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Golf shorts: Dinwiddie on course for Tour return
BARNARD CASTLE’S Rob Dinwiddie is on the verge of sealing a return to the European Tour.
If Dinwiddie, who lost his main Tour credentials in 2011, can finish strongly at the Kazakhstan Open over the course of the next four days then he will have cemented his place back among the elite.
With just a couple of tournaments remaining, he is tenth on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit after his most recent impressive outing.
In claiming €16,200 at the Open Blue Green Cotes d’Armor Bretagne earlier this month he strengthened his hopes of attaining a coveted top 15 spot in the season’s rankings, which would guarantee his Tour card.
His second place finish in France – where he shot 74, 66, 66 and 67 – secured tied second place ahead of this week’s appearance at the Nurtau Golf Club in Almaty.
Then it is on to China for the Foshan Open and Oman for the Golf Classic before he will figure in the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final on October 31.
A YOUNG golfer with hopes of reaching the European Tour is continuing to make steady progress.
Bedale’s Daniel Brown has been included in the men’s England A squad for next year and this week started his winter coaching programme for his country.
The teenager said: “I was thrilled when the letter arrived a couple of weeks ago to confirm I was in the squad. I hoped to have done enough to secure a place, but you just never know.
“When confirmation arrived it felt really good. I’m honoured to have been selected. I’m going to work really hard over the winter on my golf and fitness after putting a winter plan together with my coach, Graham Walker.”
Brown has one more event left this season at the North of England Amateur Championship at Pannal from October 1-3. He is targeting the Lytham Trophy and the St Andrew’s Links next year and hopes to be challenging for a Walker Cup spot in 2015.
BILLINGHAM Golf Club, which became the first municipally-funded course to be established in post-War Britain when it opened in 1969, has received national recognition for its efforts to encourage a new generation of players.
The club, which can be found in Sandy Lane, has not only been awarded GolfMark - a seal of approval for facilities which play an important role in the development of the game - but it has also reached High Achiever status, which acknowledges its commitment to make it as easy as possible for people to take up golf.
The club holds regular open sessions for juniors – on a Sunday morning (10am and 11am) and Monday evening (5pm) – and has even had children as young as four trying out the sport.
Billingham was not the only North-East club to be awarded the GolfMark recently, with Stocksfield also rewarded for their hard work and dedication to both junior and beginner’s golf.
THE PGA Professionals equivalent of the Ryder Cup will tee off in the region tomorrow.
The excitement is building at Slaley Hall ahead of the prestigious PGA Cup matches between GB&I and the United States.
PGA Pros will compete two days of thrilling morning foursomes and afternoon fourball match-ups ahead of the deciding Sunday singles matches for the 40th year.
Admission and parking is free for all spectators across the three days of the event. There are no North-East golfers in either team.
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