Heworth Golf Club will host the McGregor Trophy in 2020,
The event will mark the second time the English Boys Under 16 Strokeplay Championship has been held in the North East – the last time was in 2011 at South Moor Golf Club where City of Newcastle’s Jack Hermeston won the title.
The Gateshead club was more than happy to accept England Golf’s invitation to stage the event in July 2020 as it’s one of the most prestigious tournaments in the national junior calendar – and one of that provides a pointer towards future European Tour stars.
Previous winners of the event include Graeme Storm, Justin Rose, Oliver Fisher and Eduardo Molinari and this year there were entries from 17 countries as well as England, Scotland and Wales. Heworth secretary – the appropriately named Barry McGregor – reckons the event will mean much for the reputation of the club and the area.
“We will have quite an influx of visitors to Gateshead and all of them will need accommodation. It will be good for the local economy and great publicity for the area.
“I recently visited Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, which hosted this year’s McGregor Trophy, and received quite a bit of information about the event. Although its three years away for us, I’m starting to look at some initial planning now.”
The McGregor Trophy was started in 1982 at the Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club. The competition was adopted in 1993 by the English Golf Union as the England Boys Under 16 Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship, played at various venues, though it returns to Radcliffe every five years.