Kenwright bowls them over

HAYDOCK Park’s Ian Kenwright, who won the Lancashire County Championship in 2015, proved he still had the winning touch when he claimed the Southport & Ainsdale Bowl.

But it was a close call as he posted scores of 75 and 71 to prevail on countback from three chasing players.

Among them was Hillside’s Oliver Ravenscroft who leapfrogged to the top of the in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit fixture table, 20 points ahead of Bury’s Ciaran Doherty and Curtis Clarkin, from Nelson.

And it was double delight for Ravenscroft who won the Lancashire Links Trophy.

LEADING SCORES: 146 Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 75 71, Greg McIlroy (Southport & Ainsdale) 74 72, Mark Hyde (Southport & Ainsdale) 73 73, Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside) 73 73; 147 Anthony Stirling (Formby) 73 74, Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale) 73 74; 148 Calum Scott (Nairn) 76 72, Graeme Booth (Formby Hall) 76 72, Jack Shelley (Formby) 76 72, Reece Cranfield (Wigan) 73 75, David Peel (Stockport) 70 78; 149 David Higginbotham (Southport & Ainsdale) 74 75.

ORDER OF MERIT: 230pts Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside); 210 Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 165 Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park); 150 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Matt Collinge (Greenmount); 140 Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool); 135 Mark Hyde (Southport & Ainsdale); 125 Richie Blundell (Hillside), Mark Duncalf (Southport & Ainsdale); 120 Jack Brooks (Mere).

Lancashire Links Trophy: 288 Oliver Ravenscroft (Southport & Ainsdale)); 290 Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale); 293 Mark Hyde (Southport & Ainsdale).








Ravenscroft is top of the shots  

THERE was no change at the top of the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit following the Formby Hare with joint pace setters Ciaran Doherty, from Bury, and Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin 40 points ahead of the chasing pack.

Hillside’s Oliver Ravenscroft moved into third spot as he posted rounds of 72 and 70, edging out Royal Birkdale’s Matthew Nuttall by a stroke.

But there could be some changes in the pecking order after the Southport & Ainsdale Bowl after a double-header weekend.

 LEADING SCORES: 142 Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside) 72 70; 143 Matthew Nuttall (Royal Birkdale) 72 71; 145 Mark Duncalf (Southport & Ainsdale) 69 76; 147 Mark Hide (Southport & Ainsdale) 70 77; 148 Richie Blundell (Hillside) 74 74, Callum Swift (Kings Hill) 72 76; 149 Callum Scott (Nairn) 75 74, Reece Cranfield (Wigan) 72 77; 150 Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale) 76 74, Thomas Winn (Morecambe) 76 74, Anthony Stirling (Formby) 74 76; 151 Michael Sumner (Formby) 80 71.

 ORDER OF MERIT: 210pts Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 170 Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside); 150 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Matt Collinge (Greenmount); 140 Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool); 125 Richie Blundell (Hillside), Mark Duncalf (Southport & Ainsdale); 120 Jack Brooks (Mere); 105 Chris Chilton (Stockport); 100 Jonathan Little (Heswall) Bryan Hughes (Hesketh).

Please note that Clitheroe Golf Club has withdrawn from the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit



King crowned Silversea Senior PGA champion


JOHN King, the long-serving head professional at Lindrick Golf Club, muscled in on the anticipated duel between Mark Ridley and John Gould to win the Silversea Senior PGA Championship at Foxhills.

Six and five strokes adrift of Ridley and Gould respectively at the start of the final round, King kept his game together while they faltered.

Ridley, who is attached to South Moor Golf Club, Co Durham, was unable to replicate the form that had seen him lead the tournament at the end of the first and second rounds and posted a four-over-par total of 77 to finish on two-under-par. One-over after 12, his round was effectively derailed by bogeys at 14, 16 and 17.

Meanwhile, Gould, who had drawn level with Ridley courtesy of a birdie at the par five fifth, never recovered from the plague of bogeys, including a double, that followed over four of the next five holes.

A birdie at the par-five 12th provided brief respite before two more bogeys resulted in a five-over-par round of 78 and him ceding third place to Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady.

King, by contrast, unaware of the implosions behind him, made flawless progress round the Bernard Hunt course and, courtesy of a birdie at the par-four 13th, carded a one-under-par round of 72 to finish on two-under.

All of which meant a sudden death play-off with Ridley to determine the destiny of the Bernard Hunt trophy and £6,000 winner’s cheque put up by Silversea, the luxury cruise line specialists sponsoring the tournament for the third successive year.

It took place on the par-four 18th and while King had the momentum, Ridley had ‘previous’ on the double green that serves the final holes on both the Longcross and Bernard Hunt courses at the Surrey resort.

He had signed off on days one and two with a 40-foot chip for a birdie and an even longer putt for an eagle but this time his Midas touch with either putter or wedge deserted him.

Not least on the third negotiation of the hole when he three-putted for a bogey and King claimed victory with a par.

