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Lancs lass Hollie back in the fray

LANCASHIRE hot-shot  Hollie Muse completed a two shot win at the U18 Fairhaven Trophies then declared: “I’m back!” The England women’s international  had given up the six months ago.

“I’d stopped playing, I was upset with my game and I wasn’t in a goHollie Muse....jpgod place,” she explained. “I didn’t win anything last year and I thought I was never coming back.”

But she came back this season with a new approach and it paid off. She tied second in the Scottish girls’ championship, then shared third place in the Scottish women’s strokeplay pior to winning at Fairhaven.

“To win this is emotional for me,” said the 17-year-old from West Lancashire.

She finished the 72-hole international event on three-under par, two ahead of Norfolk’s Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer), who was girls’ runner-up for the second year in a row.

The boys’ title was won in runaway style by Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg, two under and 10 shots clear of the runner-up, George Raitt of Leicestershire.

Full steam ahead for Golf Express!

GOLF Express is celebrating a very happy first birthday after a year highlighting that the  game fits into any lifestyle.

England Golf launched the campaign to promote shorter, quicker formats – and it has captured the mood of the moment.

Over the past 12 months, momentum has been gathering across the industry to prove that golf can be short, fun, fitted into a busy lifestyle – and show-stopping. What’s been happening?

More than 25,000 people have been encouraged by Golf Express to play 9-hole golf or other short circuits, with in excess of 200 clubs already using the website to post offers.

Two months are dedicated to promoting Golf Express and England Golf is increasing investment in its national marketing campaign to drive traffic to the website, and to create even more interest around 9-hole golf and other shorter formats.

This weekend, the European Tour will hold its inaugural GolfSixes tournament at Centurion Club in St Albans, when two-man teams from 16 countries will compete over six-hole circuits, accompanied by showbiz razzamatazz.

The R&A has introduced a 9-hole competition for amateurs across GB&I, with the final taking place on the eve of The Open.

Top golfers such as Charley Hull, Melissa Reid, Martin Kaymer and Padraig Harrington have all featured on video endorsing the pleasures of 9-hole golf. Click here to view.

England Golf ambassador Justin Rose has said he often plays 9 holes in practice and described Golf Express as: “A great way to play all the game in half the time.”

Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s Head of Participation, commented: “It’s been fantastic to see the growing interest in short format golf and to get the support of top players and celebrities.

“Golf Express has shown many golfers that they really can fit the game in alongside all their commitments – and that it’s a great way for families to relax and have fun together.”

Nine-hole golf has plenty of health and social benefits. It can be played in just two hours while the player walks two to three miles, takes more than 5,000 steps and burns in excess 450 calories.

There’s an even faster, more athletic version, promoted by British Speedgolf, which has recently partnered Golf Express. Speedgolfers jog between shots and can complete a full 18 holes in under 80 minutes, or 9 holes in under 40 minutes.

“It’s been great to reach so many people in the first year of Golf Express and now we’re looking forward to getting even more players and golf clubs involved, showing golf really is game for all,” said Hodgson.

To learn more about Golf Express and to find 9-hole or other short format offers and a directory of facilities visit


Cheshire girls are ready to rock again!


GIRLS’ golf will be rocking again in Cheshire when the successful campaign to inspire new young players returns next month.

.Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends.

Free girls’ taster sessions will be on offer at eight clubs, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.

The taster sessions are at:

Hartford Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 1-3pm

Eaton Golf Club on Saturday 22 April, 1-3pm

Romiley Golf Club on Sunday 23 April, 10-11am

Alderley Edge Golf Club on Sunday 23 April, 2-3pm

Caldy Golf Club on Sunday 30 April, 10am-12noon

Ringway Golf Club on Sunday 30 April, 1-2pm

Prenton Golf Club on Sunday 30 April, 2-4pm

Prestbury Golf Club on Saturday 6 May, 2.30-4pm

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Following the tasters, the clubs will each offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals, when the ambassadors will be on hand to encourage the newcomers. All the girls completing the coaching courses will be given a US Kids Golf 7-iron to help them start playing.

Then, the new players will be invited to a fun day with the ambassadors featuring multi-skills challenges and the chance to play on a golf course.

Girls Golf Rocks is a national campaign, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and it aims to increase the number of girl golfers from an average of just two full members per club.

It ran in Cheshire for the first time last year and was very successful with 175 girls attending the tasters and 148 going on to taking coaching courses.

