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Wee Wonder wins the Grassholme Goblet

One of Rockliffe Hall’s youngest golf members has beaten more than 100 adults in a tournament at Rockliffe Hall. 

Tom Hartshorne, eight, won the Grassholme Goblet with a four under handicap total score for his 36 holes. 

The tournament took place over the weekend of 4th and 5th August 2018.  Over 100 members set out on the first round and the best 40 made the cut for the second round, with Tom in fourth place, two shots off the lead.  After a near-perfect second round, he rose to the top of the leader-board and claimed the trophy by two strokes.

Tom, who lives in Eaglescliffe and attends the local Durham Lane Primary School, first became a member of Rockliffe Hall through the ‘Wee Wonders’ initiative to encourage young talent in to the sport. His Father, Ally, is also a member of the prestigious course, playing off a handicap of three.

Ally, who didn’t play in the tournament, told the Northern Echo: “Words can’t describe how proud we are of him. He has such a great talent and we’re just trying to keep his feet on the ground.  He first picked up one of my clubs and started putting with it when he was just 18 months old and he’s just taken to it.”

Jonny Dye, Golf Professional at Rockliffe Hall said: “Tom has progressed so much recently we felt he was ready to enter an adult’s tournament, when he came in fourth after the first round we were all rooting for him. We didn’t expect Tom to win, but when he did we were so delighted! He has so much potential, and is very committed to the sport. It’s great to see his hard work paying off.”

Tom, who has attracted attention from many local media outlets since his win, says he dreams of becoming a professional golfer like his idols Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods and playing golf professionally in the future. He said “I wanted to try and show everyone how good I am and I’m absolutely happy to have won.”

Tom is a member of Rockliffe Hall and Dinsdale Spa golf courses, and is coached by James Hare.

You can read Peter Barron’s article about Tom’s win on the Northern Echo website here.  

To find out more about golf at Rockliffe Hall please call the Professional Shop on 01325 729999 or email golf@rockliffehall.com.