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Top names double visitors to NE’s biggest golf tournament

August 29, 2014

Around 10,000 spectators visited the region's biggest golf tournament of the last few years to see former Ryder Cup captains Ian Woosnam OBE, Sam Torrance OBE and Mark James take to Rockliffe Hall's golf course for the European Senior Tour English Senior Open.

Argentinian, Cesar Monasterio, was the final winner with England's Barry Lane and Scotland's Andrew Oldcorn tied in second place .

The three day event, which was at Rockliffe Hall for the second year running and took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 22nd -Sunday 24th ), attracted visitors from all over the North of England, Midlands and Scotland who watched 72 w orld class golfers compete on Rockliffe Hall's golf course.

As well as the former Ryder Cup captains going  head to head, other prestigious names taking part in this year's European Senior Tour English Senior Open included Carl Mason, Des Smyth, Peter Fowler and Paul Wesselingh, who won last year's Order of Merit. Steen Tinning also returned to Rockliffe Hall to defend his title, having won last year, but only managed 1th place.

This year's English Senior Open event attracted almost double the number of visitors as last year with many travelling form outside of the North East and staying at local hotels and helping to boost tourism in the region.

Chairman of Rockliffe Hall, Warwick Brindle, said: " The return of the English Senior Open has been one of the most successful events we have ever held at Rockliffe Hall. It's been a real coup for the North East of England to hold such a prestigious sporting event and we'd like to thank the people behind the Tour, the golfers, our sponsors and, most importantly, the members of the public that came and made it such a fantastic event for the second year running. We doubled the numbers that attended last year and, speaking to many of the spectators, lots had made a special trip to the region which, we hope, will also help to boost tourism in the County Durham region."

Speaking about his victory at Rockliffe Hall, Cesar Monasterio said: "I am very happy, it's difficult to explain. The whole week has been very enjoyable, every day has been good and the course is in excellent condition and it is an unbelievable tournament."

Due to popular demand following the English Senior Open, a special open day is being held at Rockliffe Hall on Sunday 7 th September for anyone interested in membership opportunities, meeting the golf team, touring the course and taking part in a taster session with Rockliffe Hall's PGA professionals. For more details contact 01325 729987 or email ashley.dale@rockliffehall.com








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