Centenary swing

Crook Golf Club’s centenary year is in full swing.

The Durham club started the year with a centenary ball and there’s been no shortage of competitive golf with a Centenary Matchplay Shield, a Centenary Trophy won by Jason Tidymen with an exceptional 44 points, plus Michael Hughes and Leo Noble winning the club’s own Seniors Open event with 49 points.

Meanwhile, captain Peter Shaw led a team in The Longest Day Challenge, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support, and there’s been success at county level too – George Longthorne winning the Durham Third Division title and Peter Tallentire scoring a hole-in-one at Tyneside’s ninth hole in the England Golf captains event.

The club has also hosted the Durham County Teams Championship Qualifier, and managed to win through to the main event in the process.

Another big day is coming up in September, when the club hosts a NENW PGA pro am on September 21.

“The club actually started in June 1919,” said Peter, who followed in his father Les’ footsteps as a club captain. “There have been lots of ups and downs in the last 100 years, but we’re probably in a better position now than we’ve been in for a long time.

“We’ve got plans for the future. We want to build a swing room and practice facilities, and go out into local schools – hopefully we’ll have another successful 100 years.”