Archer relishing PGA Cup debut

REPRESENTING Great Britain and Ireland at this year’s PGA Cup will be viewed as a career highlight for Phillip Archer. The 45-year-old has competed on some of the biggest golfing stages, having played in both the US Open and the Open Championship.

He has also finished runner-up on the European Tour on no fewer than four occasions.

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But Warrington-born Archer, attached to Birchwood Golf Club, knows all about the prestige that comes with playing against USA in the PGA Cup and admits selection for this year’s event at Foxhills in September had been on his priority list.

“It’s a high for me and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Archer (picture Patrick Bolger/Getty Images), who has three Challenge Tour titles to his name.

“Two years ago I came off tour and tried to make this a target, to get into the PGA Cup team so it’s my first time of trying and I got in so I’m very much looking forward to it.

“I loved my time out on the European Tour. I got close to winning a few times but when I switched back to the PGA my ultimate aim was to try to represent your country at the PGA Cup.”

Archer qualified for the GB & Ireland team after finishing third in the Tit

leist & Footjoy PGA Professional Championship at Luttrellstown Castle at the beginning of June.

He will form a ten-strong team led at Foxhills Resort in Surrey by Scotsman Albert MacKenzie.

“I met Albert in the play-offs for the first time back in October in Saunton and we got on straight away,” Archer added.

“I said I was gunning to try to get into his team and he was very welcoming when I did that. It’s great to get in and hopefully I can do him proud.”

Experience is a word that has been used to describe MacKenzie’s GB & Ireland team this time around.

Archer is one of eight players in the team to have experienced life on the Europ

ean Tour and he has also got a taste of team events, having won the Seve Trophy competition in 2007.

He feels they have a good chance of winning the event on home soil for the first time since 2005.

He added: “Looking at the team we have a lot of experience. “We have a few ex-tour players in there so with got a lot of experience with the players that we’ve got and hopefully I can add a little bit to that.

“I’ve met a lot of the team already. A good friend of mine, Gary Houston, got in and I rate very highly.

“Rob Coles, Matthew Cort, Greig Hutcheon, I know them all from playing ag

ainst them in the past so it’s going to a well-bonded team I think.”

 

GB & Ireland:

 

Captain: Albert MacKenzie

Vice Captains: Martyn Thompson and Cameron Clark

Team: Phillip Archer, Robert Coles, Matthew Cort, Christopher Currie, David Higgins, Garry Houston, Greig Hutcheon, Christopher McDonnell, Damien McGrane and Andrew Raitt

NW duo selected for PGA Cup team

PHIL Archer and Garry Houston have been selected for the 10-man Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup side that will take on their American counterparts at the Foxhills Resort in Surrey on September 15-17.

Birchwood-attached Archer, a former European Tour player, will bring vital experience to captain Albert MacKenzie’s team.

The 45-year-old finished runner-up four times on the European Tour and has played at both the US Open and the Open Championship.

Houston, who represent Carden Park, has experienced two seasons on the European Tour and the 46-year-old arguably enjoyed his best season as a pro 11 years ago in 2006 when he ended 74th in the Order of Merit.

“I feel that we are formidable and robust,” said MacKenzie, who will be assisted in Surrey by vice-captains Martyn Thompson and Cameron Clark.

“I could not be more pleased with the ten players that have made the PGA Cup team this year. We have a team of strength, a team of experience and we’re going to be seriously competitive in September.”

 

Brooks bowls ’em over at Bromborough

JACK Brooks moved into contention in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit stakes when he won the Bromborough Bowl by two shots.

The Didsbury plus two player was the only man in the field to beat par with rounds of 73 and 70 for a one-under-par total as he racked up seven birdies.

Northenden’s Cameron Massey, with two victories to his name after nine events, finished second two strokes off the pace after a five-way card play-off which lifted him 210 points clear at the top table.

 LEADING SCORES: 143 Jack Brooks (Didsbury) 73 70; 145 Cameron Massey (Northenden) 76 69, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 76 69, Lewis George (Delamere Forest) 74 71, Simon Pay (Helsby) 74 71, Rhys Nevin Wharton (Sandiway) 70 75; 146 Joe Bannon (Manchester) 75 71, Daniel Heron (Wallasey) 72 74, Michael Allen (Conwy) 70 76; 147 James Holroyd (Southport & Ainsdale) 73 74; 148 Samuel Turner (Royal Lytham) 74 74, Jon Beesley (Mere) 72 76.

