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19 July 2019 2019 McGREGOR TROPHY

Several competitors in this year's North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship did themselves proud in England Golf's McGregor Trophy held at the host club Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham where the event was inaugurated in 1982. Special congratulations to 14-year-old Harley Smith, who closed with a 74 to claim a five-shot victory in the Jean Case Salver for the leading competitor under the age of 15. Harley, from The Rayleigh Club in Essex, set himself up for victory with a superb five-under par 65 in the morning to finish 5 shots in front of Italy’s Pietro Guido Fenoglio [Royal Park Roveri] on one under par 283, to finish tied overall in sixth place

Ireland’s Joshua Hill shot a level par 70 in the last round to come from behind and win the English Boys’ Under 16 Stroke Play Championship. The 15-year-old from Galgorm Castle GC began his final round 4 shots behind Scottish Under 16 champion Cameron Adam, of the Royal Burgess Golfing Society, Edinburgh, but took advantage when the Scot carded two double bogeys in his opening nine of 40, before coming home in 35. Hill’s four-under par aggregate of 276 was enough to see him finish one shot ahead of Adam, and 3 in front of Spain’s Eduardo De los Rios, Club de Campo Laukariz, whose closing round of 67 included seven birdies and a seven on the par 5 seventh hole.

16 July 2019 ENTRIES CLOSED !
  Entries have now closed for the 2019 Championship. Entries have been received from to date from 23 English counties, plus 4 from the Scottish counties of Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, Fife and Renfrewshire, 1 from the Netherlands, and 1 from Belgium. The entries received to date include 20 girls [21%] and 22 players under 12 years of age [23%]. More than half of the entries received are from 38 clubs situated in the North of England, with 15 entries from 11 clubs in the Midlands, 21 entries from 14 clubs in the South East, and 3 entries from 2 clubs in the South West. Just short of half of the field are single figure handicap players [47%], and 72 are Category One or Category Two players [76%]. The average handicap of all the players currently standing at 10.  There are currently 3 players in the field under ten years of age, nine year-old Matthew Kim, who plays off a handicap of 12 at the Cuddington GC, Surrey, isthe youngest player to enter the event, by a little over three weeks from Arthur Saunders of the Littlestone GC, Kent, Alex Boyes won the Graeme Storm Under 12 Mini Storm Trophy, makes up the trio.
  The kids from Bloemfonteinl School enjoyed a fun day of coaching yesterday at the South Moor Golf Club with PGA European Tour Professional, Graeme Storm.
26 June 2019



The newly furnished 23 bedroom Hotel 52, which generously offered a 15% discount off it's standard rates for competitors in the 2019 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship has recently advised us it is now fully booked and unable to accept any furtherreservations during the period of the Championship.

24 June 2019



Congratulations to ten Year-old Alex Boyes, who plays off a current handicap of 17 at the Eaglescliffe GC, Teeside. Alex won the Graeme Storm Under 12 Mini Storm Trophy a week ago, and for his trouble now receives a free entry into the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship.

Congratulations Alex, we look forward to seeing you at South Moor later this year.

PGA European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April 2016. Open to boys and girls aged between 11 and 18, the tournament is held annually at the Hartlepool Golf Club, with the highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 sections allocated an invitation to compete in the 54 hole North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, providing they fulfil the  entry requirements.



Image: Graeme Storm


Thirteen year-old regular competitor in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship, Freddie McKenna, earned his entry into this year's event through his gross win of 68 in the under 14 section of the Graeme Storm Junior Championship held at the Hartlepool Golf Club. Freddie is a member of the Tynemouth GC, Tyne & Wear, and playes off a handicap of 2.                                                        Six handicap Imogen Williamson won the girls section with a gross score of 88, but unfortunately is unable to accept the invitation as the Championship coincides with apre-arranged family holiday in Majorca.                                                                                                      Congratulations Freddie, and we're sorry we won't be seeing you at South Moor this year Imogen, but hope you have a great holiday.


Have a look at this great video on the subject of South Moor Golf Club, its history, development plans, featuring the Club Chairman, Guy Carr [pictured above], and 11 year old Morgan Bailey. Its so good it makes you want to play there !



Sixteen year old Ben Schmidt of the Rotherham Golf Club, Yorkshire became the youngest ever winner of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play, one of the most sought-after titles in international men’s amateur golf for England Golf's prestigious Brabazon Trophy, with a sub-par score of 271, 13 under par.

Ben played in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Championship in 2016, finishing tied 4th place with a score of 232.

Ben took advantage of the exemption he earned when he won the 2018 English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament.


Hotel 52 is a newly furnished 23 bedroom hotel located in the centre of Stanley, County Durham, just a few minutes drive away fro the South Moor GC. Each of it's rooms has been refurbished and offers en-suite facilities.Meals are served in the hotel's own restaurant, which is situated adjacent to the hotel.

Hotel 52 has agreed to offer a 15% discount on it's standard rates for competitors in the 2019 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship. To claim a competitors discount simply quote: Competitors Discount Code - GOLF15 when making a reservation.

Stanley Hotel 52, Joicey Square, Stanley, County Durham. DH9 0P,  Telephone: 01207 263 790.  Email: stanley@hotel52.co.uk


04 May, 2019



15 April 2019 R & A RULE CHANGES FOR 2019

The R & A a to fill the needs of ttoday's g;lobal game.nd the USGA have announced changes to the Rules of Golf effective from January 2019. The changes are designed to bring the Rules of Golf up to date for today's global game.

Make sure you don't get caught out !

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Yesterday evening the Chairman of South Moor Golf Club Guy Carr, and tireless contributor towards the  North of England [Under 14] JuniorOpen Stroke-play Championship, was delighted to announce,

'we have already reached 50 entries, from all over the UK and Europe for this years Championship, and are currently six weeks ahead [number wise], of where we were in 2018, when we ended up with 93 players.
With event sponsorship from Srimger and Oakes, a part of St James Place Wealth Management, and Rossall School, the event looks to grow again in 2019.
We will be looking for volunteers and helpers for the event to come forward soon, with a bumper field, plenty of help will be required !'

