Graham Forrest, 2018 president of the NUGC, said: "As there was a slight downturn with the NJGA
it was felt the development of junior golf in the county could be best served with access to the resources of the NUGC, rather than operating as two separate organisations."
While Chris Robinson has been a golf manager and writer, public relations officer for several major golf companies, and broadcaster with 10 years service as golf correspondent for the then Metro Radio, the real monument to his achievements is being founder of the NJGA
Chris Robinson, from Hexham, the founder of the NJGA
, said: "I helped guide Chris for several years as an amateur, and we've been in touch over the last few weeks celebrating his meteoric rise through the ranks.
He helped with an emergency fundraising drive by the NJGA
Surprisingly, given there are 18,841 golf club members in Northumberland, and that the NJGA
are the only body of their kind in the country who get no financial support from the main county body, 800 of the 2,000 raffle tickets remain unsold.
Despite the support of patrons, the bank balance is dwindling and, among other costs, the soaring price of petrol means ferrying promising young players around the country is going to be dearer than ever this summer for parents and for the NJGA
In its own field of expertise the NJGA
is every bit as much of an institution as Match of the Day and it began in the same year as the football show, 1964.
It would take not only the Teeing Off column but also the rest of The Journal to name everybody who has contributed to the NJGA
in its 44-year history and fully explain all they have done for golf.
YOUNG SQUAD: BOYS - Richard Robson-Crosby (Ponteland), Jack Logan (Westerhope), Richard Caisley (Alnmouth), Andrew Smith (Ponteland), Malcolm Campbell (Alnmouth), Andy Crawford (Hexham), Ross Green (Morpeth), Andrew Terras (Berwick), Elliott Wilson (Berwick), Adam Brown (Newcastle United), Zack Laws (City of Newcastle).
YOUNG SQUAD: BOYS ( Richard Robson-Crosby (Ponteland), Jack Logan (Westerhope), Richard Caisley (Alnmouth), Andrew Smith (Ponteland), Malcolm Campbell (Alnmouth), Andy Crawford (Hexham), Ross Green (Morpeth), Andrew Terras (Berwick), Elliott Wilson (Berwick), Adam Brown (Newcastle United), Zack Laws (City of Newcastle).
Porteous said last night: "The NJGA
have been a big help in funding me to play in national events and putting my name forward.
He also won the NJGA
Spring Meeting at Seahouses with a 69.