Scalm Park president Lamb enjoys Five Nations success at Close House

Sid Lamb, right, with his England team-mates.
Sid Lamb, right, with his England team-mates.
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SCALM Park GC president Sid Lamb helped England win the Five Nations transplant team event at Close House GC, near Newcastle.JS

Lamb and his team-mates amassed 101 points to leave themselves an impressive seven points clear of runners-up Wales.

Ryder Cup player Lee Westwood is the tour professional attached to Close House, a course which provides stunning views of the River Tyne Valley.

However, 63-year-old Lamb and his partners had to focus not on the scenery but on the challenge of tackling a testing track.

“I played fairly well considering it was a new course for me; it’s a difficult course is Close House,” said Lamb, who underwent a heart transplant 10 years ago.

“It is hilly, there are a lot of bunkers and some water on it - it’s one of the best courses in the country, I believe.

“Fortunately we had a practice round, which was very valuable.”

Lamb won the individual golfing silver at the World Games in Durban, only a missed short putt costing him the gold.

He and his playing partner also went close to taking the stableford pairs honours – but ended up agonisingly outside the medals.

“I tend to go to all the transplant games and got individual silver in Durban at the World Transplant Games,” he said, adding with a laugh, “I still wake up thinking about that short putt I missed.

“We had 41 points in the pairs and there were three teams on 42. We missed gold on another short putt because we’d have won it on countback because we had a tremendous back nine.”

Following his transplant it took him three years of exercising and eating well to regain the fitness required to play golf, but now the 20-handicapper gets out on the course two to three times a week.

“I couldn’t walk up stairs without a rest at one time, and now I can walk around a golf course,” he said.

Lamb will head to the British Games, also in Newcastle, at the end of the month where he will compete not only at golf, but also in the 100 yards and shot put.