AFTER 9 EVENTS                                                                                               PTS

Cameron Massey Northenden 485
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 275
Tom Dolan Heswall 250
Ciaran Doherty Bury 250
Jack Brooks Didsbury 225
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 210
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 190
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 145
Jon Beesley Mere 125
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 120
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 120
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Mark Duncalf Formby 90
Joe Bannan Manchester 85
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Lewis George Delamere Forest 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
Ross Clewley Bramhall 50
Max Rogers Astbury 50
Graeme Jackson Manchester 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 40
Chris Harrison Sandiway 40
Simon Older Fleetwood 40
Ben Bernamont The Warwickshire 40
Harvey Talarczyl Royal Lytham 40
Andrew Bell Durham City 40
Matt Robinson Eaton 40
James Higgins Pike Fold 40
Joe Brice Manchester 30
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Thomas Winn Morecambe 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Reece Cranfield Wigan 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Jacob Oakley Styal 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 15
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
James Greenhouse Bolton 15
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Paul McFerran Warrington 10

 

 

Kelly gets his eye in

PHILLIP Kelly, who works in his family’s estate agency in Lytham when he’s not playing golf, homed in on the PGA in Cheshire and North Wales Open at Northop Country Park thanks to a flawless seven-under-par 65.

The 30-year-old (pictured) racked up five birdies, four on the outward half, before producing a stroke of genius at the 519-yards 15th where he rolled in an eagle putt from 25 feet.

Phillip Kelly 2017.JPG“I drove my tee shot into the rough some seven or eight yards off the fairway and my ball landed in a bad lie but I hacked at it with a five wood and it landed on the green,” he said.

Kelly, runner-up in the previous day’s pro-am, finished two shots ahead of North Wales-attached Matthew Tottey.

He admitted he was fortunate to get plenty of time off from the family business, having only returned from playing in two events on the Alps Tour in Italy the night before.

“I’d been away for 10 days and drove straight down to Northop to play in the pro-am and finished a shot behind on winner Phil Archer. I think I’d sharpened up my act a bit!” he added.

 

World class field for Euro Amateur

A world class field is lined up for next week’s European Amateur Championship at Surrey club Walton Heath.

The winner will not only follow in the footsteps of such past champions as Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, but will play in next month’s Open at Royal Birkdale,

This is the second time England Golf has hosted the championship qhich will be played  28 June June to  July 1.

It is one of the biggest amateur titles in golf and has attracted entries from some of the finest players around the globe.

Between them they represent 30 different countries and they include Stewart Hagestad, who was the low amateur at the Masters; Paul Chaplet, the South American amateur champion; and defending champion Luca Cianchetti of Italy,

Cianchetti has great form at Walton Heath having won the South of England Open Amateur there two years ago. Meanwhile David Boote, the top-ranked Welsh amateur in the world, will enjoy home club advantage. He recently came within a whisker of winning a place in the US Open at the qualifier hosted by Walton Heath when he posted a record 62 on the New Course in the first round.

English high-flyers include 2016 Amateur Champion Scott Gregory of Hampshire, who will be able to draw on the experience of having played in The Open, The Masters and last week’s US Open.

Dorset’s Jack Singh Brar and Cheshire’s Matthew Jordan have both hit tremendous form. Singh Brar won the Lytham Trophy and shared second place in the Brabazon Trophy, alongside Jake Burnage of Devon, who is another exciting prospect. Jordan capped a string of high finishes with victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Somerset’s Josh Hilleard is another England international who already has a big win under his belt this season, having captured the French amateur.

Among the players from the other Home Countries is Jack Davidson of Wales who is enjoying a stellar season with wins in the Spanish amateur and the European Nations Cup. Robert MacIntyre and Connor Syme of Scotland both feature in the world top ten, while Stuart Grehan is Ireland’s highest ranked player on the world stage.

The field of 144 players will be challenged by Walton Heath’s Old Course, which is recognised as one of the finest inland courses in the country.

The club has hosted nearly 90 major amateur and professional championships, including the 1981 Ryder Cup, five European Opens and the Senior Open Championship.

Amateur events include the English Amateur and the Brabazon Trophy, the British and English Ladies’ Championships, the British Seniors’ and the British Mid-Amateur.

In recent years the club has introduced the South of England Open Amateur Championship and the 2007 winner was Danny Willett, who went on to win the 2016 US Masters. The club has hosted qualifying for the US Open for 12 successive years and in 2005 Michael Campbell made his way through the qualifier to win the championship.

