Seaton champions heading to Australia

An all-expenses-paid trip to Australia awaits two championship-winning members of Seaton Carew Golf Club thanks to a chance meeting at the club last autumn.

While doing his usual round of meeting and greeting visitors, secretary Roy Leonard got into conversation with two gentlemen from Pennant Hills Golf Club in Sydney, Australia.

“They were on a kind of scouting trip to establish links with a small number of clubs in the UK and were so impressed with Seaton Carew that they asked if we would be interested in a reciprocal playing arrangement,” explained Roy.

The management at the club agreed, and shortly after they received an invitation for their club champions to visit Australia as part of Pennant Hills’ centenary celebrations.

The lucky pair – Guy Webster and Debbie Frankland – will travel down under in March to play in a tournament hosted by PGA professional Peter Fowler, winner of the PGA Seniors Championship at Close House in 2015 and a member of the Sydney club.

Debbie said: “It’s a marvellous opportunity and the trip of a lifetime. I couldn’t be more excited and I’ve already started packing – even though it’s a few weeks away.”

Seaton Carew celebrated its centenary in 1974 and will be sending Pennant Hills a copy of their centenary book, and one that was published to celebrate the club’s 125th birthday. In 2024, Seaton will celebrate its 150th anniversary and host the English Amateur Championships in July as part of the celebrations.