  The first entry from an overseas country was received earlier today from 13 year old Mattias Henke in the Hague, Netherlands, who playes off a handicap of 8 at the Broekpolder Golf Club, one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands.
  As the closing date for entries for this year's Championship is fast approaching, it seemed opportune to remind junior golfers who wish to compete, to submit their entry forms in good time. The 54 hole Scratch Championship will be held over the South Moor golf course in County Durham, commencing on Wednesday, 31 July- Friday 2 August. Clsoing date for entries is Monday, 15 July.. Don't miss it !

Faye Wheatley will return to South Moor Golf Club in the summer to make a final bid for the girls's title in the 2019 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship. Thirteen year-old Faye plays out of the Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club off a handicap of five.

  Guy Carr retweeted, 'Parents are Important Too !', a great relective article published by ' Playing Pasts' an on-line sports magazine, written by Roy Case, the Tournament Organiser of the North of England  [Under 14] Championship. Check it out CLICK HERE .

South Moor Golf Club is pleased to welcome Rossall School as a major sponsor for the the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship. Rossall will join with the St. James Wealth Management Group and add its support for the growing popularity of the Championship.

Set in an historic 160 acre campus, on the picturesque Lancashire coastline, Rossall School is one of the country’s leading independent co-educational boarding and day schools. Dating back to 1844, it combines a traditional British education with a modern approach, where its pupils can enjoy learning, in a safe and secure environment.

Steeped in sporting excellence, the Rossall School Golf Academy has been ranked number 1 by the Independent Schools Golf Association. It boasts an indoor golf studio, equipped with the latest video analysis equipment and GC2 launch monitor/simulator,

The Director of Golf and resident PGA golf professional coach is Stuart Hemmings, who throughout his career has competed at both amateur and professional level since 1991.

For further information visit: about-rossall


Director of Golf - Stuart Hemmings

Thirteen year-old Cameron Gilray is the first youngster from the South Moor Golf Club to enter the 2019 North of England  [Under 14] Championship. Cameron, who plays off 11 handicap, will be maiking his second appearance in the event.

Dubai-born teenager, Josh Hill, who won the 2017 North of England  [Under 14] Championship at the age of 13, has recorded a statistic any PGA touring professional would be proud of. Josh is now one of the hottest amateur prospect in junior golf. Since February 2018, he has returned an amazing 54 under par aggregate total in an 11 tournament run .

A member at the Jumeirah Golf Estates Club, Josh's winning habit is hard to keep track of. 

In the 3 months ending in late April 2018, he rattled off a staggering 8 tournament wins, 6 of which came in Men’s Open events. Josh ran away with the Emirates Golf Federation Order of Merit title after creating new course records of 65 and 68 at the Trump Dubai and the Track golf courses respectively.  

Although not all teen golfing prodigies go on to become golfing professional super- stars, his progress so far is an encouraging pointer towards a powerfully impressive future in the game. Those in the know predict Josh Hill is the real deal.

And don’t forget … you saw him first !

It was in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship held at the South Moor Golf Club in 2016, when the +2 handicap, thirteen year-old Josh, who won the Under 12's title in 2016, showed his class, carding the best round of the final day, to make up a 3 shot deficit witha quality round of 75, to climb through the field and take the title with a score of 229, one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

Josh Hill relaxes before the start of his final round.

13 January, 2019


Confirmation has been received from Joshua Berry of the Doncaster GC, South Yorkshire will be returning to South Moor GC in August to defend the North of England [Under 14] title he won last year. Joshua now plays off a handicap of +0.2.

The 2018 Championship ended in front of an excited crowd, with 1 handicap Joshua Berry triumphant 4 over par score of 76 - 73 - 71 -220 to win by two strokes from Scotland's Cormac Sharpe of Blairgowrie GC, Perthshire. Scratch golfer Cormac finished with a final round of 76 - 76 - 73 - 222. In third place was another Scot, Ruben Lindsay of the Ayr Bellisle GC, who produced an excellent sub-par final round to end his challenge with scores of 74 - 79 - 70 - 223. Josh won the Under 12's section of the tournament in 2017.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Image: Josh Berry

13 January, 2019


Agreement has recently been reached with European Tour pro Graeme Storm that, subject to the terms and conditions of entry of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship, free entry will once again be granted to the leading boy and girl in the Under 14's section of the Graeme Storm Junior Open tournament, which is to be held at the Hartlepool GC, County Durham, on the 27th April, 2019.



The number of books published on the subject of cricket are numerous and varied, most of which relate to the men’s game. Despite the recent success and rapidly developing interest in women’s cricket, books examining this topic are relatively scarce. 

The Pebble in my Shoe ranges from the 18th century to the present day and examines, in some detail, numerous heroines of the sport, the famous Pittwater Picnic held in Australia in 1934, the Colwall Festival of Cricket, the Women’s World Cup, the Women’s Ashes, and much, much more.

The Pebble in My Shoe. An Anthology of Women’s Cricket, was written and compiled by Roy Case, and will be out soon,  available through the author, or on http://www.amazon.co.uk and  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/

Published by AuthorHouse UK - www.authorhouse.co.uk 0800 197 4150

Ebook:         @ £  2.99    ISBN978-1-5462-9980-6

Soft cover:   @ £ 12.95   ISBN978-1-5462-9981-3

Hard Cover: @ £ 23.99   ISBN978-1-5462-9982-0

As a lover of sport I hope you will find of interest.

Other publications include: 

The McGregor Story. The First Thirty Years - 2008. 

Many of the world’s leading professional golfers competed in the McGregor Trophy as youngsters, and fondly remember the important part the tournament played in their development. The McGregor Trophy was inaugurated and was later adopted in 1993 by England Golf as the English Boys’ Under 16 Open Stroke Play Championship.

