Sunderland University’s game cancelled as snow covers Wearside Golf Club

Sunderland 1sts set off for their last game before the Christmas break earlier today against Newcastle 2nds at home.

However, for a third consecutive week their game was cancelled, after heavy snow descended on Wearside Golf Club.

Since their win against Newcastle 3rds on November 7,  Sunderland’s games have been called-off by: the opposing team, prolonged heavy rain and snow.

Andrew MacDonald, Golf President, said: “Today was very frustrating. We set off for Wearside expecting to get a game, but the snow managed to beat us there.

“We’re looking forward to picking up where we left off after the Christmas break and getting a few more wins under our belt.”

This bought of snow follows a spell of heavy rain across the North East .

The 1sts next game is away to Durham on Wednesday,  January 23 at Brancepath Golf Club.

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Sunderland University Golf: game cancelled by rain

The University of Sunderland golf team’s match against Newcastle 1sts at Matfen Hall tomorrow has been cancelled as rain causes havoc to courses across the North East.

Andrew MacDonald, Golf President, said: “We’ve just found out from Newcastle University that the game is off.

“I don’t think that the game being off affects us either way. Obviously we won last time out and it would have been good to carry that momentum forward.

“On the other hand, a delay could send Newcastle into a downturn in form and give us a better chance of picking up some points when we eventually get to play them.”

The game tomorrow was due to be a reversal of last week’s fixture. That game, scheduled to be played at Wearside Golf Club, was postponed due to course closure.

MacDonald said: “We were prepared for last week’s game but it was unfortunately called off. We know that Newcastle 1sts are a very good team, they are certainly favourites to top the division. When we get to play them it will be a tough game.

“What we’re hoping to do is give a good account of ourselves and play our best golf.”

At the time of writing, Matfen Hall was closed but they were hopeful the course would open tomorrow (Wednesday, November 28).

Nicola Hawes, Assistant Golf Manager at Matfen, said: “We’re closed at the moment but the tees and greens are all ok. If the rain stops, there’s a good chance we’ll be open tomorrow as the drainage will start to do its job.”

Sunderland University golf programme announces links with Sunderland Driving Range and Wearside Golf Club

Sunderland University’s golf programme has secured links with two local facilities with the help of the Durham County Golf Partnership.

Through the work of Golf President, Andrew MacDonald and Sam Edwards along with County Development Officer Jonathon Ward, the programme has secured links with Sunderland Driving Range and Wearside Golf Club.

The link with Wearside includes a number of offers for students – from academy memberships which allow them to use the practice facilities to discounted membership deals. Andrew said: “Wearside have been superb in setting things up and I’m really excited about playing there regularly.”

As part of the link with Sunderland Driving Range, all society members and team players have access to coaching and buy one get one free on range balls. Andrew, a member of the England Golf National Youth Panel, said: “This link has real benefits for the golf programme as every level of golfer can get involved.”

Also on offer at the driving range are two beginner sessions – being run being PGA professional Stephen McNally. These session start on Monday, October 29 from 6-7pm and Wednesday, October 31 from 3-4pm. They run for six consecutive weeks.

Stephen said: “Sunderland Driving Range will be working closely with students in a number of ways. Firstly, all players will have access to the range at a reduced cost. We’ll also be running team coaching session for the BUCS league players. Finally, our beginner sessions will cover the fundamentals and will include work on the short game.

“For people wanting to get involved, it gives them: exercise, a skill and the chance to socialise and travel. It’s important to have those things in your life and golf gives you all of those opportunities.”

“For students who already play, it’s an opportunity to continue their golf development, having; the opportunity to practice, access tuition and play at Wearside is fantastic for any current or potential Sunderland Student.”

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These links have been facilitated by the Durham County Golf Partnership which is supported by England Golf. County Development Officer, Jonathon Ward said: “These links will benefits both students and the facilities and I look forward to seeing them grow over the coming months.

“The offers we’ve been able to set up not only help students but attract golfers to these facilities who may not have known the area and wanted a place to practice and/or play.

“Currently the university students’ age range is really under represented. We’re doing very well at grass roots level but we tend to lose a lot of people, for different reasons, as they reach their teens and early twenties. We’re currently trying to encourage people of this age to get involved or continue playing as they get older.”

“I think this programme is a great selling point for Sunderland University. Now you don’t have to travel to Birmingham or St Andrews to play university golf.

“For me the BUCS team is a great progression opportunity for elite players. On my side, I will be able to promote Sunderland University to elite players who are looking to go to university locally. It really works well for both sides.”

Anyone interested in the golf programme should contact Andrew MacDonald – macas2008@hotmail.co.uk

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