Archive for July, 2016

Rhys battles back to take Cheshire crown


CHESHIRE Junior Captain Rhys Nevin-Wharton won county boys’ championship courtesy of a blistering second round 67 at Delamere Forest.

The Sandiway player and England ace, soon to take up a four-year golf scholarship in the United States, opened up with an untitdy 77 to trail Eaton’s James Ashfield by six strokes.

But it was a different story in the afternoon, sealing victory with a birdie on the final hole.Ashfield claimed second spot while the best nett award went to  Prestbury’s Tom Kirton.

Dolan on the mark again



HESWALL hot-shot Tom Dolan chalked up his fourth win of the season in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit when won the Stockport Salver.

The Cheshire County player marked down 14 birdies all told, six in a first round 68 and eight in the next in a 66 for an eight-under-par aggregate.

A shot back was 2015 Lancashire champion Ian Kenwright who was one ahead of Mere’s Jon Beesley.

Meanwhile, Dolan leapfrogged his Cheshire team-mate, Northenden’s Sam Prince, to take a 120-points lead in the merit table.


LEADING SCORES: 134 Tom Dolan (Heswall) 68 66; 135 Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 66 69; 136 Jon Beesley (Mere) 66 70; 140 Ben Hallam (Wychwood Park) 73 67; 141 Sam Turner (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 71 70, Anthony Harwood (Blackburn) 69 72; 143 Lewis George (Delamere Forest) 75 68; 144 Ben Kay (Stockport) 72 72; 145 Chris Chilton (High Legh Park) 74 71, Josh Garside (Prestbury) 72 73; 146 Richard Fitzgerald (Bromborough) 75 71, Sam Prince (Northenden) 73 73.

STANDINGS AFTER 17 EVENTS                                                                                                                                                               

Club Points
Tom Dolan Heswall 675
Sam Prince Northenden 555
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 460
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 390
Joe Brice Manchester 300
Jack Brooks Didsbury 275
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 275
Mike Harrington Mottram Hall 260
Paul McFerran Warrington 245
Tom Winn Morecambe 240
Paul Kinnear Formby 240
Richie Blundell Hillside 215
Mark Duncalf Formby 200
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 200
Lewis George Delamere Forest 200
Richard Shaw Enville 195
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 190
Ben Crompton Manchester 175
Sam Turner Royal Lytham 175
Timothy Ford Woolton 160
Chris Chilton High Legh Park 160
Oliver Clarke Hillside 150
Roger Smithies Manchester 150
James Newton Prestbury 150
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 150
Callan Barrow Royal Lytham 135
Jon Beesley Mere 135
Aaron Harper Bolton Old Links 125
Nick Tomlinson Vicars Cross 120
Max Rogers Astbury 116
Geoff Harris Formby 105
Robert Cull Bromborough 105
Gareth Bradley Bramhall 100
James Rooney West Lancs 100
David Illingsworth Formby 100
Sham Jagoti Eaton 100
Ian Hardman Accrington 100
Steve McGlynn Preston 100
Daniel Croft Huyton & Prescot 95
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 90
Reece Cranfield Wigan 80
Sam Berry Bolton 80
Cameron Massey Wallasey 80
Paul Wilson Woolstanton 80
Rhys Nevin-Wharton Sandiway 75
Josh Morton Huddersfield 75
Joe Armitt Prestbury 75
Matthew Kay Manchester 75
Craig Fallows Huyton & Prescot 70
Josh McMahon Wallasey 60
Jacob Oakley Styal 60
David Janson Penwortham 60
Cam Tye Eaton 60
Jack Shelley Formby 60
James Kempster Bramall 60
Lewis Boyle Pleasington 55
Alex Fitzpatrick Hallamshire 50
Ciaran Doherty Bury 50
Mark Rabone Southport & Ainsdale 50
Matt Robinson Eaton 50
John Wilding Heysham 50
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 50
Joe Banks West Lancs 45
Thomas Gore Formby Hall 45
James Holt Wilpshire 45
Gareth Hastie Bolton 40
Dominic Barnes Caldy 40
Liam Jenkinson Ashton & Lea 40
Adam Cockerill Prestbury 40
J Higgins Pike Fold 40
Tony Flanagan Clitheroe 40
David Smethurst Formby 30
Brett Lancstreth Wilpshire 30
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 30
Will Dodds Styal 30
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 30
Ben Kay Stockport 30
Paul Langford Wallasey 25
Mark Hyde Wigan 25
Charles Bradley Bramhall 25
David Peel Stockport 25
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 25
Jack Nickolson Llangollen 25
Luke Ormerod Nelson 25
Josh Ashton Southport & Ainsdale 25
Matthew Bargh Heysham 25
Aiden Hooson Manchester 20
John Mason Leasowe 20
Alex Webb Preston 20
George Wilson Caldy 20
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 20
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 20
Richard Hodgkinson Lindrick 20
Josh Garside Prestbury 20
Ian Martinbell Bolton 15
Ryan Connolly West Lancs 15
Joe Sephton Prenton 15
Tom Rowland Helsby 15
Graeme Booth Prestatyn 15
Gary Byrne Clitheroe 15
Sean Nicholls Pleasington 15
Aaron Williams Prestatyn 10
Graeme Jackson Manchester 10
Tim Cooper Bolton 10
Anthony Sterling Formby 10
John Shuttleworth Penwortham 10
Richard Shak Pleasington 10
Kevin Brown Bromborough 10
Andrew Fitzpatrick Keighley 10



