Kevin Carpenter thrills visitors to Golf North Show

Kevin Carpenter – who managed to hit a 30% distance golf ball out of the Riverside Stadium

The first golf exhibition in the North of England got off to a fantastic start as golfers of all ages were left in awe after Kevin Carpenter’s trick shot show.

Visitors saw Kevin hitting shots from a Swiss ball and a unicycle as part of his 20 minute show. Kevin will be performing his show throughout Saturday’s exhibition.

Andrew Hill, a director of DoGolf Ltd. – the company running the event, said: ” It’s the first time I’ve seen Kevin in person but I’ve seen his videos online I thought I’d seen everything he had to offer. As it turns out I was really impressed with Kevin today, without as shadow of a doubt.

“People could visit the exhibition this weekend just to see Kevin. His show alone is well worth a trip.”

Tim Taylor, who is working with DoGolf promoting the show, said: “The first thing that I saw this morning was the trick shot show and I thought Kevin was absolutely fantastic. I thought that was worth the admission price alone. I’d be happy to pay £12 just to watch that.”

Kevin hits an array of shots – from a full swing with a putter to a baseball swing with a driver

Les Dixon, also a director at DoGolf, agreed: “Kevin was very impressive.

“He managed to put a 30% distance golf ball out of the ground, that was awesome to see.”

Visitors have also got a range of opportunities to get involved at Golf North: from free coaching to the nearest the pin challenge and the chance to win fantastic prizes. Jamie Douglas, Golf Sales Executive at Rockliffe Hall, said: “We are giving people the chance to win a fourball at Rockliffe Hall each day over the three day exhibition – which includes breakfast and lunch.

“Talking to people today, who know about Rockliffe Hall, you just don’t hear anything negative, the feedback we get is that Rockliffe is a quality, quality product.”

There’s also the chance to win a free round of golf at Matfen Hall – by holing three consecutive putts.

It’s not just Kevin’s show which will keep visitors entertained. David Ord, PGA Professional at Ingleby Barwick, will be delivering free coaching to visitors over the next two days.

David Ord, PGA Professional at Ingleby Barwick, giving a free lesson at the Golf North Show

David said: “We’re here to promote Ingleby Barwick’s academy, through providing free coaching to hopefully encourage people to come and use the range, come for some lessons, just really demonstrate what we can offer to the general public.”

Chris Morgan, the owner of Ingleby Barwick, added: “We’re here trying to make people aware of our setup. We’ve got first class facilities at Ingleby. We’ve got the teaching academy, a two-tier driving range – the only one in the North. We’ve also got three professionals and a bistro restaurant. Hopefully we can generate some awareness of Ingleby Barwick and attract some visitors here to pay us a visit.”

Golf North has so much to offer visitors. Tim continued: “Middlesbrough have been good enough to open up the ground to us. As you go around the different areas, more layers unfold.

“All the various golf companies, you can hit some balls, everybody can get free coaching whether they’ve played golf before or not. So I’d say it’s tremendous value for money and a great day out.”

Tickets can be purchased on the day from the East Stand ticket office. The show is open: Saturday 10am – 5.30pm and  Sunday 10am-4pm.

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About Dean Bailey
I'm currently in my third year at Sunderland University, studying Sports Journalism. I'm interested in a wide variety of sports but golf is my passion. (I follow Newcastle United FC, Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle Eagles, Whitley Warriors and Leeds Rhinos.) I currently play at Backworth Golf Club, with a handicap of 11. Follow me on Twitter: @deanbailey92 & @northeastgolf Or get in touch through email: deanbailey92@hotmail.co.uk

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