Archive for July, 2018

It’s women and girls’ week for golf

WOMEN and Girls’ Golf Week starts today across Great Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of the fabulous female side of the game.

The week, which coincides with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the English girls’ championship, continues until Sunday and is the inspiration of England Golf.

It is an online campaign to celebrate the successes of women and girls in many different roles in golf – and to challenge misconceptions.

It starts by introducing three amazing career women and inviting women and girls everywhere to join the conversation by sharing their stories with #WhyIGolf,

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The career women, who tell their stories on the England Golf website,  are:

Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf’s Women’s Performance Manager. Her job is to help develop the top players in the game so they can be the best they can. She reflects on golf, career and maternity leave! Read Becca’s story 

Chloe Gallagher is an assistant greenkeeper at Sunningdale Golf Club. She tells how she took a chance on a job and has travelled the world, worked at the Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open – and has a date at the Ryder Cup. Read 

Chloe’s story 

Emma Ballard is a marketing manager and she talks about her career, about changing the image of the game and how social media expertise helped her create a great success story with Get into Golf. Read Emma’s story 

Tomorrow it’s the turn of volunteers and we’ll hear from, among others, Maureen Clarke, a championship referee who has been volunteering for almost 40 years, and Ella Baker, age 12, a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation.

The week has the support of Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and The R&A and is designed to unite the golf industry behind the aim of growing the women and girls’ game.

There will be a different theme for every day with amazing people being featured. Here’s the plan for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Volunteers, the hidden heroes behind the game

Wednesday: Health & Wellbeing, including celebrities who love the game and why

Thursday: Performance opportunities for young and aspiring players

Friday: Participation focus on key areas of the programme nationwide

Saturday: Championships key events and pathway for progression

Sunday: Round-up the week’s activities and highlights

 

Women and girls everywhere are invited to join the conversation on social media using #WhyIGolf and the response in the run-up to the week has been excellent.

Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in the week and by the number of women who want to get involved, either by spreading the message or by telling their stories.

“We’re very excited about this week and look forward to many more women and

girls joining us – and to hearing from clubs which are running events for women and girls.

“We’re also delighted to be joined by the other home unions, making this a truly collaborative campaign.”

England Golf and the other home unions, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have pledged their support for The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, and this week is one example of their involvement

The Charter was recently launched with the aim of inspiring an industry-wide commitment to a more inclusive culture, enabling women and girls to flourish and reach their potential at all levels of the sport.

Visit www.englandgolf.org for more information

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Top amateurs follow their dreams

TOP players from across the country will head to Lancashire next week, following their golfing dreams to the English men’s amateur championship.

The six-day championship starts on Tuesday when the 288 competitors begin two rounds of stroke play qualifying at Formby and Hesketh.

After Wednesday’s second round the leading 64 players and ties will go head to head in the match play stages of the championship, which will be played at Formby. The 36-hole final will be on Sunday, August 5.

It’s an opportunity to see some of the country’s finest golfing talent, with notable players including Gloucestershire’s Mitch Waite (Filton), who  leads the England Golf order of merit.

He’s been runner-up in the European amateur and the Lytham Trophy, a semi-finalist in the British amateur, the winner of the Hampshire Salver – and helped England to a European silver medal.

Another member of the European team was Yorkshire’s Nick Poppleton (Wath) who will seek a rare double, having already won the English men’s open strokeplay – the Brabazon Trophy.

Other names to watch include Yorkshire’s David Hague (Malton and Norton), who was also in the silver medal-winning European team. Meanwhile his county colleague Bailey Gill (Lindrick) and Dorset’s Tom Plumb (Sherborne) are both in the top five on the order of merit.

There’s plenty of young talent too, with Joe Sullivan (Chartham Park) and Dubai-based Josh Hill among those moving straight on from this week’s Carris Trophy, where they are making a low-scoring impact.

The courses will be both a treat and a challenge for the players. Formby is one of the world’s top championship links courses and has hosted the Amateur Championship on more than one occasion, the Curtis Cup and the Arnold Palmer Cup. Hesketh is also highly regarded and has hosted Open qualifying, the Junior Open and co-hosted the Amateur Championship.

