Andrew Minnikin from Alnmouth Golf Club won the Northern Golf Masters on Sunday 17th September.
On a tough day of scoring and in difficult weather conditions, the 37-year-old year old produced some stunning golf to blitz the field by 7 shots with a score of 142 (-2) in the 36 hole competition. Dunnikier Park’s Liam Duncan was runner-up with 149 Cameron Wallace from Hartlepool Golf Club following closely behind in 3rd place with 150.
Andrew, who lives in Newcastle, is delighted to have won the competition which is one of the region’s biggest amateur golf tournaments: “It was a fantastic day and the course was amazing. I could feel, after the first round that I could potentially be a great day for me. I started the second round really well and went bogey-free in the afternoon so knew I was going to be tough to beat.”
The Northern Golf Masters returned to Rockliffe Hall for the sixth consecutive year. It is part of the County Scratch Order of Merit which means that the top 20 County Durham competitors at this final qualifying event of the season received between 125 and five ranking points to add to their final Order of Merit total for 2017.
Forty four category one golfers from across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria with a handicap of five or below took part. This year’s NGM entrants competed over 36 holes with golfers from across Teesside, County Durham, Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria representing their individual clubs.
Rockliffe Hall’s golf director, Jon Stacey, said: “This year’s NGM was another very successful event despite the tough weather conditions. Congratulations to Andrew on winning the competition by quite some margin. The golf course was in superb condition with many people commenting on how great the course is so a huge credit goes to our Head Greenkeeper, Jon Wyer, and his team. It was great to see so many young, elite players from the North East taking part.”
Rockliffe Hall’s golf course is famed for being one of the best in Europe and has been home to the European Tour English Senior Open twice in recent years, attracting international names and Ryder Cup stars such as Ian Woosnam, Mark James and Sam Torrance.
The NGM is an annual scratch tournament for category one golfers and adopts the format of a professional tour event with first tee announcements, on course set up and 9 and 18th hole scoreboards.
Click here to view the Northern Golf Masters 2017 results