James leads the way at Hesketh

MERE ace Jack Brooks held on to top spot in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit to lead the chasing pack by 75 points despite not figuring in the Henriques Trophy at Hesketh,

Ormskirk’s James Nash was the most consistent player on the day with rounds of 71 and 72, one-under all told, to tie with Royal Lytham’s Jamie Van Wyk and Bury’s Ciaran Doherty who have both clocked up winning scores this season.

Meanwhile, Romiley’s Harry Doyle is five points adrift of the leaders.

LEADING SCORES: 143 James Nash (Ormskirk) 71 72; 144 Harry Doyle (Romiley) 76 68; 147 Charlie Ward (Davyhulme), Tom Winn (Morecambe); 148 Matthew Delany (Prestbury) 71 77, Sam Roles (Weymouth) 71 77; 149 Grady Rogerson (St Annes Old Links) 74 75; 150 Alex James (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 77 73; 152 Christopher Carney (Morecambe) 75 77; 153 Luke Bartram (Rossendale) 78 75, Graham Strachan (Bury) 76 77, Mark Rabone (S&A) 76 77.

ORDER OF MERIT: 225pts Jack Brooks (The Mere); 150 Jamie Van Wyk (Royal Lytham), Ciaran Doherty (Bury), James Nash (Ormskirk); 145 Harry Doyle (Romiley); 130 Owen Leigh (Pleasington); 100 Daniel Morris (Fairhaven), Calum Metcalf (Pleasington); 85 Tom Harris (Ashton Wood); 75 LouisTelarczyk (Royal Lytham), Josh Ainscough (Stamford), Charlie Ward (Davyhulme).

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Archer hits the target again!

THE Manchester Alliance signed off another season at Bramhall marked by annual President’s Day but unfortunately the man himself, John Dowd, had to miss the occasion,

Phil Archer (Poulton Park) retained the professional Order of Merit with 609 points, well clear of Graham Cox (Lymm) 417 and Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 398.

Andy Palmer (Chorley) won the assistant professional Order of Merit from Alistair Waddell (Chorlton) and the amateur title was claimed by Mark Riley (Leigh) from Steve Moores (Stamford) and Mark Pasquill (Leigh).

Top professional score of the day was Jamie Howarth’s 67, two ahead of  Graham Cox and Martin Longshaw (Haigh Hall) and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) signed for 70.

Leading amateur with a nett 66 was Archie Palmer, a former junior captain at Stamford and Bramhall and a leading Cheshire junior, finishing  ahead of Josh Lees (Ashton-on-Mersey) 67 and Martin Packingham (Wigan) 69. Archie Palmer also the President’s Cup.

Alliance captain Dave Green was top guest on  69 from Jim Cunliffe (Bolton Old Links) 70 and Denis Durnian (Chorley) 73.

Alliance Vice President Ian Brooks (Bolton Old Links) handed out the prizes and Steve Finan, of Stamford Golf Club, was named next captain.

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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