Lancs ace Clarke picked for Boys’ Home Internationals

LANCASHIRE player Oliver Clarke, from Hillside, will link up with Carris Trophy champion Angus Flanagan and the championship’s U16 trophy winner, Michael Gilbert,  in the England team for next week’s Boys’ Home Internationals.

Oliver ClarkeOther new caps at this level are  Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire and Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire.

They’ll be joined by the six players who represented England in the European boys’ team championship: Toby Briggs of Norfolk, Callum Farr of Northamptonshire; John Gough of Berkshire, Matty Lamb of Northumberland; Daniel O’Loughlin of Nottinghamshire; and Charlie Strickland of Sussex.

The 11-strong team will take on the challenge of teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland at Ballyliffin, Ireland, from Tuesday to Thursday, 2-4 August.

The players:

Toby Briggs, 16, (Dunston Hall) was in England’s winning Nations Cup team at the U18 Carris Trophy,  third in the McEvoy Trophy, sixth in the Fairhaven Trophies and 13th in the German boys’ open.

Oliver Clarke, 18, (Hillside, pictured) was runner-up in the Northern boys’ county qualifier, fifth in the Fairhaven Trophies, eighth in the Hampshire Salver and played all four rounds of the Brabazon Trophy.

Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall) tied fourth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this.

Alex Fitzpatrick, 17 (Hallamshire) tied third in the Carris Trophy and was fourth in the Northern boys’ county qualifier. He was third in the 2015 Italian U16 boys’ championship.

Angus Flanagan, 17 (St George’s Hill) won the Carris Trophy – the English U18 boys’ open stroke play – at Hunstanton last week. He was fifth in the South East boys’ county qualifier and 11th at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. (Image © Leaderboard Photography)

Michael Gilbert, 16, (Chelmsford) won the U16 Hazards Salver at the Carris, was runner-up in the U16 McGregor Trophy and won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Harry Goddard, 16, (Hanbury Manor) tied third in the McGregor Trophy, won the South East group junior championship and had top 10s in the European Young Masters and the Fairhaven Trophies.

John Gough, 17, (Stoke Park) reached the last 16 of the French boys’ international and was 11th in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. He was runner up in the 2015 Telegraph Junior Championship.

Matty Lamb, 18, (Hexham) was fifth in the Carris Trophy where he also won the Malcolm Reid Salver for the best aggregate score in the Carris and Peter McEvoy Trophies and was part of England’s winning Nations Cup team. He was fourth in the McEvoy.

Dan O’Loughlin, 18, (Ruddington Grange) was fourth in both the German boys’ open and the Fairhaven Trophies and tied ninth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. He represented England in last year’s Thunderbird international in the USA.

Charlie Strickland, 17 (Ham Manor) reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship, was fourth in both the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Berkhamsted Trophy. He was eight in the South of England open amateur

Irish ace Higgins take route 66 to glory

IRELAND’S David Higgins withstood the charging Andy Raitt to run out a convincing winner of the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship at The Oxfordshire.

The Waterville Links pro from Co. Kerry carded his second 66 of the week to post a 15 under par total of 273 and three stroke victory over Raitt who fired a 67.

Higgins admitted to a few nerves but any jitters were alleviated by a devastating burst of birdies around the turn with gains at 10, 12, 13 and 14 helping him to a six under par final round.

