Archive for April 19th, 2019

Stand and deliver!

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TOP OF THE SHOTS: Stand’s am-am duo Norman Haslam and Gary Greenhalgh

IT was a full field for the Manchester and Distance Golf Alliance at Hazel Grove where there was much at stake for the long-running Leo Feeney and Chris Tobin Trophy.

The club has hosted the competition for many years and Stand’s am-am duo Norman Haslam and Gary Greenhalgh posted 44 points to win the trophy to take the back to their own club for the first time in its long history.

They finished ahead of Paul Eddlestone (Stamford) and Neil Pragnall (Ashton-under-Lyne) 42 and Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave (Stamford) 40.

Top score came from Jamie Howarth (Davenport) and Chris Alexander (Mellor and Townscliffe) in the pro-am with 46 points but as they are not from the same club they were not eligible to take the trophy.

They finished clear of Andy Palmer and Malcolm Bailey (Chorley) 44 and Scott Howarth (Davenport) and Peter Botterman (Stockport) 43.

The top individual pro prize was shared by Ben Chambers (Swinton Park) and Jamies Howarth with 40 points, one more than Palmer.

Lancs juniors clinch record-breaking win

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PRIZE GUYS: Lancashire emerged as winners of the Four Counties Junior Tournament for the fourth successive season

 

LANCASHIRE’S up-and-coming young golfers have clinched a record-breaking victory in the first big competition of the new season.

They won the Four Counties Junior Tournament for the fourth successive year, taking them to the top of the all-time rankings in the 47th staging of the event.

Lancaster Golf Club hosted the battle involving teams from Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire and Herefordshire.

And it was Lancashire  who have now lifted the title six times in the last seven years, overhauling Cheshire as the most successful county in the event’s history with their 16th success in all.

Fittingly for the two teams who started the day locked together on 15 titles apiece, there was little to choose between the neighbouring counties in the opening match, which finished level at 3.5 each.

But Lancashire took command with a 5.5 to 1.5 romp against Shropshire and sealed their success with an equally impressive 4.5-2.5 win over Nottinghamshire as Cheshire were held in their final match.

The Lancashire team was: Louis Talarczyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); John Wilding (Heysham); Jamie Van Wyk (Royal Lytham & St Annes); Josh Fallows (Royal Birkdale); George Holland  (Southport & Ainsdale); Oliver Duck (Southport & Ainsdale); Jack McPhail (Huyton & Prescot); Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes).

Jamie Van Wyk was leading points scorer for Lancashire, winning  all of his three ties. He kept his good form going by winning the Northern Order of Merit qualifier – the Crosby Plate at West Lancs- with rounds of level par and eight under par.

Chair of Junior Golf Mike Carney said: “Congratulations to the players, who produced a fantastic team performance to overcome some strong opposition.

“To secure a fourth successive victory and to go to the top of the all-time winners’ list is a marvellous achievement and illustrates the strength in depth of junior golf in Lancashire as a result of the county coaching programme and the hard work going on in the county’s clubs.

“Lancaster Golf Club produced a course in outstanding condition which benefited the better players and also many host club members helped as marshals and in other voluntary roles, for which we are very grateful.”