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Faldo Series drives off at Moortown

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THE Faldo Series UK season begins with a bang on the Alister MacKenzie masterpiece at Yorkshire club Moortown on April 3 – 5. A field of around 80 top juniors will fight for a place in the prestigious grand final.

Moortown, host of the first Ryder Cup matches on British soil in 1929, Moortown is regarded by many as one of the country’s finest inland golf courses. Moortown has hosted many successful Faldo Series tournaments down the years and has become a highlight of the amateur calendar.

The players will be aware of the tantalising prize on offer as Sir Nick Faldo announced the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final will be held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club (AESGC) in the United Arab Emirates for the next four years. AESGC boasts a superb course and immaculate facilities in the Oasis city of Al Ain.

The competitors will have also taken note of the hugely successful major champions Invitational in Florida last week. The tournament was filled with high quality amateurs including several players whose profile was raised by their participation in the Faldo Series. A Faldo team competed, with current Faldo Series Europe Grand Final Champion Herik Machado among them. The boys at Moortown will be desperate to seize such opportunities.

The tournament will be played over three rounds and is a World Amateur Golf Ranking event. The field will be divided into three age-groups and the winners of each division will again join Faldo at the season-ending 22nd Faldo Series Europe Grand Final.

Some  40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

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Lancs lads setting a high standard

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THE most promising, and youngest, golfers in Lancashire paired up with some of the county’s most experienced players to launch the junior season.

The under-16s enjoyed a warm-up match at Hesketh where they partnered a senior in a 18-hole four ball-better-ball.

Under-16 squad manager Michael Carney said: “Some great golf was played to a high standard, which is encouraging news.

“We were hoping the Under-16s would learn from their senior partners about shot making, course management, and match play tactics, for example. From the feedback received from the Under-16s we are pleased this was achieved. We also believe the seniors learned a thing or two and not just about golf!

“A big thanks must go to Mike Gray (Lancashire Seniors Captain) and his seniors’ team for entering so well into the spirit of these matches and also to professional Scott Astin>2 (Professional) and Hesketh Golf Club for being great hosts.”

MATCH SCORES: Neil Self/Edward Reed v Bryan Hughes/Oliver Duck A/S; Rob Parry/Thomas Ratcliffe v Dave Hannis/Alex James 2up; Steve Lord/Ellis Willott 2 up v Alan Gillespie/Jack Bryant; Peter Darlington/Charles Holland v Gary Byrne/Alex Duckworth 4 up; Paul Rooney/George Hanson v Tony Flanagan/Elliot Tickle 6 up; Mike Gray/Sam McGlincy v Ian Owens/Dylan Astin 6 up.

Meanwhile, Lancashire’s juniors will defend their Four Counties title at Sherwood Forest Golf Club from April 3-5. They are chasing a hat-trick of wins in the annual match against their counterparts from Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire and Herefordshire.

PICTURED: Alex Duckworth putts at 16 watched by his S&A clubmate Charlie Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Cheshire coach wins national award

MATTHEW Turnock, who inspires and supports countless new golfers, has won England Golf’s Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by the PGA. The Mottram Hall man was recognised at England Golf Awards, sponsored by

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The PGA professional,  pictured right receiving his award Robert Maxfield, chief executive of the sponsors, the PGA. was applauded by almost 500 guests at the Royal Lancaster London for his passion for growing the game by introducing children and adults to the sport and working with disability groups.

The judges were impressed by the scale of Turnock’s work, commenting: “He carries out a huge amount of outreach work with obvious enthusiasm and the schools work is amazing.”

“It was a very big surprise to be nominated for this award,” said Turnock. “It’s great to be recognised by your peers.”

Turnock’s inspirations are his own family. His mother was disabled by severe arthritis after she was involved in a motor cycle accident when in her 20s. Despite that, she was skilled at needlecrafts and he commented: “She was my main motivation in terms of starting to coach people with disabilities.”

Over the past five years he has worked with four different groups and when this activity was threatened by a funding cut he turned to crowdfunding – and was so successful he is now also able to deliver additional sessions to stroke survivors.

“It’s quite amazing, I think I’m just doing something normal but its seems to help so many people come out of their shell and to gain confidence,” said Turnock.

His enthusiasm for promoting junior golf began when his son took up the game – and Josh Turnock is today a 17-year-old scratch golfer who captains the Cheshire U18s and is in an England Golf regional U18 squad.

