Amateur golfer Rosie Belsham secures sponsorship from Matfen Hall in Northumberland as she looks to turn professional

Prominent amateur golfer Rosie Belsham is on track to realise her professional aspirations with a significant sponsorship deal with prestigious five-star luxury country hotel and golf estate, Matfen Hall, nestled in the heart of Northumberland.

The collaboration marks a pivotal moment in Rosie's career, offering her access to world-class facilities and support that will enable her to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

Matfen Hall’s sponsorship provides the 22-year old with access to their state-of-the-art gym and spa facilities, ensuring she maintains peak physical condition. They will provide funding to go through the LET's Lalla Aicha Qualifying School in December, plus help to cover some additional travel and accommodation expenses. The five-star property is also currently working towards securing premium golf apparel and leisurewear for Rosie.

Rosie's journey in golf

Hailing originally from Whitley Bay, a seaside town in the North Tyneside, Rosie began her journey in golf at the tender age of nine. She started playing alongside her family, balancing her time between golf and hockey. A natural talent, Rosie's commitment to golf deepened as she participated in national tournaments and decided to pursue her dreams. This led her across the Atlantic at 18, to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she studied health, kinesiology, and leisure.

"My journey in golf has been incredible," Rosie reflects. "I started playing seriously at 14 and made a life-changing decision to study and play in the United States. The four years I spent at Baylor University have been invaluable. The experience, both on and off the course, has helped shape me and reaffirm my commitment to this incredible sport.”

A connection to Matfen Hall

Rosie's connection with Matfen Hall dates back to her early training days. From ages 14 to 16, she trained under the guidance of coach, JJ Vallely, at Matfen's leading facilities. Returning to the UK after her graduation, Rosie sought out Matfen Hall's renowned 27-hole championship golf course to continue to pursue her training and dream of turning pro.

"Matfen Hall has always been a special place for me," Rosie shares. "Their facilities are outstanding, and the environment is perfect for focused training. When the opportunity arose to partner with them, it felt like a match made in heaven. Their support means the world to me as I transition into professional golf."

James O’Donnell, Matfen Hall’s Head of Commercial Development, said: "Rosie really impressed me when we met to discuss this opportunity, her passion for the game and very obvious talent is only outmatched by her level headed approach and her humility. Rosie joined us last week for our Pro Am (pictured top), playing as an amateur as she still is, Rosie put on an impressive display of golf and confirmed that Matfen is the place she can call home.

“Matfen Hall is fully committed to playing an active part in Rosie’s rise to the professional game. The sponsorship deal is initially for the year ahead, however, we hope it will be a catalyst to Rosie’s future success and look forward to building upon the longstanding relationship Rosie has with Matfen Hall.”

Ambitions to join the LPGA

Rosie's immediate goals include gaining experience on the LET Access Series, with the aim of securing her Ladies European Tour (LET) card at the Qualifying School in Morocco. "The support from Matfen Hall allows me to focus entirely on my performance without the added pressure of financial constraints. It's an incredible relief to know I can compete and focus on my game with their backing," Rosie adds.

Looking ahead, Rosie has her sights set on joining the LPGA in America, which boasts higher prize funds and broader visibility. "The journey through the Ladies European Tour is a stepping stone to the LPGA," Rosie explains. "With the support from the whole team at Matfen Hall, I feel confident and prepared to take on the exciting challenges ahead."

You can follow Rosie's journey to turn professional and join the LET via her Instagram @rosiebelsham. Find out more about Matfen Hall here.