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Ryder Cup captains Woosnam and James to play Rockliffe Hall

October 17, 2013

Some of the world's best golfers have this week confirmed that they will play in next month's English Senior Open being held at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham.

As tickets went on sale, some of the game's biggest names confirmed their intention to play in the tournament at the 5* resort which takes place from October 4th -6th . These include Ian Woosnam, defending champion Carl Mason, Mark James and Senior Tour favourites such as Barry Lane , Des Smyth, Peter Fowler and 'rookie on the rise' Paul Wesselingh.

Representing the North East will be Roger Roper (Rockliffe Hall), Graeme Bell (Eaglescliffe) and John Harrison (Matfen Hall).

Tickets are now on sale priced at £10 in advance (£15 on the day) and are available via or by calling 0800 023 2557.

Warwick Brindle, Chairman of Rockliffe Hall, said: "The names so far that have confirmed their intention to play are phenomenal and we're really looking forward to them enjoying our course at Rockliffe Hall. Hosting such a huge event- the biggest tournament of its kind to be held in the North East for many years- is such a great honour not only for us, but the whole region. We're hoping to attract thousands of golf fans during the three-day event which will help even more in putting the North East on the map for world-class sporting events, following the success of The Ashes at Chester-le-Street." 

Andy Stubbs, managing director of the European Senior Tour, added: "Over recent years, we have discussed with Rockliffe Hall their ambition of hosting a Tour event, therefore we are delighted that this will now happen with the return of the English Senior Open to the Senior Tour schedule. The course and hotel facilities at Rockliffe Hall are superb and the legends of senior golf are certain to enjoy participating at the venue over the next two years."

Representatives from the European Tour announced the reintroduction of the English Senior Open to the Senior Tour schedule for 2013 and 2014 at Rockliffe Hall in August. Last played in 2007 at St Mellion, the English Senior Open will be held at Rockliffe Hall this year and next year.

The tournament will be the biggest of its kind to be held in the North East region for many years and follows the area's recent success in holding The Ashes. Thousands of spectators are expected during the three day event, with a pro-am tournament being held on the Thursday with 20 teams taking part.

With a prize fund of £200,000, the English Senior Open will be the fourth event of 2013 to be played in England, following June's ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship at De Mottram Hall, the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex at Royal Birkdale in July and the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters, which takes place at Woburn Golf Club.

Despite only opening four years ago, Rockliffe Hall has quickly gained a reputation as a world-class golf resort and has become home to a variety of high profile golf tournaments including the William Hunt Trilby Tour Grand Final and the Northern Golf Masters. The resort was selected as the Olympic training camp for both the US Ladies football team and Team GB's Men's and Ladies teams prior to their London 2012 campaigns and was also chosen as an official FIFA training venue for the 2014 World Cup bid.

The course was strategically designed by world-leading golf architect, Marc Westonborg from Hawtrees, and, thanks to its engineering and construction, the course remains open all year round and benefits from no winter greens.

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