There was once a time when the pages of Northern Golfer featured very few stories from the women’s game.
Today, we dedicate an ever-increasing amount of space to the women’s game thanks to the talent and dedication of the women and girls from our region who compete on the regional and national stage. This month we include three female county champions, several national honours and the record-breaking success of Whitley Bay Golf Club’s Rosie Belsham. Rosie, an England international and the reigning Northern Golfer Junior Champion of Champions, produced a fine week of golf at the Fairhaven Trophy to break the girls’ scoring at the event by 11 shots. She also beat the lowest ever score by a male competitor by four shots. You can read the full story on page 6.
This month we also celebrate the return of the Champion of Champions events, which will take place in September. The events will be hosted in partnership with Brewin Dolphin for the first time and we can’t thank Brewin, and our hosts Ramside Hall, enough for their support. All the details are on pages 4 and 5.
It’s been an interesting month for golfers all across the region – from those who have captured county titles to remarkable wins and holes-in-one for talented youngsters. It’s also been interesting for our Tour Life columnist Chris Paisley, who came through one of the more stressful weeks of his career with a superb fourth place finish at the Made in Denmark event on the European Tour. His column is on page 29.
For this month’s cover interview, I got the chance to spend some time with Simon Olver and the team at Whitley Bay Golf Club. The experience was a fascinating one, which gave me a chance to learn about what goes into preparing a golf course, the teamwork needed and the passion with which the team carries out the work. Every club golfer should take time to read what Simon had to say and learn a little more about how golf courses are prepared.
It was also great to catch up with David Edwards this month. David is one of golf’s most interesting characters and his stories make for a fascinating Round With… on pages 34-35.
They say success breeds success. If that’s the case, we’ve got another exciting month ahead. Until then…