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Booth targets North Region Championship double

ROBERT Booth has hit a rich vein of form as prepares to defend his PGA North Region Championship crown at Bolton Old Links next week.

The 33-year-old assistant professional at Crosland Heath has already clocked up six wins this season, including the Yorkshire Open at Howley Hall which he followed

Robert Booth.jpg a day later by adding the Werneth pro-am to his list of achievements.

Booth (pictured), who finished third in the Leeds Cup at Cobble Hall in May, won the region’s flagship event last year at Carus Green by a shot, and he’s hoping to complete a rare double at Old Links in the 36-hole tournament on July 25-26 which will be preceded by a pro-am.

“I’ve only played the course once and that was some time ago but I can remember it was very challenging,” he said.

“My goal this year is to try to win my card at the European Tour School. I’ve been encouraged by my boss and coach Richard Lambert, the head profession al at Crosland Heath, who’s been teaching me for nearly five years.

“My other target is to win the PGA North and Yorkshire PGA orders-of-merit,” he added.

Bolton assistant professional and former Old Links junior Aaron Moon is also in the 107-strong line-up. He lost part of his right leg serving in the Marines when their armoured vehicle was struck by an explosive device in Afghanistan eight years ago.

There are also seven past winners in the field including Phil Archer, a member of the GB and Ireland PGA team Cup who will face their American counterparts in the biennial match at Surrey’s Foxhills resort on September 15-17.

The Birchwood player last won the North Region title back in 2002 before embarking on a European Tour career.

Other past champions apart from Booth include Snainton Golf Centre’s Alex Belt, Chilli Dip Academy’s Craig Corrigan, Royal Liverpool’s Michael Jones, Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill and North Wales based Matthew Tottey.

Meanwhile, Renishaw Park’s Michael Ramsden will be hoping to add the title to his Leeds Cup success.

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Picton finds rich vein of form at Fairhaven

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WINNING DUO: Steve Parry and Andy Picton called the shots at Fairhaven

BOLTON amateur Andy Picton found the ideal combination on and off the course as he clinched his place in the Lombard Trophy Final after teaming up with Hart Common PGA professional Steve Parry for the qualifying event at Fairhaven.

Parry is also sponsored by 16-handicapper Picton and the pair proved to be an ideal fit as they carded a stunning 11- under-par 62 which gave them victory by three shots ahead of John Blackburn and Will Poole of Mendip Spring.

They will  play in the final in Portugal and it is proving to be an eventful time for 48-year-old Picton who is also Hart Common captain this year.

“I sponsor Steve under the name of Manchester Vein Clinic which is a brand of ours, we do varicose vein treatments and Steve carries that brand in the professional events,” said Picton, who is a managing director of a company that scans arteries and veins using ultrasound.

“It’s a busy year but I’m sure we can squeeze in a Portugal trip after this!”

The duo made a quick fire start and reached the turn in 30, which included a nett eagle at the third hole, before securing five birdies on the back nine for a win that was rarely in doubt.

“My putting’s usually quite good but the rest of my game’s rubbish! And I also managed to up and down a couple of bunker shots,” added Picton.

“I was surprised to qualify for the event in the first place as I play off 16, so it was nip and tuck. But we dovetailed very well when it came to playing at Fairhaven.”

They will head for the £41,000 National Pro-Am grand final which will be played at the Vila Sol resort in the Algarve between September 21-22.

It will be Parry’s third appearance in the final after two appearances at Gleneagles.

He was second in the 2014 final and missed out on the title by one shot with amateur partner Terry Battersby and also competed in the 2013 showpiece.

“I’ll have been in it three times in five years now. I didn’t drop a shot at Fairhaven and Andy came in with a good few birdies, we had a good front nine, but we know each other quite well as he’s been my sponsor for the last three years,” said Parry.

 

Home sweet home for Pleasington’s top trio

PLEASINGTON members homed in on the top three places in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit Antlers Trophy.

Top of the shots was Lancashire county stalwart Michael Hunt who opened with a pair of bogeys before racking up five birdies in the next seven holes on his way to a three-under-par 68.

He was round in 71 in the afternoon as Jonathan Hurst finished second, two off the pace after posting 71 and 70, with Aaron Watkinson claiming third spot with 72 and 71.

Fourth placed Ciaran Doherty, from Bury, matched his total and picked up 60 points in the merit race to move into third place, 195 adrift of Northenden’s Cameron Massey.

Hunt, meanwhile, last won the Antlers in 2008.

LEADING SCORES:  139 Michael Hunt (Pleasington) 68 71; 141 Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington) 71 70; 143 Aaron Watkinson (Pleasington) 72 71, Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 72 71; 144 Chris Carney (Morecambe) 71 73, Tom Dolan (Heswall) 71 73; 146 Michael Barrett (Davyhulme Park) 74 72, Sam Morrison (Leeds Golf Centre) 74 72, Ken Hudson (Blundells Hill) 73 73; 147 Owen Leigh (Pleasington) 75 72, Anthony Harwood (Blackburn) 72 75, Paul McFerran (Warrington) 72 75.

