The English Senior Open gets underway at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington on Friday.
Today, the players have been practicing on the course in a Pro-Am event.
Nick Holmes, Managing Director of Rockliffe Hall, says the North East will benefit from becoming the host venue of the English Senior Open.
Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the PGA European Senior Tour, has praised the facilities at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.
The venue is staging the English Senior Open over the next three days.
Rockliffe Hall's attached professional golfer Graeme Storm has been competing in the Pro-Am event at this year's English Senior Open.
The 35-year-old, from Hartlepool, is a member of the PGA European Tour but was playing as an Amateur today because he's too young to compete as a Senior.
Professional golfer Mark James is among the 'past masters' who will be taking part in the English Senior Open at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington this weekend.
The 59-year-old is one of the star names on the PGA European Senior Tour. He had four 'top 5' finishes at The Open Championship and was Europe's Ryder Cup Captain in 1999.
It's been a great year for sport in our region... and it's about to get better.
Some of golfs most famous senior players are coming to the North East as Phil Roscoe reports.
Professional golfer Lee Westwood discusses last weekend's British Open, the Ryder Cup and the opening of the world's first 'Lee Westwood' course at Close House in Northumberland.
A cast of sporting celebrities have been in Northumberland for a round of golf today.
But not everyone has the pulling power to make this sort of thing happen. So just what kind of man can call on the whole world of sport to help develop his charity?
Watch this report by Simon O'Rourke to find out:
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