Young Tom wins again

Tom Hartshorne, a 10-year-old golfer from Eaglescliffe, has won another major competition at Rockliffe Hall.

 The Durham Lane Primary School pupil won The Rockliffe Masters members’ competition with a score of 77 stableford points over 36 holes.

 Tom, who now holds a handicap of 12, qualified from 130 players in the first round before leading the way on day two. Tom’s dad, Ally, said: “Tom played brilliantly on the Saturday and many members texted me that evening saying they expected him to go on and win. Once again, I’m incredibly proud.”

 Tom, who also recently made a hole-in-one on the 15th at Rockliffe, said: “It was a great weekend and what I love most is that my dad won the same competition in 2017, so both our names will be on the trophy.”

 Tom is part of the Steve McClaren Programme at Rockliffe Hall, where he receives regular coaching from the club’s head of instruction Simon Robinson.

 Ally added: “Tom’s game has come on leaps and bounds since he started on the programme. Several juniors on that programme were in the top 10 after the first round at the weekend, which is a credit to Simon and the team.”

 Martyn Stubbings, director of golf at Rockliffe Hall, said: “It comes as no surprise to any of us here that Tom won the Rockliffe Masters. He is an exceptional player and a delightful young man who I’m sure will go on to great things.”