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Festival time as Morecambe hits the mark

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AWARD PRESENTATION: From left, Stuart Buckley, general manager, Adam McAlister, England Golf’s club support officer (Lancashire), Keith Morley, captain, and Simon Fletcher, head professional

MORECAMBE Golf Club has won a national award for its efforts to grow the game and marked the achievement in typical style with a festival for local schools.

It has been presented with the GolfMark award, an official seal of approval for clubs which successfully work to develop the game by attracting new members and encouraging existing ones to play more; using practical business planning to develop the club; offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers; and ensuring safeguarding policies are in place

The club celebrated its centenary in 2005 and prides itself on maintaining the traditions of the sport while offering the next generation of players a warm and friendly welcome.

It has been at its present home since 1923, with the Dr Alister MacKenzie designed course offering superb views over the Morecambe Bay and to the Lakeland fells beyond.

The award was presented to the club during a schools tri-golf festival event by England Golf’s Lancashire Golf Club Support officer Adam  McAlister.

Morecambe’s general manager Stuart Buckley said: “”We are one of only a select amount of golf clubs in Lancashire to have received this award and it is a testament to our team of PGA professional coaches and volunteers at the club that put in hours of work to achieve what we have done.”

 

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Foster steps up to the mark

LANCASHIRE legend  Trevor Foster has marked himself out as a man to watch when the English senior men’s championship gets under way next week.

He heads to Sherwood Forest and Coxmoor Golf Clubs in Nottinghamshire with his first major senior title tucked under his belt.

The Accrington man won the Irish seniors’ championship with a fighting final round of two-under 70 at a very windy Concra Wood. “When I woke up it was blowing a gale and that’s just what I wanted. It was quite a long course and the greens were quite fast but I manged to handle it all right so I was happy,” he said.

Foster came from four shots back to snatch the title, finishing two clear of another Englishman, Littlehampton’s Steve Graham  “To win was massive,” said Foster.

It was a fine result, especially as he was three-over par after two holes of his first round. He contrived to turn in a two-over par score and improved by two shots in each of the remaining rounds.It gave him his third win in four starts – and he was runner up in the other event – making him very much a man in form with the Englishseniors’ due to start next Wednesday, June 6.

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But Foster (pictured) insisted: “I’m still the same old Trevor Foster who can have a bad day like anyone else. This game can bring you down to reality.”

In any case, his motivation is not the titles, but putting in the performances that will earn him a place in the England senior team. “That’s my big goal, to play for England,” he said. “There can’t be anything finer than to walk on the tee representing your country.”

There’s also the small matter of a little teasing from his daughter, Nikki. Both of them have held plus-three handicaps, both have played their respective Open Championships… but Nikki has played for England.

Next week Foster will be one of 288 players who set off in pursuit of the title. The field includes many of the internationals he’d like to join, including the defending champion, Doug Cameron, (Henley, BB&O).

Fellow Lancashire players include Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes) who last year won both the Welsh and Italian senior titles, and Bryan Hughes (Hesketh) the British senior champion.

Local interest will focus on the three Sherwood Forest players – Christopher Powell, Clive Graham and David Brown – and the two Coxmoor competitors, Derek McJannet and Trevor Ryan.

All competitors will all play one round on each course before the field is cut to the leading 80 players and ties. They return for the deciding third round at Sherwood Forest on June 8.

 

Collinge in seventh heaven

MATT Collinge swept to a five stroke victory in the Henriques Trophy at Hesketh with rounds of 67 and 70 for an impressive seven-under-par total.

The Greenmount one handicapper left host club player Bryan Hughes trailing in his wake as Leasowe’s Stephen Hargreaves claimed third place, seven shots off the pace alongside Morecambe’s Tom Winn.

Meanwhile, Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin drew level with Bury ace Ciaran Doherty at the top of the order of merit after four events.

There’s a double header this weekend. First up is the Formby Hare followed by theSouthport & Ainsdale Bowl, both qualifying for world ranking points.

LEADING SCORES: 137 Matt Collinge (Greenmount) 67 70; 142 Bryan Hughes (Hesketh) 70 72; 144 Stephen Hargreaves (Leasowe) 70 74, Tom Winn (Morecambe) 69 75; 146 Daniel Creaney (Southport & Ainsdale) 71 75; 147 Lewis Boyle (Pleasington) 71 76, Calum Metcalf (Pleasington) 71 76; 148 Greg Smith (Caldy) 76 72; 149 Andrew Walsh (Ashton & Lea) 78 71, Tom Harris (Castletown) 77 72, Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 74 75; 150 Matthew Kay (Manchester) 77 73.

