The world of golf is not always just about those who play the game.
Whether it is the greenkeepers working tirelessly to ensure our courses are in the best condition, the restaurant and bar staff keeping us fed and watered or those selling us the latest gear, they all play their part.
It is the same on the professional tours and one job which deserves a huge amount of recognition is that of the caddy, the one who has to keep their charge focused, be ready to step in with an inch perfect yardage and carry their gear come rain or shine.
Michael Burrow is one such man and in our cover story he gives us a fascinating insight into life on the bag of one of the world’s fastest rising stars Haotong Li.
Of course we have plenty about golfers of all abilities inside this month’s magazine too, including Chris Paisley on his fun week with Tommy Fleetwood; Dean Bailey rummaging through his overly full bag; a round with Matfen Hall’s Nicola Hawes; plus news of success for some of our region’s best young players.
One man who does not feature heavily this month is Graeme Storm, whose season has been cut short by injury. He is currently recuperating following surgery on his problematic right wrist. Having worked so hard to get back to the top it is a big blow to his ambitions but we wish him well and look forward to seeing him back in action in 2019.
Elsewhere in this issue, it is great to see such positive developments at our clubs. In our course profile we take a trip to the seaside to check out the improvements at Whitley Bay, and we were not disappointed.
There is also an opportunity to try out some courses in Dumfries & Galloway, while back on home turf our popular Match Play Pairs competition is underway.
Thankfully the brutal winter is becoming a distant memory and golf across the North East and Yorkshire is finally returning to some sort of normality – not before time.
So whether you are a seasoned swinger or someone picking up clubs for the first time, enjoy the superb facilities on offer throughout our region and raise a glass to the sun.
Remember to let us know your news – whether it is a win, loss or something unusual.
Paul Roberston – editor