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Towndrow targets Lancs county title

ONE of the strongest fields in Lancashire County Championship history will battle for glory at Lancaster Golf Club next week (June 2-4).

The starting line-up has been extended from 120 to 135 due to the high level of interest and the quality of the players with no fewer than 63 with handicaps of scratch or better. They include last year’s champion, Mark Ashworth (pictured)from Clitheroe GC, and the line-up also includes Sean Towndrow, from Southport and Ainsdale GC, who prevailed in 2010 at Hesketh.

The England international spent time in South Africa during the winter as part of his international programme and won the Formby Hare on Sunday after finishing fourth in the S&A Bowl the previous day, in the World Amateur Golf Ranking Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit events.

His overall performance over four rounds also earned him the Lancashire Links Trophy.

Among the representatives from the home club Mark Ashworth.jpgwill be Jack Clarkson, who has just returned from a successful season in college golf in America.

The first major silverware of the county season – the Boys’ Championship – was won by Greg Holmes, of Royal Birkdale, and he will be teeing up at Lancaster in pursuit of a title double.

Former champions include Matthew Baldwin (Royal Birkdale), who is now the European Challenge Tour and won his second title at Lancaster in 2007 when Tommy Fleetwood, a two-time winner on the European Tour, was runner-up. Twelve months later the Formby Hall player, winner of this year’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, finished top of the pile at Formby.

FIXTURES –May 30: Seniors v Staffordshire Seniors v Lancs Seniors (The Chase); June 7 Bell Trophy (Rochdale); June 11: Lancs v Cumbria (Ashton in Makerfield); June 12-13: Lanc Seniors’ Championship (Lytham Green Drive); June 21: Bell Trophy (Lytham Green Drive).

 

 

 

It’s Towndrow at the double

ENGLAND international Sean Towndrow (pictured) enjoyed a double celebration when he won the Formby Hare in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit and the Lancashire Links Trophy, a 72-hole competition combined with his home club Southport & Ainsdale and spread over the weekend.

He finished fourth on the first day but stepped up a gear on the next with roSean-Towndrow.jpgunds of 72 and 70, two-under-par all told, to deny West Lancs player James Rooney on countback.

His performance hoisted him to the top of the aggregate scoring in the World Amateur Golf Ranking event in which Towndrow’s clubmates James Holland, who won the S&A Trophy, and Daniel Creaney claiming second and third spots.

Meanwhile, there’s a four-way at the top of the Order of Merit featuring Towndrow, Holland, Northenden’s Cameron Massie and Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin.

LEADING SCORES: 142 Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale) 72 70, James Rooney (West Lancs) 71 71; 148 Alex McAuley (Mount Murray) 74 74; 149 George Holland (Southport & Ainsdale) 78 71; 150 Callum Blackhorn (Leigh) 73 77; 151 Paul Lowey (Rowany) 75 76; 152 Harvey Talarczyk (Royal Lytham) 78 74, Phil Sargent (Haydock Park) 76 76, Calum Hey (Shipley) 75 77, Anthony Stirling (Formby) 75 77, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 74 78, Daniel Creaney (Southport & Ainsdale) 73 79.

RANKING POINTS AFTER 5 EVENTS

Cameron Massey Northenden 210
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 210
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 200
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Ciaran Doherty Bury 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 115
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 85
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 75
Jack Brooks Didsbury 75
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Calum Hey Shipley 55
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 40
Chris Harrison Sandiway 40
Simon Older Fleetwood 40
Ben Bernamont The Warwickshire 40
Harvey Talarczyl Royal Lytham 40
Joe Brice Manchester 30
Mark Duncalf Formby 30
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Reece Cranfield Wigan 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 15
Jon Beesley Mere 15
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10

 

 

 

Holland bowls them over

JAMES Holland homed in on his maiden Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit title when he won the Southport & Ainsdale Bowl thanks to a brace of 71s.

The two handicapper accumulated seven birdies all told to return a two-under total and was the only player to beat par on a testing day.

Former winner John Carroll, from Huyton on Prescot, was runner-up two shots back as five host club players featured in the top 12.