The Victorian Pioneers - 2016

An appealing story of a team of a dozen English cricketers which in 1859 travelled to Canada and North America to compete in the first inter-continental cricket tour.


4th August 2018

09.45  hours

In an exciting finish in front of a packed crowd around the 18th green, 1 handicap Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire] triumphed with a fine 4 over par score of 76 - 73 - 71 -220 to win by two strokes from Scotland's Cormac Sharpe [Blairgowrie GC, Perthshire] scratch golfer Cormac finished with a final round of 76 - 76 - 73 - 222. Josh won the Under12's section of the tournament last year. In third place was another Scot, Ruben Lindsay [Ayr Bellisle GC, Ayrshire] who ended his final round with an excellentsub-par score for scores of 74 - 79 - 70 - 223.

And yet another Scot, Fergus Brown [Gullane GC, East Lothian], took the Under 12's gross honours with scores of 82 - 78 - 79 - 239. Miss Rosanna Halls [Cleobury Mortimer GC, Worcestershire] shot a fine final round shooting two under par, for scores of 76 - 79 - 71 - 226, taking out Gosforth Park Ladies hot-tip Miss Libby Bell, who ended her challenge in second place on 229.

Fourteen hancicap Sam Envis [Cosby GC, Leicestershire] won the handicap trophy with nett scores of 67 - 73 - 64 - 204, and12 handicap Luke Schmidt [Rotherham GC, Yorkshire] scooped up the Under 12's handicap prize with scores of 65 - 70 - 75 - 210. Stoke Park GC's Miss Rachel MacKinlay won the girls under 12 prize with a total score of 74 - 68 - 70 - 212 off a handicap of 15.

And not least, Scotland came to the fore once again, with the Scotland 1 team winning the 2018 North of England Under 14 Junior Open Championship Team Trophy. With the best two scores to count from the three man team of Ruben Lindsay, Bellisle GC, Cormac Sharpe, Blairgowrie GC and Valdemar Hundeboll, North Berwick GC, returned a 72 hole gross score of 302. Two strokes ahead of the Yorkshire Tykes team of Joshua Berry, Louie Walsh and Dylan Shaw Radford.

The final group of players approaching the 16th green on the final day.


It was also great to welcome European Tour player, Graeme Strorm, to the Championship who came along with his family to watch and encourage the youngsters. Thanks also to the South Moor GC Captains, Paul Soulsby and Mrs. Dawn Harrison who presented the prizes, assisted by Austin Anderson, from sponsors the St James Place Wealth Management Group.

Finally, grateful thanks must be registered for the tremendous support of the members of South Moor GC, especially the Club Chairman, Guy Carr and the army of volunteers he recruited, far to numerous to mention by name, including the Starters, Administrators on the Registration Desk, Ladies on the Master Scoreboard, the Catering and Bar Staff, the Professional and his team, the Course Marshalls, and of course the Greens Staff, who prepared the course in superb condition, especially when taking account of the extremely hot summer. Pity it had to spoil itself by raining throughout most of the final day ... but that's golf !



Leaders on the Final Green


                                                Josh Berry [Doncaster GC]                                                          Fergus Brown [Gullane GC] with Josh Berry


                                       Rosanna Halls [Cleobury Mortimer GC]                               Josh Berry, Rosanna Halls, Ruben Lindsay [Ayr Bellisle GC] Fergus Brown

                                                                                                                                  and Austin Anderson of the sponsors St. James Wealth Management Group

3rd August 2018

17.15  hours

Harley Smith, the Ryaleigh GC, Essex leap-frogs the field after shooting a two under par 69 for a 54 hole total of 227, bt not for long as Oliver Brunt, Gog Magog GC, Cambridgeshire and Miss Rosanna Halls, Cleobury Mortimer GC, Worcestershire leap into a one shot lead.

3rd August 2018

16.35  hours

With just a few groups left out on the course the lead continues to shuffle as the final groups approach the last few holes. Jake Antoun of Kings Hill GC, Kent currently tops the field on 232, five shots clear of Morgan Bythe , Matfen Hall GC, Northumberland and Louie Walsh, Crow Nest Park GC, Yorkshire. Miss Faye Wheatley, Gosforth Park Ladies GC,currently leads the girls on 238, and Fergus Brown, Gullane GC, Scotland is in front for the Under 12's.

3rd August 2018

16.00  hours

After 11 holes played Joshua Berry of the Doncaster GC, Yorkshire leads Cormac Sharpe, Blairgowrie GC by one stroke, with Ben Willis slipping away to four back.

3rd August 2018

15.30  hours

Two thirds of the field are back in the clubhouse and the sun has blessed us with its presence. Leo Soe is the new leader from the Stockwood Park GC, Bedfordshire with a 54 hole score of 243, but his lead lasted only a few minutes as Scott Newman in the following group carded a 242.

3rd August 2018

12.15  hours

Although the course seems to be holding up well, intermittant bursts of heavy rain is making it difficult for the young competitors. The forecast is showing the weather clearing up in a couple of hours which would be a bonus to the late starters.

Nonetheless, A nice email from Ben Willis' mum and dad.

Dear Roy,

Thank you so much for all of the organisation that has taken place for
the U14's competition so far at South Moor.
We have been very impressed with the event so far and the wonderful
people we have met during our visit.
We hope that the rain does not affect the day too much and that all of
the players and their families enjoy their final day.
Our best wishes and appreciation,

Marie & Richard Willis

Thanks very much we're all glad you're enjoying your first visit to South Moor.

Image: 11.40 tie slot prepares tp tee off in heavy rain

3rd August 2018

10.15  hours

The first results of the 2018 North of England under 14 Junior Open Championship have now been confirmed, and the Team Trophy has been won by the team of Scotland 1. With the best two scores to count from the three man team of Ruben Lindsay, Bellisle GC, Cormac Sharpe, Blairgowrie GC and Valdemar Hundeboll, North Berwick GC, which returned a 72 hole gross score of 302. Two strokes ahead of the Yorkshire Tykes team of Joshua Berry, Louie Walsh and Dylan Shaw Radford.               

