Archive for March 30th, 2017

Archer on target at Prestbury

PHIL Archer hit the bull’s-eye when he powered to victory in the opening evPhil Archer 2016.JPGent of the PGA North Players’ Tour at Prestbury.

The former European player got off to a flying start with four birdies on the opening six holes then added three more on the way home.

The 13th was his only unlucky hole where he walked off the green with a bogey. But his six-under-par 65 left the rest of the field trailing in his wake, Penrith’s Tim Dykes claiming second spot on one-under-par.

Abergele’s Stuart Runcie, Bramall Park’s Oliver Whitely and Aran Wainwright, from Mid Yorks, shared third place on level par,

The closing event is at Lancaster on April 6


The Open teams up with Grand National

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THE Open has teamed up with the Randox Health Grand National ahead of the 146th staging of the Championship at Royal Birkdale in July.

The partnership will see the Open and  Randox Health Grand National work together on providing engaging content for fans over the coming months in the build-up to two of the world’s greatest sporting events.

The agreement will give racing fans the chance to get up close to the Claret Jug as it visits Aintree Racecourse on Saturday April 8 for the world’s greatest steeplechase.

There will also be exclusive offers to fans who plan to attend the Open, which will bring the world’s best golfers to the North West from July 16-23.

Fans of the Open will also have the opportunity to secure their place at the Randox Health Grand National Festival 2018 following this year’s sell-out event.

Neil Armit, chief commercial officer of the R&A, organisers of the Open, said: “We are looking forward to working with the Grand National to help promote the 146th Open ahead of the tenth staging of the Championship at the historic links of Royal Birkdale. We know that fans in Merseyside and the wider North West region are eagerly anticipating these two iconic events in 2017.”

Mike Sarath, head of marketing for Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “With two world class sporting events taking place just a few miles apart this year, it made perfect sense to partner with The R&A. We are looking forward to helping promote the Open at the Randox Health Grand National and promoting our event at Royal Birkdale with exclusive ticket access to both sets of fans.”

Tickets for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale are available online now at

Cheshire girls are ready to rock again!


GIRLS’ golf will be rocking again in Cheshire when the successful campaign to inspire new young players returns next month.

.Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends.

Free girls’ taster sessions will be on offer at eight clubs, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.

The taster sessions are at:

Hartford Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 1-3pm

Eaton Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 1-3pm

Romiley Golf Club on Sunday 23 April, 10-11am

Alderley Edge Golf Club on Sunday 23 April, 2-3pm

Caldy Golf Club on Sunday 30 April, 10am-12noon

Ringway Golf Club on Sunday 30 April, 1-2pm

Prenton Golf Club on Sunday 30 April, 2-4pm

Prestbury Golf Club on Saturday 6 May, 2.30-4pm

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Following the tasters, the clubs will each offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals, when the ambassadors will be on hand to encourage the newcomers. All the girls completing the coaching courses will be given a US Kids Golf 7-iron to help them start playing.

Then, the new players will be invited to a fun day with the ambassadors featuring multi-skills challenges and the chance to play on a golf course.

Girls Golf Rocks is a national campaign, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and it aims to increase the number of girl golfers from an average of just two full members per club.

It ran in Cheshire for the first time last year and was very successful with 175 girls attending the tasters and 148 going on to taking coaching courses.

Abby Baumber, the Cheshire County junior organiser, said: “The continued success of Girls Golf Rocks in Cheshire is testament of the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of all of those involved. It’s fantastic to see so many girls starting their journey in golf, having fun and making friends along the way!

Girls Golf Rocks started in 2015 with a trial in Essex. Ambassadors and new players from the county are now featured in a Girls Golf Rocks video, which captures all that’s special about the programme. Bella Jay, 14, sums it up when she says: “Golf has done so much for me, I love it. You should come and join us and see how much fun it is.”

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It turns out all White again for Gemma!

ENGLAND international and Cheshire player Gemma Clews, who won the world ranking Comboy Scratch Trophy at Delamere Forest earlier in the week, added the White Cup to her  impressive list of achievements when she joined forces with Ashton-on-Mersey professional and clubmate Kris Andrews to clock up 42 points at Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

It was a repeat of her success in the same event three years ago when she partnered the then assistant professional Rory Walsh.alliwhitecupproam.JPG

But the outcome was only decided on this occasion after they prevailed on a card play-off from host club pro Dave Mackinnon and Carol Dunki-Jacobs.

The am-am was won by Swinton Park’s Marcus Corfield and Barbara Redford on a 41 points countback from home players Chris and Gail Hegarty and Stand duo Charles Rodgers and Mel Clegg.

Kris Andrews and Gemma Clews are presented with the trophy by Chorlton captain Geoff Sellors