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Golf shorts: Neil heads for China as Beamish end wait for prestigious honour

The Northern Echo: Eastern promise: Teessider Neil Hunter-Smith is helping to develop golfers in China

6:43am Thursday 2nd October 2014

PLAYING a golf course with no grass and teeing off a sythentic turf mat is hardly the introduction to the game that leads to a successful career but Teessider Neil Hunter-Smith's determination to carve out a life in the sport is already reaping rewards.

Monty masterclass will not lead to Ryder Cup captaincy for a second time

The Northern Echo: Monty masterclass will not lead to Ryder Cup captaincy for a second time

6:15am Thursday 2nd October 2014

PHIL MICKELSON’S public bemoaning of Tom Watson’s strategy at Gleneagles stunned the world of golf and it also left Colin Montgomerie, the successful Team Europe leader of four years ago, certain that he never wants to be a Ryder Cup captain again.

Garcia moves on from Faldo comment

The Northern Echo: Europe's Sergio Garcia (front) and Rory McIlroy pose with The Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron

8:05am Monday 29th September 2014

Ryder Cup winner Sergio Garcia insists he is willing to forgive and forget Nick Faldo's comments about him being "useless" at the 2008 defeat in Valhalla.

Contrasting reactions for Ryder Cup captains

The Northern Echo: sweet moment: European captain Paul McGinley enjoys the moment after winning the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles yesterdayPicture: Andrew Milligan/PA

8:04am Monday 29th September 2014

Europe's players hailed the influence of Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley as opposite number Tom Watson was embroiled in a public debate with Phil Mickelson.

McGinley gets it right with Europe

The Northern Echo: Europe's Victor Dubuisson celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

7:01am Monday 29th September 2014

The momentum was all with the European side heading into the final day and they duly delivered.

Mickelson questions Watson strategy

The Northern Echo: USA’s Phil Mickelson gives a thumbs up on the eighth green during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should rea

6:53am Monday 29th September 2014

The repercussions of another Ryder Cup defeat for the United States have already begun, with senior professional Phil Mickelson openly questioning the captaincy of Tom Watson.

Rory to face Phil

The Northern Echo: Focused: Europe's Rory McIlroy on the driving range during a practice session at Gleneagles

10:28am Friday 26th September 2014

RORY McILROY will get the chance to let his golf do the talking against Phil Mickelson on the opening morning of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles today.

Kaymer relives sinking winning putt

The Northern Echo: Europe's Martin Kaymer during a press conference during a practice session at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 25 2014. His team-mates looked on anxiously and captain Jose Maria Olazabal had

8:25am Friday 26th September 2014

His team-mates looked on anxiously and captain Jose Maria Olazabal had his eyes tightly shut, but Martin Kaymer has revealed he never had any doubt he would make the putt to retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah.

Poulter proud of Ryder Cup record

The Northern Echo: eyes on the action: Fans watch from a hill during a practice session at Gleneagles yesterday   			           Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA

8:22am Friday 26th September 2014

He has a number of alter egos - Mr Ryder Cup, The Postman (because he always delivers) - but there is no mistaking Ian Poulter when the biennial contest against the United States rolls into town.

Team Europe have the edge at Gleneagles, but do they?

The Northern Echo: Experience: USA's Phil Mickelson chats with captain Tom Watson at Gleneagles

8:05pm Thursday 25th September 2014

WHO is going to win the Ryder Cup? It’s an obvious enough question to raise but one which is impossible to predict. For the next three days, 24 of the world’s top golfers will be going through every emotion, all in pursuit of leading Europe to glory.

McIlroy is keen to play down his role

The Northern Echo:

10:44am Thursday 25th September 2014

MUCH has been made this week of Rory McIlroy being a target for the opposition in the Ryder Cup, one of Europe’s “big dogs” that US captain Tom Watson wants to bring down.

Veteran makes dig

The Northern Echo:

10:42am Thursday 25th September 2014

RYDER CUP veteran Phil Mickelson could not resist a tongue-in-cheek dig at the only element of Europe’s preparations which had the slightest whiff of disharmony.

Golf: Lupton keen for promising golfers to plan for future

The Northern Echo: Advice: Close House's PGA teaching professional wants golfers to consider options

6:47am Thursday 25th September 2014

TALENTED youngsters trying to make it on to the leading men’s and women’s golf tours need a Plan B, warns Jonathan Lupton, head PGA teaching professional at the Close House Golf Academy in Newcastle.

Lee Westwood draws on incredible memories and hopes for another Ryder Cup party

The Northern Echo: Warm-up: Lee Westwood (right) and coach Pete Cowen during a practice session at Gleneagles

6:14am Thursday 25th September 2014

‘HAPPIEST days of your lives’ is the message that will greet every member of the European team when they leave the locker room at Gleneagles and Lee Westwood, for one, would find it hard to disagree.

There’s more than just big names to think of

The Northern Echo:

10:43am Wednesday 24th September 2014

RORY McIlroy and Ian Poulter are not the only European players with targets on their backs this week, according to Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell.