3rd August 2018

09.40  hours

Going in to the final day of play Ben Willis [Swaffham GC, Norfolk] heads the field with a three over par gross score of 147, chased by Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire] and Cormac Sharpe [Blairgowrie GC, Scotland] two strokes back.

Miss Libby Bell [Gosforth Park Ladies GC, Northumberand] heads up the girls field on 152, with Miss Rosanna Halls [Cleobury Mortimer GC Worcestershire] three strokes adrift.

Twelve handicap Luke Schmidt [Rotherham Gc, Yorkshire] is leading the Under 12's section with a nine under par 36 hole nett score of 135. Six handicap Fergus Brown [Gullane GC, Scotland] is lying in second place just one stroke adrift.

3rd August 2018

08.30  hours

The first groups are on the way in their final round, in a heavy shower of rain which is firecast to remain with us until lunch time. We're hoping to avoid the threat of thunderstorms.

3rd August 2018

07.30  hours

Good morning, and we're all set for the final days play. Although some rain is forecast, we're keeping everything crossed and hoping its not going to disrupt play.

Congratulations to Ben Willis of Swaffham GC, Norfolk who defended his first day lead going into the final round, with lst year's under 12 winner chasing him home.

Nice twitter feed from the Scottish coach, Spencer Henderson who wrote:

Allthe best to the young Scots playing in the North of England Under 14's Championship today. A fantastic development event at South Moor Gc. Highly recommend. Scotish Golf.

Thanks Spencer, much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                        Image: Ben Willis, Swaffham GC, Norfolk

2nd August 2018

18.10  hours

Miss Rosanna Halls, Cleobury Mortimer GC, Worcestershire steamed home with a score of 79 to jump to the top of the leaderbaord with a gross score of 155 for her 36 hole total. She was followed home by Ross Laird of the Falkirk GC, Scotland who carded a 75 to leap frog Rosanna and take top spot on 151. Oliver Brunt [Gog Magog GC, Cambridgeshire] came in two shots back on 153. And following that group in, in the penultimate group, Cormac Sharpe, Blairgowrie Gc, Scotland alongside Joshua Berry, Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire carded 73 apiece to share the lead with a gross total of 149. Ben Willis [Swaffham GC, Norfolk] held on to the lead with gross for a total of 147.

2nd August 2018

17.20  hours

With five groups left in the field, Reis Suart of the Welwyn Garden City GC, Hertfordshire and Rocky Chapman of the Wentworth GC, Surrey both returned scores of 76 to share the lead with a 36 hole gross total of 156, playing partner Ben Brown, Masham GC, Yorkshire carded a 79 to finish one shot back on 157.

2nd August 2018

16.25  hours

Samuel Envis, representing the Cosby GC, Leicestershire burst into the lead in the handicap section with a nett 73 to move into the lead with a 36 hole two under par score of 140.

2nd August 2018

16.00  hours

With two thirds of the field now safely home, Andrew Hendry [Craigielaw GC, Scotland] shares the lead with Satria Cumming [Lingdale GC, Leicestershire] with scores of 158. MaggieWhite head leads the under 12's and the girls sections with a score of 163. The lead in the handicap section is shared on a score of 142 nett by Oliver Butts [Matfen Hall, Northumberland], Miss Rachel MacKinlay [Stoke Park GC, Buckinghamshire] and local boy Cameron Gilray from the host club [South Moor GC, County Durham]..

2nd August 2018

14.00  hours

With temperatures hitting the mid-70's fhe final group are beginning their second 18 holes.

2nd August 2018

11.40  hours


Images:                                                                Starter Joe Scott preopares to send Junior  Libby Bell's little brother Jake prepares to practice

South Moor GC Club Chairman, Guy Carr,   Dobson [Matfen Hall GC, Northumberland]; putting.Maybe next year !

 reports toTyne Tees television in front of     Daniel Hayes [Bramhall GC, Cheshire];

the 18th green                                                    and Miss Rachel Seal [Pannal GC,


2nd August 2018

10.40  hours

Team Trophy.

Scotland 1 lead the North of England [Under 14] Team Trophy with a 36 holegross total of 150, from Ruben Lindsay [Belleisle GC], Cormac Sharpe [Blairgowrie GC] and Valdemar Hundeboll [ North Berwick GC], with the bhe best two scores from a team of three to count.

With a nett score 141, the leading handicap team is All Angels, made up of Gabriel Somerville Smith [Beamish Park GC, County Durham] and Cameron Gilray and Miss Morgan Bailey from the host club South Moor.







Image: Cameron Gilray sets off for his second round.

2nd August 2018

07.00  hours

Update on yesterday's play.

Ben Willis, who plays of 5 handicap and hails from the Swaffham GC, Norfolk, is heading up the leaderboard at the start of the days play with a level par score of 72. Ben is chased by scratch handicapper Ruben Lindsay, of the Ayr Bellisle GC, whois two shots back, heading up a strong Scottish contingent. A shot back on a score of 75 is Miss Libby Bell, from near neighbours Gosforth Park Ladies GC, in Northumberland, alongside Dyland Shaw Radford, from Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire.

Libby is currently leading the girls challenge, one stroke ahead of Miss Rosanna Halls , Cleobury Mortimer GC, Worcestershire. Libby earned her place in this year's championship after winning the girls under 14 section of the Graeme Storm Junior Open at Hartlepool earlier this summer.

Luke Schmidt, also playing out of The Huddersfield GC, leads the under 12's field with a gross score of 77, and is currenyl topping the handicap chase with his 7 under par nett contribution of 65.

2nd August 2018

06.45  hours

Good morning.

Its a glorious morning here at South Moor GC. The sun is shining and the greens staff are out preparing the course for today's challenge.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd share this kind email which I received yesterday evening following play.

