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Joshua Hill, Jumeirah Golf Estates,

The Hungarian Golf Federation has helped swell the number of entries to date, with the addition of twelve year-old Bence Bertenyi [Handicap 7] and thirteen year-old Bence Kotel [Handicap 4] both of the Royal Balaton Golf and Yacht Club, Budapest, Hungary. Meanwhile, the winner of the 2016 Under 12's Championship, thirteen year-old Joshua Hill, who now plays of a handicap of +2 out of the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has posted his entry for this year's event and will return to South Moor to bid for this years title. And shortly following the European Tour win in South Africa by Hartlepool's Graeme Storm, 13 year old Zamokuhle Nxasana of the Glendawer GC, Gauteng, lodged his entry for the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship. Zamokuhle, plays off a handicap of 3, will represent South Africa in it's third successive year in the Championship.

Rachel Seal of the Knaresborough GC in North Yorkshire, who plays off a handicap of 9, was the first girl to register her entry for this years Championship, followed closely by Sophie Wood, of the Pleasington GC, the first entry this year from Lancashire. Eight handicapper Constance Brooks, of the Gaudet Luce GC, Worcestershire, will bid to improve on her fourth place last year, as will club-mate ten handicap Kirsten Porte who will be making her third appearance in the Championship.

Derbyshire's Henry Hayward, who plays off a handicap of 5 at Kedleston Park, will be making a bid for this year's title after scooping up the Under 12's trophy in 2015.

After a short lull during the school holidays, the current total of entries received for the 2017 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Stroke-play  the Championship now numbers 64 players, with entries received from eighteen English counties, which include Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire. Shropshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire. Entries have also been received from Argyll & Bute in Dumbartonshire, Ayrshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife and Nairn in Scotland, and from the counties of Carnarvonshire and Wrexham County Borough in North Wales, along with the City and County of Swansea in South Wales. Together with entries registered from Hungary, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and a player from the United States of America who is currently playing out of Scotland.

To date the field includes eleven girls [17%], and sixteen players [25%] under the age of 12 years. The current average playing handicap of the field of players is 9.4, which includes the under 12's with an average handicap is 12.8, and the girl's with an average is 13.0. Scotland lays claim to the highest number of players entered to date, with a Scottish contingent numbering 13% of the total field.

20th JUNE, 2017
Scotland Yorkshire

County Durham
City of London



Tyne & Wear






Argyll & Bute

East Lothian






North Wales

City & County of Swansea, S. Wales


Wrexham County

Borough, North Wales


South Africa

United Arab Emitaes

United States

of America


20 June, 2017



Stephen J. Burnett, the England Golf [Men's] Performance Manager tweeted yesterday, the 13th June:


Entries continue to rise for NOE Under 14 Championship @smgcchat, 57 to date 2-4th August 2017, details here :- https://t.co/3Gqz4zeOom

Retweeted South Moor Golf Club (@SMGCChat):

Thanks for thinking of us Stephen ... much appreciated ... best wishes Roy.



14th June, 2017


Graeme Storm - European Tour player from Hartkepool, County Durham tweeted yesterday ...

Great opportunity - #juniorgolf - Entries are open !

Practice days available FOC @SMGCChat Website http://www.northofenglandu14golf.co.uk/

Thanks for thinking of us Graeme ... much appreciated ... very best wishes for the coming season.


8.May, 2017

Stephen J. Burnett, the England Golf [Men's] Performance Manager tweeted yesterday, the 7th March, at 2.59p.m.

Top event for under 14’s. Get your entries in early !

Entries are filling for the North of England [Under 14's] Junior Open Stroke-play Championship at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham on the  2nd – 4th August, 2017.

Thanks for the plug Stephen ... much appreciated !

8 March, 2017

European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April last year, in association with Durham’s Dyke House Sports and Technology College. Open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 18, the tournament was held at the Hartlepool Golf Club this year on the 8 April, with the entire proceeds collected through the £10.00 entry fee donated to its children’s charity partner the  Finlay Cooper Trust.

The highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 section have been allocated spots and invited to compete in this year's North of England [Under 14] 54 hole Junior Open Stroke-play Championship, to be held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, from the 2–4 August. The two successful Durham youngsters were twelve year-old Libby Bell of the Gosforth Park Ladies Golf Club, who playes off a handicap of 10, and fourteen year-old Duran Gun, a 6 handicapper from the George Washington Golf Club. Hartlepool 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.'

23 April, 2017
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5 February, 2017


Unfortunately, I regret to have to inform parents and spectators that during the 2017 North of England [Under 14] Championship the hire of buggies is prohibited.

Buggies will be required by travelling marshal’s, spotters, rules officials, and in the event of any medical emergencies.

Players with a medical exemption will be the only exception.

The hire of buggies on the practice day, from 10.00 hours on the 1st August, will be allowed.

6 March, 2017

With a 72 hole total of 18 under par, Graeme Storm survived a three-hole play-off against Rory McIlroy to win the BMW South African Open Championship, his second European Tour win, and first since 2007.

McIlroy made up a three-shot deficit going into the final round with a 68. The pair traded pars on their first two visits to the 18th play-off hole, but McIlroy stumbled

with a bogey on his final visit at which Storm made par.

‘It's disappointing to finish like that’ said the Irishman, ‘but Graeme played well all week and I'm delighted for him.’

As an added bonus this latest win will now guarantee Graeme exemption from qualifying for the European Tour in 2018.

Congratulations Graeme from the organsiers and everyone associated with the North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Championship. We're looking forward to welcoming the winners of your junior tournament to South Moor Golf Club in August this year.


18 January, 2017


European Tour winner Graeme Storm launched the Graeme Storm Junior Open in April last year, in association with Durham’s Dyke House Sports and Technology College.

Open to boys and girls aged between 7 and 18, the tournament will be held at the Hartlepool Golf Club this year on the 8 April, with the entire proceeds collected through the £10.00 entry fee donated to its children’s charity partner the  Finlay Cooper Trust.

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

This year the highest placed boy and girl players from the under 14 section of the Graeme Storm Junior Open will be allocated spots and invited to compete in the 54 hole Championship to be held at the South Moor Golf Club, County Durham, from the 2–4 August in providing they fulfil the  entry requirements.   


Graeme Storm

10 January, 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]


Joint Winners, Max Hopkins [Bishop's Stortford GC, Hertfordshire]

and Ben Pierleoni [Berkhamsted GC, Hertfordshire]

Girls Winner, Zainab Jeppe [Mill Green GC, Hertfordshire]

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The man who created South Moor’s golf course in County Durham, Yorkshireman Alister MacKenzie, also designed Augusta National.
And it was talented youngsters from Hertfordshire who turned out to be the masters when the dust had settled on the North of England Under-14 Open, played over three days at South Moor.
Supported by the Stanley Area Action Partnership, the tournament attracted players from all four home countries as well as Dubai and South Africa.
The overall title goes to the boy or girl with the best gross score and it was shared on 11 over by Max Hopkins, from Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted GC).
After taking a one-shot lead going into the final day, Lancashire’s Matthew Jackman [Southport and Ainsdale) drifted four shots back as Herts’ finest slugged it out toe to toe
The key moments of the last round started with a two-shot swing at the 14th,  a long par three,  where 14-year-old Ben, a pupil at Chesham Grammar School,  overshot the green and Max landed a birdie to go one ahead.
But 13-year-old Max, who goes to Hockerill  Anglo-European College,  dropped a shot when he found water from the 15th tee, 16 and 17 brought the rivals a bogey each and they parred the last to start a rush of silverware for Herts.
Zainab Jeppe (Mill Green) triumphed in the girls section, signing off the final round with a 30-foot putt, and George Durkan, another Bishop’s Stortford club player, joined the two tournament champions to form a Hertfordshire County Boys side who claimed the team trophy.
The runner-up in the girls’ section was Whitley Bay’s Rosie Belsham, only 14 but already the Northumberland Under-21 champion.
In the second round, Rosie holed out from 166 yards to become the youngest player in the 93-year history of golf at South Moor  to sign for an albatross – three under par - at the par five second hole.
It was her first albatross and followed her first hole in one during a Saturday morning friendly match at her home club early this season against her mother, Gina, an operations director in the IT industry.

Rosie aced Whitley Bay’ s third hole, despite cutting her mother some slack by playing off the men’s tees.



