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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.”

 

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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.

 

Whitehead appointed Cheshire county secretary

PETER Whitehead has been appointed Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs county secretary, succeeding Stephen Foster who has retired.

The Mere member, pictured below right, said: “It is a great honour to be chosen by the directors and I will endeavour to repay their trust in me. With our centenary in 2020, it is fabulous to be an active part of promoting golf in the county and representing Cheshire at regional and national level.”

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Alison Lysons and Sean Hammill, England Golf’s club support officers for Cheshire, will be working with Whitehead.

Lysons commented: “We are looking forward to getting to know Peter and to continuing a positive working relationship with the Union.”

Whitehead will also act as company secretary for the Union and brings a wealth of experience from both a golfing and business background. He worked for many years in sales and customer service in the printing industry and more recently has been in charge of communications for an IT systems company.

The Cheshire Union was founded in 1920 and provides support to almost 100 clubs across the county, advising them on matters such as handicaps, rules of golf and course ratings as well as organising and running county tournaments and developing the next generation of golfers through its talent identification and coaching programme. As well as playing at Mere, Whitehead was the club’s secretary from 2004 to 2012. Since 2010 he has been the administrator for the Cheshire Union’s Life Members’ Association which organises seven golf days each year.

 

 

At least 160 golfers enter each, creating extra revenue for the county and one of Whithead’s first jobs is to find a replacement to take over this role.

For more information about the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs, contact Peter at secretary@cheshiregolf.org.uk or on 01244 678004 or visit the Union website at www.cheshiregolf.org.uk

England Golf links up with new partner

PMG (1).jpgENGLAND Golf has partnered with PlayMoreGolf to help clubs to offer flexible memberships which fit around their customers’ lives and golfing needs.

PlayMoreGolf is the latest business to join England Golf’s Preferred Partner network. It gives clubs the chance to offer a flexible membership to golfers who don’t want the classic package – and to run this alongside their traditional membership.

It links clubs across the UK and golfers simply join online, choose their preferred home club, and receive 100 points for an annual subscription. Of this, 80 points will be used at home and 20 can be used ‘away’ at other PlayMoreGolf partner clubs.

Clubs affiliated to England Golf clubs can visit https://offer.playmore.golf/EG to book a free one-to-one consultation with PlayMoreGolf on how to build a profitable flexible membership category. Clubs which sign up to the service will receive a 28 per cent discount on the licence fee.

The typical profile of a PlayMoreGolf member is someone aged 44 who plays eight to 12 rounds per year – with 65 per cent playing at off peak times.  On average 10 per cent of members upgrade to a club’s full membership within the first year.

Iain Lancaster, England Golf’s Club Engagement Manager, pictured above with PlayeMoreGolf sales and marketing director Jamie Carrool,  said: “I am delighted to welcome PlayMoreGolf as one of our preferred partners. Our research tells us that clubs which offer flexible packages are the most likely to increase their membership and I am sure there will be enormous interest in this new partnership and the discount offer.”

Carroll commented: “We partner with golf clubs to grow their existing, or launch a new, flexible membership category to complement their traditional membership options. With PlayMoreGolf, each club controls and customises how their flexible membership operates to fit their requirements and enable growth of overall membership revenue.

“In addition to providing the online platform that administers the membership for clubs, reducing both time and costs, our club specific marketing activity and dedicated Club Support Managers drive new flexible members to clubs, generating guaranteed contracted revenue and reducing the seasonality of pay and play golf to help golf clubs thrive and succeed.

“We are delighted to be partnering with England Golf whose research shows there are more than two million golfers who enjoy golf but are not attached to a golf club.  PlayMoreGolf provides both the network and infrastructure to meet the demands of the modern younger golfer, providing the benefits of membership and catering for the desire to play at other courses, whilst fitting these around busy modern lifestyles.”

England Golf’s 1900+ affiliated clubs can access the network of Preferred Partners. A full list of partners can be found at www.englandgolf.org/PP

 

Topgolf quest to grow the game

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ENGLAND Golf has announced its partnership with global sports entertainment leader Topgolf in a bid to grow the game.

The two organisations plan to work together and learn from each other to attract more people into golf, to improve the image of the game and to make the sport more inclusive and accessible.  The partnership will also be an opportunity to swap information, test new ideas and to learn from each other.

