GOLF club officials are hoping the summer weather stays around as they prepare to host one of the sports most prestigious tournaments for amateur players.
Seaton Carew Golf Club has been selected to host the Brabazon Trophy, which will see 144 players arrive at the links course for the tournament.
The tournament arrives in Seaton on the back of the club’s impressive reputation on the UK golfing scene and has also given a boost to the local economy with “no vacancies” signs going up at the various hotels and B&Bs along the seafront.
Jane Longhorn, former captain at Seaton, says the whole club is “buzzing” ahead of the competition.
She said: “The course is immaculate, the banners and flags are all up and the yellow AA road signs are dotted around so it all seems real now.
“We were delighted to get the chance to host the competition, it is all down to the reputation of the club and the championship standard of the course.
“It’s great for the club, but also for Seaton Carew and the town in general. The B&Bs and hotels are all full and as well as 144 players taking part we are expecting a lot of spectators.
“All we need now is the weather to stay nice, though we could do with a bit of a breeze.
“We are all very excited about it, it’s a bit like Christmas Eve.”
The golf will start today with a practice session for all of the players to get used to the links course, then the competition will officially tee off on Wednesday.
And Jane revealed that it has been a real team effort to get things ready.
She added: “The other local clubs have bene really supportive, and they have provided passes for our members to go and play on their courses while the Brabazon is being staged here.
“But we also have a lot of members who will be here helping out as volunteers, or simply just watching the golf and supporting the players.”
A council spokesman said: “The hosting of the Brabazon Trophy by Seaton Carew Golf Club is a great reward for the local economy.
“It has provided the hotel and guest house trade right across the town with another big boost in what is already proving to be an extremely busy season.”
l COVERAGE from the tournament will appear in SportMail this week.