Finishing an edition of Northern Golfer and reading through these pages for a final time before they head out into the region’s clubs and retailers is always a great opportunity to reflect on the month’s golf – and what a month it has been.
Finishing any edition is a fast-paced process, but the final day of putting together our 92nd edition has been a particularly busy one.
In the past 24 hours we’ve seen a teenager compete in her first Ladies European Tour event, crowned a new Durham Ladies county champion, and seen a 17-year-old win the Northumberland Strokeplay Championship. We’ve got lots more victories to cover in the pages of Teeing Off this month – from James Glenn’s return to the winners’ circle at Heworth and Martin McCririck’s Durham matchplay win, to a Carnoustie win for Martin Scarborough, and a Hero’s Handshake for young Jamie Jopling. There’s also lots of PGA wins to cover, and a hickory hat-trick for Newcastle United Golf Club’s Neil Gascoigne. As I write, more events are ongoing, but they’ll have to wait for the Northern Golfer Weekly email (subscribe at linktr.ee/negolfer if you haven’t already) and out next print edition in July.
As well as a busy few weeks for tournaments and news, it’s also been a lot of fun to spend some time travelling across the region while putting together the features for this edition. We’ve been up in the Northumberland hills for a Round With Robin Down at Allendale, and a Course Profile at Bellingham.
I also had the chance to spend some time with Stuart Imeson, the new co-owner of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course this month. I enjoyed every minute of our day in the pouring rain on the Northumberland coast, hearing about his journey from apprentice greenkeeper to co-owning the business – and getting the inside track on the exciting plans to further improve the golf course in the coming years.
Meanwhile, we’ve already reached the second round stage of this year’s Match Play Pairs tournament – 32 pairs remain in the race to this year’s final at George Washington. This edition also has updates from our regular columnists – greenkeeper Simon Olver, caddy Chris Simmons, and DP World Tour player Chris Paisley. There’s also three great competition prizes to be won.