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Teddy tees off at Trilby Tour Grand Final at Rockliffe Hall

August 30, 2013

Golfers from across the UK- including football legend Teddy Sheringham- arrived at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham this week (Wednesday August 29th ) to take part in the Grand Final of one of the UK's most prestigious, amateur, televised golf tournaments.

For the last two years, the 5* resort has hosted the Championship of Durham tournament of the William Hunt Trilby Tour but, thanks to Rockliffe Hall's reputation, the tour chose to hold this year's Grand Final at the resort.

This year was the first time that the final was held in the North with previous venues including The Buckinghamshire, London Golf Club and Stoke Park- all in the south of England.

The eventual winner this year was Seb Carmichael-Brown, from The Shire Golf Club in Hertfordshire, with Paul Rogers, David Smith and Ashley Alina all making the final play-off on the day.

Local golfer, Neil Riddell from Darlington, also played on the day and scored a total of 34 points. Teddy Sheringham came in with a final score of 28.

The Trilby Tour Matchplay, singles and pairs, now takes place at Rockliffe Hall this Monday (2nd September) as part of the Trilby Tour series, again featuring players from all over the UK with around 40 players taking part along with 40 caddies.

William Hunt, Trilby Tour founder, said: "This year's Trilby Tour Grand Final at Rockliffe Hall was a great success as it's a fantastic venue with incredible facilities and offers one of the most challenging courses in the UK. When we held the Trilby Tour Durham Championship at Rockliffe Hall over the previous two seasons there was such a buzz about the place and we were proud to host the Grand Final there this year."

Nick Holmes, MD of Rockliffe Hall, added: "It's a really exciting time for golf in the North East. We're attracting hundreds of people from all over the UK and putting not just Rockliffe Hall, but also our region, on the map. The Trilby has been an immense success and it was great to see our local player reaching the final- not to mention Teddy Sheringham. We're now looking forward to the English Senior Open which will take place in October and is a real coup for us."

Last week it was announced that the PGA has chosen to hold one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Senior Tour at Rockliffe Hall. The English Senior Open attracts names such as Roger Chapman and Carl Mason as well as former Ryder Cup captains, Ian Woosnan and Sam Torrance, and will be held at the resort this year and next year.

The English Senior Open will be the biggest tournament 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. Ten thousand spectators are expected during the three day event which takes place from Friday 4 th until Sunday 6 th October, with two pro-am tournaments in the week leading up to it.

Rockliffe Hall's world-class golf course is recognised as one of the best in the UK and was strategically designed by top golf architect, Marc Westonborg from Hawtrees. Thanks to its engineering and construction, the course remains open all year round and benefits from no winter greens. 

As well as hosting a number of high profile tournaments, Rockliffe Hall is also home to a highly-regarded golf academy, offering coaching from respected PGA golf professionals.

The Trilby Tour is the UK's premier televised amateur golf tournament, broadcast exclusively across the Sky Sports network attracting over two million viewers, and was founded by world-renowned fashion designer and golf enthusiast, William Hunt.

Over 1,000 golfers competed in the Trilby Tour's eight regional championships to win their place in the Grand Final at Rockliffe Hall.

Amateurs compete under professional conditions in the 'winner takes all' tournament, with every shot filmed for millions of Sky Sports viewers. Each player will received a full William Hunt golf outfit, trilby hat, limited edition golf bag and caddy outfit.

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