Few hints over key pairings for Ryder Cup

The Northern Echo: Rory McIlroy on course to win at Wentworth last week

10:41am Wednesday 24th September 2014

RORY MCILROY and Graeme McDowell were kept apart on Tuesday as Europe’s players prepared for their first official practice rounds.

Rory is ready and raring to get going

The Northern Echo:

11:13am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

EUROPEAN captain Paul McGinley insists Rory McIlroy will be fresh and raring to go when the 40th Ryder Cup gets under way at Gleneagles on Friday, but hinted that Graeme McDowell may not be alongside him when it does.

European talisman Poulter is the target for team United States

The Northern Echo:

11:12am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

IAN POULTER and not world number one Rory McIlroy is the man the United States will target.

Top 15 finish keeps Storm's Dubai hopes alive

The Northern Echo: Swizz success: Graeme Storm on his way to a great finish at Crans-sur-Sierre last Saturday when he hit a hole-in-one at the 11th during the third round of the Omega European Masters

6:13pm Sunday 21st September 2014

GRAEME STORM has given his chances of appearing in the DP World Tour Championship a massive boost by claiming a top 15 finish at the Wales Open.

Storm is feeling strong at Wales Open

6:16pm Friday 19th September 2014

GRAEME STORM thinks he is well placed to record a strong finish at the Wales Open – provided he can maintain the standards set during the first two days.

Golf: Graeme Storm ends day one at Celtic Manor level

The Northern Echo: Swizz success: Graeme Storm on his way to a great finish at Crans-sur-Sierre last Saturday when he hit a hole-in-one at the 11th during the third round of the Omega European Masters

6:53pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A BIRDIE at the last ensured Graeme Storm will start the second day of the ISPS Handa Wales Open in the top 50 after a topsy-turvy first round at Celtic Manor.

McGinley warming up nicely for Ryder Cup appearance at Celtic Manor but remains wary of American threat

The Northern Echo: Confident mood: Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (right) will not take anything for granted against Tom Watson's United States team next week

7:06am Thursday 18th September 2014

FOUR years ago Paul McGinley walked around the Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor offering up his opinion as one of the vice-captains of Team Europe. Yesterday he was back in South Wales with a different mindset, just eight days before the Ryder Cup heads for Gleneagles.

Golf shorts: Europe enjoy Fightmaster Cup success and Clark Cup victory for Seaton

The Northern Echo: FIGHT MASTERS:Two North-East one-armed golfers, Darren Grey (right) and Steven Hutchinson, are playing in the Fightmaster Cup. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

IN the build up to next week’s Ryder Cup, Europe have already got one over their American counterparts with the help of a couple of County Durham golfers.

Norman ready for a speedy return from injury

The Northern Echo: PUTTING IT RIGHT: Australian golfer Greg Norman uses mental techniques during the course of play

10:27am Tuesday 16th September 2014

TWO-TIME major winner Greg Norman is expected to make a “full, speedy recovery” after injuring his left arm in a chainsaw accident over the weekend.

With pressure off after memorable week, Storm is brewing for further success

The Northern Echo: Swizz success: Graeme Storm on his way to a great finish at Crans-sur-Sierre last Saturday when he hit a hole-in-one at the 11th during the third round of the Omega European Masters

7:32am Thursday 11th September 2014

IT is safe to assume Graeme Storm will never forget his trip to Crans Montana this year, not least because the events of the last week mean he will return to Switzerland again in 2015.

Golf shorts: Ella celebrates while one-armed golfers Hutchinson and Grey take part in Fightmaster Cup

The Northern Echo: FIGHT MASTERS:Two North-East one-armed golfers, Darren Grey (right) and Steven Hutchinson, are playing in the Fightmaster Cup. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:05pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

DARLINGTON golfer Ella Crang finally got her hands on the Neasham Goblets mixed competition title after two years of finishing runner-up.

Golf: Satisfied Graeme Storm finishes second after play-off drama in Switzerland

The Northern Echo:

4:08pm Sunday 7th September 2014

GRAEME STORM suffered play-off heartache at the Omega European Masters after threatening to end his seven-year wait for a second Tour title.

Graeme Storm lands a new BMW and the lead in Switzerland

The Northern Echo: Living Magazine: Graeme Storm, professional golfer pictured at Rockliffe Hall. (9077178)

1:48pm Saturday 6th September 2014

AN ECSTATIC Graeme Storm has landed a brand new £140,000 BMW car after hitting a hole-in-one at the Omega European Masters.

Golf: Graeme Storm blows in to contention in Switzerland

The Northern Echo: Living Magazine: Graeme Storm, professional golfer pictured at Rockliffe Hall. (9077178)

6:04pm Thursday 4th September 2014

GRAEME STORM delivered the perfect start at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland – and has his sights on the lead going in to the second round.

