Rosie tees up a new record in tournament

Rosie Belsham in action at South Moor Golf Club, in County Durham. Picture by Ian Horrocks.
Rosie Belsham in action at South Moor Golf Club, in County Durham. Picture by Ian Horrocks.
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A young golfer is celebrating breaking a 93-year-old record at a County Durham club.

Rosie Belsham, of Whitley Bay, holed out from 166-yards in a tournament at South Moor Golf Club to become the youngest player in its 93-year history to sign for an albatross at the par five second hole.

The success for the 14-year-old, an England junior squad golfer and Northumberland Under-21 champion, comes after she hit a hole-in-one earlier this season at her home club, Whitley Bay.

The albatross was chalked up in the second round of the three-day North of England Under-14 Open. Her wind-assisted six-iron second shot soared over a copse of trees before landing on the fringe of the green, rolling across the green and into the hole.

Rosie, a pupil at Whitley Bay High School, was runner-up in the girls section.

One of the event organisers, Guy Carr, said: “We get an albatross at the second hole only about once every five years and never before with a player so young.”

This season has brought Rosie, a member of England Golf’s North Region Under-16 Squad, joint second place in the Scottish Girls Under-14 Championship.

Mum Gina and dad Chris, a property developer, are also members of Whitley Bay.