GARRICK Porteous will be the youngest member of England’s three-man team for the amateur World Team Championships, which start today.
Like next year’s Walker Cup, the event is played every two years. It is being staged over two courses in Turkey – the Sultan at Antalya and Cornelia – with the best two scores from three counting on all four days.
And like Ryder Cup hero Luke Donald, a man who helped the masters of Medinah paint such a glorious canvas, Morpeth-born Bamburgh Castle golfer Porteous is a gifted artist. He is in the last semester of studying for a major in Studio Art at the University of Tennessee.
This is the alma mater of a fellow Northumberland golfer, Chris Paisley, a winner on this season’s Challenge Tour and, at number nine in their rankings, on course for a high level European Tour card in 2013.
The 22-year-old Porteous, the eighth-placed English player in the world amateur golf rankings in 92nd place, is also a country member of the Northumberland club.
He plays alongside Neil Raymond, twice the Brabazon Champion, and Craig Hinton, the Welsh Amateur Champion.
All three are members of the Great Britain & Ireland team and the selection of Porteous comes on the back of seven top-ten finishes in leading amateur events in 2012, both in the UK and overseas.
He was also a member of the victorious England team in the European Challenge Trophy in Iceland where he finished tied third in the individual ranking.
England have not won the Eisenhower Trophy since the home countries started fielding separate teams in 2002, GB&I winning in 1998. Their progress in Turkey can be followed on a US college website, golfstat.com
Meanwhile, Ramside’ s four-man event a week today has an attractive first prize.
The winning team compete in tournaments in the Costa del Sol during February at Mijas, El Chaparral and Santana, with four-star accommodation for three nights. Every player who enters at Ramside will be given a free ticket for the inaugural Golf North Show, which starts a three-day run at Middlesbrough Football Club on October 19.
Any golf show ticket allocated in advance entitles the holder to a free round of golf at Ryton. Part of The Golf Guide Tour, the Ramside event costs £140 per team. Contact Dennis Chadwick-Rayner on 07795 182359 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The golf show website is golf-north.co.uk
BACKWORTH’S Steve Anderton turned back the clock to regain the Newcastle & District Golf League’s Players Championship with a two-under 70 at City of Newcastle.
This scratch tournament started at Matfen Hall in 2000, when Anderton was the first winner.