Northern Golfer #78 – October 2019

It may feel autumnal with the rain and wind battering the windows of Northern Golfer HQ, but there’s still plenty of top quality golf making the headlines this month.

The highlight of our golfing year, the Northern Golfer Champion of Champions events in September, were our biggest events yet with 115 of the region’s best players taking part at Ramside Hall.

The two weekends perfectly summed up our golfing summer weather-wise with glorious sunshine over the first weekend followed by a morning of torrential rain just seven days later. A huge thank you to Roger Shaw and his team for getting the course open for the men’s event – all of the players complimented the presentation given the circumstances. A massive thank you also goes to our event partners this year, Brewin Dolphin, who made the three events possible.

It was a lot of fun for Doug and I to spend two days at Ramside, welcoming players and getting out to run an event. Thank you to everyone who took part and to all the caddies, parents and supporters who came along too.

This year we saw our lowest ever score in the junior event, which was won by James Wilson from Tyneside while Whickham’s Faye Wheatley claimed the ladies title. Seven days later, Josh Bassitt overcame the conditions and a couple of late visits to the water to win the men’s title. You can read a full report from all three events on pages 24-26.

Meanwhile, City of Newcastle Golf Club has been named England’s Champion Club for a second time in three years. Good luck to the guys in the European finals later this month.

It was agonising to watch the final result come in from the County Finals, where Northumberland missed out on a first national title in more than 50 years with the final putt of the match. However, it was inspiring to hear how the team is looking to bounce back and go again in 2020. Read more from the event on page 8.

There’s also plenty more on-course success for our region’s golfers at home and further afield this month – plus some fantastic off-course achievements to celebrate.

There’s still plenty more golf to play – including the final of this year’s Match Play Pairs – see you out there.