Over the years, Turnock has taken golf into around 50 schools inthe Macclesfield area and given thousands of children the chance to try the game. Those who want to take it further are invited to Mottram Hall and can then sign up for coaching sessions – and for the club’s free membership for U18s.

Free membership was Turnock’s idea and he comments: “The club are very supportive and will try anything I suggest – and we want to be junior and family friendly.”

Many adults also benefit from Turnock’s coaching. He reckons he has introduced over 500 people to the game through his Get into Golf courses, teaching the basics of the game and then helping them to gain experience on the course. “I enjoy helping people and seeing them improve,” he said. “When they do well and send me a message it makes it all worthwhile.”

As well as coaching Turnock runs the club’s junior section – which he’s keen to expand – and is Mottram Hall’s competition secretary, offering a range of formats to appeal to all sections of the club. He also meets regularly with a members’ group, helping to keep them informed of club activities and gaining their feedback.

 

 

 

Lancashire youngsters speak up for golf

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A GROUP of 11 remarkable young people, which includes two from Lancashire, are set to give golf a fresh, new voice.

They are Young Ambassadors for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and through their own stories, enthusiasm and love of the sport, they will challenge negative perceptions and play a part in getting more people talking about and playing the game.

The ambassadors range in age from 10 to 22 and include school pupils, students, a volunteer coach, a trainee PGA professional, a would-be PE teacher and a trainee doctor.

They’re all prepared to do what it takes to inspire others, whether it’s speaking at meetings, blogging or vlogging, getting involved with national campaigns or helping to organise events.

“They’re an amazing group,” said Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People manager. “They’re bringing to life our Children and Young People’s Plan for Golf and helping us achieve our vision of inspiring a love of golf that lasts a lifetime.

“By sharing their stories they’ll help raise awareness of golf, show the positive impact of young people and prove that it’s a game for all.”

Alice Lowe, Golf Foundation Regional Development Officer and lead on volunteering, added: “Each member of the group is so enthusiastic about changing the negative perceptions of golf, and supporting our ambition to help young people enjoy the playing and personal benefits of golf by making it inclusive and fun.”

The Ambassadors are:

Emma Anderson, 20, of Sherwood Forest Golf Club, Nottinghamshire

Ella Baker, 12, of Warley Woods Golf Club, Halesowen

Isabella Bleaken, 10, of Westonbirt Golf Club, Gloucestershire

Warren Clark, 17, from Hampshire and a member of Salisbury & South Wilts Golf Club

Emily Furness, 18, of Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Worcestershire

Morgan Halpin, 19, of Morecambe Golf Club, Lancashire

Ali Jodivawalla, 18, of Hatchford Brook Golf Club, Birmingham

Ysobel Lush, 16, of Langdon Hills Golf Club, Essex,

Hope Neild, 16, of Royal Norwich Golf Club, Norfolk

Jessica Pilgrim, 12, of Harewood Downs Golf Club, Buckinghamshire

Matthew Wilcox, 22, of West Lancashire Golf Club, Lancashire

The ambassadors recently got together for a training session involving the Youth Sport Trust and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It was a chance to share their stories and experiences and similar themes emerged right across the age range.

They spoke of how golf has given them confidence and inspired their career ambitions, how they want to work to make the game truly inclusive and their passion to show that it’s not an ‘old man’s’ game.

Morecambe’s Morgan Halpin started playing golf with plastic clubs as a three-year-old and is now in the first year of his PGA training. He likes the social aspect of golf and comments: “It’s fun, that’s what it’s all about.”

Morgan is passionate about sharing his pleasure in the game and has particular interest in disability golf, inspired by his sister who has a rare genetic disorder. His mum and a friend founded Unique Kidz, a charity to help families find suitable childcare and social activities for their disabled children, and Morgan has been involved with golf activities.

Ffion makes history thanks to Girls Golf Rocks

GIRLS Golf really Rocks for Cheshire teenager Ffion Jones who is about to make history as the first female junior captain at her club.

Ffion, who only started playing golf 14 months ago thanks to the Girls Golf Rocks campaign, will be the 2018 junior captain at Eaton Golf Club in Chester.

The 17-year-old got into golf after her mum spotted an advert for Girls Golf Rocks, the recruitment campaign run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation which inspires more girls to take up the game. At first Ffion was reluctant to go along to the taster session at Eaton

Ffion-Jones.jpgas she didn’t think she would know anyone. But when she arrived she found she knew several of the other girls and in her own words “golf was a lot better than I thought.”