England last hosted this championship in 1991 at Hillside, Lancashire, when Jim Payne became the first Englishman to take the title. He was followed by Matthew Richardson in 2004 and then by Ashley Chesters in 2013 and 2014, adding a special line in the history of the championship as the only back-to-back winner.

After 54 holes the field will be cut to the leading 60 players and ties who will play the final round.

Calum calls the shots in Hulbert Trophy

SHIPLEY two handicapper Calum Hey posted a three-under-par aggregate of 139 to win the Hulbert Trophy at Manchester.

Rounds of 70 and 69 put him three ahead of Bury’s ever-consistent Ciaran Doherty, who signed for 70 and 72 as he moved into a share of third place in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit alongside Heswall’s Tom Dolan.

Top of the pile is Northenden’s Cameron Massey whose lead was cut to 110 points by Huyton & Prescot’s John Carroll, winner of the Hulbert Trophy two years ago.

LEADING SCORES: 139 Calum Hey (Shipley) 70 69; 142 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 70 72; 143 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot) 76 67, Daniel Creaney (Southport & Ainsdale) 73 70; 144 Graeme Jackson (Warrington) 75 69, Joe Bannan (Manchester) 70, 74, James Higgins (Pike Fold) 70 74; 145 Thomas Maddocks (Brookdale) 75 70, Thomas Winn (Morecambe) 73 72; 146 Andy Allen (Manchester) 75 71, James Greenhalgh (Bolton)  72 74, Paul McFerran (Warrington) 70 76.

AFTER 8 EVENTS                                                                                           PTS

Cameron Massey Northenden 385
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 275
Tom Dolan Heswall 250
Ciaran Doherty Bury 250
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 210
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 145
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 120
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 115
Jon Beesley Mere 115
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Mark Duncalf Formby 90
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jack Brooks Didsbury 75
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
Ross Clewley Bramhall 50
Max Rogers Astbury 50
Graeme Jackson Manchester 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Joe Bannan Manchester 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 40
Chris Harrison Sandiway 40
Simon Older Fleetwood 40
Ben Bernamont The Warwickshire 40
Harvey Talarczyl Royal Lytham 40
Andrew Bell Durham City 40
Matt Robinson Eaton 40
James Higgins Pike Fold 40
Joe Brice Manchester 30
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Brookdale 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Thomas Winn Morecambe 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Reece Cranfield Wigan 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Jacob Oakley Styal 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 15
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Lewis George Delamere Forest 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
James Greenhouse Bolton 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Paul McFerran Warrington 10

 

Stirling performance for Lancashire

LANCASHIRE county captain Paul Williams has praised the contribution of the new faces in the team.

The Red Rose line-up for the latest Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League outing featured three players making their debuts.

The match against Cumbria at Manchester saw Formby’s Anthony Stirling (pictured) make his first full appearance, fresh from his top 10 finish in the Lancashire County Championship at Lancaster, alongside Mark Hyde (Southport & Ainsdale), winner of the Batty Trophy for the best 36-hole score at the same event.

Anthony Stirling.jpgThe third newcomer was Aiden Hoosen, from Manchester Golf Club.

All three picked up points in the singles as Lancashire mounted a spirited fightback after a disappointing start in the morning foursomes.

They trailed 1½ – 4½ at the break but won the afternoon singles 7-5 to miss out by just 8½ – 9½ in the final reckoning.

Stirling claimed a notable scalp in the singles with a 2&1 success over the vastly experienced Nicky Bell, the Cumbria county matchplay champion, while Hyde overcame Jon Clarke 4&3. Hoosen took a half from his match against James Atkinson.

The narrow loss followed a surprising 5½ – 12½ defeat to Northumberland at Bolton Old Links in the opening match of the season as the county continues to rebuild for the future.

Williams explained: “We have lost some players to the pro ranks and due to commitments we are missing some familiar and experienced players, so this is a period of transition for the county team.

“It’s encouraging that we have a number of exciting, young players coming through the squads and with the right encouragement and support they can adjust to the demands of playing county golf.

“Anthony, Mark and Aiden all did well in their singles matches, which will be a boost for their confidence. We must as a team, however, focus and improve on our foursomes performances.”

RESULTS

http://www.lancashiregolf.org/matchdetail/288/

FIXTURES: June 21 Bell Trophy (Lytham Green Drive); June 26 Lanca  shire Seniors v Cheshire (Royal Lytham); June 26 Cheshire Boys v Lancashire Boys (Caldy); July 5 EGU Northern Boys qualifying round (Warrington); July 9 Cheshire v Lancashire (Bramall Park); July 10 U16, U15, U14 Boys v Durham (Burnley)