Abby Baumber, the Cheshire County junior organiser, said: “The continued success of Girls Golf Rocks in Cheshire is testament of the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of all of those involved. It’s fantastic to see so many girls starting their journey in golf, having fun and making friends along the way!

Girls Golf Rocks started in 2015 with a trial in Essex. Ambassadors and new players from the county are now featured in a Girls Golf Rocks video, which captures all that’s special about the programme. Bella Jay, 14, sums it up when she says: “Golf has done so much for me, I love it. You should come and join us and see how much fun it is.”

(image © Leaderboard Photography).



Lancashire aim to make golf child’s play

LANCASHIRE golf clubs are ready to build on a hugely successful 12 months by turning their attentions on the next generation of players. The county has posted impressive figures with club membership rising by 1,636 last year.

And its 4.2 per cent increase was the best county performance in the country.

Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs want to continue the growth of the sport by supporting a wide range of initiatives designed to encourage more young people into the game.

The LUGC launched a county development plan two years ago and after hitting all their initial targets the emphasis will shift to junior golf this year.

A junior pathway has been developed to cater for around 250 youngsters from DSC_0328.JPGbeginners to the players chosen to play in county matches and national competitions.

A special programme for under 14s, with coaching provided by PGA professionals and supported by volunteers has been introduced, costing £25 for three days of tuition the summer based in regional centres North Lancashire, East Lancashire, South Lancashire, Bolton and Bury, Southport and Manchester.

Players take part in a series of skills challenges designed to improve their putting, bunker play and short game, for example, with an end of season competition – at Houghwood Golf Club – giving them chance to put their know-how into practice.

It is open to existing club members and entries are still open for this year’s programme with further details from the LUGC website at Closing date is March 1.

The LUGC want to further expand their support of the work going on at club level to bring new, younger players into the game. Ideas include working with the clubs and their PGA professionals to develop a model for golf camps in the school holidays.


NW girls promoted to England squad

LANCASHIRE hot-shot Louisa Brunt, Cornwall’s Georgia Price and Yorkshire’s Olivia Winning are new members of the England Golf women’s squad for 2016/17. 

They will join Cheshire’s Gemma Clews and British stroke play champion, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire, for the winter training programme.  

The England girls’ squad has five new members, including Surrey’s Annabell Fuller who will join her sister, Sammy, in the squad. The other new squad members are Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Sophie Johnson of Shropshire & Herefordshire, Mimi Rhodes of Somerset and Hannah Screen of Hertfordshire. 

They will train alongside Martha Lewis of Surrey, Emily Price of Worcestershire, Bel Wardle of Cheshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk.

The women’s squad players: 

Louisa Brunt, 17, (Royal Birkdale) is an England girl international who won the Pleasington Putter, was third in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and ninth in the English women’s stroke play.

Gemma Clews, 22, (Delamere Forest) represented England in the world team championships and has had a string of high finishes, in events including English women’s amateur and in the English and Welsh stroke play championships.

Sophie Lamb, 18, (Clitheroe) is the British women’s stroke play champion and was fourth in the English amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She also helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals, alongside Clews and Winning.

Georgia Price (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner up in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. She tied for the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy (image © Leaderboard Photography)

Olivia Winning, 21, (Rotherham) won the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play this year for the second time. She was in England’s winning team at the European championships and the Home Internationals.

England Girls’ Squad 

Annabell Fuller, 14, (Roehampton) won the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and was runner-up in three Scottish girls’ championships, at U14, U16 and U18 level.

Samantha Fuller, 17, (Roehampton) was third in the English girls’ championship and 11th in the English women’s stroke play. She tied for the Irish girls’ stroke play last year.

Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) has won the Fairhaven Trophies, the English U16 girls’ open championship and the North of England U16 championship in 2016. She was also third in the European Young Masters.

Sophie Johnson, 15, (Telford) was third in the Scottish U18 championship, fourth in the North of England U16s and eight in the Scottish U16s.

Martha Lewis, 16, (St George’s Hill), helped England U16 girls beat Switzerland. She was also 11th in the English U16 girls’ championship, 15th in the Scottish U18 girls’ championship and 22nd in the English women’s amateur.

Emily Price, 17, (Cleobury Mortimer) is the English women’s stroke play champion, the Scottish U18 champion and the winner of the Leveret and the Whittington Trophy. She was runner-up in the English girls.