LEADING SCORES: 142 James Holland (S&A) 71 71; 144 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot) 70 74; 146 Daniel Creaney (S&A) 75 71; 148 Sean Towndrow (S&A) 79 69, George Holland (S&A) 77 81, Robert Noon (Mount Murray) 72 76; 149 Ben Bernamont (The Warwickshire) 75 74, Calum Hey (Shipley) 74 75, Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 72 77; 150 Reece Cranfield (Wigan) 78 72, Greg McIlroy (S&A) 76 74; 151 Nicholas Peoples (Royal Lytham & St Annes) 76 75.

AFTER 4 EVENTS

Cameron Massey Northenden 210
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 210
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 200
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Ciaran Doherty Bury 150
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 150
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 100
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 95
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 75
Jack Brooks Didsbury 75
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 75
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 40
Chris Harrison Sandiway 40
Simon Older Fleetwood 40
Ben Bernamont The Warwickshire 40
Joe Brice Manchester 30
Mark Duncalf Formby 30
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Calum Hey Shipley 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Reece Cranfield Wigan 20
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 15
Jon Beesley Mere 15
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10

 

 

Weather beaters boost cancer charity

Leyland RGAC 2017 001 - Copy (1).JPGHoward Bennett (PGA Master coach and Patron Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer) receives branded RCF golf towels from Ian Crowther (Inn at Whitewell) with Amy Hilton (Rosemere Cancer Foundation) looking on

PERSISTENT rain failed to dampen spirits and enthusiasm as Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer successfully staged their 15th annual fundraising Celebrity–Am golf day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.

More than 20 teams contested the event and once again former footballers were to the fore including Alex Stepney, Mickey Thomas, Arthur Albiston, Duncan McKenzie, Peter Nicholson and Peter Sayer. They were joined by local entertainers including comedian Venn Tracey and Tony Robinson (Tabu Duo).

RGAC patron Howard Bennett, a Master PGA professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and many more, was guest of honour at the evening presentation dinner. Fellow Rosemere Golfers’ patron, comedian Norman Prince, back from a recent quadruple heart by-pass, hosted the occasion where hundreds of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Oldham stand-up Venn Tracey provided the after dinner entertainment.

Once again, the group paid tribute to the main sponsors, John and Barbara Kelso, both keen Leyland golfers and supporters of the Rosemere charity, who have supported this annual event since its inception. Ian Crowther, from the Inn at Whitewell, was also commended for his support and donation of branded Rosemere golf towels’ to each participant – much needed in the pouring rain.

Amy Hilton, area fundraising co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “We were delighted to see such a great turnout on the day in support of Rosemere. We are in the middle of our 20th anniversary appeal and this event raised a wonderful amount, and we are hugely thankful to everyone involved in making the event the success that it was.”

Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and later this year we have a showpiece event at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club. we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. In the last two years they have raised more than £25,000.

For further information on Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, contact Keith McIntosh on 01772 462685.

It’s elementary for Lancs boys’ champ Holmes

GREG Holmes is the new Lancashire County boys’ champion after a commanding performance in tricky conditions at Nelson Golf Club. The 16-year-old, who plays out of Royal Birkdale, was the only competitor in the field to break par in both rounds.

Greg Holmes.jpgHe followed up a 69 over the opening 18 holes in the morning – one under par – to go one shot better and secure a six-shot success with a combined total of three-under-par 137.

Runner-up was Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes), the only other player under par in the morning with a matching 69. But the 2016 Lancashire Under-16s champion was unable to keep the pressure up on Holmes in the afternoon as he mustered a 74 to finish on 143 for the championships, organised by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs.

A testing breeze made scoring conditions awkward on a bright day but after Holmes and Rogerson traded scores at the halfway point, it was Holmes (pictured) who made the break after lunch with birdies at three of the first four holes.

However his round wobbled round the turn as he stumbled to bogeys at nine, ten and eleven.

But the teenager rallied superbly over the closing holes, a neat up and down on the par five 15th bringing him a tension-easing birdie. He needed an even better recovery on the par three next to escape with a par from wide of the green.

He capped his success with a grandstand finish, pitching to six inches at the 18th for a tap-in birdie and the title.

“This was one of the events I had targeted for this year,” said the plus one player, a regular in the Lancashire Boys’ team, who played in a pre-season friendly for the full county team, “so it is nice to win it. The wind did make things tricky. After making such a good start in the afternoon, I think I relaxed a little too much so I was pleased to play solidly coming in.”

Holmes won both the men’s scratch competitions last year, at the age of 15, at Royal Birkdale and his hometown club Wigan, where he is still a member.

