The final weeks of the 2022 season are upon us and now is the time to finish off the golfing year in style.
2022 will be remembered for many things, particularly in the men’s professional game. In our corner of the world, it will surely be remembered for our region’s success on the national stage.
That success story continued throughout the last month, starting with Callum Tarren securing his PGA Tour card for the 22-23 season. We’ve also had Rachel Gourley and Maggie Whitehead star in a winning England team in the Home Internationals, seen more professionals win on the NE/NW PGA circuit, and celebrated the success of junior golfers in the North of England U14 Championship at South Moor.
The club golf season is drawing to a close and this month we have a roundup of the five North East men’s leagues plus junior league news, and lots more club championship winners as we look ahead to the Champion of Champions events at Longhirst Hall on October 1. If you haven’t already, please head over to www.northerngolfer.co.uk and submit your entry form if you’re a men’s, ladies or junior club champion.
As well as a busy Teeing Off section, we’ve also got the latest from our columnists to entertain you this month, including another honest and open column from Chris Paisley as he prepares for the final weeks of the DP World Tour season.
I had the pleasure of spending time with PGA professional Aaron Cox this month for our cover interview, and the wide-ranging conversation covered a great deal of the work he’s done at Blackwell Grange in just five years since he arrived in the UK from Australia. As Aaron says himself, what he’s done through his junior academy system, which has grown from nothing to reaching more than 150 youngsters every month, isn’t rocket science. However, his dedication to introducing young people to golf is truly inspiring and Aaron is certainly a one of a kind mentor and coach.
We’ve also visited Brancepeth Castle for our Course Profile, enjoyed A Round With South Moor professional Mark Ridley, put together a packed Gear section, reached the semi-finals of the Match Play Pairs, and joined in the 25th birthday celebrations at Longhirst.
Enjoy the final weeks of the season – see you in October.