Prudhoe Just Champion
10th November 2010

In 1951, just 21 years after being formed, Prudhoe golf club produced its first Champion when Neville Dun won the British Boys Championship. That started a trend which has remained undiminished since & has seen the club accumulate over 100 League, County & National titles as well as many England players & successful professionals on the European Tour.

Prudhoe Champions
The League double winning squad. Centre front left is Malcolm Ward (Captain) & Phil Pallister (Vice Captain)
(Photo courtesy Richard Hannam)

This extraordinary success led to the club adopting its 'Home of Champions' tag & throwing out the challenge that it is the most successful club in the UK. But even by its own high standards, 2010 has been exceptional.

Prudhoe compete in two scratch Leagues - the Hadrian, established in 1974 & the Newcastle & District established in 1951. No club has ever won both League titles in the same year before but Prudhoe broke that record in 2010.

Winning a League qualifies a club to play in the Dixon Cup, a Champion of Champions shoot-out between the five top Leagues in the North East. And Prudhoe rounded off a fine season by winning that too!

The "Young guns" - Tom Rowland (left) & Andy Scrimshaw (right) (Photo Richard Hannam)

Underpinning the club's success is junior development plus supporters with the passion of the Toon Army! Two 'young guns,' Andrew Scrimshaw (18) & Tom Rowland (17) are already regulars in the senior Northumberland County team & both have added to Prudhoe's bulging trophy cabinet this year. In the Northumberland Junior Stroke Play Championship, Tom was runner up to Andrew who had won the Northumberland Schools Championship the previous month.

Andrew then won the prestigious Faldo Series, which no doubt contributed to his selection for the England Schoolboys team. He cemented his selection by reaching the last 16 of the British Boys Championship & winning the individual title in the Dixon Cup.

Tom meanwhile won the Northumberland Under 18 Stroke Play Championship, secured a top 20 finish in the Carris Trophy & then led the qualifiers in the St Andrews Boys Championship which he went on to win. So it was no surprise when he was selected for the England Under 18's squad.

And if all this success wasn't enough, Kevin Robson, multiple Club, League & County title holder has been honoured with the role of Northumberland County Captain for 2011.

Club Captain, Malcolm Ward, said, "I am so proud of the lads. Their commitment to themselves, to each other & to the club has been exemplary & the results they have achieved this year, as individuals & as a team, is thoroughly deserved."

The Dixon Cup winning squad. Vice Captain Phil Pallister with the trophy. (Photo Richard Hannam)