Stand and deliver!

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TOP OF THE SHOTS: Stand’s am-am duo Norman Haslam and Gary Greenhalgh

IT was a full field for the Manchester and Distance Golf Alliance at Hazel Grove where there was much at stake for the long-running Leo Feeney and Chris Tobin Trophy.

The club has hosted the competition for many years and Stand’s am-am duo Norman Haslam and Gary Greenhalgh posted 44 points to win the trophy to take the back to their own club for the first time in its long history.

They finished ahead of Paul Eddlestone (Stamford) and Neil Pragnall (Ashton-under-Lyne) 42 and Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave (Stamford) 40.

Top score came from Jamie Howarth (Davenport) and Chris Alexander (Mellor and Townscliffe) in the pro-am with 46 points but as they are not from the same club they were not eligible to take the trophy.

They finished clear of Andy Palmer and Malcolm Bailey (Chorley) 44 and Scott Howarth (Davenport) and Peter Botterman (Stockport) 43.

The top individual pro prize was shared by Ben Chambers (Swinton Park) and Jamies Howarth with 40 points, one more than Palmer.

Lancs juniors clinch record-breaking win

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PRIZE GUYS: Lancashire emerged as winners of the Four Counties Junior Tournament for the fourth successive season

 

LANCASHIRE’S up-and-coming young golfers have clinched a record-breaking victory in the first big competition of the new season.

They won the Four Counties Junior Tournament for the fourth successive year, taking them to the top of the all-time rankings in the 47th staging of the event.

Lancaster Golf Club hosted the battle involving teams from Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire and Herefordshire.

And it was Lancashire  who have now lifted the title six times in the last seven years, overhauling Cheshire as the most successful county in the event’s history with their 16th success in all.

Fittingly for the two teams who started the day locked together on 15 titles apiece, there was little to choose between the neighbouring counties in the opening match, which finished level at 3.5 each.

But Lancashire took command with a 5.5 to 1.5 romp against Shropshire and sealed their success with an equally impressive 4.5-2.5 win over Nottinghamshire as Cheshire were held in their final match.

The Lancashire team was: Louis Talarczyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); John Wilding (Heysham); Jamie Van Wyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); Josh Fallows (Royal Birkdale); George Holland  (Southport & Ainsdale); Oliver Duck (Southport & Ainsdale); Jack McPhail (Huyton & Prescot); Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes).

Jamie Van Wyk was leading points scorer for Lancashire, winning  all of his three ties. He kept his good form going by winning the Northern Order of Merit qualifier – the Crosby Plate at West Lancs- with rounds of level par and eight under par.

Chair of Junior Golf Mike Carney said: “Congratulations to the players, who produced a fantastic team performance to overcome some strong opposition.

“To secure a fourth successive victory and to go to the top of the all-time winners’ list is a marvellous achievement and illustrates the strength in depth of junior golf in Lancashire as a result of the county coaching programme and the hard work going on in the county’s clubs.

“Lancaster Golf Club produced a course in outstanding condition which benefited the better players and also many host club members helped as marshals and in other voluntary roles, for which we are very grateful.”

Jamie rises to the challenge

JAMIE Van Wyk showed a clean pair of heels as he won the Crosby Challenge Plate, the opening fixture in the 2019 Galvin Green Northern Order of merit series.

The Royal Lytham & St Annes scratch player posted a first round level par 72 then left the rest of a field standing with a closing 64.

He harvested four shots in the first three holes to reach the turn in 33 then closed with 31 to finish six ahead of the field,

 LEADING SCORES: 136 Jamie Van Wyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 72 64; 143 Owen Leigh (Pleasington) 70 73; 144 Louis Talarczyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 74 70, Mark Duncalf (S&A) 71 73, Tim Brind (Abbeydale) 69,75; 145 Harry Lord (Rossendale) 73,72; 146 Tom Harris (Ashton Wood) 73,73; 147 Andrew Borg (Longniddry) 72,75; 149 Harry Beavan (Crewe) 77,72, Timothy Saunders (Holywell) 76,73, John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot) 75,74; 150 Jack McPhail (Huyton & Prescot) 76,74.

 

 

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LANCASHIRE clubs will be rocking this summer as part of a national campaign to encourage more girls to take up golf.

Girls Golf Rocks is being spread further afield after a successful launch that opened up the sport to more youngsters than ever.

Lancashire joins the 26 counties running the programme – with six clubs being host centres for the free taster sessions in May and follow-on coaching.

The clubs taking part are Southport Golf Academy (May 19), Aintree Golf Centre (May 18), Lancaster GC (May 12), Harwood GC (May 18), Accrington GC (May 28) and Crompton and Royton GC (May 11) with up to 150 places available.

The six-week follow-up coaching costs just £35, with those taking part receiving a goody bag, a 9 iron club and being offered a pathway into the junior programme at the clubs.

In 2018 more than 1,650 girls attended Girls Golf Rocks taster sessions and 1,200 enjoyed it so much they went on to take coaching courses with PGA professionals.

