Graeme Storm reveals why he will never abandon his Hartlepool roots

Graeme Storm
Graeme Storm

Home is where the heart is for Graeme Storm.

And while the temptation to move away from the area is strong, due in no small part to the travel involved playing on the European Tour, the golfer says the pull of Hartlepool is just too strong.

Hartlepool is always going to have a place in my heart. My roots are here

“Hartlepool is always going to have a place in my heart,” said Storm, when asked whether he might one day abandon his Hartlepool roots.

“I have had thoughts in the past whether it would be better to move down south for travel purposes, but my roots are up here.

“So are my friends and family, so it would be difficult to make the move really.

“What would be the point in changing it anyway?

“Why change something that works? The fact that getting to Newcastle airport only takes around 45 minutes. And I can get long-haul flights around the world from there.

“So, being honest, I can’t see myself ever moving away. Not now.”

It is not just the town which is held in such high esteem by 39-year-old Storm.

Hartlepool Golf Club, which is set to stage his second annual junior open a week on Saturday, is the place where it all began for him.

“I love to come back,” he said.

“The golf club made me an honorary life member in 1996. I still value where I’ve come from.

“This is where I grew up playing, so I like to come back and see the members.”

This year’s open is set to be bigger and better than last year, with the number of entrants already surpassing the total of last year.

Storm admits he has been blown away by the amount of kids who have entered, as well as the level of talent which is set to be on show next week.

And he says he hopes events like the junior open will push the sport to the wider audience in the area, and bin the idea that getting involved in golf is for the select few.

He said: “The sport still has got that old school tie feel to it, which is a little bit unfortunate because when you go to golf clubs now, it is changing.

“It is more for the working class and it is more for everyone to have a go at.

“The numbers have dropped over the past so many years for whatever reason. The junior open was just to get the best out of the talent that we have got and also find new talent. It’s something that I have always wanted to do.”