Archive for June, 2017

Pro ends up in hospital after 10-round marathon

JASON Dransfield endured 10 rounds of golf in a day, in blistering heat for much of the time, to raise money for local charities.

But the 35-year-old Heswall assistant  (pictured) was so exhausted at the end of his marathon, which he completed on foot, he ended up being taken by ambulance to one of the hospitals he was supporting!

“After finishing the final round I felt fine although a bit sore but five minutes

Jason Dransfield.jpgafter getting into the clubhouse I was struggling to walk and could not even string a couple of sentences together,” he recalled. “I was put on a drip then went home the next day.”

Dransfield, the PGA North assistant of the year, plodded a staggering 50 miles, which equated to 108,000 steps during the day.

“I burnt off 10,000 calories, went through four pairs of shoes and changed my clothing five times just to try to keep myself fresh,” he said.

He took up the challenge three years after his mum Hilary went into remission, having being diagnosed with breast cancer on his 33rd birthday.

“It gave me a bit of a shock when I was told she had only a few months to live but now she’s doing well I decided to give something back to those who helped her.

“A lot of people have played five rounds in a day but I thought I’d extend it to 10 and not many have achieved that.

“I teed off at 2.45am and the first 12 holes were played in pitch black but I had my dad Phil caddying and shining a torch on the fairway along with Stuart McCall, the head greenkeeper at Chester, also trying to keep an eye on the ball.

He had to go to work but came back later and I also had a lot of support from friends, particularly those at the golf club who were fantastic.  It was non-stop play and we did not finish until after 10pm.  It was also the hottest June day for 41 years but I didn’t notice it because I was keen to keep on going!

”Incredibly I struck the ball better in the last round than all the previous ones. Altogether I had 35 birdies and an eagle and was six-under-par in total.”

So far Dransfield has raised almost £6,000 for Maggies support centre at Clatterbridge Hospital, Claire House, St John’s Hospice  and Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

Meanwhile, his donation page is still open. Visit

England women defend Euro title

ENGLAND will defend the European women’s team championship next month with a side which is packed with champions.

The line-up includes Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire  who was in last year’s gold medal-winning team.

She will play alongside fellow Curtis Cup player, Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire, together with Lianna Bailey of Leicestershire, Gemma Clews of Cheshire, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire and India Clyburn of Lincolnshire. The championship takes place at the Montado golf resort, Portugal, from 11-15 July.

The European girls’ team championship takes place at St Laurence Golf, Finland, also from 11-15 July. The England side is Sammy Fuller of Surrey, Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Hollie Muse of Lancashire, Emily Price of Worcestershire, Bel Wardle of Cheshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk.

The players:


Lianna Bailey, 20, (Kirby Muxloe) has had consistently high results this season, including second place in the Welsh stroke play, fourth in the Irish and fourth in the St Rule Trophy. She reached the quarter finals of the French U21 championship.

Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest) is the Welsh women’s stroke play champion and was joint runner-up in the Irish stroke play. She will make her second appearance for GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy this weekend.

India Clyburn, 20, (Woodhall Spa) is a student at NC State University and is a winner both here and on the US college circuit where she also had five top tens in her second year. She is a member of the GB&I Vagliano Trophy team.

Alice Hewson, 19, (Berkhamsted) was in the winning GB&I team at the 2016 Curtis Cup and in England’s gold medal winning team at last year’s European ladies’ team championship. She will represent GB&I in this weekend’s Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe.

Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe) is the British women’s stroke play champion, won the 2016 England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and was joint runner up in Irish women’s stroke play. She won all four of her matches in the recent international against Spain.

Rochelle Morris, 22, (Woodsome Hall) is a Curtis Cup player and is in great form this season with a series of top-five results in stroke play events and a win in The Leveret. She also reached the match play stages of the British women’s amateur.


Sammy Fuller, 18, (Roehampton) got to the quarter finals of the recent French U21 championship and has had high finishes in the Scottish, Welsh and Irish women’s stroke play championships.

Lily May Humphreys, 15, (Stoke by Nayland) has just won the girls’ title at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters to add to a string of 2016 victories, including the English U16 girls’ championship. She will play in GB&I’s Junior Vagliano team this weekend.

Hollie Muse, 17, (West Lancashire) won the girls’ title at the 2017 Fairhaven Trophies and has also been third in both the Scottish women’s open and the Scottish girls’ championship this season.

Emily Price, 17, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English women’s open stroke play champion and was runner up in the 2016 English girls’ championship. In total she won four times last year.

