Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Hole Load of Trophies

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Hole Load of Trophies

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Byline: Allan Boughey

Saltburn's Dale Smith has added more silverware to his already impressive trophy cabinet.

The 18-year-old England junior captain tied with Northumberland's James Curry at the top of the leaderboard in the Northern Boys Championship at The Wynyard.

Curry, a big up and coming star in his own right, shot a first round 68 on the Wellington championship course before trailing off slightly with a 74 in the afternoon.

That was the only invitation Smith, part of Saltburn's triumphant Yorkshire League team, needed and he produced a second round 69 to add to his morning effort of 73.

The pair will now hold the John Todd Trophy for six months each in the absence of a play-off.

Smith, who had to give up a promising football career when he broke his leg playing for Boro Juniors as a 13-year-old, is now building towards becoming a professional golfer.

He has just completed his A-levels in law, history and statistics at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough, and will now take up a golfing scholarship to the US in September.

Smith has won a coveted place at the University of San Diego in sunny south California, where the golf course is run by Phil Mickelson's brother Tim.

THE Wynyard Club is staging a special festival of golf to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

The club has come a long way in the last decade, the course developing into a genuine championship challenge and hosting the Seve Trophy last September.

The festival gets underway on Monday, August 7 and will include various open events as well as a pro-am (August 11) and a Texas Scramble (August 9).

The Wynyard sprang to international prominence last September when Europe's finest golfers, such as Colin Montgomerie, David Howell, Paul Casey and Thomas Bjorn, battled it out in the Seve Trophy with a TV audience of millions watching.

Things went so well, with around 40,000 visitors to the tournament over the four days, that the club is hoping to become the regular home for the event ( staged every two years with Europe taking on GB and Ireland in a Ryder Cup-style format - and negotiations to make it just that are on-going. …

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