We’ve reached the golfing summer, and what a first month we’ve had!
In our packed June edition we have a teenager competing in her first Ladies European Tour event, a new Durham Ladies county champion, and a 17-year-old winner of the Northumberland Strokeplay Championship. We’ve got lots more victories in the pages of Teeing Off too – from James Glenn’s return to the winners’ circle at Heworth and Martin McCririck’s Durham matchplay win, to a Carnoustie win for Martin Scarborough, and a Hero’s Handshake for young Jamie Jopling. There’s also lots of PGA wins to cover, and a hickory hat-trick for Newcastle United Golf Club’s Neil Gascoigne.
As well as a busy few weeks for tournaments and news, we’ve also had a lot of fun spending some time travelling across the region while putting together the features for this edition. We’ve been up in the Northumberland hills for a Round With Robin Down at Allendale, and a Course Profile at Bellingham. We also had the chance to spend some time with Stuart Imeson, the new co-owner of Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course, hearing about his journey from apprentice greenkeeper to co-owning the business – and getting the inside track on the exciting plans to further improve the golf course in the coming years.
Meanwhile, we’ve already reached the second round stage of this year’s Match Play Pairs tournament – 32 pairs remain in the race to this year’s final at George Washington. This edition also has updates from our regular columnists – greenkeeper Simon Olver, caddy Chris Simmons, and DP World Tour player Chris Paisley. There’s also three great competition prizes to be won.