Ireland’s Paul Dunne celebrates with the trophy during day four of the British Masters at Close House Golf Club, Newcastle.

2017 saw the British Masters come to the North East’s Close House Golf Club in Newcastle.

Records were broken as crowds reached 60, 000 for the whole week, a new record for the tournament and North East professional Graeme Storm finished fourth in his local tournament.

Storm told SportsByte: “To get to play a huge Tour event in your own back yard so to speak was a real privilege and one I will remember for many years.

“The support I received through out the week made me proud to be from the North East especially when they announced me on the 1st Tee in front of my home fans was just unbelievable.”

The competition was won by Irishman Paul Dunne, who chipped in on the last hole to clinch his maiden victory on the European tour, and attracted the games biggest names with Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poutler and Martin Kaymer all playing.

The 2018 British Masters will be hosted by Justin Rose at Walton Heath Golf Club in South London and can only hope for a similar outcome to the 2017 tournament.

Storm believes, “golf will grow in the North East after such a huge event that was well received with record crowds. It is a huge passion of mine to grow the game from grass roots as much as possible.”

The Graeme Storm Open hosted each year by Hartlepool Golf Club is a good way of growing the game at grass roots.