Northern Golfer #55 – July 2017

One thing we cannot rely on in our beautiful region is the weather.

As we put the final touches to this edition, Wimbledon is on the TV in glorious sunshine while we are working through a bleak day of torrential rain lit up only by the odd flash of lightning.

Despite the unseasonable conditions we have endured over the last few weeks, the clouds have been lifted by some superb performances on the golf course by young golfers and more mature ones alike.

This month’s cover features Rosie Belsham, a 15-year-old from Whitley Bay Golf Club who made history by becoming Northumberland’s youngest-ever female county champion.

It is a fantastic achievement – the latest in a growing line of talented female golfers to hail from the North East and Yorkshire.

Not to be outdone, we also have the incredible story of nine-year-old Lucca Jackson, one of many flying the flags for the boys. You can read about his stunning performance on page 8.

Next month Middlesbrough Golf Club will welcome some of the UK’s top young players for the North of England Open Amateur Youth Golf Championship. This prestigious event has attracted golfers who have gone on to make it big on the world stage. We have produced a special report on the event, including tips on where to watch the action. Spectator entry is free and judging by past years’ events a trip would be worthwhile.

Claire Brown shares her thoughts with us in our Round With interview, while Dean Bailey tackles a topic which gets all us golfers hot-under-the-collar, pace of play, on page 28.

Our course reviews this month take us east to Castle Eden, west to Carlisle and we also head further north to check out some of the great places to play in the Scottish Borders.

Hopefully the wind and rain will be replaced by sunshine and pleasant breeze soon to allow us all to play the great courses in this region at their very best.

Remember to let our writers know what is going on at your club so we can feature it in future editions.

For now – hope your bet on The Open pays out and we’ll see you in August.

Paul Robertson, editor