Archive for October, 2018

Red Rose golfers bidding for more players

GOLFERS in one area of Lancashire are clubbing together to support the drive to encourage more people into the sport.

A new development group has been launched with the intention of providing a united approach to the challenge of attracting and retaining club members.

The idea is based on similar groups in the north west including Merseyside – and sees the existing Bolton Development Group throw open the door to clubs across a wider area in East Lancashire.

Clubs such as Dunscar, Chilli Dip, Harwood, Breightmet, Bolton Lostock, Bolton Old Links and Regent Park have already been pooling their expertise to help grow the game.

Now clubs across East Lancashire are being invited to the quarterly meetings which feature guest speakers and expert advice on topics such as the retention of existing members, marketing and social media, recruitment as well as safeguarding.

The first one is at Dunscar Golf Club on December 4 with the option to atte

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nd in the morning or later in the day.

The group has been established under the umbrella of the Lancashire Golf Development Group and will be looking to support campaigns like Get into Golf, Golf Express and Girls Golf Rocks as well as establishing ways to work together to their mutual benefit.

Helen Searle (pictured), Lancashire GDG club support officer, said: “This is a major step forward to see clubs working collectively and sharing their successes and challenges, and being able to work together with a vision to grow and retain golfers in the East Lancashire area for years to come.

“Not long ago, clubs very much looked over their shoulders to see what other clubs were doing, but now they realise they are all in this together.

“Golf is peaking in so many ways, just look at the record number of spectators we have had this year. People like golf!

“It is important now that we showcase what the game has to offer to give stability to the future of our golf clubs.”

Clubs requiring further information should contact Helen by email at H.Searle@englandgolf.org or by phone on 07710 088 870

 

 

 

 

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Bradley on the mark at Styal

allistyalpro.jpgGREAT SHAKES: Mark Bradley is congratulated by Manchester Alliance captain David Green

CHORLEY professional Mark Bradley was top of the shots in the Manchester Alliance fixture at Styal.

He totted up 39 points to finish one ahead of Poulton Park’s Phil Archer and Chilli Dip Academy’s Craig Corrigan.

Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill also posted 38 points to win the assistant pro’s prize. And it was  tight in the pro am section with the Leigh family duo of Sean and Mark Blinkhorn winning a card play-off on 44 points from O’Neill and Martin Packingham (Wigan), one more than Corrigan and Chris Ireland (Lymm).

Stamford’s Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave were clear winners of the am am section with 44 points

 

Hamer’s in seventh heaven

allihelsbyteam.jpgDAVYHULME Park professional Martyn Hamer completed a double during Manchester Alliance’s Four Man Team competition at Helsby.

He posted a superb seven-under-par round which equated to 43 points to clinch the individual section, four clear of Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Mark Hancock (Stand).

Then in a close finish in the team event he was well support by Paul Clutterbuck, Derrick Page and Charlie Ward to edge home with 91 points.

That left them one clear of Swinton Park’s team of Ben and Steve Chambers, Jimmy O’Reilly and Peter O’Neill.

Picture: Martyn is congratulated by Manchester Alliance president John Dowd 

Open auction a champion idea

GOLF fans will have a unique opportunity to support the growth and development of the sport around the world following the launch of a series of exclusive Champion Golfer memorabilia collections.

The Open Auction, a first for the UK Golf Market, features limited edition memorabilia from golf’s original championship and will enable fans to submit bids online for items which have been specially created for the auction website. 

Inspired by Francesco Molinari’s historic win at The 147th Open at Carnoustie this year, the ‘Molinari Collection’ will be the first range of collectables to be launched on the new platform and will include signed limited edition items which commemorate the Italian’s first ever victory in a major championship.

Further planned collections will mark the world-renowned achievements of several Champion Golfers, including Open Ambassador and five-time winner Tom Watson and Tiger Woods, who has won The Open on three occasions, and fans will also be able to bid for these coveted items.

The 2018 Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari said, “Lifting the famous Claret Jug was a moment that I had always dreamed about as a young golfer and it is now written into the esteemed history of this prestigious Championship.

“It was thrilling to celebrate my victory with the tens of thousands of spectators who created such a memorable atmosphere at Carnoustie and I am pleased to be able to provide a selection of special mementos from that unforgettable week which will contribute to the future of the sport.”

All net proceeds from The Open Auction will be used to fund The R&A’s activities in golf development, governance of the sport and staging of world class amateur events as part of its commitment to invest £200m over the next ten years to grow and develop the sport around the world.

This includes initiatives to increase participation in golf by people of all ages and abilities, including women, juniors and families, and investment in playing facilities and equipment, coaching programmes, golf events and projects to promote the health benefits of the sport.  

Angela Howe, Director of the British Golf Museum in St Andrews, which boasts the largest collection of golf memorabilia in Europe, added, “The Open has produced so many compelling stories and memorable moments throughout its cherished history and the launch of the new player collections will provide golf fans with a fantastic opportunity to own their own piece of Championship history as well as supporting the growth and development of golf worldwide.”

