Helping hand for youngsters

Two lucky youngsters will enjoy a year’s free tuition at the The Players Lounge thanks to Steve McDonnell.

Steve, who opened the indoor golf coaching centre on Dukesway, Team Valley in Gateshead earlier this year, has grown junior participation at several clubs since returning to the region in 2012, and is looking to continue that work with the launch of his new business.

The Players Lounge, which has two teaching bays, two putting greens and a big screen with simulator technology, gives Steve an indoor space to work with players of all ages and abilities.

Since reopening, Steve has awarded a year’s free coaching and practice time at The Players Lounge to 11-year-old Lilly Davis, a member at Durham City Golf Club, and 14-year-old Calow Stephenson, who plays at Whickham Golf Club.

“I wanted to put something back into golf in the North East,” said Steve. “As well as free lessons, Lilly and Calow will receive free golf balls for the year from Srixon.

“When I moved back to the North East, I realised there was a need for growth in all areas. I opened The Players Lounge as part of the thought process to cater for golfers 12 months of the year without the British weather causing issues.”