 

Oakley has something to crow about

JACOB Oakley became another first-time winner in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit series when he won the Wilmslow Crow.

Rounds of 68 and 67 left him two shots ahead of Mere’s Jack Brooks.

Graeme Booth, from Formby Hall, maintained his lead at the head of the rankings, 45 points in front of of Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin.

LEADING SCORES: 135 Jacob Oakley (Styal) 68 67; 137 Jack Brooks (Mere) 69 68; 138 Lewis George (Delamere Forest) 72 66; 139 William Dodds (Styal) 67 72; 142 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 71 71, Jake Hibbert (Delamere Forest) 66 76; 144 Cameron Massie (Northenden) 75 69, Harry Doyle (Romily) 71 73; 145 Benjamin Hallam (Wychwood Park) 74 71, George Muscroft (Otley) 72 73; 147 Callum Blinkhorn (Leigh) 76 71, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 74 73.

ORDER OF MERIT: 480 Graeme Booth (Formby Hall); 435 Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 415 Calum Metcalfe (Pleasington); 355 Ciaran Doherty (Bury); 305 Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park); 270 Jake Hibbert (Delamere Forest), Jack Brooks (Mere); 230 Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside); 225 Anthony Harwood (Blackburn), Jake Hibbert (Delamere Forest); 215 Steve Capper (Royal Liverpool); 210 Callum Blinkhorn (Leigh).

POINTS AFTER 17 EVENTS

Graeme Booth Formby Hall 480
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 435
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 415
Ciaran Doherty Bury 355
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 305
Jake Hibbert Delamere Forest 270
Jack Brooks Mere 270
Oliver Ravenscroft Hillside 230
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 225
Steven Capper Royal Liverpool 215
Callum Blinkhorn Leigh 210
Matt Collinge Greenmount 195
Richie Blundell Hillside 175
Benjamin Hallam Wychwood Park 170
Michael Bennett Bury 165
Jacob Oakley Styal 165
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 160
William Dodds Styal 160
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 150
Martin Thomas Royal Liverpool 150
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 150
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 150
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 150
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 150
Matthew Nuttall Royal Birkdale 145
Greg Holmes Royal Birkdale 145
Mark Hyde Southport & Ainsdale 135
Mark Duncalf Southport & Ainsdale 135
Lewis George Delamere Forest 135
Tom Winn Morecambe 125
Harry Lord Rossendale 120
Chris Chilton Stockport 105
Gregory Osborne Delamere Forest 105
Jonathan Little Heswall 100
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 100
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 100
Liam Jenkinson Ashton & Lea 100
Joseph Williamson Heswall 100
Chris Nuttall Accrington 100
Ben Chamberlain Padeswood & Buckley 100
Roger Smithies Manchester 100
Lewis Boyle Pleasington 85
Callum Scott Nairn 80
Matthew Kay Manchester 80
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 75
Joseph Bannan Manchester 75
Graham Strachan Bury 75
Robert Cull Bromborough 75
Anthony Stirling Formby 65
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 65
Oliver Claireaux Portal 60
Rhys Nevin-Wharton Sandiway 60
Joe Whittaker Deane 60
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 60
Jordan Kellett unatt 60
Thomas Rigby Dean Wood 55
David Peel Stockport 55
Sean Comiskey Hesketh 50
Dave Morris Tenby 50
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 50
Reece Cranfield Wigan 50
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
Andrew Walsh Ashton & Lea 50
Chris Lowe Hindley Hall 50
Jack Nicholson Vicars Cross 50
Ollie Tovee Macclesfield 50
Dominic O’Brien Warrington 50
Lewis Johansen Caldy 45
Callum Swift Kings Hill 45
Owen Leigh Pleasington 45
Robert Noon Douglas 45
Mark Jones Clitheroe 45
Mark Kimpton Vicars Cross 45
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 45
Jack Cornes Lymm 40
Simon Williams Chester 40
Greg Whitby Chester 40
James Eastham Pleasington 40
Cameron Massie Northenden 40
John Shuttleworth Penwortham 30
Ryan Nevins Styal 30
Greg Smith Caldy 30
Simon Jones Padeswood & Buckley 30
Thomas Hollingworth Macclesfield 30
Gareth Clark Manchester 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
George Muscroft Otley 30
Harry Doyle Romiley 30
Kevin Moore Douglas 25
Daryl Callister Mount Murray 25
Dominic Barnes Caldy 25
Jack Shelley Formby 25
Harry Beavan Crewe 25
Marvin Clarke Kirkby Valley 25
Sham Jagota Eaton 25
James Kempster Bramhall 25
Zachary Hargreaves Accrington 25
Andrew Allen Manchester 25
Andreas Klais Shipley 25
Matthew Payne Bramhall 25
Leigh Clayton Fleetwood 20
Tom Harris Castletown 20
Joshua Dye Delamere Forest 20
Jason Thomas Ashton & Lea 20
Peter Glover Douglas 20
John Balhuta Clitheroe 20
Max Baxendale Swinton Park 20
George Young Clitheroe 15
Grady Rogerson Royal Lytham 15
Thomas Riley Clitheroe 15
Liam Kindon Delamere Forest 15
Joe Raeside Mount Murray 15
Jay Walkden Baxenden 15
Paul Galt Prenton 15
Roy Anderton Chorley 15
Gary Blades Burnley 10
Alex Webb Preston 10
John Reed Preston 10
Michael Sumner Formby 10
David Higginbotham Southport & Ainsdale 10
Greg Peel Wilpshire 10
James Ashfield Eaton 10
Max Rogers Astbury 10
Charles Taylor Accrington 10
Aaron Williams Prestatyn 10
Craig Fallows Huyton & Prescot 10

 

 

Turner prize

ROYAL Lytham’s Samuel Turner picked up his first points in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit when he won the Stockport Salver.

A pair of 68s, three-under-par left him a shot ahead of Styal’s Willam Dodds and Jake Hibbert, from Delamere Forest.

Meanwhile, Formby Hall’s Graeme Booth maintained his lead in the rankings.

LEADING SCORES: 136 Samuel Turner (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 68 68; 137 Williams Dodds (Styal) 67 70, Jake Hibbert (Delamere Forest) 66 71; 138 Lewis George (Delamere Forest) 69 69, Dominic O’Brien (Warrington) 67 71; 140 Ben Hallam (Wychwood Park)  71 69, David Peel (Stockport) 69 71, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 67 73; 131 Matthew Payne (Bramhall) 74 67, Callum Blinkhorn (Leigh) 69 72; 142 Jacob Oakley (Styal) 73 69, George Muscroft (Otley) 72 70.

ORDER OF MERIT: 480 Graeme Booth (Formby Hall); 435 Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 415 Calum Metcalfe (Pleasington); 305 Ciaran Doherty (Bury); 295 Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park); 230 Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside); 225 Anthony Harwood (Blackburn), Jake Hibbert (Delamere Forest); 215 Steve Capper (Royal Liverpool); 195 Matt Collinge (Greenmount); 175 Richie Blundell (Hillside), Calum Blinkhorn (Leigh); 170 Jack Brooks (Mere).

POINTS AFTER 16 EVENTS

Graeme Booth Formby Hall 480
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 435
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 415
Ciaran Doherty Bury 305
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 295
Oliver Ravenscroft Hillside 230
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 225
Jake Hibbert Delamere Forest 225
Steven Capper Royal Liverpool 215
Matt Collinge Greenmount 195
Callum Blinkhorn Leigh 195
Richie Blundell Hillside 175
Jack Brooks Mere 170
Michael Bennett Bury 165
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 160
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 150
Martin Thomas Royal Liverpool 150
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 150
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 150
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 150
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 150
Matthew Nuttall Royal Birkdale 145
Greg Holmes Royal Birkdale 145
Benjamin Hallam Wychwood Park 145
Mark Hyde Southport & Ainsdale 135
Mark Duncalf Southport & Ainsdale 135
Tom Winn Morecambe 125
Harry Lord Rossendale 120
Chris Chilton Stockport 105
Gregory Osborne Delamere Forest 105
Jonathan Little Heswall 100
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 100
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 100
Liam Jenkinson Ashton & Lea 100
Joseph Williamson Heswall 100
Chris Nuttall Accrington 100
Ben Chamberlain Padeswood & Buckley 100
Roger Smithies Manchester 100
William Dodds Styal 100
Lewis Boyle Pleasington 85
Callum Scott Nairn 80
Matthew Kay Manchester 80
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 75
Joseph Bannan Manchester 75
Graham Strachan Bury 75
Robert Cull Bromborough 75
Anthony Stirling Formby 65
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 65
Oliver Claireaux Portal 60
Rhys Nevin-Wharton Sandiway 60
Joe Whittaker Deane 60
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 60
Jordan Kellett unatt 60
Lewis George Delamere Forest 60
Thomas Rigby Dean Wood 55
David Peel Stockport 55
Sean Comiskey Hesketh 50
Dave Morris Tenby 50
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 50
Reece Cranfield Wigan 50
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
Andrew Walsh Ashton & Lea 50
Chris Lowe Hindley Hall 50
Jack Nicholson Vicars Cross 50
Ollie Tovee Macclesfield 50
Dominic O’Brien Warrington 50
Lewis Johansen Caldy 45
Callum Swift Kings Hill 45
Owen Leigh Pleasington 45
Robert Noon Douglas 45
Mark Jones Clitheroe 45
Mark Kimpton Vicars Cross 45
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 45
Jack Cornes Lymm 40
Simon Williams Chester 40
Greg Whitby Chester 40
James Eastham Pleasington 40
John Shuttleworth Penwortham 30
Ryan Nevins Styal 30
Greg Smith Caldy 30
Simon Jones Padeswood & Buckley 30
Thomas Hollingworth Macclesfield 30
Gareth Clark Manchester 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Kevin Moore Douglas 25
Daryl Callister Mount Murray 25
Dominic Barnes Caldy 25
Jack Shelley Formby 25
Harry Beavan Crewe 25
Marvin Clarke Kirkby Valley 25
Sham Jagota Eaton 25
James Kempster Bramhall 25
Zachary Hargreaves Accrington 25
Andrew Allen Manchester 25
Andreas Klais Shipley 25
Matthew Payne Bramhall 25
Leigh Clayton Fleetwood 20
Tom Harris Castletown 20
Joshua Dye Delamere Forest 20
Jason Thomas Ashton & Lea 20
Peter Glover Douglas 20
John Balhuta Clitheroe 20
Max Baxendale Swinton Park 20
George Young Clitheroe 15
Grady Rogerson Royal Lytham 15
Thomas Riley Clitheroe 15
Liam Kindon Delamere Forest 15
Joe Raeside Mount Murray 15
Jay Walkden Baxenden 15
Paul Galt Prenton 15
Roy Anderton Chorley 15
Jacob Oakley Styal 15
Gary Blades Burnley 10
Alex Webb Preston 10
John Reed Preston 10
Michael Sumner Formby 10
David Higginbotham Southport & Ainsdale 10
Greg Peel Wilpshire 10
James Ashfield Eaton 10
Max Rogers Astbury 10
Charles Taylor Accrington 10
Aaron Williams Prestatyn 10
Craig Fallows Huyton & Prescot 10
George Muscroft Otley 10

 

Webb feat as he wins PGA North crown

MATTHEW Webb has certainly been getting around in his quest to make a break-through into big-time golf.

But the 28-year-old newly-crowned PGA North Region champion, who honed his game under the watchful eye of his dad Marcus, professional at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club, is seriously considering a fresh career in coaching.

Last summer he tried his hand on the China and Asian tours, the latter proving the most profitable.

“I also played the Challenge Tour once but I didn’t feel that the best route to take because you can’t make much money out of it,” he reasoned.

Two years ago he won the National Assistants’ Championship at Little Aston and followed up by claiming a similar title in Australia.

Webb, who finished top the shots as he claimed the regional title at Bolton Old Links today (July 17) admitted he has played little golf recently.

“I’ve been doing other things such as coaching in Thailand alongside fellow pro Frederick Edmunds who’s from Sussex,” he said.

“I’m planning to carry on with the work at the end of next month. I don’t like living in a suitcase. Also, I’ve not played well this year. It’s all been a bit of a struggle without a sponsor.

“There’s twice as much pressure when you don’t get any funding. Golf is not a bottomless pit. Deep down I know I can’t afford to play.”

Much-travelled Webb has recently lived in Manila and his next stop will be Bangkok.

LEADING SCORES: 134 Matthew Webb (Bedlingtonshire) 67 67; 136 David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 67 69; 137 Andrew Palmer (Chorley) 70 67; 138 Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 68 70, Phil Archer (Poulton Park) 68 70; 139 Gareth Davies (Abbeydale) 70 69, David Smith (Swinton Park) 69 70, Graham Cox (Lymm) 68 71, Tim Dykes (Penrith) 66 73, Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) 65 74.

 

GPs urge older people to take golf lessons

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HEALTH professionals are being urged to refer older and inactive patients for golf lessons, after a new report showed that golf builds muscle strength, reduces blood pressure and improves life satisfaction.

As the The Open Championship begins this week and many viewers dust off their clubs for a trip to the local course, doctors and patients may also find inspiration in a joint report from ukactive, England Golf and Mytime Active.

Called Golf on Referral, the report is based on two research pilots that saw selected patients referred for a six-week behaviour change and golf lesson programme, with their mental and physical wellbeing tracked over the course of the project.

The programme was designed to take inactive people at risk of chronic conditions and introduce them to golf at the same time as incorporating group support, helping improve patients’ physical, mental and emotional health.

Researchers found that grip strength, a strong indicator of vitality in older people, increased significantly over the course of the study – suggesting improvements in muscle strength and therefore reduced risk of falls or disability.

Life satisfaction levels also rose across the vast majority of participants, along with happiness, highlighting clear benefits from the programme. Anxiety was shown to increase slightly – although it remained below the national average.

Other findings showed that participants:

  • Trebled their amount of vigorous exercise per week
  • Saw reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • Improved their golfing skills significantly

Steven Ward, ukactive CEO said: “We all know our national activity levels are well over par on where we need to be.

“Golf is a fantastic way to encourage people to be more active, particularly among parts of the population who may not be too engaged with other activities.

“This research shows that there are clear mental, physical and emotional benefits for Golf on Referral – we should look to roll out more of these programmes across the country as part of wider efforts to get the nation moving.”

Abbie Lench, England Golf Head of Club Support, commented: “We’re thrilled to see this scheme developing from our earlier research into the impact of playing golf on health and wellbeing, which we carried out with the support of Mytime Active and ukactive.

“It’s been exciting to see the results of the pilot schemes and to gain even more evidence that golf is good for health. We hope that golf on referral can be made more widely available in 2019.”

Pippa Bagnall, Mytime Active Head of Wellbeing said: “Improving physical strength, enjoying exercise in the fresh air, reducing health risks and developing new friendships is a wonderful way of enjoying life rather than giving in to ill-health.”

Mottram Hall golf takes new direction

JASON Davies is preparing to embrace a new challenge in his burgeoning career after being appointed as director of golf at Cheshire club Mottram Hall.

He has taken up his new post at the four-star QHotels resort having worked in a succession of key golf roles at golf clubs and resorts across north-west England and north Wales including, most recently, as golf business manager at Carden Park.

Davies (pictured) said: “Mottram Hall is one of the most well-respected golfing venues

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“I share the same desire for excellence and I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team and playing a leading part in delivering an exciting future for thresort.”

Mottram Hall – managed by RBH, the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – sits in 270 acres of Cheshire’s finest parkland, one mile from the picturesque village of Prestbury, and was the host venue for the 2013 European Seniors PGA Championship.

The 7,006 yard, par-72 Championship Course – comprising magnificent parkland fairways dotted with oak and beech trees, and tricky, well-guarded greens – is broken up into two contrasting circuits of nine. The front nine, with its impressive backdrop of the 18th century hall, gently rolls over meadowland and offers the golfer many chances to make a score. The back nine winds through some lush woodland and is a much more demanding test of golf.

As the largest golf resort operator in the UK, RBH manages 10 championship and tournament golf courses across the UK, hosting events from the European Tour, European Seniors Tour, Ladies European Tour and the PGA.