Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prudhoe Threesome Join Journal Field - in Champions' Style; Champion of Champions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Prudhoe Threesome Join Journal Field - in Champions' Style; Champion of Champions

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PRUDHOE have long had a sign on the way up into their clubhouse announcing it as "The Home of Champions", writes TIM TAYLOR.

Now they will chalk up what is thought to be a first at De Vere Slaley Hall on September 6, when they will be represented by three players in The Journal Champion of Champions, first contested 41 years ago.

Although it is not unprecedented for one club to field three golfers, nobody can remember an instance in which all three have won their way through, rather than one of them getting in as a host club's wild card.

Prudhoe's "This is Anfield" style greeting to visiting League teams is something this famously juniorfriendly club can back up once they get their rivals out on their beautiful and undulating parkland course, nestling high above the Tyne Valley.

High handicappers may find Prudhoe a relatively easy course to lay up on, but Category One players have to attack it to score. It is because the greens are so well protected that the leading home club golfers get such a fine education in the sport.

Prudhoe have totted up 29 national titles in their 79-year existence with the 1986 British Amateur champion, David Curry, now the club steward at Blyth, leading their roll of honour.

It is Curry's 21-year-old son, James, who has become the third Prudhoe player through to the Hunting Course showpiece in September, having won the club championship for the second time.

Earlier this season Danny Shevill, 20, now the leader of the ZFL Golf Order of Merit following back-to-back wins, won the Northumberland Junior Matchplay Championship.

Winning any county title, men's or junior, brings automatic qualification for the Champions and Tom Rowland joined Shevill by capturing the county junior strokeplay title for the club.

The victory for Rowland, a 16-year-olstudent at St Bede's School in Lanchester, is made all the more commendable by the fact that Northumberland junior titles are contested by players aged under 21. …

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