 

Club support officers for Lancashire, Helen Searle and Adam McAlister, say the arrival of Girls Golf Rocks is a major plus for the sport in the county.

Helen explained: “The six clubs involved mean there is a good geographical split across the county, while the online booking makes the courses easy to join. So there should be something for everyone.”

Adam added: “Clubs are being encouraged to get out into the local community and work with schools, community groups and family members from within their own ranks.

“While Girls Golf Rocks centres on the six clubs, there is a lot of work going on at clubs across the rest of the county to develop stronger junior sections and help more young people take up golf.”

Girls Golf Rocks is a joint programme from England Golf and the Golf Foundation, supported by the women’s county associations.  It aims to increase the number of girl players from an average of just two per club.

To find out more visit www.englandgolf.org/girls-golf-rocks or follow the campaign on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 or Facebook.com/GirlsGolfRocks

 

Lancashire young guns aim for more glory

THE brightest young stars in four counties will be battling for  honours in Lancashire this week.

The  county is hosting a tournament that has been graced by players such as Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Sandy Lyle when they were up and coming teenagers.

The Four Counties Junior Tournament is at Lancaster Golf Club from April 9-11 – and Lancashire will be bidding for a place in the record books.

Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire and Herefordshire are the teams standing in their way in the annual competition, being staged for the 47th time.

Lancashire have lifted the title five times in the last six years and a repeat success t will take them past Cheshire as the most successful county in the event’s history. The neighbours are locked together on 15 wins ahead of the 2019 tournament.

The home team have a strong line-up again, with five players off better than scratch, though Cheshire will be hoping to mount a serious challenge with Jack though Hibbert’s plus 3 handicap being the lowest.

The Lancashire team is: Louis Talarczyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); John Wilding (Heysham); Jamie Van Wyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); Josh Fallows (Royal Birkdale); George Holland  (Southport & Ainsdale); Oliver Duck (Southport & Ainsdale); Jack McPhail (Huyton & Prescot); Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes).

Lancashire president Norman Fletcher said: “This event provides an opportunity for the emerging talent within our four counties to showcase their ability on a first-class championship course.”

Lancaster captain Howard Dodgson added: “The Four Counties tournament has become, over the years, a very prestigious event in the golfing calendar, producing a number of players who have progressed to do wonderful things at a high level in the world of golf.

“We are rightly proud of our course and believe it to rank highly with the best in the UK.”

Spectators are welcome at the event.

 

Hand it to Palmer as he shines in the sun

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WINNING SMILES: From left,  Luke Aikenhead, Ollie Pantoja, Paul King Josh Lee, sponsor Darren Wood and Andy Palmer

A FULL field of teams, with reserves,  enjoyed  sub-tropical temperatures as the Manchester Alliance had a day in the sun at Bolton Old Links.

Young guns  Paul King, Luke Aikenhead and Josh Lee, from Ashton-on-Mersey, called the shots as they were led by professional Ollie Pantoja to an impressive  haul of 92 points.

But it needed a card play-off to deny Craig Corrigan (Chilli Dip) and his team comprising Mark Riley, Dan Crook and Paul Hesford.

A  point back were the home club team of Alan Schofield, Steve Jackson, Terry and Tony Chadwick.

Chorley’s Andy Palmer (Chorley) was top professional with with 41 points to deny  Graham Cox (Lymm) and Craig Corrigan who was able to close the big gap on Order of Merit leader Phil Archer (Poulton Park).

It’s a family affair for Chorley trio

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: The Durnians with the White Cup

CHORLTON Golf Club, one of the oldest and most historic clubhouses in the country, added new chapter to its chequered  history as it staged the Manchester Alliance’s Mixed Pairs competition for the White Cup.

The defending champions were Chorley’s Denis and Sam Durnian who had won the coveted trophy, which has been played for at Chorlton for many years, three times.

The Durnians did not retain the trophy but they were delighted to see their 12-year-old daughter Holly combine with Chorley’s assistant professional Andy Palmer to post a stunning 48 points to leave a quality field trailing in their wake.

Holly, a student at Bolton School, has a great mentor in her proud father who is a PGA Seniors legend, and he has seen her golfing skills explode during the winter months.

Andy Palmer, himself no stranger to success in the Alliance, was the first to admit that Holly was the main contributor to their fantastic winning score which is a new record in the competition since it changed to better ball stableford a few seasons ago.

Holly set another record by becoming the youngest player to win the competition and also succeed her parents in winning the White Cup.

Next in the pro-am section were Hazel Grove’s James Rowlands and Lady Captain Margaret Farrell with 41 points, one more than Lymm’s Graham Cox and Lottie Makin.

Graham Cox was the top individual professional with 38 points, two more than James Rowlands, Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Craig Daggitt (Bramall Park).

In the am am , former Chorlton stars Brian and Chris Kelly (Bramhall) were first past the post with 40 points one more than Chorlton captain Mike Lynch and Muriel Walton who won a card play-off from Swinton Park’s  Jimmy O’Reilly and Margaret Redford.