The English Senior Open will be returning to the Senior Tour
calendar this October after a 6 year hiatus.
Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, County Durham, has been selected
by Senior Tour officials to stage the popular event, which attracts many big
names including Sam Torrance and Ian Woosnam.
Representatives from the tour including Managing Director
Andy Stubbs and touring professional Roger Roper were greeted on Wednesday by the
club Chairman Warwick Brindle, alongside his Managing Director Nick Holmes.
“We are delighted to be hosting a major European Senior Tour
event and this will be the biggest tournament of its kind to be held in the
North East for many years”, club Chairman Warwick Brindle said.
He added, “Not only is this a tremendous boost for Rockliffe
Hall but also a superb opportunity to showcase this beautiful region.”
The tournament will be held from October 4-6, 2013 with a warm-up
Pro-am event teeing off on Thursday 3rd.
Since opening 4 years ago, the resort has already staged
popular events such as the William Hunt Trilby Tour Grand Final and the
Northern Golf Masters.
Designed by course architect Marc Westenborg, Rockliffe Hall
benefits from strategic construction which eliminates the use of winter greens.
The established course designer has an impressive portfolio
including Trump International in Scotland.
Rockliffe Hall’s resident professional Graeme Storm was
delighted at the news.
The former Open de France winner said, “For Rockliffe Hall
to host its first European Senior Tour event proves what I have always
believed in- that we have a real gem of a golf course right here in the North
East and I am really proud to work with the team there.”