Caddy ace David Beardall is still on hand

From: (by Tim Taylor – March 1, 2012)

Kenneth Ferrie - 2011 Austrian Open winner

When Kenneth Ferrie was announced as an honorary life member of the Northumberland Junior Golfing Association this week, it was a link in a chain of national championship-winning golfers in the county which runs from David Curry in 1986 to Jack Hermeston in 2011.

 All three have reasons to be thankful to David Beardall, a veteran stalwart of the NJGA committee and for 38 years the leader of Wallsend Boys’ Club until his retirement in 2004.

Ferrie is three times a winner on the European Tour, on which he represents Matfen Hall, and has career earnings of more than £3.4m at the age of 33. He helped with an emergency fundraising drive by the NJGA last year.

Curry, a former European Tour player who is now the coaching professional and steward at Blyth Golf Club, is a longstanding NJGA honorary life member. Beardall put forward both men for the honour.

Beardall caddied for Ferrie when he won the 1996 British Boys at Littlestone in Kent and for Curry when he triumphed in the British Amateur 10 years earlier at Lytham, this summer’s Open Championship venue.

David Beardall (right) with former European Tour player David Curry

It says a lot about the attitudes of some county officials and about Beardall’s selfless, put-others-first nature that some of his peers on the Northumberland executive 26 years ago looked down their noses at their then president carrying Curry’s bag.

The company Curry was keeping on the course in that generation of the amateur game is illustrated by what happened in the British Amateur two years earlier at Formby. He reached the semi-finals before losing to Colin Montgomerie, who was beaten by Jose Maria Olazabal in the final.

Last year Hermeston captured the English Under-16 Boys Open to lift the McGregor Trophy at South Moor. Hermeston and Hartlepool’s Graeme Storm are the only North East winners of the McGregor, a world event, since it started 30 years ago, Storm going on to take the British Amateur at Royal County Down in 1999.

Hermeston, from the City of Newcastle club, and, like Ferrie, coached at Matfen Hall by John Harrison, is young enough to defend the McGregor.

The England Under-16 No 1, Hermeston will see plenty of the world through internationals. Yet golf is not his most important target because he is in his GCSEs year at St Cuthbert’s School in Newcastle.

Although 73-year-old Beardall is not up to high-level caddying these days, his famous free advice machine is still operating.

Jack Hermeston - 2011 McGregor Trophy winner

Hermeston’s father Dave said: “Jack has got a lot on this year and, following his experiences with Kenneth Ferrie and David Curry, David Beardall was kind enough to offer us his input into Jack’s playing schedule.

“One thing we would never have thought of which David suggested was to put in a letter to the City club and to the county explaining what Jack has on this year and that he would try to meet as many playing commitments as he could.”

A two handicap golfer in his time, Beardall used to represent the North-East on the England Golf Junior Committee and on their Tournament Panel. A former member of the Northumberland club, he is an honorary life member of Backworth and City of Newcastle. In 1990, he was presented with the Gerald Micklem Award by England Golf for his contribution to the sport.

Beardall is well schooled in looking way beyond the glamour of the professional games, in football as well as golf, and tending to the grass roots.

Footballers such as Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley, Michael Carrick , Lee Clark and Steve Watson passed through Wallsend Boys’ Club during his time there.

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About Dean Bailey
I'm currently in my third year at Sunderland University, studying Sports Journalism. I'm interested in a wide variety of sports but golf is my passion. (I follow Newcastle United FC, Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle Eagles, Whitley Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.) I currently play at Backworth Golf Club, with a handicap of 11. Follow me on Twitter: @deanbailey92 & @northeastgolf Or get in touch through email:

One Response to Caddy ace David Beardall is still on hand

  1. roy burdess says:

    Dean this is a great site keep up the good work.

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