Archive for June, 2016

Matt’s the way to do it!


AdamPowellMattLeachLAST minute super sub Matt Leach  played a blinder to help fire Hartford Golf Club into the grand final of the Lombard Trophy in Portugal.

The 19 handicapper (right), who didn’t know he was teeing up in the event until 7pm last night, teamed up with head PGA pro Adam Powell (left)  to shoot am 11-under-par 61 in the Dunham Forest qualifier.

Their three shot victory over rival clubs Dean Wood, Runcorn, Tytherington and Vicars Cross golf clubs secured the pair a trip to the £41,500 grand final which is supported by Coca Cola and will be staged at the stunning Pestana Golf Resort in Vila Sol, Portugal, from September 22-23.

Leach was called into action after the original amateur fell ill and then the first reserve couldn’t get time off work.

“It’s really exciting to reach the final and I certainly didn’t expect it because it wasn’t until 7pm last night that I even knew I was playing,” said Leach.

But he few showed few signs of nerves as he reeled of ten nett birdies and one nett eagle, much to the delight of his partner who has been head pro at Hartford for ten years.

“Matt was playing great, and I was just nice and steady and trying to coax and nudge him round,” said Powell.

“We were five under after six holes and set ourselves the target of 12 under. We had one blip at 13 and then just said let’s go for it.”

Amateur Leach credited his driving as key to his success.

“I played in an invitational event on Monday and my driving was off so I wasn’t expecting too much but everything came together today – it was a bit of freakish round but I hope my form can continue as I have the club championships on Saturday.”

Leach, who previously worked at Hartford but in November became club manager at sister club Pryors Hayes, has only been playing golf for two years but credits coaching with the latter’s pro Adrian Hill as helping him improve.

“Instead of sitting in front of the TV, I’ve been practising hard over the winter, having coaching with Adrian and had all the club fitting so I’m starting to reap the benefits,” he added.





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MP backs 9-hole golf to boost charity drive

MPENGLAND  Golf is backing an MP’s fundraising golf challenge which draws attention to Golf Express, the campaign to promote 9-hole golf to busy people.

Andrew Bingham, the Conservative MP for the High Peak (pictured), will play nine holes at each of seven courses in his constituency to raise money for four local Mountain Rescue teams.

The challenge starts at 4.30am tomorrow morning at Glossop & District Golf Club before moving on to Sickleholme, Hope, Buxton & High Peak, Cavendish, New Mills and finally Chapel-en-le-Frith.

England Golf chief executive Nick Pink, who will join Andrew at Cavendish, said: “This challenge supports an excellent cause and also highlights Golf Express. The 9-hole game really is the perfect option for people who are short of time but want to keep playing.”

Andrew added: “I’m grateful to England Golf for their support, 9-hole golf is ideal for someone like myself who has a busy work schedule – 9 holes allows me to play all the game in half the time.”

Golf Express is a national England Golf campaign to promote 9-hole golf. On average, a 9-hole round can be played in just two hours, which can fit into a busy lifestyle, and it offers all the health and social benefits of the full game. In a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.

The website offers places to play across the country through its online directory and also features special offers. Golf clubs are invited to upload their offers via and to take advantage of packs of marketing materials.

Andrew Bingham’s Golf Challenge is the latest in his series of annual fund-raising activities for local charities. It is sponsored by Nestlé Waters and has attracted local and national supporters, including the PGA and PING Europe.

Donations can also be made at Andrew’s JustGiving page,

Myerscough students to fore in Palmer Cup

Myerscough Group.jpgMYERSCOUGH College golf students have played a major part in the latest Arnold Palmer Cup – the college version of the Ryder Cup, played between Europe and the USA.

The annual international collegiate competition was at Formby with students also acting as caddies.

Since its inception in 1997, the tournament, which adopts a Ryder Cup style format, has become the biggest such event in the world. It is named after the legendary Palmer and brings together the top college players from both sides of the Atlantic. Alongside the Ryder Cup and Walker Cup, it’s one of only three golf events where Europe play against the USA.

In addition to the group playing a major part in the event with Myerscough student Kieran Oates being chosen as junior caddy for the Arnold Palmer Cup representative Matthias Schwab, selected to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bayhill, Florida, next March.

Meanwhile, Myerscough has secured a 12-month partnership with Callaway Golf Europe which will support next season’s Collegiate Tour.


Cheshire’s Jordan ready to go Dutch!

CHESHIRE’S Matthew Jordan is one of three players to represent England in the ST8TS TopGolf Holland Dutch Junior Open at Toxandria from 13-16 July 13-16.

He will link up with Somerset’s Josh Hilleard – who won four titles in 22 days – and Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire  to compete for the U21 title.

The players

Josh Hilleard, 21, (Farrington Park), won the West of England Championship, the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales Championship and the Hampshire Salver in April. He was joint top-scorer when England beat France at Formby and was also in England’s winning team at the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament.

Matthew Jordan, 20, (Royal Liverpool) was fourth in the Irish stroke play, sixth in the Duncan Putter in Wales and had top 20 finishes in the Scottish and Welsh stroke play championships. Earlier in the season he won the Hampshire Hog and tied third in the Hampshire Salver.

Gian-Marco Petrozzi, 19, (Trentham) reached the Amateur Championship matchplay and was fourth in the Brabazon Trophy, where he shot the championship low score of seven-under 65 in the final round. He also tied third in both the Hampshire Salver and the Duncan Putter and was 10th in the Lytham Trophy.

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Lancs lads book their place in the Open


LANCASTRIANS Jack Senior, from Heysham, and  Southport & Ainsdale’s Paul Howard cleared the Open Championship final qualifying hurdle at Hillside.

Senior, a late entrant, reeled off five birdies in the opening seven holes in his first round 69 then rolled in four more plus an eagle on the home straight to post 70.

Howard,  round in 69 and 73, won a five-way play-off for for second place.

Meanwhile, Colin Montgomerie thrilled a sizeable crowd by booking his place at Royal Troon by qualifying at Gailes Links.

The 53-yer-old, who is connected to Royal Troon, where his dad, James, served as club secretary, made 21 consecutive Open appearances until 2010, had been preparing at Gailes Links for this attempt since the end of last week.