ORDER OF MERIT:  210pts Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 150 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Matt Collinge (Greenmount); 140 Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool); 120 Jack Brooks (Mere); 105 Chris Chilton (Stockport); 100 Jonathan Little (Heswall), Bryan Hughes (Hesketh); 75 Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale), Richie Blundell (Hillside), Stephen Hargreaves (Leasowe).

 

Clitheroe ace Sophie in Curtis Cup team

Sophie Lamb (4).jpgIT was hardly a surprise when Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb was selected for the Great Britain and Ireland team to face the United States in the 40th Curtis Cup match at New York’s Quaker Ridge on June 8-10.

For her place was almost assured when she won the Smyth Salver as the leading amateur player at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns.

The 20-year-old was also runner-up in the Irish Women’s Open Championship in the same year and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2017 Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe.

And In 2016, Sophie won the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

GB&I will defend the historic trophy after securing an 11.5-8.5 win over the United States at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland two years ago.

An eight-player team and one non-travelling reserve have been selected for this year’s match with five players from England featuring alongside two Irishwomen and one Scot.

The GB&I team includes 16-year-old Lily May Humphreys who won the 2018 Helen Holm Championship at Royal Troon last week to add to the Girls British Open Amateur Championship and English Women’s Amateur Championship titles she won last year.

Olivia Mehaffey and Alice Hewson will make their second appearances for GB&I in the Curtis Cup after featuring in the winning side at Dun Laoghaire in 2016.

Elaine Farquharson-Black, who will captain GB&I in the Curtis Cup for the second time, said: “There have been a number of players throughout Great Britain and Ireland who have been in impressive form recently and it was a difficult decision to select only eight.

“The players selected will now have a wonderful opportunity to perform on the international stage in one of the world’s most prestigious events and I’m sure that they will give their very best as we attempt to retain the trophy against a talented team from the United States.”

TEAM: India Clyburn (21, Woodhall Spa); Lily May Humphreys (16, Stoke-by-Nayland); Annabell Fuller (15, Roehampton); Sophie Lamb (20, Clitheroe);  Paula Grant (24, Lisburn); Shannon McWilliam (18, Aboyne, Scotland); Alice Hewson (20, Berkhamsted);    Olivia Mehaffey (20, Royal County Down Ladies).

 

England Golf goes extra mile for Macmillan Cancer Support

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ENGLAND Golf  is supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s Longest Day Golf Challenge to help raise the profile of the fundraising event among its 665,000 members and 1,900 clubs.

The challenge sees teams of four take on 72 holes – covering over 20 miles of course in one day – to fund raise for Macmillan. Players are encouraged to ask friends and family for sponsorship to help the charity support the growing number of people living with cancer.

After registering to take part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge participants can compete to win a three-night break to the final at golf challenge at Boavista Golf Resort, Portugal. The prize includes flights and accommodation and will be awarded to the four eligible teams who raise the most sponsorship money for Macmillan by 3 September 20181.

England Golf is urging all golfers to get involved and its staff will be tackling the dawn-to-dusk challenge at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire.

Nick Pink, England Golf chief executive, commented: “We are thrilled to support Macmillan’s Longest Day Golf Challenge and to encourage more golfing heroes to set out on 14 hours of non-stop golf and help to change the lives of people affected by cancer.”

Kirsty Hobbs, fundraising marketing manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “England Golf is helping us take our Longest Day Golf fundraising challenge to more clubs and players in the UK than ever before, which is really exciting. We’re hugely grateful to everyone that will be getting involved and helping us support the growing number of people living with cancer.”

In 2017, more than 3,400 teams took part and raised £1.7 million. This vital money has helped Macmillan to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people living with cancer across the UK.

How to get involved:

Clubs

  • Register your club by emailing golf@macmillan.org.uk.
  • Once registered, your club is listed as a venue at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf.
  • Reserve a day on or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, and let your members and other golfers know you’re hosting the challenge on your course.
  • Plan to open when the sun rises, and consider waiving green fees and make refreshments available.

Players

  • Once you have a team of four select a captain and register at www.macmillan.org.uk/longestdaygolf
  • Plan your challenge for or close to the longest day, 21 June 2018, to maximise daylight hours.
  • Play at your own club or any golf club around the UK. Use the Macmillan websiteto find Longest Day Golf Challenge friendly clubs nearest to you.
  • Spread the word at your club and encourage other members to support you with sponsorship and fundraising events.
XThe prize includes return economy flights from London to Faro, and three nights’ accommodation and meals courtesy of Boavista Golf Resort. Date restrictions apply. Over 18s only. Four persons per team only. Full Competition Terms and Conditions apply. Promoted by Macmillan Cancer Support (registered charity in England & Wales, (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604).

