbria at Ramside Golf Club on September 11.

The qualifying events are:

n Sunday, June 26: Close House GC;

n Sunday, July 10: Bedlingtonshire GC;

n Sunday, July 24: Alnmouth (Foxton) GC;

n Sunday, August 14: Tynemouth GC.

Entry is £15 for all four events – or £5 per event. To qualify for the final players must play in at least three.

The closing date for entries is June 1 with entry forms available at www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk

Lisa Ferrie, Northumberland county development officer, said: “This is a great opportunity for young players who do not normally get the chance, to play in competitions against players of their own ability – with the chance to go on and represent Northumberland in the final against similar players from Durham and Cumbria.”

In Northumberland the partnership is supported by the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, the Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association, the Northumberland Junior Golfing Association and the Professional Golfers’ Association.

For more details in Northumberland visit www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk