Archive for August 6th, 2017

It’s roses all the way for Doherty

BURY’S Ciaran Doherty, who won the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit in 2014, lifted himself into contention again when he claimed the Grange Park Rose Bowl by four shots.

It was the Lancashire County player’s second success of the season following his victory in the Henriques Trophy at Hesketh in May.

He posted rounds of 71 and 72, one-under-par all told, to move into second place in the merit race, 100 points adrift of leader Cameron Massey, from Northenden.

 LEADING SCORES: 143 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 72 71; 147 Graeme Booth (Prestatyn) 77 70; 148 Joe Banks (West Lancs) 75 73, Declan Illingsworth (Formby) 74 74; 150 Alex Illidge (Grange Park) 75 75; 151 Cameron Massey (Northenden) 77 74; 152 Stephen McIver (Grange Park) 73 79; 253 Shaun Kerr (Grange Park) 79 74, Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 76 77; 154 Richard Fitzgerald (Bromborough) 81 73, Ste Mayer (Runcorn) 79 75; 155 Mark Kimpton (Bromborough) 82 73.

POINTS AFTER 16 EVENTS                                                                                            


Cameron Massey Northenden 560
Ciaran Doherty Bury 460
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 355
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 345
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 305
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 295
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 295
Tom Dolan Heswall 295
Jack Brooks Didsbury 275
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 270
Michael Hunt Pleasington 250
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 200
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 170
Chris Nuttall Accrington 150
Graeme Booth Prestatyn 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Jon Beesley Mere 130
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 120
Jacob Greenhalgh Bolton 105
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 105
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Trevor Foster Accrington 100
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 100
Matthew Delany Prestbury 100
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 100
Reece Cranfield Wigan 95
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 95
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 90
Lewis George Delamere Forest 85
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jacob Oakley Styal 80
Chris Harrison Sandiway 80
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Chris Carney Morecambe 75
Aaron Watkinson Pleasington 75
George Bloor Cavendish 75
James Newton Prestbury 75
Joe Banks West Lancs 75
Paul McFerran Warrington 70
William Dodds Styal 65
Roger Smithies Manchester 60
Declan Illingsworth Formby 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
Ken Hudson Hart Common 50
Alex Illidge Grange Park 50
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 45
David Peel Stockport 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 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
Ben Gardo Moor Allerton 40
Thomas Winn Morecambe 40
Michael Barratt Davyhulme Park 40
Stephen McIver Grange Park 40
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Shaun Field Oakdale 30
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 30
Sam Morrison Leeds Golf Centre 30
Shaun Kerr Grange Park 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 25
Aarin Harper Bolton Old Links 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Adam Fothergill Nelson 20
Martin Barnes Crompton & Royton 20
Owen Leigh Pleasington 20
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 20
William Kempster Bramhall 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richie Blundell Hillside 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Graeme Strachan Bury 15
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 15
Ste Mayer Runcorn 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10
Mark Kimpton Grange Park 10





Howard is ‘raining’ champ!

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PAUL Howard won his first European Challenge Tour title after the fourth round of the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge was cancelled following heavy rain in Finland.

The Englishman went into the final day with a two-shot lead after rounds of 68-65-66, but after torrential rain flooded the course at Vierumäki Resort, the decision was taken to reduce the tournament to 54 holes.

The 26 year old Lancastrian, who was only able to complete seven holes today, was emotional after tournament director Gary Butler broke the news that he was the champion.

“I am speechless,” he said. “I was very nervous starting my round this morning and although I played well those nerves didn’t really lift and I had just three-putted six and seven in the rain before play was called off – so it’s fair to say that I’m ecstatic that it has been cancelled.

“I didn’t get over the nerves but felt that I was managing the situation. It was torrential out there and I am not surprised that it got cancelled.

“I went to work in a call centre as I didn’t have any money after last season so this is massive – hopefully I won’t have to go back there anytime soon.

“Last year I just missed out on having a full card whereas now I am going to get into every event, and I will afford to be able to go to all the events – so this is massive for me.

“I can’t put it into words other than to say I’m absolutely chuffed. I have a lot of really good friends out here and it was great that they were all with me when I heard the news that I had won – that feeling was probably better than holing out on the last.

“My parents are going to be made up, everyone back at my home course and everyone I know is going to be ecstatic.

“The goal this year was to win, as it was last year, and every other year before that. Although I won in a strange way, it is nice to know that I can put myself at the top of the leaderboard after three rounds.

“Everyone tells me that I am good enough to do it, and I can take a lot of confidence from this week. Hopefully I can go on and push for that top 15 spot now.”

With victory in Finland Howard moves up 77 spots on the Road to Oman to 20th place. Sweden’s Simon Forsström, who finished two behind Howard in second place, also made a big move up in the Rankings, rising up 55 places to sit in 33rd position.


Howard charges into Finland lead


LANCASHIRE’S Paul Howard will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge after signing for rounds of 65 and 66 during the third day in Finland.

Beginning his third round one shot behind overnight leader Rhys Enoch, Howard made the perfect start by draining a 30-foot putt for birdie at the first.

A bogey at the fourth was cancelled out by birdies at the fifth, sixth and eighth as the 26 year old climbed to the top of the leaderboard at Vierumäki Resort.

Three further gains over the back nine took the Englishman two shots clear of Sweden’s Simon Forsström, and with 18 holes to go, Howard admitted he will be feeling the pressure tomorrow.

“I am going to be nervous tomorrow I’m not going to lie,” said Howard, whose best result on the European Challenge Tour was a share of second at the 2016 Swiss Challenge presented by ASG.

“I have led tournaments in the past so I have experienced what it is like, and hopefully if I keep on doing what I have been doing it will be enough tomorrow.

“I didn’t have any idea that I was leading as I wasn’t really paying attention to any of the leaderboards and I just plodded my way around like I did the last two days really.

“Financially a good result would be huge for me – as I’m on a bit of a tightrope at the moment. I came close to winning in Switzerland but things didn’t quite go my way last year. Somebody’s got to win so why not me.”

Two shots adrift on 15 under par is Sweden’s Forsström, who carded a bogey-free third round of 67 to put himself firmly in contention for a second Challenge Tour title.

One shot further back on 14 under par is Denmark’s Jeff Winther who signed for a third round of 65 – the same score as four-time European Tour winner Ricardo Gonzalez, who is four shots off the lead on 13 under par.