Golf: Graeme Storm is clubhouse leader in Switzerland

The Northern Echo: Gone to America: Graeme Storm teed off at Rockliffe Hall on Friday before heading off to Pinehurst (7053382)

2:27pm Thursday 4th September 2014

GRAEME STORM has delivered the perfect start at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Golf: Durham duo ready to face Americans in Scotland

The Northern Echo: FIGHT MASTERS:Two North-East one-armed golfers, Darren Grey (right) and Steven Hutchinson, are playing in the Fightmaster Cup. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

8:03am Thursday 4th September 2014

WHEN Paul McGinley and Tom Watson confirmed their Ryder Cup teams earlier this week, excitement across Europe increased with many already believing that the Americans can be defeated once more.

US trio will try again

The Northern Echo:

10:23am Thursday 4th September 2014

REDEMPTION was the overriding theme after United States captain Tom Watson named Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wild cards for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Golf shorts: Race 2 Rockliffe comes to an end, Durham Boys claim second and the Wallers shine in Pro-Am

5:04pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

BEAMISH PARK’S Matthew Watson and Bishop Auckland’s Jessica Hall won the Mizuno Race 2 Rockliffe Grand Final last weekend.

Westwood edged Donald out of McGinley’s team

The Northern Echo:

10:39am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

EUROPEAN captain Paul McGinley revealed Lee Westwood had “slightly pipped”

Golf: Lupton gives Close House something else to celebrate

The Northern Echo:

8:01pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

LEE WESTWOOD, the former world No 1 who has earned a wild card for the Ryder Cup, is not the only golf pro flying the flag for Close House, where he is attached.

Decision time for McGinley

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

EUROPEAN captain Paul McGinley will leave personal feelings to one side as he weighs up current form against Ryder Cup experience in making his wild card selections today.

Jessica is making progress after a successful year

The Northern Echo:

7:01am Thursday 28th August 2014

Bishop Auckland golfer Jessica Hall has continued her remarkable progress following a record breaking triumph.

Pro-Am Tournament returns to Middlesbrough for second year

The Northern Echo: TEEING OFF: Councillor Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre Duty Manager, Steve Pentland, and Gary Frost, Club Captain of Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Club launch this year’s Pro-Am

7:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH Municipal Golf Course is set to tee-off with its second Pro-Am tournament.

English Senior Open: Cesar Monasterio crowned champion at Rockliffe Hall

The Northern Echo:

4:57pm Sunday 24th August 2014

CESAR Monasterio has clinched the English Senior Open title at Rockliffe Hall.

English Senior Open: Harrison makes his move as Cesar gets going

The Northern Echo:

1:14pm Sunday 24th August 2014

MATFEN HALL’S John Harrison has made a charge up the leaderboard on the final day of the English Senior Open at Rockliffe Hall.

Live North-East Sport Live: Saturday, August 23

10:41am Saturday 23rd August 2014

It's a busy day of sport for the North-East with football and English Senior Open golf at Rockliffe Hall. Get involved by tweeting #echosport your best pics and posting comments

English Senior Open: Hail Cesar! Argentine equals course record to lead the way

The Northern Echo:

5:21pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

CESAR Monasterio found the magic touch to climb clear of the rest during a blistering second round at the English Senior Open today – and he equalled the course record in the process.

English Senior Open: Woosnam woos Rockliffe with wonderful performance

The Northern Echo:

2:51pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

IAN WOOSNAM came within a shot of equalling the course record at Rockliffe Hall today before claiming he should have obliterated the current best held by reigning English Senior Open champion Steen Tinning.

English Senior Open: Roger Roper returns decent score as Woosnam makes his move

The Northern Echo:

10:34am Saturday 23rd August 2014

ROGER Roper is the first North-East golfer back in the clubhouse at the English Senior Open. The Rockliffe Hall pro made a huge improvement on yesterday's opening 77 to turn in a one-under 71 today.

English Senior Open: Torrance still finds room for a joke after frustrating opening round

The Northern Echo:

10:30pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AS Sam Torrance walked on to the 18th tee, the galleries up on the green looked down the hill where hundreds of spectators slowly gathered to watch his final drive of the day at Rockliffe Hall.

English Senior Open: Round Two tee times

6:50pm Friday 22nd August 2014

LOCAL golfers Roger Roper and John Harrison will be among the early golfers to tee off when the second round of the English Senior Open gets underway on Saturday.

Three to follow at the English Senior Open

The Northern Echo: Just champion: Former Ryder Cup winning captain Ian Woosnam will grace the Rockliffe stage

2:52pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Ian Woosnam: Date of birth: March 2, 1958. Place of birth: Oswestry, England. Residence: Jersey, Channel Islands. Turned professional: 1976

English Senior Open: Jamie has the magic touch on day one at Rockliffe Hall

The Northern Echo:

4:11pm Friday 22nd August 2014

JAMIE SPENCE will be taking nothing for granted when he tees off in the second round of the English Senior Open on Saturday despite “smashing” his way to the top of the leaderboard at Rockliffe Hall.

English Senior Open: American takes centre stage at Rockliffe

1:15pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AMERICAN Gary Rusnak is the early clubhouse leader on the first day’s play at the English Senior Open at Rockliffe Hall.

English Senior Open: Perfect start for Walton and Roper at Rockliffe Hall

10:17am Friday 22nd August 2014

IRISHMAN Philip Walton has taken the early lead at the English Senior Open at Rockliffe Hall this morning.



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