Northern Golfer #96 – October 2022

As we move into the final quarter of 2022, there’s still so much to celebrate for our region’s golfers.

Those celebrations include the crowning of three new Northern Golfer champions of champions – men’s winner Tony Tomlin, ladies winner Faye Wheatley and junior winner Morgan Blythe – who lifted their respective trophies at Longhirst Hall. See pages 24-27 for the full story.

As well as our own events, there’s still so much to cover from the last month right across the region. On the North East & North West PGA circuit, the evergreen John Harrison continued his winning ways for a 46th consecutive year, Vince Guest won the Matchplay Championship, and Tim Dykes won the Mizuno Order of Merit. We’ve also got success stories from the Durham girls’ win at the Junior Jamboree and Ramside’s win in the Durham junior league playoffs, and a look ahead to Faye Wheatley’s trip to Abu Dhabi to defend her Faldo Series Grand Final title. We’ve also caught up with Bryan Ross, who has stood down from his role with England Golf after an incredibly successful 12 years of supporting many of the region’s best young golfers.

As well as rounding up the biggest news stories, we’ve also caught up with our columnists – Chris Paisley, Simon Olver and Chris Simmons – and we launch a new column with golf fitness expert Shawn O’Neil too.

We’ve also sat down with Alistair Collin, who has raised more than £30,000 for the British Heart Foundation while playing the UK & Ireland’s Top 100 golf courses. Following Alistair’s journey over the last two years and eight months has been fascinating, inspiring and emotional, and it was a pleasure to spend a morning with him recounting just some of the tales from his epic adventure.

There’s also a trip to Matfen Hall in our Course Profile, a Special Focus on some of our favourite places to stay and play, a look at the latest gear releases, and three chances to win rounds of golf.

With the 2022 Champion of Champions behind us and our October edition in your hands, the final days of the 2022 season are well and truly upon us. We’ve still got a few events to come in our November edition – including the Match Play Pairs final. We’ll be rounding up that along with all the goings on across the region in just a few weeks’ time. Until then, wrap up warm and enjoy heading out on the course, or, if it’s just too cold, stay inside with your copy of Northern Golfer instead.