In fact, she enjoyed golf so much so that when her Gran offered to buy her a junior membership at Eaton for Christmas she jumped at the chance to join the club. She’s since been followed by her 11-year-old brother and the two of them can be found practising together at the club on most days.

Over the last 12 months Ffion has lowered her handicap from 36 to 21.8 and was the most improved woman golfer of the year for 2017. She has also played for Eaton in matches against other local clubs, is  playing in Eaton’s junior

winter league and recently, along with her brother, their friend and one of the clubs pros, won a night golf competition where they were the only juniors playing.

Ffion is studying for her A Levels at Christleton High School and then will take a gap year when she plans to work and play as much golf as possible to achieve her aim of getting her handicap down to single figures.

She will also be carrying out her role as junior captain throughout 2018 and hopes that this will help her to get to know the other juniors better and encourage more girls to become members of Eaton Golf Club. She would especially like to se

e more girls playing in the winter

junior league next year to redress the balance in the league which this year has three girls and 19 boys taking part.

Eaton’s Head PGA Professional Bill Tye, commented: “I could tell from the start that Ffion was a talented ball player and she has excelled. She’s really, really keen, completely hooked on the game and we thought we would give her this honour.”

Ffion’s mum Hilary Jones – who is not a golfer – said: “All the members a

nd the staff at Eaton Golf Club have been really good to the juniors at Eaton and I’m really pleased that I signed Ffion up for Girls Golf Rocks. It’s also great for me to see Ffion and her younger brother enjoying an activity together, golf is good for them as a physical activity but it also teaches them other things such as honesty and respect “.

Ffion said:  “I really wish my mum had signed me up for golf years ag

o, I enjoy it so much and am really excited to be Eaton’s first female junior captain.’

Alison Lysons, England Golf Club Support Officer in Cheshire commented “It’s exciting to hear that someone coming through the Girls Golf Rocks programme has developed such a love for golf and is becoming her club’s first female junior captain. Eaton Golf Club has a great junior programme and Ffion’s experience will be invaluable in encouraging other young girls to take up the game of golf there”.

Lauren Spray, Women and Girls Participation Manager at England Golf adde

d: “It’s fantastic to see how quickly Ffion has progressed through the programme, attaining a handicap in such a short space of time and getting it down to 22 is fantastic to hear.

“As part of Girls Golf Rocks we ask girls to become county ambassadors to inspire new girls who come into the programme. By being appointed junior captain Ffion will now be one of those vital role models to new girls coming into the programme and at Eaton. This is a fantastic success and we wish Ffion all the best with her A Levels and her year as junior captain!”

For more information about Girls Golf Rocks visit www.getintogolf.org/ggr

For more information about junior golf at Eaton Golf Club contact Bill Tye at bill@billtye.co.uk 

 

Youngsters get the Abbey habit

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A JUNIOR golf academy launched by new  head PGA professional Ben Derbyshire at Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club  in Cheshire is proving to be a big hit with local youngsters.

Derbyshire and his assistant, Brian Cassidy, arrived at the club earlier this year and launched the academy with a free open day in March – and they’re planning another in 2018.

The day was combined with a seminar for parents to learn about the academy and it was a huge success with 60 young people attending and around 50 juniors going on to take coaching classes. These were run in eight-week blocks and the final session was a competition to test the juniors’ new skills, followed by presentation of prizes and certificates.

The new juniors at Vale Royal Abbey were also able to develop their game and grow their confidence on the club’s practice area, three-hole course, junior tees on the main course and eventually the full length course.

Ben and Brian have been so pleased with the response to the academy that they are planning to repeat the programme in 2018, holding another taster day in the spring, following this with more blocks of lessons and developing an events calendar for juniors.

Ben said: “The academy has been a huge success and we have also had great support from the members here at Vale Royal Abbey who have gone out of their way to help us in numerous ways, thus showing what a friendly and enthusiastic membership we have. The academy will now take a small break over the Christmas/New Year period and we will be back again with a free open day on Sunday 4 March 2018.”

Alison Lysons, Cheshire Club support officer for England Golf, said:  “The junior academy has been a great success thanks to the hard work of Ben and Brian and the fantastic junior friendly facilities at Vale Royal Abbey. It’s exciting to see so many young people enjoying the game of golf and having a real pathway to develop their skills. I look forward to supporting Ben and Brian with developing the junior section further in 2018”.

For further information about the Junior Academy at Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club, please contact:  Ben Derbyshire, Head PGA Professional, on 01606 301291 (option 4) or email golfpro@vra.co.uk