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Answering a late call.

JOHN Simmons, from a family fast becoming a force in golf, made a last-minute dash from Newcastle to Rockliffe yesterday to play in the Champions as an emergency substitute.

When Whickham's John Hutton called off on the morning of the tournament due to work commitments, the Rockliffe staff made a series of frantic phone calls attempting to plug the gap in the draw, with no immediate success.

Then golf assistant Matt Lishman had the idea of ringing North East's golf's 'Mr Fix-It', Northumberland captain Kevin Cademy-Taylor, next year's England Boys manager.

Cademy-Taylor, who played in the event himself, and signed for 79, immediately thought of club colleague Simmons, who, on Friday night, won the Newcastle United Matchplay Championship.

Delighted to be asked, Simmons promptly left for the Rockliffe golf resort, just south of Darlington, and made his tee-off time with 10 minutes to spare. "It's been quite a time lately for the Simmons family," said Cademy-Taylor. "John's son, Chris, caddied for Peter Fowler in the PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall recently. Both Chris and his dad are very experienced golfers who have played in our United league teams, both in the Newcastle and District League and the Hadrian League."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 6, 2010
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