The season is very much in full swing and the leaderboards across the region are displaying some familiar names.
Jessica Hall, Andy Minnikin and Ami Storey are just three of the serial winners in this month’s issue and they are showing no sign of giving their opponents a look in. Congratulations to them all.
Another young golfer who has his feet on the ground and his ambitions very much within his grasp is our cover star Chris Handy.
In a fascinating interview with Dean Bailey, the Durham county champion charts his career so far with nothing to suggest he will not soon be challenging to become a professional.
While on the subject of congratulations, it is a word our columnist Chris Paisley and his wife Keri have heard many times this year following their double act as golfer and caddy at the South African Open.
Well, I am sure all our readers will join in saying it to them again on the news they are due to become parents to a little girl in October, and wish them well through the pregnancy. You can read his thoughts on life on and off the golf course on page 21.
Our special feature this month focuses on great deals to stay and play while we travel a short distance from our Tyne Valley base to review Allendale in Northumberland, which boasts some of the most spectacular views you will see on any golf course.
Thankfully, the much-improved weather has allowed outstanding competitions from 2017 to reach their conclusion. Malton & Norton deserve a special mention for pulling the rabbits from the hat – find out more on page 11.
Our popular Match Play Pairs is off to a fast start with the preliminary round complete and the first round well underway. You can catch up with the very latest on our website www.northerngolfer.co.uk
This issue also features the latest gear, presents an argument to create a fifth major, highlights the success of junior golf, provides great advice to sharpen up your short game, and gives you the opportunity to win fourballs at four of the region’s best courses.
What’s not to like? Until next time, happy golfing.