“I had a lovely chip in on 10, a good par save on 11, then holed a 25 footer on 12, a 20 footer on 13 and then a 15 footer on 14,” said Higgins.

“Those were the ones I wasn’t getting yesterday but today – bang – right in the middle.”

“You just keep pushing, you don’t get chances like this very often so I did great, I made a few birdies but said to myself don’t stop because there is going to be other guys doing it and I did that so I was very proud.”

Higgins, who pocketed a cheque for £10,000 cheque and the use of a Peugeot 308 GT for a year, rated his triumph as one of the best his career and he gave himself a pat on the back for the way he handled the pressure.

“I’m delighted because I was very nervous, it’s been a while since I’ve been in a tournament this big so to come out on the right end is great,” he added.

“It must have been 12 or 14 years or something since I won something like this so you have to enjoy these. They don’t come along very often and I will enjoy it.

“Everyone at Waterville will be delighted, there will be a few pints drunk tonight because this is a big event and to win it is great for all of Irish golf.”

An absorbing final round of the £78,000 event saw several players in contention at various stages but it was Raitt who was to emerge as Higgins’ most serious rival.

And the St George’s Hill pro must have fancied his chances after birdieing the 10th and eagling the 11th for the third time in the week.

However when he checked the leaderboard on 17, Raitt realised it was game over and he was left to rue a second round 77 which included a quadruple bogey on the ninth where he lost two balls off the tee.

“The back nine on Wednesday for the 77 felt like the hardest nine I played all week because of what had happened before at nine “But I played better today and David played great so fair dues,” reflected Raitt who has the consolation of qualifying for the end of season PGA Play-Offs at Saunton in October.

“I really love this golf course, I played the Benson and Hedges here a few years ago, then gave up golf for a couple of years when I came off tour.

“But I ended up coming back here to The Oxfordshire for the first time when they had a regional event and I played well and managed to win that and it got me back into golf so I owe a lot to this place. I really like it.”

Defending champion Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge) shared third spot alongside Thorpe Wood’s Stuart Brown on eight under with Lee Clarke, Liam Bond, Guy Woodman, Andrew Willey, Ian Campbell and Graham Fox tied fifth at six under for the championship.

Spanish course to host PGA Pro-Captain Challenge

SPANISH destination Lumine Mediterranea Beach & Golf Community has been announced as the new grand final venue for the popular Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge.

The Lakes course at Lumine (lr)The resort, which features two Greg Norman designs, will stage the £25,000 event over 36 holes from Wednesday, November 30 – Thursday, December 1.

The Troon managed property, which is located just 50 minutes south of Barcelona, is a fixture with the European Tour as a Qualifying School venue and recently announced a strategic investment in The Lakes course which is set to further enhance guest and playing experiences.

Lumine has three courses with the 6,899 yard Norman designed The Lakes, complemented by The Hills and The Ruins – another Norman 9-hole design.

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said: “We are delighted that Lumine will host the Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge at the end of November.

“The PGA Pro-Captain grand final is always keenly contested and after a successful run at Turkey’s Antalya Golf Club we are looking forward to this new chapter in the event’s history and I’m sure the finalists will relish the opportunity of competing in such a beautiful setting.”

Lumine’s general manager Calle Carlsson commented: “We have a rich heritage of hosting top-class tournament golf at Lumine, and the PGA Pro-Captain Challenge is a fantastic addition to our events calendar for 2016.

“The Lakes is arguably the toughest of our three courses and will provide a strong challenge for the finalists; away from the course we’re looking forward to offering the competitors a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle and hospitality that Lumine is renowned for.”

More than 500 clubs enter the PGA Pro-Captain Challenge every year with 10 regional finals across the UK to determine the ten finalists.

The action gets under The Lakes course at Lumine (lr).jpgway at Broadstone in Dorset on August 2 with further qualifiers at Haggs Castle, Scotland (Aug 12), Enville, Stourbridge (Aug 16), Bowood, Wiltshire (Aug 23), Dunham Forest, Cheshire (Aug 26), Rudding Park, Yorkshire (Aug 30), The Addington, Surrey (Sept 1), Luttrellstown, Dublin (Sept 8), Northants County (Sept 12) and King’s Lynn, Norfolk (Sept 15).

New partnership extends Xact service to clubs

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Olympics mission for PGA professionals

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