Archive for May 8th, 2017

Open invitation to play at Royal Birkdale

GOLF club members throughout Great Britain and Ireland will have the opportunity to tee up at Royal Birkdale shortly before the world’s best players compete at the 146th Open in July.

A group of 42 men and women will secure their places in the final of the inaugural R&A Nine Hole Championship through a qualifying process organised by the national governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The final will be July 15 when qualifiers will play the challenging back nine at the famous Southport links just before official practice begins for the top players in the game.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy and world number one Dustin Johnson will be among those competing. The Open is being staged at Royal Birkdale for the tenth time on July 16 – 23.

The nine hole event, which follows a successful pilot last year, is central to The R&A’s efforts to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to play the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes.

Duncan Weir, executive director – Golf Development at The R&A said: “We want to promote nine hole golf as a perfectly valid means of enjoying the game whether socially or competitively and the 2017 event builds on the successful pilot run at Royal Troon last summer.

“We know the time 18 holes can take and that this can deter golfers from playing regularly so we continue to encourage clubs to offer nine hole event opportunities. It is important, we believe, to remind golfers that nine hole play is increasing in popularity and therefore being enjoyed by more players.”

The qualifying events are open to men, women, boys and girls who are club members with a CONGU handicap.

 

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Lancs lass Hollie back in the fray

LANCASHIRE hot-shot  Hollie Muse completed a two shot win at the U18 Fairhaven Trophies then declared: “I’m back!” The England women’s international  had given up the six months ago.

“I’d stopped playing, I was upset with my game and I wasn’t in a goHollie Muse....jpgod place,” she explained. “I didn’t win anything last year and I thought I was never coming back.”

But she came back this season with a new approach and it paid off. She tied second in the Scottish girls’ championship, then shared third place in the Scottish women’s strokeplay pior to winning at Fairhaven.

“To win this is emotional for me,” said the 17-year-old from West Lancashire.

She finished the 72-hole international event on three-under par, two ahead of Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), who was girls’ runner-up for the second year in a row.

The boys’ title was won in runaway style by Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg, two under and 10 shots clear of the runner-up, George Raitt of Leicestershire.

Doherty strolls to trophy glory

Ciaran Doherty.jpgBURY’S Ciaran Doherty, winner of the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit in 2014, made an early move to recapture the title when he swept to a comprehensive eight stroke victory in the Henriques Trophy at Hesketh, the third event in a series of 29.

He opened with a four-under-par 68 containing five birdies then added another six in a second round 67, finishing with a hat-trick on the closing holes.

The Lancashire County player (pictured) moved into fourth position in the merit stakes, 20 points adrift of Northenden’s Cameron Massie .

Next up is the Southport & Ainsdale Bowl on May 20 followed a day later by the Formby Hare.

LEADING SCORES: 135 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 68 67; 143 Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 73 70; 146 Jamie Kinsley-Wilson (St Annes Old Links) 72 74; 148 Aiden Hoosen (Manchester) 74 74; 149 Gary Melling (Crompton & Royton) 77 72, Callum Blinkhorn (Leigh) 75 74, Simon Older (Fleetwood) 74 75; 150 Andrew Walsh (Pleasington) 77 73, Bryan Hughes (Hesketh) 75 75, Steven McGlynn (Preston) 75 75, Anthony Lester (Mossock Hall) 74 76, Adam Bowerbank (Ellesmere) 74 76.

AFTER 3 EVENTS

Cameron Massey Northenden 210
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 185
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Ciaran Doherty Bury 150
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 100
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 100
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 95
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 75
Jack Brooks Didsbury 75
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 40
Chris Harrison Sandiway 40
Simon Older Fleetwood 40
Joe Brice Manchester 30
Mark Duncalf Formby 30
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 15
Jon Beesley Mere 15
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10