Bel Wardle, 17, (Prestbury) was runner-up in the 2016 British girls’ championship and eighth in the world girls’ championship. This season she was sixth in the St Rule Trophy and the leading English player in qualifying for the British women’s amateur.

Amelia Williamson, 17, (Royal Cromer) became the first winner of the Gold Rose Trophy, given by Justin Rose, for her combined performance in the Roehampton Gold Cup and the Hampshire Rose. She was runner-up in the girls’ Fairhaven Trophies.

‘Water’ way to win a competition

NORMANTON Golf Club duo Scott McGovern and Callum Gaughan sealed a place in the Lombard Trophy Final – despite having to deal with an overnight burst water pipe at their hotel.

The Wakefield pair received an unwanted soaking as they prepared for their regional qualifying round at Sandiway. Both players had their clothing drenched as they woke up to an inch of water on the floor – and they had to get replacement garments at the professional’s shop before they could tee off.

It was as bad a preparation for the event as the Yorkshiremen could have had – yet they put their problems behind them to win by two shots after carding a nine under par 61 to beat Peter Allan and Nick Bradshaw (Ashton-in-Makerfield) into second spot . That means they will be heading to Portugal for the £41,000 National Pro-Am grand final at the Vila Sol resort between September 21-22.

By co-incidence, amateur player and five handicapper Gaughan will be holidaying at the same venue just two weeks beforehand.  But final year assistant professional McGovern admitted he did not think it would be their day after their hotel nightmare.

“We came over the previous night and stayed in a hotel but the pipes burst during the night, the water seeped underneath the door and ruined all our clothes, the room was under an inch of water,” he explained.

“So we had to hire clothes from the pro shop. We thought our luck was out for the day. I’d woken up at 7.15 and stepped into a puddle of water!”

However, they then went on to produce a winning round which saw them finish strongly with five successive birdies.

“Callum played the best round I’ve ever seen him have. I play a lot of golf with him and he must have been under par on his own. We felt that nothing more could go wrong and it all worked out in the end,” added McGovern, who had never played in the Lombard Trophy before.

Gaughan, a 22-year-old student, is hoping to turn professional himself in the future.

And he admitted he will be able to do some homework on the Vila Sol venue.

“I always try to beat Scott anyway so I was just trying to match him on each hole, it was an advantage that we know one another,” he explained.

“But I’ll be holidaying in Portugal two weeks before the final – and at the same place as we’ll be playing, so I’ll be able to have a practice. That was arranged a year ago so it’s a real coincidence.”

LEADING SCORES: 61 Scott McGovern/Callum Gaughan (Normanton); 63 Peter Allan/Nick Bradshaw (Ashton-in-Makerfield); 64 Charles Le Sueur/Steve Bennett (Alderley Edge),  Jonathan Cheetham/Peter Maney (Whittaker).

Archer relishing PGA Cup debut

REPRESENTING Great Britain and Ireland at this year’s PGA Cup will be viewed as a career highlight for Phillip Archer. The 45-year-old has competed on some of the biggest golfing stages, having played in both the US Open and the Open Championship.

He has also finished runner-up on the European Tour on no fewer than four occasions.

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But Warrington-born Archer, attached to Birchwood Golf Club, knows all about the prestige that comes with playing against USA in the PGA Cup and admits selection for this year’s event at Foxhills in September had been on his priority list.

“It’s a high for me and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Archer (picture Patrick Bolger/Getty Images), who has three Challenge Tour titles to his name.

“Two years ago I came off tour and tried to make this a target, to get into the PGA Cup team so it’s my first time of trying and I got in so I’m very much looking forward to it.

“I loved my time out on the European Tour. I got close to winning a few times but when I switched back to the PGA my ultimate aim was to try to represent your country at the PGA Cup.”

Archer qualified for the GB & Ireland team after finishing third in the Tit

leist & Footjoy PGA Professional Championship at Luttrellstown Castle at the beginning of June.

He will form a ten-strong team led at Foxhills Resort in Surrey by Scotsman Albert MacKenzie.

“I met Albert in the play-offs for the first time back in October in Saunton and we got on straight away,” Archer added.

“I said I was gunning to try to get into his team and he was very welcoming when I did that. It’s great to get in and hopefully I can do him proud.”

Experience is a word that has been used to describe MacKenzie’s GB & Ireland team this time around.

Archer is one of eight players in the team to have experienced life on the Europ

ean Tour and he has also got a taste of team events, having won the Seve Trophy competition in 2007.

He feels they have a good chance of winning the event on home soil for the first time since 2005.

He added: “Looking at the team we have a lot of experience. “We have a few ex-tour players in there so with got a lot of experience with the players that we’ve got and hopefully I can add a little bit to that.