Lymm lasses in the driving seat

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TEE TIME: Gillian Brown, Diana Broady, Carol Roberts and Jessica Taylor-Booth

LYMM Golf Club  is celebrating a year of firsts which has put women in the driving seat. For the first time in its 111-year-history members have elected women to serve as club president, chair of council and junior captain.

And the membership has also voted to give their respective captains.

Diana Broady will serve as the president for 12 months. A retired physiotherapist at Warrington Hospital, she is an active member of more than 30 years, a former captain and keen all round sportswoman, having played tennis and squash alongside golf.

She commented: “Lymm Ladies are a very active force and support the club well, both on the playing and social side. I look forward to a great year and to serving all of the members to the best of my ability.”

Carol Roberts has stepped from the 2017 lady captain’s role straight into chair of council for the three years. She recently retired as the managing director of a national financial services business and was handed a Life Time Achievement Award for services to the leasing industry and was previously the European CEO of the Year.

She will use her experience to face a different set of challenges as she supports the continual modernisation of golf at club level.

Jessica Taylor-Booth,  17, is the first girl to become junior captain, having come through Lymm’s active junior programme. She has taken part in Cheshire County girls coaching and is a club ambassador for the Girls Golf Rocks programme. At the recent combined Captain’s drive-in, a  Jessica smashed a superb 200 yard drive in very unforgiving, wet conditions to mark a historic year for the club.

Gillian Brown is the ladies’ captain and for the first time and will hold equal status with captain Alan Dagger.

Lymm has a long tradition of encouraging women and girls to take up golf. It has more than 110 female members and there is a very popular Silver Rabbits group, which welcomes new women golfers and supports their development and progress on to the course.

Lymm has worked successfully with England Golf to run Girls Golf Rocks at the club and will be throwing open a welcome to local girls for a free Girls Golf Rocks taster session on Saturday  at 2pm.

Alison Lysons, England Golf Club support officer, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Lymm  to help their continued development of golf for women and girls and it’s exciting to see these four taking on such important roles at the club.”

 

Helen pledges to help Lancashire clubs

HELEN Searle is on a mission – to help golf clubs across Lancashire create a positive future for themselves and the sport.

England Golf  has appointed the 26-year-old to the role of supporting the work of clubs and driving ranges across the county.

Helen, who is based in the Ribble Valley, will team up with Adam McAlister with a brief to attract more players, increase membership and develop stronger clubs across the region.

Helen Searle.jpgThe work going on in the Red Rose county to not only attract new players but also provide a solid business foundation for the future for golf facilities sees the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs and the Lancashire County Ladies’ Golf Association working closely with the area’s PGA professionals as part of the Lancashire Golf Development Group.

Helen (pictured) and Adam will work alongside England Golf regional manager, Jason Budd, to develop and deliver national initiatives and programmes to make golf more accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

This includes supporting clubs with two initiatives – the Get into Golf campaign and the achievement of the GolfMark standard. Both promote a more inclusive and friendly approach towards ne wcomers, ensuring they can play golf regularly.

Helen has been involved with golf since she was 10 when she played alongside her dad, Peter, at West End golf club in Halifax.

She  got down to a single figure handicap in her early teens and by 16 was representing both her county and England, competing in the Europeans and Home Internationals.

After achieving her A levels, Helen went on to pass her PGA degree and played as a professional on the Paul Lawrie Tour while living in Troon, Scotland, as well as enjoying a string of top five finishes in WPGA events.

Helen enjoyed coaching at numerous academies prior to taking on her England Golf role and has always thrived on the idea of making a difference and helping someone achieve their goals.

“I now have the resources and the tools to provide clubs and golf facilities with extensive support, tailoring to their specific needs,” she said. “There is far too much doom and gloom around golf in the media, but it is very much alive, and I am determined to raise awareness for the game I know and love!

“I aim to showcase what every club, big or small has to offer, whether this be a great place to learn the game or a venue to hold future national events. There is something unique in what each and every club has to offer; it’s my job to show them the potential.

“I would urge clubs to use their club support officer. Get me in, talk me through where the club is at now and where it wants to be, then we have a starting point to build a strategy and commit to an action plan; you can’t go wrong with that.”

Adam is covering the west of the county (Lancaster, Blackpool and Fylde, Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancashire, Wigan and Merseyside) while Helens is looking after East Lancashire and Greater Manchester.