July was a busy month for golf at Rockliffe Hall. Whether it’s taking part in one of the Corporate or Charity golf days, or even just pulling a few friends together and enjoying the glorious amounts of warm weather we’ve been having, the course has been buzzing.
With all of the golfers enjoying the weather, spare a thought for the Greenstaff who have to work extra hard to keep the golf course in top condition. Not only do they have to go about their busy daily schedule, but because of the dry weather they’re having to add an even more intense irrigation programme to keep the ground watered.
With that said, we couldn’t have picked a better day to host our 2018 MASFab North of England Foursomes event on July 11th.
The event consists of pairs of either professional golfers and/or category 1 handicap golfers, played over 36 holes with one of the biggest prize pots to play for in the North of England. The event is in its third year and keeps on growing from strength to strength.
2016 winners Matthew Webb (Golf Professional from Bedlington GC) and Alex Belt (Golf Professional from Snainton Golf) very nearly tasted victory again with a great score of gross 143 (-1) to claim second place, but this year new names grace the trophy. With local golf professionals David Clark from Morpeth GC and Mark Ridley from South Moor GC claiming first prize with a very impressive gross score of 140 (-4) and taking home the £1000 each first place cheque.
It’s not only the golf course that has been having recent success, within The Clubhouse changes are happening too. Long term team member Alex Carter has recently been named our new Assistant Clubhouse Manager, much to the delights of his peers, our golf members and regular guests of the restaurant. It’s another great step forward in our quest at Rockliffe Hall to be ever improving within the golf department, and Alex will definitely add to The Clubhouse restaurant and Spike Bar experience.
A major golf tournament on the TV is one of the best ways to rekindle the urge to play better golf, and what better major is there than our very own Open Championship. Whether you haven’t played golf in a while and feel like you’ve lost the love, or maybe just want to try and hit a flop shot over your friends like Phil Mickelson, the stage was set for the 147th Open.
With the hot and dry British summer somewhat taming the infamous Carnoustie Links, would the scoring go lower than ever, or would the other defences of the golf course such as the strong winds bite back. Well… for the first three days, the answer was no, not really. This made for an extra special Saturday ‘Moving Day’! With Justin Rose scoring his career low Open Championship round of 64, equalling the lowest round a Carnoustie. And more players breaking par on Saturday after the cut was made, than broke par on Friday with a full field! The Leaderboard was in a very exciting position going into Sunday.
Would Jordan Speith join a very short list of only Tiger Woods and Tom Morris Jnr. to win 4 majors before their 25th birthday? Was it time for the return of the Tiger to relight the hunt to beat Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major victories? Or would Tommy Fleetwood or Justin Rose be the first Englishman to win since Nick Faldo in 1992? As it turns out, going 37 holes without a bogey around Carnoustie Links deserves the opportunity to lift up the Claret Jug for the very first time. The first Italian to win the Open Championship, Francesco Molinari is crowned the 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year.
Until next time, keep golfing!