2017 Champions


Mark Walton

"I was lucky to have my best day when the cameras were on us"

Age: 42
Occupation: Business Owner
Handicap: 6
Home Club: Northumberland (The Park)
Score: 38      
Golf hero: Seve Ballesteros


Congratulations on your Regional win Mark, how does it feel?

Like I was in the right place at the right time. We all have a few good rounds in us each year. I was lucky to have my best day when the cameras were on us.

Tell us about your experience on the day. How do you feel the nerves compared from the 1st to the 3-hole play off?

The first tee was nerve wracking as competitors and caddies had to be there 20 minutes in advance so there was quite a crowd with supporters there also. I had a good friend, Gary Linkletter, on the bag so we got chatting to the other 2 players and their caddies and that seemed to calm us all down. I was fairly confident I had qualified by the 17th tee so I felt relaxed playing the last two holes of the round. The wait for the playoff was calm as we chatted to other players and members who were very supportive. The nerves increased in the playoff as there was a delay between each shot with the cameras getting into place. I knew two of the golfers I was playing against and they are very good so I concentrated on keeping my head down and not getting distracted by any of their shots.



Have you played in any other regional Trilby Championships?

This is my first Trilby Championship and I have to say it is very well organised and thrilling to play in.

How did you cope with the cameras on the day?

I ignored the cameras and chatted to Guy.



Where is your trophy now?

In the family reception room with 50 Titleist Pro V1 US Open 69 golf balls in it.


Did you ever think, going into the day, that you would not only qualify for the International Grand Final but also be bringing home a Trilby Tour Regional Championship trophy?

I didn't expect to qualify. I had not been practicing much until the week before. I crammed as much short game practice into that last week as I could and it paid dividends as the winds were up. 


Tell us about your background?

Born in Blackburn and then brought up where my Mum and Dad were born in and around Ponteland. Started to play golf at Ponteland GC which is a tree lined course with good facilities and friendly members. Went to RGS and had exposure to lots of sports. Got relatively serious about my rugby and started to enjoy going out with friends so my golf started to suffer. I went to university in Leicester, played rugby but stopped playing golf. I returned to Newcastle, lived in Jesmond with 5 of my best friends. I worked at General Accident Estate Agents with Duncan Young and Brendan Hackett and later at Roseworth Properties as Lettins Agency Manager. I started Walton Robinson in 2001 with Marcel Robinson and we let and sold family homes and investments. I started dating Helen, my wife at the same time as starting the business. Helen and I got married in 2004 and I bought Marcel out of Walton Robinson in 2006. Lucy Walton was born 4th February 2006 and Theo Walton was born 14th August 2008. They are great fun, well behaved (most of the time) and love coming down to Northumberland GC with me. I played rugby all the way through till 2011 at Tynedale and then Percy Park where I made a lot of good friends and had some amazing times winning promotions and county cups. When the rugby stopped I needed a competitive pass time to replace it. I took golf back up in 2012 and joined Northumberland Golf Club. It is a fantastic open qualifying course with slick greens, good facilities, a great club house and I've made lots of friends there in the 5 years I've been a member. The veranda at The Park on a sunny day with a pint of Morretti comes highly recommended!

How did you find the clothing?

There was lots of choice and size alternatives. It was definitely a different look for me but I was convinced to add a few items to my wardrobe and they have been worn recently when a few of us Park members played Troon and Dundonald.


What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Providing a good family environment.



Describe yourself in a sentence...

I'm an ambitious, positive, considerate problem solver.

How will you go about defending your Trilby Tour Championship title next year?

By knowing I can win it. Now I know how enjoyable the experience is I'll practice more, earlier.




What's your motto in life?

Stay positive!


Who is your golf hero?

Seve Ballesteros


Any last words for William Hunt and the Trilby Tour Team?

Thank you for giving average golfers a chance of getting on Sky TV without streaking! Trilby's off to you for giving us the chance.






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