“I’ve met a lot of the team already. A good friend of mine, Gary Houston, got in and I rate very highly.

“Rob Coles, Matthew Cort, Greig Hutcheon, I know them all from playing ag

ainst them in the past so it’s going to a well-bonded team I think.”


GB & Ireland:


Captain: Albert MacKenzie

Vice Captains: Martyn Thompson and Cameron Clark

Team: Phillip Archer, Robert Coles, Matthew Cort, Christopher Currie, David Higgins, Garry Houston, Greig Hutcheon, Christopher McDonnell, Damien McGrane and Andrew Raitt

NW duo selected for PGA Cup team

PHIL Archer and Garry Houston have been selected for the 10-man Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup side that will take on their American counterparts at the Foxhills Resort in Surrey on September 15-17.

Birchwood-attached Archer, a former European Tour player, will bring vital experience to captain Albert MacKenzie’s team.

The 45-year-old finished runner-up four times on the European Tour and has played at both the US Open and the Open Championship.

Houston, who represent Carden Park, has experienced two seasons on the European Tour and the 46-year-old arguably enjoyed his best season as a pro 11 years ago in 2006 when he ended 74th in the Order of Merit.

“I feel that we are formidable and robust,” said MacKenzie, who will be assisted in Surrey by vice-captains Martyn Thompson and Cameron Clark.

“I could not be more pleased with the ten players that have made the PGA Cup team this year. We have a team of strength, a team of experience and we’re going to be seriously competitive in September.”


Brooks bowls ’em over at Bromborough

JACK Brooks moved into contention in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit stakes when he won the Bromborough Bowl by two shots.

The Didsbury plus two player was the only man in the field to beat par with rounds of 73 and 70 for a one-under-par total as he racked up seven birdies.

Northenden’s Cameron Massey, with two victories to his name after nine events, finished second two strokes off the pace after a five-way card play-off which lifted him 210 points clear at the top table.

 LEADING SCORES: 143 Jack Brooks (Didsbury) 73 70; 145 Cameron Massey (Northenden) 76 69, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 76 69, Lewis George (Delamere Forest) 74 71, Simon Pay (Helsby) 74 71, Rhys Nevin Wharton (Sandiway) 70 75; 146 Joe Bannon (Manchester) 75 71, Daniel Heron (Wallasey) 72 74, Michael Allen (Conwy) 70 76; 147 James Holroyd (Southport & Ainsdale) 73 74; 148 Samuel Turner (Royal Lytham) 74 74, Jon Beesley (Mere) 72 76.

AFTER 9 EVENTS                                                                                               PTS

Cameron Massey Northenden 485
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 275
Tom Dolan Heswall 250
Ciaran Doherty Bury 250
Jack Brooks Didsbury 225
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 210
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 190
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 145
Jon Beesley Mere 125
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 120
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 120
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Mark Duncalf Formby 90
Joe Bannan Manchester 85
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Lewis George Delamere Forest 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
Ross Clewley Bramhall 50
Max Rogers Astbury 50
Graeme Jackson Manchester 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 40
Chris Harrison Sandiway 40
Simon Older Fleetwood 40
Ben Bernamont The Warwickshire 40
Harvey Talarczyl Royal Lytham 40
Andrew Bell Durham City 40
Matt Robinson Eaton 40
James Higgins Pike Fold 40
Joe Brice Manchester 30
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Thomas Winn Morecambe 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Reece Cranfield Wigan 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Jacob Oakley Styal 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 15
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
James Greenhouse Bolton 15
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Paul McFerran Warrington 10



Kelly gets his eye in

PHILLIP Kelly, who works in his family’s estate agency in Lytham when he’s not playing golf, homed in on the PGA in Cheshire and North Wales Open at Northop Country Park thanks to a flawless seven-under-par 65.

The 30-year-old (pictured) racked up five birdies, four on the outward half, before producing a stroke of genius at the 519-yards 15th where he rolled in an eagle putt from 25 feet.

Phillip Kelly 2017.JPG“I drove my tee shot into the rough some seven or eight yards off the fairway and my ball landed in a bad lie but I hacked at it with a five wood and it landed on the green,” he said.

Kelly, runner-up in the previous day’s pro-am, finished two shots ahead of North Wales-attached Matthew Tottey.

He admitted he was fortunate to get plenty of time off from the family business, having only returned from playing in two events on the Alps Tour in Italy the night before.

“I’d been away for 10 days and drove straight down to Northop to play in the pro-am and finished a shot behind on winner Phil Archer. I think I’d sharpened up my act a bit!” he added.