Archive for July 17th, 2018

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.