Next target is his GCSE exams before he turns his attentions to golf once more and a date at Open qualifying at Fairhaven as he continues to widen his golfing education.

Rossendale successfully defended their title as Champion Club through Harry Lord and Alex James and will represent Lancashire at the English finals at Woodhall Spa GC, headquarters of England Golf.

A strong field also included what organisers believe is a first – with three brothers taking part. The Holland brothers are from Mawdesley and play out of Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club. James, 17, plays off one as does 15-year-old George, with both featuring in the Lancashire Boys’ squads, while Charlie is 13 and has a handicap of just nine and is a member of the Lancashire U14s squad. Waiting in the wings are younger brothers Harry, 10, and Jude, 7.

RESULTS

Championship Plate: Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale, 69-68-137)

Runner-up: Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes, 69-74-143)

Third place: Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside, 73-73-146)

Best nett total: James Nash (Ormskirk, 68-69-137)

Best morning nett: Alex James (Rossendale, 73-5-68)

Best afternoon nett: Oliver Duck (Southport and Ainsdale, 73-5-68)

Best morning gross: Harry Lord (Rossendale, 71)

Best afternoon gross: Luke Bartram (Rossendale, 72)

Champion club: Rossendale (Harry Lord, Alex James)

FIXTURES: May 24 Collinge Trophy (Accrington); May 30 Lancashire Seniors v Staffordshire Seniors (The Chase); June 2-4 Lancashire County Championship (Lancaster); June 7 Bell Trophy (Rochdale); June 11 Lancashire v Cumbria (Ashton-in-Makerfield); June 12-13 Lancashire Seniors’ Championship  (Lytham Green Drive)

 

Lancs and Cheshire lose opening NCL fixtures

LANCASHIRE were comprehensively beaten 5.5-12.5 by Northumberland at Bolton Old Links as the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League got under way.

The Red Rose side lost the foursome 4-2 then mustered only 3.5 points in the singles, John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Joe Brice (Manchester) and Reece Cranfield (Wigan) the only winners.

Cheshire got off to a promising start against defending champions Yorkshire at Ganton when they halved the foursomes.

But they lost the top four singles before Dominic Barnes (Caldy) stopped the rot with a one hole win over Luke Robinson (Hornsea).

Yorkshire regained the initiative by taking the next three matches but the final four Cheshire players salvaged some of their pride thanks to wins by Sam Turner (Stockport), Chris Chilton (High Legh Park) and Mike Harrington (Prestbury) as Cameron Massey (Northenden) halved the final tie.

Elsewhere, Cumbria overcame Durham 12-6 at Seascale.

 

Big field for Brabazon Trophy

MORE than 260 golfers will set out next week to try to win a place in one of amateur game’s top championships, the Brabazon Trophy.

They’ve a sprint ahead of them: just 18 holes to claim a top-30 spot at either of two pre-qualifiers and guarantee a place in the championship. They’re being held on Tuesday at the southern venue of Littlestone, Kent, and the northern host club, Sandiway in Cheshire.

The successful competitors will join more than 80 exempt players in an international field challenging for the title of English men’s open amateur strokeplay champion.

The Brabazon Trophy, as it’s better known, will be played at the home of England Golf, on the famed Hotchkin course at Woodhall Spa, from May 25-28.

It’s one of amateur golf’s most sought-after titles, attracting future stars of the professional game from around the world and two of the champions, Sandy Lyle and Charl Schwartzel, have gone on to win Majors.

This year’s pre-qualifying hopefuls include Devon’s Harrison Greenberry, who is a past British boys’ champion, Hertfordshire’s Danny Daniels from the England Golf boys’ squad; and former boy international Rhys Nevin-Wharton, who will enjoy home advantage at Sandiway.

All the contenders will be aiming to join a field which represents global golf. Exempt players will be travelling from as far as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Saudi Arabia to take part.

But there will be an extra frisson for payers from Great Britain and Ireland, with the selectors for this year’s Walker Cup match paying particular attention to the action.

Eighteen members of the GB&I Walker Cup squad are in the exempt field and there will be others who aim to catch the eye, such as the in-form Jack Singh Brar (Remedy Oak, Dorset), who has just won the Lytham Trophy.

Who will join them to complete the championship field? For more information on the Brabazon Trophy pre-qualifying tournaments, including tee times and lives scores on the day, please visit http://www.englandgolf.org/brabazontrop