The clocks have gone forward, Patrick Reed has won the Green Jacket and we are ready for another busy season across the region.
This winter has to go down as one of the longest and most miserable for golfers for some time, with many courses only suitable for Eskimos and ducks for much of the last few months.
So to see The Masters back on our TV screens will hopefully signal a brighter few months ahead, where we can get out of the house, simulators and indoor practice facilities and back onto the fabulous courses across the North East and Yorkshire. Our clubs have seen revenues take a battering during the abysmal weather so they will need our support more than ever.
This month’s Northern Golfer features many inspirational stories, opportunities to get into the game and some super offers to get you back into the swing of things.
Our cover star Maggie Whitehead is one to watch. She is incredibly dedicated to making it to the top and is one of a number of successful girls from the region who have the potential to reach dizzy heights.
Meanwhile, those who are already there continue to give back to the sport. Graeme Storm will host two junior tournaments this year while Lee Westwood continues to champion the development of juniors at Close House – where the phenomenally successful Junior Masters returns this year.
January 2019 sees some big changes to the rules of the game but will they improve the way the sport is played? See if you agree with Dean Bailey, who takes a look at some of the biggest changes in his column on page 22.
Dean also somehow found a break in the clouds to review George Washington while his interview with Laura McDonald of European Golf Challenge highlights her favourite places to play.
We also have the latest gear, tips to improve your handicap, competitions to win, and news from across the North East and Yorkshire for you.
Until next month, good luck in the early season competitions and thank you to all the green staff for overcoming the elements to prepare our courses for play.