Earlier in the year our Chief Executive, Eamonn Elliott, and friend, Paul Graham, took on an epic 250 mile bike ride across Wales, all in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. To end the year, we hosted a golf day to take their already raised £3000 over the £5000 goal, and we smashed it! With a donation included in the entry fee, mulligans to purchase on the day, raffle and auctions after dinner, we raised an additional £4000, taking the total to over £7000! The day even brought a few famous faces along with Boro Manager Tony Pulis, Newcastle football legend Alan Shearer and Geordie Shore’s Gary Beadle.
Like most golf clubs, October is the time for presentation evenings and to reflect on what has hopefully been a productive and enjoyable season for all golfers. Without a doubt one of the biggest cheers on the night belonged to our little superstar, 8 year old Tom Hartshorne after he won our August major competition, the 36 hole ‘Grassholme Goblet’. Beating 112 adults, Tom was one of two players who managed to finish the 36 hole event under nett par, with a total of 140 (-4) all whilst playing of a handicap of only 21 (now down to 20)! From all of us that know Tom at Rockliffe Hall, we know that he has a very bright future ahead, let’s see what 2019 will bring him.
It’s not only amateur golfers that get to celebrate in October; we were the host venue for the North East North West PGA presentation, presenting all the local PGA golf professionals with trophies for their victories in various tournaments, Pro-Am’s and order of merit winners. Of course, it would only be fitting to make a golf day out of this presentation evening, and the standard was certainly an impressive way to end the season. With half the field of professionals finishing their round under par, it was Craig Goodfellow from Carlisle Driving Range and David Clark from Morpeth GC, slowly becoming known as Mr Rockliffe Hall after cleaning up here this year, who both shared victory with their impressive scores of 66 (-6).
The end of October means only 1 thing, Halloween… but thankfully there are no horror stories here, I’m actually on about winter golf. Now I know a large number of golfers are ‘fair weather golfers’, but that doesn’t mean throughout winter we don’t get fair weather, and we still have exciting competitions to enter. This winter we have 3 Pairs Opens competitions (November 25th, January 27th 2019 and March 3rd 2019), our new and exciting Christmas Team Texas Scramble Competition on December 16th along with the return of our popular Winter Sprinter competitions. Plenty of reasons not to store the golf clubs in the back of the garage until April.
As I mentioned in last month’s blog, our inaugural Christmas Team Texas Scramble has had a huge interest with only a very few spaces remaining. We’ll start the day with hot toddy’s and mince pies to get the Christmas feeling flowing. Followed by 18 holes of Texas Scramble which in my opinion is the most exciting team format, but let’s not forget the ‘Best Christmas Jumper’ competition that has to be worn all the way round! Then to top off the day, what better way than a true Christmas Dinner, but don’t fret if you’re not a Turkey fan, there’s beef too.
The tournament is sponsored by J Lindeberg and Douglas Liang Whisky and we’ll also have a stall set up with Christmas deals from both J Lindeberg and the Spa at Rockliffe Hall, for those last minute Christmas presents!
With no winter greens or tee boxes and over 12 miles of underground drainage, make Rockliffe Hall your perfect winter day out; don’t hide the golf clubs away!
Until next time, keep golfing!