The Topgolf formula has proved hugely successful and aims to put the fun into the golf range experience.  With target games for all – golfers and non-golfers alike – and a good time which includes music, food and drink, Topgolf attracted an average of just over 30,000 daily visits globally in 2017.

Abbie Lench, England Golf’s head of club support, commented: “We’ve a lot to learn from Topgolf about introducing people to golf by providing what the customers want and giving them a great experience.

“That knowledge will help us to give even better support to our clubs and supplement our advice on understanding the market and creating centres which are customer friendly.”

Claire Kendrick, head of marketing at Topgolf UK said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with such a prestigious group as England Golf and to work together to make the game more accessible for everyone.  As a brand, Topgolf is constantly looking for ways to grow the game of golf and to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved.”

 

Glory for Wardle in final round fight-back

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PRESTBURY ace Isobel Wardle staged a stunning final-round comeback to claim a dramatic play-off victory at the 2018 Portuguese Women’s Amateur Golf Championship at West Cliffs Golf Links.

The 18-year-old began the last day five strokes behind Annabell Fuller but coped best in the difficult, windy conditions, carding a five-over-par 77 to first catch her fellow England international, then beat her on the first hole of sudden death.

Named as the World’s Best New Golf Course at the 2017 World Golf Awards, West Cliffs has quickly established itself as one of the new stars of global golf since opening last summer, and provided a fitting venue for the 88th edition of the prestigious event – which featured competitors from 15 countries including China.

Wardle, who plays off a handicap of +4.2, opened the event with a level-par 72 – the joint-lowest round of the week in a tournament that was played in cold and windy conditions throughout – but Fuller looked to have victory in her sights as she started the fourth and final round with a three-shot advantage over the field.

The 15-year-old from Roehampton still held a two-stroke lead as she stood on the 18th tee, but she double-bogeyed the hole after tangling with a bush on her way to a disappointing 82, before being beaten by Wardle on the same hole in the play-off.

“It’s amazing to win,” said Wardle, who was playing in her first competitive event of the year after winning the English women’s and English girls’ ope

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n championships in 2017. “This golf course throws everything at you, it is so tough. If you spray the ball left or right you are struggling to make a bogey.

“I had no idea what anyone else was scoring but I just tried to keep myself as low as possible. Holes 16, 17 and 18 are really tough and I knew if I could hang in with some sort of score it would make those holes even tougher with the pressure.

“I was very, very nervous, I had never been in a play-off. But I had my friend Jess Hall on the bag, she was calming me down and we went through the strategy I had in place and just played the hole.”

Bel of the ball! Portugal win for Prestbury ace

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PRESTBURY and England star Bel Wardle came from five shots off the lead to win the Portuguese women’s amateur championship in a play-off.

The 18-year-old international caught and then beat fellow England player Annabell Fuller on the first play-off hole – the 18th – on the difficult West Cliffs course.

“It’s amazing to win,” said Wardle, who was playing in her first competitive event of the year and adds this title to the English women’s and English girls’ open championships of 2017.

Fuller, 15, took a three shot lead into the final round and Wardle was five behind her – but knew anything could happen. “This golf course throws everything at you, it is so tough. If you spray the ball left or right you are struggling to make a bogey.

“I had no idea what anyone else was scoring but I just tried to keep myself as low as possible,” said Wardle “Holes 16, 17 and 18 are really tough and I knew if I could hang in with some sort of score it would make those holes even tougher with the pressure.”

In the final round, in which strong winds added to the challenge of the course, Wardle posted five-over 77 and declared herself: “100 per cent happy. I was five-over through nine and heading in to the tougher nine, so I was so pleased to come back in level par.”

It put her in the play-off after Surrey’s Fuller tangled with a bush and double bogeyed the 18th in regulation play. “I was very, very nervous, I had never been in a play-off,” said Wardle. “But I had my friend Jess Hall on the bag, she was calming me down and we went through the strategy I had in place and just played the hole.”

This was Wardle’s first competitive event since the World girls’ championship last September – and she was ready for it. “I have done a lot of work over the winter with my coach, Richard Green at Bramhall Golf Club. My swing was feeling great coming into the week and I just wanted to get back competing again. I have done all the practice, I just wanted to get out there.”

The championship was a great showcase for England talent – with English players capturing not only the first two places, but also the Nations Cup by 10 shots. Annabell Fuller, Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) combined to win the team prize. Lamb had her first hole in one during the championship and was eighth overall.