Couple of records

Rebecca Ferguson and Stew Fell have added more achievements to their personal record books by breaking the course records at Tynemouth Golf Club.

Rebecca, the Northern Golfer ladies champion of champions for 2017, set the new record at 67, six under-par, breaking her aunt Kim McKenna’s previous record by one shot.

Rebecca said: “I’m so proud to have broken the course record, particularly as Kim had held it for so long. It was a strange way to do it, starting at the 15th in a shotgun start, but it gave me a really good run of holes to make birdies. 

“I managed to make birdies at the 15th, first, second, third and fifth to get to five under-par before bogeying the ninth. I knew I could push for the record and made birdie at 12 before needing an up and down at the 14th to get to six under-par. I was a bit nervous over the 3ft putt but I managed to hole it and set the new record.”

Meanwhile, Stew broke the men’s course record just a few weeks later – setting the mark at six under-par, 64, from the white tees.

He said: “It’s a great feeling to have finally broken the course record having tied it a few times over the years. I got off to a steady start with four pars before making six consecutive birdies. From there I made a couple of mistakes before hitting it to 3ft on the par-three 17th to get back to six under-par.

“The first time I felt any nerves was on the 18th tee but I managed to hit a great two iron then leave myself a 7ft putt for birdie. My only thought over that putt on the last was ‘don’t three putt and tie it again’. I managed to trickle it up and tap it in to get the senior course record to sit alongside the one I set as a junior.”

Rebecca and Stew will defend their titles at Ramside this month.