Mimi Rhodes, 14 (Burnham & Berrow) has had impressive results in women’s competitions including top 30 finishes in the English amateur and the Spanish stroke play. She was runner-up in the West of England amateur.

Hannah Screen, 16, (Berkhamsted) won the Scottish U16 championship, was third in the North of England U16 girls and fifth in the English U16 girls’ championship.

Bel Wardle, 16, (Prestbury) was runner-up in the British girls’ championship and tied first in the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy. Her other high finishes include 5th in the English girls’ championship and eighth in the St Rule Trophy.

Amelia Williamson, 16, (Royal Cromer) is the English schools champion and runner-up in the Fairhaven Trophies, the English U16 championship and the North of England U16 girls.


NW youngsters in England regional squads

TALENTED young players have been selected for the England Golf U16 regional squads for the 2016/17 training programme.

They follow in the footsteps of players such as Masters champion Danny Willett and the world number two amateur Bronte Law, who both came through the England regional squad system.

Altogether 130 players have been selected for the U16 squads.

The North West squads are:

Girls: Eva Brunskill (Hillside), Emily Byrne (Formby Ladies), Lea Dawson (Peel, Isle of Man), Grace Connelly (Knowle, Gloucestershire), Boh Greenwood (Rossendale), Madeline Raine (Clitheroe). Coach Steve Astle, Manager Jill McGhie.

Boys: George Holland (Southport & Ainsdale, Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale), Matthew Jackman (Southport & Ainsdale), Sam Long (Delamere Forest), Remy Miller (Prestbury), Grady Rogerson (Royal Lytham & St Annes), John Wilding (Heysham). Coach Pete Barber, Manager Ron Harrison.



Crowning glory for Lancashire lass Alex

LANCASHIRE’S Alex Forrest was today crowned England’s champion woman medal player – by the tightest of margins.  The Longridge player  was originally a reserve for England Golf’s Grand Medal Final but squeezed into the field – and then won the championship on countback from two other players. 


WINNER: Alex Forrest (Image Leaderboard Photography)

All three tied with net scores of level par 73 on the Red course at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire. Alex won by virtue of her better back nine which included three birdies. The runner-up was Staffordshire’s Sara Allen, from Branston Golf Club, while third place went to 12-year-old Kaylin Screene, from Croham Hurst in Surrey.

Alex, 18, was one of the early starters and she had to wait for her victory to be confirmed until Sara came in with the last group.

The four-handicapper said afterwards: “It’s definitely been nerve-wracking watching the leaderboard – and I bogeyed the last! I had a putt for par, I was shaking over it, and it just lipped out.” But the wait was worth it: “This really means a lot because it’s such a big field,” she added.

The final was played as part of England Golf’s first Golf Week, which celebrates the grassroots game with a five-day festival of team and handicap events. It was contested by the cream of England’s club medal players and each finalist returned the four best medal scores at her club during 2015 and had won through a regional final to take her place at Frilford.

Alex, a Lancashire county playey, was playing her second Grand Medal Final and said: “It’s really good, everyone is at different levels of the game and everyone is really enjoying it.”

The final was played in breezy conditions and many players found the slick greens testing, but Alex quickly got the pace. “I had a few bogeys on the front nine but I went on the birdie trail on the back nine,” she said.

Sara Allen is playing only her third season of golf and, with her husband, Paul, is very keen to encourage young people to play the game. So it seemed fitting that she was sandwiched by an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old. “I’m so pleased the youngsters are doing well,” she said.

She played herself into contention with a strong front nine, but with three holes to go she was one-over her handicap. Encouraged by her caddy husband she pulled it back. “I’m overjoyed, I didn’t think I would get this score,” said Sara, a 26-handicapper.

She thinks she’s the first Branston lady to reach the final and added: “I have loved every minute of it. I love medal play for a start, and the England Golf set up, here and at the regional final, has been fantastic.”

Kaylin Screene was one of the youngest competitors, has also been playing for only three years and is making rapid progress. Already this year she’s cut her handicap from 27 to 17.

She was excited and a little nervous about playing in the final, but said: “Once I got going it was fine. I just wanted to keep calm and if I had a bad hole to just keep on going.”

Chipping was one of the strong points of her game and she holed a shot for a par on one hole. Her score would have been much better had it not been for a ball left in a bunker and a lost ball.

Three players tied fourth on one-over 74: Toni-Louise Naylor (Waterton Park), Tracey Crow (Chippenham) and Kate Anne Herron (Bedlingtonshire).