Hi Roy

I just wanted to let you know, as a mother at home the information given out on your website is fantastic, regular updates are excellent and quick scoring. Many global tournament organises could learn a thing or 2.


Jackie Brown

Its nice to be appreciated, and I'm pleased people are enjoying the website, and thank you all for your kind words of encouragement. However, it’s a team effort, and the tournament's success is dependant upon so many willing volunteers from the South Moor club. From those working on reception, to the starters,the ladies maintaining the master scoreboard, the bar and catering staff, a tireless greens team, and not forgetting course marshalls, and so many others. I'm sure they’ll all be delighted their efforts are appreciated. Many thanks.

1st August 2018 See Live Scores above for the Round 1 Leaderboard.
1st August 2018 Its just approaching 18.15 hours and the final group of three are approaching the final green. Valdemar Hundeboll, North Berwick GC has cared a 76 to join the leading groups.
1st August 2018 With just six more groups left to cope with torrential rain, Ben Willis, who made the trip north from Swaffham GC in Norfolk, chucked in a magnificent score of 72 off ahandicap of 5 to take a three shot lead.
1st August 2018 Four handicap Miss Libby Bell, Gosforth Park Ladies GC, joins Dylan Shaw Radford at the top of the leader board with a fine gross score of 75. Libby earned a spot in the championship after winning the girlsunder 14 section of the Graeme Storm Junior Open at Hartlepool earlier this summer. With Alex Marshall , Farrington Park GC, Somerset, chasing the pack with a 76 to share second spot with Rosanna Halls.
1st August 2018 With nine groups of players left in the field the rain came down. Good for the course, but a bit of a handicap for the remaining players.
1st August 2018 Huddersfield GC is coming up trumps as five handicap Dylan Shaw Radfod leap-frogs above to rest of the field to take the lead with a gross score of 75.
1st August 2018 Two thirds of the field are now back in the clubhouse, and five handicap Miss Rosanna Halls, Cleobury Mortimer, Worcestershire has come home with a score of 76 to take the overall lead in the clubhouse at 16.40 hours. Louis Vallis, Thorndon Park GC, Essex joins Luke Schmidt in second spot a shot backon 77. Zara Ali is joined on 78 by Miss Faye Wheatley, Gosforth Park Ladies GC, and Tom Weeks, Burton on Trent, Derbyshire.
1st August 2018 With half the field of 90 players safely back in the clubhouse, Luke Schmidt, of the Rotherham GC, Yorkshire carded a 77 to jump into the lead at  15.20 hours. Luke's elder brother Ben finished in second spot to Conor Gough, in the McGregor Trophy at Kedleston Park GC, Derbyshire a couple of weeks ago, after leading for most of the championship. Zara's 78 leads the girls section, while Haydon Mustard from the Heworth GC, County Durham leads the under 12 section with an 81. 14 handicap Sam Envis from the Cosby GC, Leicestershire, currently leads the handicap section with a nett 67.
1st August 2018 Miss Zara Ali, of the Cookridge Hall GC, Yorkshire, shoots to the top of the leaderboard after carding a gross78 off a handicap of 11.
1st August 2018

Preparing to get going.


Practice field.                                                                                         Practice putting green

1st August 2018

Away we go !


Starter Bill Littlejohn gets the forst pair of                   Morgan Bailey, South Moor GC prepares                Emily Garbutt, Middlesbrough GC

Gabriel Somerville Smith, Beamish Park GC                to tee off with her partner Sadie Adams of the       meets her playing partners Rachel

and Cameron Hamilton, Bishop Auckland GC.            Burnley GC, Lancashire.                                          MacKInlay, StokePark GC and Cyndy

                                                                                                                                                                     Soe, Stockwood Park GC.

1st August 2018

Ready for the off at 08.50 this morning !

Leading the charge for County Durham will be Cameron Hamilton, of the Bishop Auckland GC, paired with Gabriel Somerville Smith from nearby Beamish Park GC. They will be chased by Miss Sadie Adams of the Burnley GC, Lancashire, and ten year old Morgan Bailey representing the host club South Moor.

The best of luck to all the competitors.

31 July, 2018

It's been a glorious day here at the South Moor GC in County Durham for the practice rounds of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship which starts tomorrow.

Bright sunshine with strong winds later in the day 90 of the UK's finest exciting young players are looking forward to the next three days of competitive golf, which includes representation from Wales, and a strong Scottish contingent from north of the border.

Former South Moor captain, Joe Scott, set the youngsters off on their exploratory round.



Eight handicappers Pierce MOSLEY, Epping GC, and Louis VALLIS,Thorndon Park GC, together with Luke SCHMIDT, Rotherham GC prepare to tee-off at the opening hole. 

Nine handicap Scott Newam,ns of the Kilmacolm GC, Scotland prepares to tee off in the 15.30 slot, watched by his younger brother.   

29 July 2018

Just received this email from the parents of Josh Hill, of the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE.

I though you might like to read the comments.

Dear Roy,

I am just writing to say Josh is sorry he can’t make it to the North of England u14 this year, I know Josh really wanted to defend his title, due to conflicting and tight schedule. Good Luck with the tournament this year and thank you for providing Josh with some very friendly and memorable early experiences of golf in the U.K. It has defiantly provided a solid platform for Josh to build and grow from. Thanks  to both you and South Moor.

Kind Regards

Russell Hill [ Josh Hill's father]

Josh put in a creditable performance in the McGregor Trophy, which was held at Kedleston Park GC, in Derbyshires a short while ago. Incidentally.the winner, Francesco Molinari, and runner up, Justin Rose, in The Open Championship held at Carnoustie were both McGregor players.A future aim perhaps !

Image: The Hill family following Josh's win in the 2017 Championship

26 July 2018

Be Prepared !

Should the current hot and humid weather conditions continue throughout the next week or so be well prepared to compete in the coming Championship. You'll be spending a considerable time exposed to to the sun during each of the days of play so:

* Ensure you have plenty of a high factor sun cream with you and apply it liberally.

