Royal opening for Lancs curtain-raiser

THE curtain will go up on the 2018 Lancashire county golf season at one of the region’s most famous courses.

Royal Birkdale will host the traditional opening fixture while the Rest of Lancashire team will take on representatives from the Southport and District Golf Association over the challenging links on March 25.

Top event of the year is the county championship, which will be fought out over another links at West Lancashire, an Open qualifying venue.

At junior level Lancashire’s top young players will take part in the Four Counties Tournament – against teams from Cheshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire, and Nottinghamshire – at Sherwood Forest from April 3-5 where they will be bidding for a third successive title.

The Boys’ Championship is at Crompton and Royton in May with the U16 and U14 titles competed for in August at Dean Wood and Blackley respectively.

The county team embarks on the Northern Counties League programme against Cumbria at Eden GC while the seniors will head to another Open venue – at Royal Liverpool – to take on Cheshire.


March 25: Rest of Lancs v Southport DGA at Royal Birkdale

April 1: Lancashire B v Cumbria B at Haydock Park

April 3-5: Four Counties Junior Tournament at Sherwood Forest

April 7: Rest of Lancashire v East Lancashire Golf Association TBC

April 8: Lancashire v Lancashire Ladies at Blackburn

May 9: Collinge Trophy at Worsley

May 11: Lancashire Seniors v Shropshire and Hereford Seniors at Shrewsbury

May 12: Cumbria v Lancashire at Eden

May 13: Lancashire Boys Championship at Crompton and Royton

May 14: Lancashire Seniors v Cheshire at Royal Liverpool

May 21: Lancashire Seniors v Staffordshire at Wigan

May 24: Collinge Trophy at Bolton

June 1-3: Lancashire County Championship at West Lancashire

June 5: Bell Trophy at Leigh

June 10: Lancashire v Cheshire at Royal Birkdale

June 11-12: Lancashire Seniors Championship at Blackpool North Shore

June 20: Bell Trophy at Preston

June 25: Lancashire Seniors v Yorkshire at Southport & Ainsdale

June 25: Lancashire Boys v Cheshire Boys at Houghwood

July 4: EG Northern Boys Qualifying Round at Pleasington

July 7: Yorkshire v Lancashire at Fulford

July 9: U16, U15, U14 Boys v Durham at Chester le Street

July 16: Lancashire Seniors v Durham at Tyneside

July 26: U16, U15, U14 Boys v Yorkshire at Wakefield

July 30: Lancashire Boys v Yorkshire Boys at Whitefield

August 2: U16, U15, U14 Boys v Cheshire at Congleton

August 6: Lancashire U16 Boys Championship at Dean Wood

August 6: Lancashire Seniors v Northumberland at Heysham

August 8: EG Men’s Northern Qualifying at Durham

August 11: Lancashire v Durham at Hesketh

August 13: Lancashire Boys U14 Championships at Blackley

August 15: Lancashire County Foursomes at North Manchester

August 17: Lancashire Boys v Cumbria Boys at Silverdale

August 20: Lancashire Seniors v Cumbria at Fleetwood

August 22: Collinge Trophy at Worsley Park

August 26: North West Junior Open at Knott End

September 1: Northumberland v Lancashire at The Northumberland

September 4: EG Northern Seniors Qualifying TBC

September 9: Lancashire Boys v Lancashire Girls TBC

September 12: Collinge and Bell finals at Formby

October 2-14 North of England Open at Alwoodley


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