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Closing date looms for the North East’s major amateur golf tournament

July 10, 2014

Golfers across the North East have only a few days left to get their entries in for the region's biggest amateur golf tournament.

A limited number of places are available for the Northern Golf Masters (NGM), which is being held at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth on Sunday July 27th. The closing date for entries is Friday July 11th.

As the County Durham resort prepares to welcome some of the world's biggest golf stars for the European Tour English Senior Open in August, amateur golfers are being given the chance to play the same course and be crowned the best in the North as the NGM returns for the third year running.

Category one golfers from across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria can take part in the tournament and represent their club. Entries can be made at by visiting

Now in its third year, the competition has been oversubscribed for the last two years and is proving even more popular this year as golfers can take to the same course as the golfing greats who played at last year's English Senior Open. Rockliffe Hall's course will even be set the same as this major tournament to give golfers a real flavour of what it's like to play in a top competition on a world class course.

The scratch tournament is for category one golfers and adopts the format of a professional tour event. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place around 100 golfers expected to enter. Places are limited and registration is £30 per person which includes a NGM gift pack with concessionary rates for practice rounds available for anyone confirmed as participating.

Speaking about the NGM, head PGA professional at Rockliffe Hall, Jon Stacey, said : "It's a really exciting time to be part of Rockliffe Hall golf club with the European Seniors returning and those taking part in this year's NGMs will be playing the same course as the English Senior Open which is a real experience.

"The NGM has built up a real following over the last three years and this year looks like being the best yet."

Last year's winner was former EuroPro Tour golfer, Daniel Shevill, who won a dramatic four-man play-off at Rockliffe Hall. The 24 year old, from Stocksfield, was the second winner following in the success of Whickham golfer, James Simpson, in the NGM's inaugural year.

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 holding high profile tournaments and golf days, Rockliffe Hall is also home to a highly-regarded golf academy, offering coaching from respected PGA golf professionals.

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