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Ten-year-old Tom wins again

Tom Hartshorne, a 10-year-old golfer from Eaglescliffe, has proved one again that he’s destined to go far in the sport after winning another major competition at Rockliffe Hall.

The Durham Lane Primary School pupil won The Rockliffe Masters members competition at the five star resort this weekend, with a score of 77 stableford points (5 under his handicap), over the two days.

There was a strong turnout for the event with 130 people playing on the first day, the top 40 qualifying for day two. Tom’s dad, Ally, says: “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 hit a hole in one on the 15th at Rockliffe, now sees his handicap brought down to 12. Tom says: “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 Golf where he receives regular coaching from Head of Instruction, Simon Robinson and has learnt from Director of Golf, Martyn Stubbings, since he first picked up a golf club.

Ally continues: “Tom’s game has come on in 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, says: “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.”