The Open Auction will be supported by Pursuit 3 Group who were also the official auction partner of the Winter Olympics in 2010, the Olympics in London 2012 and Rio 2016, the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Bids can be submitted online by visiting The Open Auction TheOpen.com/auction

 

No joy for Lancashire in Belfry showdown

LANCASHIRE gave it their best shot but Essex made a successful defence of the PGA in England and Wales Inter-County Championship at The Belfry to become the first team to win the tournament twice.

In doing so, they relied on the same line up of Jason Levermore, Brett Taylor and James Scade to claim the trophy and £4,000 first prize.

And the stage for their victory, the PGA National course at the four time Ryder Cup venue, was also the same.

The manner of their triumph, however, was at odds with the way the tournament reached its conclusion 12 months ago.

There was no need for a tension-laden play-off this time as the seven-shot advantage Essex established in the first of the two rounds proved decisive.

The tournament was theirs to lose and although Nottinghamshire and Surrey both posted better scores in the second round than the winners-elect, retrieving the deficit proved beyond them.

With the best two scores from each trio counting, Nottinghamshire, inspired by another sub-par round from Lee Clarke posted a two-under-par total to finish on one-over for the tournament. That was matched by Surrey who were level par at the start of the day.

The Essex response of three-over-par was in sharp contrast with the high-octane golf they produced in the first round.

Once again Levermore was their main man. His round of level par took his score for the tournament to five-under and, in tandem with Clarke, its best performing individual.

Meanwhile, Taylor executed the shot of the tournament – a hole-in-one at the par three 11th.

Despatched by a seven-iron, the ball bounced once before landing in the hole for the 16th  ace of Taylor’s career.

SCORES: Essex -4; Nottinghamshire, Surrey +1; Devon +4; Lancashire +14

 

Reddish Vale claim Hancock Trophy

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TROPHY GLITTER: Dave Sanders and Julia Ann Addinell are presented with the Hancock Trophy by Manchester Alliance president John Dowd

BRAMALL Park seasoned European Tour professional Oliver Whiteley clocked up 38 points to claim the individual prize in the Manchester Alliance Hancock Trophy mixed pairs competition at Sale.

He was three points ahead of  Stamford’s Mark Smith and also finished top of the pro-am section with playing partner Michelle Pretty with 40 points.

Reddish Vale manager Dave Sanders and Julia Ann Addinall also posted 40 points in the am-am section ahead of Chorley duo Denis and Sam Durnian  who won on a 37 points countback from Swinton Park’s Jimmy O’Reilly and Fran Jewkes.

Reddish Vale took the trophy back to their club for the first time in more than 40 years.

 

 

Lancs champs after surviving great escape

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JUST CHAMPION! Lancashire players celebrate their victory at Stanton-on-the-Wolds. Image copyright Leaderboard Photography

LANCASHIRE pulled off the great escape today when they snatched victory from Sussex in the title showdown for the English Senior Men’s County Championship.

Bryan Hughes drained a 30ft putt on the 18th at Stanton-on-the-Wolds to win his match by one hole and give Lancashire their third win in this championship.

“It was the putt of my life,” said the 2017 British Senor Champion. “And it was the first one I holed today!”

Lancashire’s 5-4 win was a result which had seemed highly unlikely as little as 45 minutes earlier and underlined, once again, the team’s ability to dig deep when it counts. “You couldn’t write this script,” said team member Neil Self, who contributed a 5/4 win to the scoreline.

Tony Flanagan, who won 3/2 in the singles, added: “I don’t know how we did that. We’ve been behind every day.”

That’s been the theme of their championship. Each day they’ve trailed their opposition, each day they’ve frayed their captain’s nerves – but each day they’ve kept themselves in it and, finally, claimed the prize.

Their  captain Mike Gray said: “I have always believed in them but at times today I thought someone up there didn’t!

“When they have to, they dig in, they deliver. They play for the team and they just don’t give up. And winning this is just a wonderful feeling,” added Gray, who was making his seventh visit to county finals, five as a player and twice as a winning captain.

Today’s match was always going to be tight. Sussex, with two good wins behind them, were clearly in good and confident form. And the action unfolded as predicted. The foursomes were shared with two tense matches going to the 18th.

As the singles got under way Sussex appeared to have a real grip on the match. They were ahead in four games as the players went through six holes and up in five at the half way stage.

Lancashire got the first point, courtesy of Neil Self, but Martin King delivered a major boost for Sussex when he beat British Senior champion Trevor Foster 3/2. “I just played great match play golf. I was in trouble a few times on the back nine and Trevor probably thought he would get one back but I escaped,” he said.

The next point went Lancashire’s way, thanks to Tony Flanagan, but Sussex were up in the other three games on the course. It was the signal for the Lancashire rally to begin.

Ian Crowther brought them within touching distance of an unlikely victory when he came from behind to win the last hole to halve his game. Then Bryan Hughes completed the comeback with his last hole birdie. It was the only time he was up in his match – but it was enough!

In the final game on the course Tony Flanagan kept fighting and took the action to the 18th, but Martin Galway made sure the point went to Sussex, who are runners-up for the second year in succession.

In the day’s other match Dorset defeated the host county, Nottinghamshire 6.5-2.5 to take third place.

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