* Protect the top pf your head and wear a hat.

* Carry a plentiful supply of water and keep hydrated. Not carbonated drinks such as Coca Cola.

* Carry a wet towel on your bag and from time to time wipe your face, neck and arms.

* Use an umbrella to provide some shade during play, and wherever possible walk and shelter in the shadow of trees.

Enjoy the experience, but do take care !

18 July 2018

The youngest competitor in the field this year will be ten year old Miss Morgan Bailey, from the host club South Moor. Morgan plays off a handical of 21, and will not celebrate her 11th birthday until November of this year. With the first youngster to enter the Championship from the host club was thirteen year-old Cameron Gilray.

The total number of entries received to date has risen to 90, which represents a full field of players, half of which have single figure handicaps, will be able to enjoy the recently improved practice facilities installed at the South Moor club.

Miss Libby Bell, of the Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club, and Freddie McKenna of the Tynemouth Golf Club, were the highest placed boy and girl in the under 14 sections of the Graeme Storm Junior Open Tournament, which was held at the Hartlepool Golf Club in May, 2018, and both youngsters were invited to compete in the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship and have been allocated a place in the draw.

Images: Morgan Bailey, South Moor GC 

               New improved practice facility at South Moor 


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European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April 2016, in association with Durham’s Dyke House Sports and Technology College, where he serves as the golf consultant to nurture, improve and drive the ambitions of talented squad of young golfers. Open to boys and girls aged between 11 and 18, the Graeme Storm Junior Open Tournament will be held at the Hartlepool Golf Club on the 7 May, 2018, with the highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 sections allocated an invitation to compete in the 54 hole North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship 54 hole which will be held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, from the 31 July–3 August, providing they fulfil the  entry requirements.

The entire proceeds collected through the £10.00 entry fee donated to its children’s charity partner the  Finlay Cooper Trust. which was formed, following a tragic fatal choking accident in 2002. When his father's career in football came to an end in 2006, he and his family wanted to do something positive in Finlay's name to try and help children’s causes.

This year Storm will be launching a new tournament for 7 - 10 year olds called the MinI Storm competition which will be held at the Wynard Golf Club.

Hartlepool GC professional Storm, said, ”I am keen to put something back into the sport which has served me so well over the years, and it will be nice to pass on some of my experiences to young golfers across the region.”

Storm won the English Amateur Championship and represented GB & I in the Walker Cup, and in 1994 triumphed as a youngster in the English Boys [Under 16] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship for the McGregor Trophy, which was founded by Roy Case, who was instrumental in helping initiate the successful North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at South Moor Golf Club.

Graeme Storm

7 February, 2018


Max Hopkins,

Bishop's Stortfort GC, Hertfordshire

Max Hopkins [Bishop’s Stortford GC, Herfordshire], who shared first place with Ben Pierleoni [Berkhamsted GC, Herfordshire, in the 2016 North of England Under 14 Junior Open Stroke-play Championship with a gross score of 277, claimed another historic win at the prestigious in the Algarve, where he clinched a three-shot victory in the Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship over the North Course at Quinta do Lago.

              Making his debut appearance, Hopkins was hailed as a ‘star in the making’ when he became the youngest champion in the 33-year history of the competition. The 14-year-old returned a composed final-round of 71 which proved enough to seal his place in the record books as the only player in the 21-strong field to finish under par in the 54-hole tournament.

              Standing just 5ft 5in, he coped brilliantly with the demands of the course and rated his performance as ‘my greatest win’.

              ‘It will take time for this to sink in,’ Hopkins said. ‘I had a few nerves on the short putts but I wasn't nervous coming up the last as I knew the other scores.’

              On devilishly quick greens with intimidating pin positions, his final round was undoubtedly the standout achievement of the week.

              Now an England Under-16 squad member, Max had to make with twice-daily messages from home, since his parents, who are both school-teachers at Hockerill College in Bishop’s Stortford, were unable to be there in person to offer their support of his parents to offer their support

              With applause ringing out on the atmospheric 18th, Hopkins scorer was left in no doubt of his abilities. ‘I've never seen a round like it from a 14-year-old.  He was ice cool, a star in the making like’.

              Congratulations Max, from all your friends at the South Moor Golf Club, and fellow competitors of the North of England Under 14 Junior Open Stroke-play Championship.


              Well done Max !

                                                                        13 November, 2017


Aaron Oakes of the St. James Place Wealth Partnership ahs confirmed that the on-course advertising, and media reviews in local newspapers and magazines had proved to be a  definite benefit, and consequently the St. James Wealth Management Partnership has generously agreed to contine to serve as the prime sponsor of the North of England Under 14 Junior Open Stroke-play Championship for 2018.  The St. James's Place Wealth Management Group specialises in delivering face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, trustees and businesses, and in addition to addressing straightforward issues such as mortgages and insurance, will offer its help in resolving more complex financial problems on behalf of its clients. Everyone involved in the organisation and administration of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship is extremely grateful to Aaron Oakes and Mike Kyle and theSt. James's Place Wealth Partnership for its continuing support.

2 November, 2017


14-year-old rising star Hannah Golding, who won the girls trophy at the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at South Moor GC in August this year, shows off her iron skills at the British Masters at Close House to her idol, British No 1 Charlie Hull, and Sky TV presenter Nick Dougherty .

Hannah played in the pro-am on Tyneside on Wednesday, alongside Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, after earning a place in the competition by winning the Bridgestone UK Chase Your Dream Trophy.

The teenager, who hopes to secure a place on the LPGA tour hereslf in the future, watched Hull hit a few shots, and then took a turn herself. Both Hull and Dougherty offered her advice after being impressed with Hannah's swing.

Hull later tweeted 'It was great to meet Hannah at Close House.'

Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire]

30 September, 2017


For a number of reasons the 2017 Championship turned out to be a real thriller ! On the opening day fine weather was frequently with spells of heavy rain, and on the morning of the second day players were subjected to constant rain, which led to play being abandoned at 11.30. In spite of the valiant efforts of the greens staff and numerous volunteers the weather eventually won through and course became unplayable with flooded greens. Nonetheless after a brief suspension of 45 minutes the sun came out and play was resumed, with the competitors enjoying a trouble free afternoon. Trouble free that is except for strong winds which caused a few tricky problems for some. However, Mikey Shepherd [North Berwick GC, East Lothian] coped admirably matching the standard scrath for the day with a gross 73. The final day was played out in glorious sunshine, although the strong winds prevailed sending scores soaring.   The CSS for the first day increased by one for the bays to 72, and the girls remained unchanged at 74, on the second day the CSS increased further to 73 for the boys, and to 77 for the girls. While on the final the CSS for girls and the boys increased by 2 to 76 and 73 respectively.

At the end of the first day five handicap Matthew Sandoz [Wrexham GC, North Wales] led the field with a score of 74, followed one shot back by two handicapper Henry Warnock Thompson [Littlestone GC, Kent], with Satria Cumming [Lingdale GC, Leicestershire[ a further shot adrift on 76. Hannah Golding [Brocton Hall GC, Staffordshire] led the girls chase for the title witha fine round of 78 off a handicap of 7, while Dylan Shaw Radford [Huddersfield GC, Yorkshire] topped the under 12's table with a round of 80.

The morning of the second day was not so appealing, following a night of heavy rain which persisted throughout the best part of the morning. Henry Warnock Thompson continued his form and overtook the leader with a score of 76 for a two round total of 147. However, Bence Kotel [Royal Baltaton Golf & Yacht Club, Hungary] produced a stunning round of 74 to join him at the top of the leader board.O'Hagen [Old Course Ranfurly, Renfrewshire] added a fine round of 75 to card an aggregate score of 153 and claim third place on his own. Meanwhile, Cameron Adam [Royal Burgess GS, Edinburgh] matched his opening round of 77 to share fourth place on 154 with the in-form Joshua Hil [Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE] who added a 76 to his opening round of 78.

Hannah Golding took a firm grip on the girls championship adding a score of 80 to her opening round to post a total of 158. With Dylan Shaw Radford returning another round of 80 to head the under 12's on 160.

Mikey Shepherd had the best round of the day with a stunning 73 in the most atrocious conditions.


                                                              Joshua Hill poised to attack !                                                              The Hill family celebrate Joshua's win

Glorious weather on the morning final day saw the players optimistic for a good score, but the hopes of a number of them were dashed with high winds playng havoc with the scoring.

The Team Trophy, which is decided by taking the two best scores from a team of three players was decided over the first two days of the championship to provide a 72 hole total. This year it was won by The Celtic Raiders, a team from north of the border made up of Cameron Adam, Cameron Johnston [Troon Welbeck GC, Ayshire] and Aiden O'Hagen with agrioss score of 3 07. The handicap team prize was won by The Three Girls team of Hannah Golding, Kirsten Porte and Constance Brooks [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire] with a nett score of 281

Hannah Golding continued to show fine form posting a final round of 80 for an aggregate score of 238 to clinch the girls title by 7 shots from her good friend Kirsten Porte [Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire], who won the best handicap prize with a nett score of 212. This result allowed Libby Bell [Gosforth Park Ladies GC, Northumberland] in to to be awraded with the best girl's handicap prize on 221.

Young Joshua Berry [Doncaster GC, Yorkshire] took the under 12's honours after posting a final round score of 77 for a total of 238, pipping Dylan Shaw Radford to the post by a stroke.

Playing in the final group, Matthew Warnock Thompson, with a score of 85, fell away to finsih in 9th place overall. As did Bence Kotel, who despite a final round of 80 managed to hang on to a share of third place with Duran Gun who made up ground with a card of 76. Cameron Adam maintained his form and his round of 76 took second place one stroke back with an aggregate total of 230.

Plus two handicapper, thrirteen year-old Joshua Hill, who won the Under 12's title last year, showed his class and made up the three shot deficit of the second day, carding a quality round of 75, the best round of the day, to climb through the field and take the title on 229, one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

The South Moor GC Ladies Captain welcomed evryone to the club and thanked the many volunteers who had made the event possible under the most difficult of conditions. The championship is supported by the St. James Place Wealth Management Group and the prizes were presented by its representative Mike Kyle.

2017 Prize Winners

Winner: Joshua Hill

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE

Joshua Hill with Roy Case


                            Mike Kyle of the sponsors St. James Place Wealth Management Group                         The Celtic Raiders    

                                                      presents the Under 12 Trophy to Joshua Berry                                        Team Trophy Winners


                                                                                                    Spectataors at the Prize Giving and around the 18th Green




'Nice little bounce back with a win at the North of England [Under 14Junior Golf Open Championship] after his last poor and fatigued performance. A very mature, measured, controlled performance during three amazingly difficult days of golf !

It started off worse than his last performance, but continued to improve and finished with some of the best 'competitive' golf I have ever seen Josh play. We had hard greens and fairways, to soft greens and fairways, it rained so hard play was suspended, and a stupidly strong wind on the final day. On the last day Josh was three behind the leaders, and lost three shots in the the first three holes on the final day, due to some amazing golf being played. Josh said, 'What I was most happy with is that after a quadruple bogie at the first hole, I was able to pull things together.'

It was lovely to get Nana out on a buggy, so she could watch Josh for at least two days of the summer ! Thank you to South Moor Golf Club, and all the organisers, it always a great little venue and event !'



Guy Carr of the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship is pleased to announce the St. James's Place Wealth Management Group is to become the prime sponsor of the Championship for 2017. In addition to addressing straightforward issues such as mortgages and insurance, the Group specialises in delivering face-to-face wealth management advice to individuals, trustees and businesses.Whatever your financial situation the St. James Partnership can help to resolve complex problems on your behalf.

