Archive for May 12th, 2017

Simpson’s extra special

Isaac Simpson.JPGISAAC Simpson showed Sheffield steel on his way to winning a three-way play-off and clinching the PGA North Assistants’ Championship of Lancashire at Ellesmere.

And he achieved it in style with a 20-birdie putt from off the green at the third extra hole to deny Chorley’s in-form Andy Palmer and Richard Pickard, from Warrington, who posted a blemish-free card.

Simpson (pictured), in his second year at south Yorkshire club Hallowes, reached the turn on four-under-par thanks to an eagle at the fourth.

“I had a lot of other chances I should have taken,” he reflected. “I made a mistake when I bogeyed the 16th which I put down to bad club selection.”

Palmer also picked up two shots at the fourth and birdied the last two to stay in contention.

LEADING SCORES: 67 Isaac Simpson (Hallowes), Richard Pickard (Warrington), Andrew Palmer (Chorley); 69 Jason Dransfield (Heswall), Oliver Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey), Tom Metcalfe (Gathurst); 71 Jamie Howarth (Davenport), Tim Ford (Liverpool Driving Range.

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Big field for Brabazon Trophy

MORE than 260 golfers will set out next week to try to win a place in one of amateur game’s top championships, the Brabazon Trophy.

They’ve a sprint ahead of them: just 18 holes to claim a top-30 spot at either of two pre-qualifiers and guarantee a place in the championship. They’re being held on Tuesday at the southern venue of Littlestone, Kent, and the northern host club, Sandiway in Cheshire.

The successful competitors will join more than 80 exempt players in an international field challenging for the title of English men’s open amateur strokeplay champion.

The Brabazon Trophy, as it’s better known, will be played at the home of England Golf, on the famed Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa, from May 25-28.

It’s one of amateur golf’s most sought-after titles, attracting future stars of the professional game from around the world and two of the champions, Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel, have gone on to win Majors.

This year’s pre-qualifying hopefuls include Devon’s Harrison Greenberry, who is a past British boys’ champion, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels from the England Golf boys’ squad; and former boy international Rhys Nevin-Wharton, who will enjoy home advantage at Sandiway.

All the contenders will be aiming to join a field which represents global golf. Exempt players will be travelling from as far as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Saudi Arabia to take part.

But there will be an extra frisson for payers from Great Britain and Ireland, with the selectors for this year’s Walker Cup match paying particular attention to the action.

Eighteen members of the GB&I Walker Cup squad are in the exempt field and there will be others who aim to catch the eye, such as the in-form Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset), who has just won the Lytham Trophy.

Who will join them to complete the championship field? For more information on the Brabazon Trophy pre-qualifying tournaments, including tee times and lives scores on the day, please visit http://www.englandgolf.org/brabazontrop

Sophie and Gemma to the fore

NORTH West top shots Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb are expected to figure highly as England  target a second Nations Cup win in a week when the Irish women’s strokeplay championship starts today.

Gemma, from Delamere Forest, and Clitheroe’s Sophie (pictured) successfully teamed up with Sammy Fuller to take the honours at last weekend’s Welsh women’s strokeplay – where Gemma also won the individual title.Sophie Lamb (4).jpg

Today they are joined by fellow international Georgia Price, from Bude,  for their latest challenge at Co Louth Golf Club.

All three players were in England’s winning team at the recent mixed international against Spain.

Gemma, 22, scored her biggest win to date when she won the Welsh women’s strokeplay title by five shots. She has also won two top scratch events this season with a combined score of 20-under par.

Sophie, 19, is the British strokeplay champion and shared 10th place at the Welsh championship and 15th in the Scottish strokeplay.  She finished in the top 10 at the Harder Hall Invitational in the USA.

Shacklady and Jones share spoils at Childwall

SERIAL winner David Shacklady ran up a treble bogey seven on the ninth hole in the third PGA North Players’ Event at Childwall.

But the Mossock Hall maestro (pictured) leaked another shot on the final green and had tDavid Shacklady c.JPGo settle for a share of the spoils with Royal Liverpool’s Michael Jones who closed with a birdie.

They were the only pair to finish on level par 72, Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill claiming third spot a stroke back.

LEADING SCORES: 72 David Shacklady (Mossock Hall), Michael Jones (Royal Liverpool); 73 Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham); 74 Daniel Croft (Huyton & Prescot), Iain Davie (Hazel Grove); 73 Graham Cox (Lymm).