Hertfordshire youngsters cleaned up at the South Moor Golf Club in the 54 hole 2016 North of England [Under 14] Junior Open Strokeplay Championship earlier this week. The three days of weather offered up a true northern mixed bag of playing conditions including cold high, high gusting winds, some rain, and a modicum of sunshine. But the intrepid group of Hertfordshire competitors knuckled down to the task and collected a host of silverware to take back down south for their trouble.

Countless volunteers from the South Moor Golf Club, including the Club Chaiman, Bill Littlejohn and past captain Joe Scott who acted as the official starters, and helpers from other local clubs who gave freely of their time to ensure the event was another resounding success.

After a nail-biting ding-dong battle honours were even and Max Hopkins [73 79 75] of the Bishop's Stortford GC shared top spot and the trophy with Ben Pierleoni [75 77 75] of Berkhamsted GC on 227. After taking a one-shot lead going into the final day and a fine effort Matthew Jackman [Southport and Ainsdale GC, Lancashire] had to settle for the runner-up spot finishing four shots adrift. Oscar Doran [Delamere Forest GC, Cheshire come home a further shot back.

Club Captains Colin Howe and Pam Tate with Ben Pierleoni and Max Hopkins

Prize Winners

Joshua Hill with the Club Captains

Not to be outdone by her male colleagues Zainab Jeppe of the Mill Green GC, Hertfordshire took top spot in the girls section of the Championship after raking in a 30 foot putt on the last hole of the final day for a 76 backing up her first and second rounds of 81 and 85 respectively for a very creditable total of 242. Chasing Zainab home was Rosie Belsham of the Whitley Bay GC, Tyne and Wear who fell away somewhat in the final round to end her challege six shots back on 248. The highlight of her challenge came on the second day when Rosie signed for a three under par 'albatros' on the second hole of the ladies card, 425 yard par 5. With the stiff wind slightly helping Rosie took a six iron for her second shot, clearing a copse of trees on the way to watch the ball drop in the hole for a magnificent two.

Meanshile Joshua Hill from the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, UAE, came home in a flourish to scoop up the Under 12's winning podium with scores of 78 80 74 - 232, beating Hertfordshire's Reis Suart [Mill Green GC] to the line by five strokes.    

Nine handicapper John Vogelpohl, who hails from the United States of America, but now live in Scotland and plays out of the Pitreavie GC in Fife turned in an nett six under par aggregate total of 210 to win the handicap section of the Championship by a stroke from Alex James [H/c. 8] of the Rossendale GC, Lancashire. While Alex's younger sister Emily, who plays off a handicap of 15] won the girls handicap prize with a level par score of 219 on the ladies card.

Twenty-two handicap Gabe Somerville Smith, who hails from the Consett GC in neraby Northumberland, salvaged a little of the northern pride by rescuing the Under 12's handicap leading position with a nett score of 215

Team Trophy Winners

The Hertfordshire County Boys

Zainab Jeppe

Gabe Somerville Smith

Emily James

Teams of three players competed for the Team Trophy, in which the aggregate total of the two lowest gross scores fcounting over the first two days of play to determine the winners. The Team Trophy was won by the Hertfordshire County Boys made up of Max Hopkins and George Durkan of the Bishop's Stortford GC and Ben Pierleoni, Berkhamsted GC, who posted a winning aggregate team score of 304.

The handicap winners were the team of The Lancashire Boys +1, made up of Alex James [H/c 8] and his sister Emily [H/c 15] of the Rossendale GC, Lancashire and Oliver Duck [H/c 6] from the Childwell GC, Cheshire. which returned a four under par nett aggregate score of 284

Special 'friendship prizes' were awarded to nine-year-old Sofia McGhieof the Leyland GC, Lancashire and Faye Louise Wheatley, Heworth GC, Northumberland who clearly demonstrated how important it is to have fun when playing and enjoy the experience irrespective of their individual position in the standings. And they both certainly did that in 'spades'. Well done girls !

The club captains Colin Howe and Pam Tate presented the prizes, in a packed clubhouse filled with parents and grandparents and enthusiastic members, after the event alongside the Durham County Union Secretary Jonathan Ward.


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.