5 February, 2017



This appealing book reveals the story of a team of a dozen English cricketers which travelled to Canada and North America in 1859 to compete in the very first inter-continental sporting tour.

It tells of the early origins of the game and provides an intimate insight into the lives of some of the characters which influenced the early development of the Victorian game, including each of the players who bravely embarked on the perilous trans-Atlantic journey.

The book reveals comprehensive information about each of the matches played during the tour and subsequent developments which brought about radical changes in the governance of the game.

It provides an absorbing and informative read for the cricket enthusiast, and those with an interest in the early history of the English game.

Author:                      Roy Case

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Roy Case was born in the village of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire at the start of the Second World War. He was educated at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Mansfield, following which he joined the Nottingham Forest Football Club where he worked for a short while as a professional footballer. Later on he joined the National Coal Board and qualified as a mining surveyor, before ultimately becoming the Managing Director of a large interior contracting company.

At the age of 55 he retired from work in order to devote his time to his true passion for sport, and golf in particular.

In 1982, whilst serving as the junior organiser at the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club, he founded the McGregor Trophy, which was later adopted by England Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in England, as the English Boys [Under 16] Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship.

After serving for a number of years on several England Golf committees, he was presented with the Gerald Micklem Award in the Millennium year, for outstanding service to amateur golf, before finally being elected its President in 2008. He also served for more than a decade on the Great Britain & Ireland Boys Selection Committee of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

A former Captain and President of the Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club, he was elected an honorary life-time member of the Club in 2000.

A keen follower of cricket, Case is a member of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians.

He has a daughter Sharon, and a son Shaun, who is a master golf professional living in Austria. The eldest of his two grandsons Adam is a film animator living in Manchester, and his youngest Tom is a doctor in Philadelphia, USA.

Other Publications:  The McGregor Story – The First Thirty Years



The England boys’ squad for 2016/17 has a new look, with eight of the nine players selected for the first time.

Norfolk’s Toby Briggs  is the only player who was a member of last year’s squad.

He is joined by Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown, Gloucestershire’s Jack Cope, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels, Surrey’s Angus Flanagan, Michael Gilbert of Essex; Conor Gough and Kristian Tannum Donaldson of Berks, Bucks & Oxon; and Thomas Plumb of Dorset.

Collectively the players have an impressive record. Apart from a host of individual success, Briggs, Flanagan and Gilbert were all in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals; Cope, Daniels and Tannum Donaldson were in the team which won the Canadian International Junior Challenge; and Brown, Gough and Plumb have been successful U16 internationals.

Barclay Brown, 15, [The Hallamshire] won the inaugural North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, and shared the honours the following year. Last year Barclay was the leading U18 player at the North of England Youths’ championship and reached the match play stages of the British boys’ championship. The U16 boy international was joint runner-up in the Scottish U16 championship and 15th in the Italian U16 open. He won all six of his matches when representing Yorkshire in the English boys’ county finals.

                                                                                                                            Barclay Brown [The Hallamshire, South Yorkshire]



Guy Carr

South Moor Golf Club have taken their total of grant aid funding past the £100,000 mark in five years following an award of almost £5,000 by Sport England's National Lottery Flood Relief Fund. Just over half the total assistance has been funded by Sport England with the remainder provided by Stanley Area Action Partnership and Stanley Town Council.

South Moor staged the McGregor Trophy, the England Boys Under-16 Open Stroke-play Championship in 2008, won by Jack Hermeston of the City of Newcastle Golf Club.player.

Stanley Area Action Partnership awarded the club a £23,000 grant to stage the event and £2,000 for car park improvements.

Hosting an international tournament previously won by golfers such as Justin Rose, Edoardo Molinari and Graeme Storm drastically raised the profile of the club. So much so, South Moor attracted 80 new members and in 2012 committee man and former captain Guy Carr won England Golf’s Club Development Award

Carr a 51 year-old IT consultant, who lives in Chester-le-Street and is a PGA Level One golf coach, is the major driving force behind the club’s fund raising.

“Our facilities have improved beyond all recognition over the last five years”, said Carr. “These are fantastic times in terms of our rapid development and they are the reward for vast amounts of hard work by many people at the club and at the public bodies who have funded us. We are getting near to completing a par three course and there is an Astroturf short game practice area covering 1,668 square metres which is the biggest of its kind in Europe and includes a practice bunker. We have totally refurbished top class changing rooms, showers and lockers and an extra putting green – part of the Astroturf area – and a new practice driving area.”

Funding also allowed South Moor to be chosen to host the inaugural North of England Under-14 Open in 2014.

“We hosted the event again in 2015, " added Carr. "And after last year’s event we were announced as the permanent home of the tournament. So we have made the most of every last penny in what is a total of £104,196 of public money we have received starting with that great catalyst for us, the McGregor Trophy.

The latest grant, from the Flood Relief Fund, came after South Moor’s course was hit by Storm Desmond in December.

Kevan Jones MP, said, “I was very pleased to hear about this latest funding which provides another welcome boost for the golf club and local community. The club has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, successfully hosting big tournaments, whilst also remaining an important local facility. I look forward to seeing the next stages in the development of the club.”

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, said, “We appreciate sport isn’t a major priority when people’s lives, homes and businesses are at risk from flooding.But once communities are starting to get their lives back to normal, being able to use their local pitch or sports club as usual can make a real difference. By launching this fund quickly to help with clean-up and repair costs I hope we can give people affected by the floods one less thing to worry about. We are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to South Moor.”


South Moor Golf Club is ranked sixth in a list of the 'top ten' golf courses in County Durham recently compiled and published by Today's Golfer.

It describes the course as offering 'lots of tricky shots that can make you look silly if you get them wrong. Lovely when the gorse and heather are in bloom'.

The links at Seaton Carew heads the list with Brancepeth Castle coming a close second, followed by Rockcliffe Hall, Ramside Hall and the Wynard. Hartlepool is placed seventh, followed by the clubs at Castle Eden, Darlington and Tyneside.