King, who has been head pro at the 1957 Ryder Cup venue for 20 years and was an assistant there before moving to nearby Worksop where he coached a youthful Lee Westwood, described his round as one of the best he has played.

But he admitted that, given the deficit he had to make up on Ridley and Gould, his initial target was finishing in the top 15 and earning a place in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club in August.

“I was playing with a good buddy, Rob Ellis,” he explained, “and we were realistically looking at making sure we finished in the top 15.

“But you never know at this game. It was a little bit of surprise to catch them but obviously I’m delighted. I’ve had to work that hard for a victory before on occasions but this was one of the best rounds I’ve played tee to green.

King was also fulsome in his praise for Foxhills and added: “I’ve been coming here for a few years now and it’s been fabulous. The best it’s been. We’ve had bad weather in the past but this year it’s been perfect.

“Both courses are in great condition and, as usual, all the staff have been excellent.”


Leading scores


1              John King (Lindrick Golf Club)                                     216 (-2)                 £6,000

2              Mark Ridley (South Moor Golf Club)        216 (-2)                 £4,500

3              David Shacklady (Mossock Hall)                 217 (-1)                 £3,400

4              John Gould (John Gould International)  218 (L)                   £2,550

5              Paul Streeter (Lincoln Golf Centre)                          219 (+1)                                £2,100


A full list of scores can be found at:

Fleetwood lines up with Guardiola at Wentworth

PEP Guardiola, manager of record-breaking English Premier League champions Manchester City, will tee up alongside Europe’s No 1 golfer Tommy Fleetwood in the Celebrity Pro-Am at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on May 23.

The stylish Spaniard, whose Man City side became the first team in Premier League history to reach 100 points in a season, played in the pro-am at last year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation and he will now make his debut in the traditional curtain-raiser for the BMW PGA Championship – the first of eight Rolex Series events on the European Tour in 2018.

Guardiola will be joined by a familiar face in Race to Dubai champion Fleetwood, the Lancashire star with whom he was playing golf when he found out that City had clinched the title courtesy of rivals Manchester United losing to West Brom last month. The pair will also be joined by former Southampton star Matt Le Tissier and ex-Manchester United and Manchester City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

The Celebrity Pro-Am over Wentworth’s famous West Course, as stars of sport, TV and music join some of the biggest names in golf. Other footballers already confirmed include the Premier League’s record goal scorer Alan Shearer, Man United duo Paul Scholes and Teddy Sheringham, and former Liverpool stars Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp. Tickets to see them are available to buy here.

Guardiola, 47, plays off a handicap of 14 and is looking forward to taking on the famous West Course, where players such as Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam and Rory McIlroy have all triumphed over the years.

“I’ve heard some great things about the BMW PGA Championship and I’m looking forward to testing myself in the Pro-Am,” said Guardiola. “After winning the Premier League, it will be a nice way to finish a great season.

“I know there are quite a few sports stars and former footballers in the field, so I think it will be very competitive and hopefully my golf will live up to the event.”


It’s Holmes at the double for Lancs champ



GREG Holmes secured a dramatic and historic victory to become Lancashire County Boys’ champion for the second successive year.

The 17-year-old Royal Birkdale player, pictured receiving the trophy from Lancashire UGC president Michael Lay, is the first to lift the title in back-to-back seasons for 23 years.

He followed up an opening 72 in the morning over a tricky and well-presented challenge at Crompton and Royton to go two shots better in the second round and secure a narrow one-stroke success with a combined total of two over par 142.

But the result was in the balance until the closing two holes after the only players to break par in the morning round – Josh Fallows, also from Royal Birkdale, and Louis Talarcyzk (Royal Lytham & St Annes) – had thrown down the gauntlet.

Both found it difficult to build on the 69s they returned in the first round, with Fallows adding a 75 to finish in third overall with a 144 total.

But Talarcyzk was in contention up until the penultimate hole, when his second to the 17th found out of bounds at the rear of the green and Holmes suddenly had a two-shot advantage going down the last.

Talarcyzk showed great character to drill in a 15 feet putt for birdie on the 18th to close with a 74 and a total of 143, which saw him finish runner-up.

Holmes, who has established himself in the Lancashire men’s team over the past 12 months, went into the event in good form, having finished in fifth at the Fairhaven Trophy.

But he felt he could have played better, commenting: “I did not hit my irons as well as I would like but I felt my putting was good.”

And none more so than on that crucial 17th hole, where he drained a seven feet par putt to make sure he took advantage of his closest rival’s late stumble.

“This was one of the events I had targeted for the season, but it has been a tough six months,” added Holmes, who dedicated his victory to his late mother Sue.

Holmes – who is also a member of his hometown club, Wigan – joins the list of multi-winners of the title.

ID Gradewell finished as champion for three successive seasons from 1968-70 while M Tomlinson was also a three-time winner in 1976, 1978 and 1980. Double winners include P Robinson in 1981 and ’83, S Andrew 1991/92, S Whitehead 1994/95, Matthew Baldwin, now a European Tour player, in 2000 and 2002 and, most recently, Oliver Clarke in 2014 and 2016.

