Daniel Norman wins the Northern Golf Masters trophy at Rockliffe Hall

Golfers across the North East took part in the region’s premier amateur golf tournament this weekend, which returned for its tenth year.

Daniel Norman of Teesside Golf Club was crowned the overall winner of this year’s Northern Golf Masters (NGM) tournament, held on Sunday 9th October at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham.

The Northern Golf Masters tournament challenges the best club golfers from across Teesside, County Durham, North Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria to be named the number one amateur golfer in the North of England.

The scratch competition is for category one golfers and adopts the format of a professional tour event with first tee announcements and up-to-the-minute live scoring. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place.

The prestigious tournament was played from the black tees and 20-year-old Daniel, a newcomer to the event, was the eventual winner after a birdie on the 17th hole secured him a solid 1 under par on the back 9 and an overall score of par 72.

Heworth Golf Club’s Will Marshall came second in the NGM with a score of 2 over par 74.

James Gerencser, of South Shields Golf Club, came third with an eventual score of 4 over par with a round of 76.

Daniel said of his win: “I was playing well coming into the tournament, but the front nine was a struggle for me and I missed a couple of chances on the greens. I knew the scores were close, but the back nine was superb and my game came into its own.”

He continued: “I’ve not played in a tournament at Rockliffe before, but I’ve played previously with work and always find the course to be in exceptional condition, particularly the greens which are always fast and provide a tough challenge.”

Director of Golf and Estates at Rockliffe Hall, Callum Nicoll, said: “Amateur competitions such as the Northern Golf Masters are vital for golfers at this level. For this year’s event we played the course off the black tees, which all those taking part found really challenging. It was fantastic to see such a great calibre of golfer attending, the course was in exceptional condition and the competition was very close throughout the day. A huge well done to this year’s winner and runners up.”

Rockliffe Hall’s world-class golf course is recognised as one of the best in the UK and was strategically designed by top golf architect, Marc Westonborg from Hawtree. Thanks to its engineering and construction, the course remains open all year round and benefits from no winter greens or tees. Works have taken place on the golf course this year to improve the bunkers and further enhance the course’s drainage.

Last year’s NGM winner was Lewis Rowley, who shot 2 under par to score 70, winning by 4 shots.

For the full results from the 2022 NGM event please follow the link below. 

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