Archive for May 18th, 2017

North West duo in Vagliano Trophy showdown

THE Great Britain and Ireland team to face the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy match at Golf Club Bogogno in Italy on June 30 – July 1 announced by the R&A today includes Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb and Delamere Forest’s Gemma Clews.

Elaine Farquharson-Black, who led GB&I to a memorable 11½-8½ win over the USA in the Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire last year, will captain the team and the Aberdeen-based lawyer will be looking to reverse a run of five consecutive wins by the Continent of Europe.

Claire Coughlan-Ryan continues in her role as captain of the Under-16 team to play in the Junior Vagliano Trophy match which runs parallel to the women’s competition.

Farquharson-Black said: “We have an excellent team, with a blend of youth and experience.”

Junior Vagliano Trophy captain Coughlan-Ryan added: “I look forward to working with a talented group of young golfers and trying to win the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the first time against the Continent of Europe.”

West Lancs player Hollie Muse is a second reserve.

How golf is helping to rebuild lives

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 The Preston CSI group are enjoying a relaxed approach to their golf sessions! Organisers Phil Wright (left) and Gwen Hughes (right) join in the fun.

A PROJECT aimed at helping people to rebuild their lives in Lancashire is using golf as one of its driving forces. The Challenge Through Sport Initiative is designed to support those on the road to recovery after alcohol or drugs issues by encouraging them to adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle.

The scheme’s five steps to well-being develop confidence and self-esteem and are also designed to help people with mental health issues.

Organisers have teamed up with Preston Golf Club Driving Range and academy to provide friendly, relaxed weekly golf sessions led by the club’s head PGA professional Andrew Greenbank.

With support from the Lancashire Golf Development Group, development officer Adam McAlister has been working alongside Lancashire Sport Partnership’s Jane Moodie (Project Lead), and Phil Wright and Gwen Hughes (Support Workers for Preston) to support the CSI programme.

McAlister said: “The health benefits of golf are well documented – not just in the physical gains to be enjoyed but also in mental well-being, as well as making new friends and enjoying a new challenge.

“CSI is a fantastic project aimed at helping people in recovery and those with mental health issues. The work of Andrew and his team at Preston in providing these fun sessions could see some of those taking part go on to enjoy more formal golf coaching and, possibly, a lifetime interest in a sport that will provide them with an active lifestyle and great social life, too.”

Preston support worker Wright said: “In recovery myself, the project and its activities have played an important part in my overall mental wellbeing.

“It is great to see people engaging in the project and reaping the benefits such as building confidence, having a structured week, mixing with like-minded people and building friendships.

“Participants are given the opportunity to try new activities and develop lifelong interests, as well as being given various opportunities to volunteer with Lancashire Sport.”

CSI has been developed by Lancashire Sports Partnership and supported by Sport England with an award of £500,000 from the National Lottery as part of their Get Healthy, Get Active funding.

Partnership working has been key to its success with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Public Health Lancashire and Cumbria and Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company providing additional funding.

The project throughout its development has had tremendous support from Recovery Agencies in both Lancashire and GMW. CSI aims to set up a successful programme for those in recovery, which could be replicated across the country.

Alongside the golf project, CSI runs regular weekly activities including climbing, swimming, badminton and boxing, all of which are completely free.

Further details of the CSI programme can be obtained from Phil Wright (07733 163150) or Gwen Hughes (07733 163149).

Get into golf opportunities include FREE taster sessions and low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766

Weather beaters boost cancer charity

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PERSISTENT rain failed to dampen spirits and enthusiasm as Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer successfully staged their 15th annual fundraising Celebrity–Am golf day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.

More than 20 teams contested the event and once again former footballers were to the fore including Alex Stepney, Mickey Thomas, Arthur Albiston, Duncan McKenzie, Peter Nicholson and Peter Sayer. They were joined by local entertainers including comedian Venn Tracey and Tony Robinson (Tabu Duo).

RGAC patron Howard Bennett, a Master PGA professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and many more, was guest of honour at the evening presentation dinner. Fellow Rosemere Golfers’ patron, comedian Norman Prince, back from a recent quadruple heart by-pass, hosted the occasion where hundreds of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Oldham stand-up Venn Tracey provided the after dinner entertainment.

Once again, the group paid tribute to the main sponsors, John and Barbara Kelso, both keen Leyland golfers and supporters of the Rosemere charity, who have supported this annual event since its inception. Ian Crowther, from the Inn at Whitewell, was also commended for his support and donation of branded Rosemere golf towels’ to each participant – much needed in the pouring rain.

Amy Hilton, area fundraising co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “We were delighted to see such a great turnout on the day in support of Rosemere. We are in the middle of our 20th anniversary appeal and this event raised a wonderful amount, and we are hugely thankful to everyone involved in making the event the success that it was.”

Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and later this year we have a showpiece event at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club. we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. In the last two years they have raised more than £25,000.

For further information on Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, contact Keith McIntosh on 01772 462685.