Tournament goes with a real swing

One of the competitors tees off in the EuroPro Tour event at Longhirst Hall Golf Club
One of the competitors tees off in the EuroPro Tour event at Longhirst Hall Golf Club

THIS year’s EuroPro Tour event at Longhirst Hall Golf Club was the most successful yet.

Duncan Stewart finished two strokes under par to win the Sweetspot Classic after a blustery week meant that consistency would be key on the Lakes Course.

The Scotsman moved up to second on the Order of Merit with just one tournament left before the season-ending Tour Championship.

He shot a level-par final round to capitalise on James Ruth’s five-over-par 75, which saw him let slip a two-shot overnight lead to finish level par and second overall.

James Watts and Nick James finished tied for third on one over par.

The competition is the second biggest in the North East after the PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall.

Director of Golf at Longhirst, Graham Chambers, said: “Very heavy rain the previous weekend put us back a little, but thankfully it stayed dry for the next few days so we could catch up and the course was in a fantastic condition for the tournament.

“The players were very positive and said the course was in even better shape than last year.

“The wind made it difficult for them, although it helped on the downwind holes as the green on the par four 11th could be reached in one by some big hitters and the par five 18th could be reached in two.

“A couple of them had really good rounds, but Stewart played well on all three days and he definitely deserved to win.

“The idea of holding the tournament later in the year was to attract more families, as it was held in the last week of the summer holidays, and we were delighted with the number of people who attended.

“The event was keenly contested because it was the second last of the main season and there was plenty to play for with the Tour Championship coming up soon.

“It was also good that we managed to get a main sponsor on board.”

• Koast Radio and Sara’s Hope Foundation have got together to host their very first charity Golf Day at Longhirst Hall Golf Club on September 26, followed by a hot buffet tea, entertainment and an auction.

The Three Legends will also be present to make presentations.

Tickets are on sale now – the entry price for teams of four for the shotgun tournament is £195. Email for a booking form.