Royal Lytham, represented by Louis Talarcyzk and Jamie van Wyk , will represent Lancashire at the English finals at Frilford Heath GC in August.

RESULTS: Championship Plate: Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale, 72-70-142); Runner-up: Louis Talarcyzk (Royal Lytham & St Annes, 69-74-143); Third place: Josh Fallows (Southport and Birkdale, 69-75-144; Best nett total: Elliott Tickle (Blackley, 69-66-135); Best morning nett: Thomas Watson (Dean Wood, 69); Best afternoon nett: Jack McPhail (Huyton and Prescot, 69); Best morning gross: Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes, 69); Best afternoon gross: Jamie van Wyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes, 72); Champion club: Royal Lytham & St Annes (Louis Talarcyzk, Jamie van Wyk)



Collinge in seventh heaven

MATT Collinge swept to a five stroke victory in the Henriques Trophy at Hesketh with rounds of 67 and 70 for an impressive seven-under-par total.

The Greenmount one handicapper left host club player Bryan Hughes trailing in his wake as Leasowe’s Stephen Hargreaves claimed third place, seven shots off the pace alongside Morecambe’s Tom Winn.

Meanwhile, Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin drew level with Bury ace Ciaran Doherty at the top of the order of merit after four events.

There’s a double header this weekend. First up is the Formby Hare followed by theSouthport & Ainsdale Bowl, both qualifying for world ranking points.

LEADING SCORES: 137 Matt Collinge (Greenmount) 67 70; 142 Bryan Hughes (Hesketh) 70 72; 144 Stephen Hargreaves (Leasowe) 70 74, Tom Winn (Morecambe) 69 75; 146 Daniel Creaney (Southport & Ainsdale) 71 75; 147 Lewis Boyle (Pleasington) 71 76, Calum Metcalf (Pleasington) 71 76; 148 Greg Smith (Caldy) 76 72; 149 Andrew Walsh (Ashton & Lea) 78 71, Tom Harris (Castletown) 77 72, Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 74 75; 150 Matthew Kay (Manchester) 77 73.

ORDER OF MERIT:  210pts Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 150 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Matt Collinge (Greenmount); 140 Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool); 120 Jack Brooks (Mere); 105 Chris Chilton (Stockport); 100 Jonathan Little (Heswall), Bryan Hughes (Hesketh); 75 Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale), Richie Blundell (Hillside), Stephen Hargreaves (Leasowe).


Myerscough students claim national title


WINNING LINE-UP: From left, Myerscough College players Grady Rogerson, Jake Hibbert, Jack McPhail and Luke Bartram (see other picture below)

A TEAM of Level 3 BTEC Golf Studies learners from Myerscough College has won the national AoC Sport Open Golf Championship at St Andrews, smashing a tournament record in the process.

The 2018 AoC (Association of Colleges) Sport Open Championships returned to the superb Fairmont St Andrews resort  with Myerscough battling it out with eight other colleges from across the country in team and individual events.

It was a record-breaking competition, which saw some of the best scoring in the Championships’ eight-year history, with some exceptional performances from the Myerscough students over the two-day open competition. In total, 34 golfers from around the country battled it out in the mixed individual nett, the boys’ gross, girls’ gross and the coveted Open Championship team prize.

The Myerscough College team consisted of 16-year-olds Jack McPhail and Jake Hibbert, and 17-year-olds Luke Bartram and Grady Rogerson. In the team event they returned an 11 under par total on day two to record a score of 205 – a record for the AoC Open Golf Championships. Myerscough’s day two score was 22 strokes lower than day on

e and with a total of 432, Myerscough comfortably took home the Claret jug for the fifth time.

In the individual boys’ gross event (scores from scratch) Jake finished second and Luke in third place, with Luke also second in the nett event (scores with handicap added).

The title caps another great year for Myerscough College’s F.E golf students, with the success on the course adding to the programme’s reputation.

In addition to the AoC Championship win, Myerscough qualified for the 2018 nMyerscough Golf Team - AoC National Champions - St Andrews.jpgational finals of this season’s Intercollegiate Tour (ICT), after battling throughout a tough winter to record league titles in both the Gross and Nett leagues. Myerscough then finished third nationally, with the golf study programme at Myerscough producing league champions for the last nine years.

Craig Lea, head PGA advanced golf professional at Myerscough, said: ‘’We’re very pleased with the results and there were some superb individual performances. It is a fantastic achievement for our FE students, who have worked extremely hard throughout their coaching programme.

‘’We have a proven track record over a number of years now of the programme here is working. I’m sure that in the years to come we’ll have a number of players making it big.

‘’We have an increasing reputation with the right processes in place, do things right and the success we’ve had already nationally and at county level builds awareness of what we’re about as a coaching programme.

‘’Here at Myerscough it’s all about giving students the best opportunity to be the best they can be.’’