The two months since our last edition have been nothing short of remarkable for golf in our region.
To choose a highlight and cover story for this edition was near-impossible, but we’ve got a cracking interview for you and have packed the remaining pages with lots more.
It was great to catch up with Callum Tarren on one of his flying visits back home to the North East. What Callum has achieved, climbing the golfing ladder to reach the biggest professional tour in the world, is incredible. The first person from our region to do so, Callum has shown true dedication to the sport, travelling thousands of miles to achieve his dream – as you can read on pages 24-27.
Then there’s the national amateur success to cover, starting with the Northumberland team winning the Boys’ County Finals for the very first time (pages 4-5). Meanwhile, Ramside’s juniors won the English Junior Champion Club title (page 7), and Andrew Minnikin won the Men’s County Champion of Champions title (page 8). Each of those stories would be capable of carrying a cover and a huge credit goes to the players for achieving so much in recent weeks on the national stage.
Big stories, national team honours, professional wins, two holes-in-one in a single round, Match Play Pairs, a 100th county cap, the Faldo Series, and more make up the rest of the busiest Teeing Off section we’ve ever put together.
I’ve written a lot of this month’s editor’s note already and haven’t got to world record-holding triple jumper Jonathan Edwards yet – who I had a chat with for this month’s Round With (pages 30-31). We’ve also been back to the Northumberland coast for this month’s Course Profile at Seahouses Golf Club (pages 32-33).
On top of that we’ve got our regular columns with European Tour player Chris Paisley and tour caddy Sean Russell; special focuses on driving ranges and stay & play offers; Gear news; Tips with Doug Brolls; and your chance to win rounds of golf at Tyneside, Wynyard and Bellingham.
As I write this latest note, leading into arguably the busiest of our 87 editions to-date, I think back to the beginning of 2021 when golf courses across the UK were closed. Since then, our region’s golfers have made up for lost time with success story after success story. I can’t wait to see what they achieve next. See you in December.