Rosie Belsham – The Junior Open Update
The Junior Open was a fantastic experience, the players were all made to feel like pro’s. From the opening ceremony on the 18th green of the old course, where they received medals from Jordan Speith to the goodie bags supplied by Rolex, which included a pair of golf shoes (but unfortunately not a watch), everything was organised like a professional tournament. As each player was the only representative from their country, they felt extra special. Every time Rosie was introduced it was From England & Whitley Bay golf club, so it also reflected well on the club. As the Vice-Captain of the R&A is from Newcastle he personally introduced her to many of the officials from other golf associations, including the USGA president as Rosie, from England & Whitley Bay Golf Club.
The course was really tough, the girls were off the white tees, same as the boys, on all but 4 holes so they added 600+yards to the length of the red course but reduced par from 73 to 70. Rosie shot 74,77,72 to finish 37th overall & 11th girl. She had the worst of the wind on days 2 & 3 so a bit unlucky, but overall was happy with how she played.
On Monday Rosie travels to Oslo in Norway with the England U16 team to play in the European Young Masters. This is the European U16 championship. It’s a nations cup & individual event with a boys & girls title plus a team championship. There are only 2 girls & 2 boys selected to represent England, so another great honour for Rosie & for Whitley Bay Golf Club, with 27 European countries competing. The tournament runs from Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th at Hauger Golf Club near Oslo & is run by the European Golf Association.
Rosie would like to say a huge thank you to all club members for their support and good wishes.
Monday 16th April – Whitley Bay 7 v City of Newcastle 1
Monday 30th April – Whitley Bay 2.5 v Alnmouth 5.5
Monday 4th June – Ponteland 5 v Whitley Bay 3
Monday 25th June – Bamburgh 3.5 v Whitley Bay 4.5
Sunday 8th July – Whitley Bay 2 v Hexham 6
Friday 24th August – Gosforth v Whitley Bay
Thursday 26th April – City of Newcastle 4 v Whitley Bay 3
Friday 4th June – Whitley Bay 1 v Bamburgh 6
Sunday 3rd June – Tynemouth 1 v Whitley Bay 6
Wednesday 4th July – Gosforth 2 v Whitley Bay 5
Monday 16th July – Whitley Bay 3.5 v Arcot Hall 3.5
Friday 27th July – Whitley Bay 4 v Seahouses 3
TR Percy Team
Friday 20th April – Whitley Bay 4 v Parklands 3
Norah Percy Team
2nd Round – Blyth v Whitley Bay – Win
Quarters – Whitley Bay v Hexham – Win
Semi-final – Whitley Bay v Tynemouth – Win
Final – Wednesday 5th September – Whitley Bay v Gosforth Park – at Tynemouth
Friday 25th May – Whitley Bay 2.5 v Bedlington 2.5
Friday 15th June – Whitley Bay 4.5 v Newbiggin 0.5
Monday 2nd July – Morpeth 4 v Whitley Bay 1
Thursday 12th July – Longhirst 4 v Whitley Bay 1
Monday 23rd July – Whitley Bay 4.5 v Arcot Hall 0.5