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.”