POINTS AFTER 13 EVENTS                                                                                            

Cameron Massey Northenden 485
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 330
Ciaran Doherty Bury 310
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 295
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 295
Tom Dolan Heswall 295
Michael Hunt Pleasington 250
Jack Brooks Didsbury 225
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 190
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 180
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Chris Nuttall Accrington 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 120
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 120
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Jon Beesley Mere 115
Jacob Greenhalgh Bolton 105
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 105
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Trevor Foster Accrington 100
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 100
Matthew Delany Prestbury 100
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 100
Reece Cranfield Wigan 95
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 95
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 90
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Lewis George Delamere Forest 75
Chris Carney Morecambe 75
Aaron Watkinson Pleasington 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Paul McFerran Warrington 70
Roger Smithies Manchester 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
Ross Clewley Bramhall 50
Max Rogers Astbury 50
Graeme Jackson Manchester 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
Ken Hudson Hart Common 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 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
Andrew Bell Durham City 40
Matt Robinson Eaton 40
James Higgins Pike Fold 40
Ben Gardo Moor Allerton 40
Thomas Winn Morecambe 40
Michael Barratt Davyhulme Park 40
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Shaun Field Oakdale 30
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 30
Sam Morrison Leeds Golf Centre 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Jacob Oakley Styal 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Adam Fothergill Nelson 20
Martin Barnes Crompton & Royton 20
Owen Leigh Pleasington 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
Richie Blundell Hillside 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Graeme Strachan Bury 15
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 15
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 10
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10

 

 

 

Oliver gets it ‘wright’ in the end

ROOKIE professional Oliver Smith chalked up his maiden victory in the PGA North Assistants’ Championship for the Sue Wright Trophy at Helsby.

And his success will always remain embedded in his memory because it took him five extra holes to shake off Poulton Park opponent Alex Pritchard.

Smith, an assistant at Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club and a former bricklayer and flagger who later worked at a service station, quit game for six years before returning to the fold.

“I’d shown an interest when I was 21 but then started to do other things and you do at that age,” he explained.

He bagged three birdies in the first seven holes before dropping his only stroke at the 15th where he overshot the green on his way to a two-under-par 68.

Pritchard was left to rue a bogey at the 17th in normal time as Smith went on to win with a par on the 18th play-off hole.

LEADING SCORES: 68 Oliver Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey), Alex Pritchard (Poulton Park); 69 Isaac Simpson (Hallowes), Ben Chambers (Swinton Park), Tom Metcalfe (Gathurst), John Brown (Ellesmere); 70 Jamie Howarth (Davenport), Jason Dransfield (Heswall).

 

Creaney’s sword play boosts title hopes

DANIEL Creaney moved into a share of third place in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit after winning the Royton Sword by a shot.

The plus two ranked Southport & Ainsdale player posted 73 and 67 for a level par aggregate, a bogey-free second round featuring a trio of birdies.

Prestbury’s Matthew Delany and Stephen Hargreaves, from Leasowe, were second and third respectively.

Meanwhile, there was no change at the top of the merit table with Northenden’s Cameron Massey maintaining his 180 points advantage over Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin.

 

LEADING SCORES:  140 Daniel Creaney (Southport & Ainsdale) 73 67; 141 Matthew Delany (Prestbury) 72 69, Stephen Hargreaves (Leasowe) 67 74; 142 Roger Smithies (Manchester) 67 75; 143 Jacob Greenhalgh (Bolton) 74 69, Luke Kelly (Ashton-under-Lyne) 71 72, Aiden Hoosen (Manchester) 71 72, Kris Sutcliffe (Crompton & Royton) 68 75; 144 Lewis Pownall (Fairfield) 69 75; 146 Martin Barnes (Crompton & Royton) 70 76; 147 Graeme Strachan (Bury) 73 74; 148 Matthew Kay (Manchester) 74 74.

 

POINTS AFTER 12 EVENTS                                                                                          

 

Cameron Massey Northenden 485
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 305
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 295
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 295
Tom Dolan Heswall 250
Ciaran Doherty Bury 250
Jack Brooks Didsbury 225
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 190
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 180
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Chris Nuttall Accrington 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 120
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 120
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Jon Beesley Mere 115
Jacob Greenhalgh Bolton 105
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 105
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Michael Hunt Pleasington 100
Trevor Foster Accrington 100
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 100
Matthew Delany Prestbury 100
Reece Cranfield Wigan 95
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 95
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 90
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Lewis George Delamere Forest 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Paul McFerran Warrington 60
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
Ross Clewley Bramhall 50
Max Rogers Astbury 50
Graeme Jackson Manchester 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 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
Andrew Bell Durham City 40
Matt Robinson Eaton 40
James Higgins Pike Fold 40
Ben Gardo Moor Allerton 40
Thomas Winn Morecambe 40
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Shaun Field Oakdale 30
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Ken Hudson Hart Common 25
Chris Carney Morecambe 25
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Jacob Oakley Styal 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Adam Fothergill Nelson 20
Martin Barnes Crompton & Royton 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
Richie Blundell Hillside 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Graeme Strachan Bury 15
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 10
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10

 

 

Hastie claims second place in Logan Trophy

BOLTON’S Gareth Hastie finished a creditable second in the Logan Trophy at Staffordshire club Beau Desert.

The Royal Lytham & St Annes player was two shots adrift of Woburn’s Stephen

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“I do harbour ambitions to possibly try to turn professional and this gives me the belief that I can play golf under reasonable pressure,” said Jenson who held off the challenge from Hastie (pictured) in the English men’s open mid-amateur championship with a 54-hole total of three over par.

Hastie, who was locked in a battle for second place, birdied the final hole to reduce the deficit to two and finish runner-up on his own on five-over, pipping Formby’s Geoff Harris by a stroke.

It’s a home win for Nuttall

CHRIS Nuttall homed in on the Acorn Trophy at Accrington with a one shot victory over clubmate and Lancashire legend Trevor Foster to pick up his first points of the season in Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit.

He produced a mixed bag of scores in a one-over-par first round 71 but was more consistent in the afternoon when he atoned for an opening bogey with a birdie at the 11th.

Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin moved to within 155 points of Northenden’s Cameron Massey in the merit race.

LEADING SCORES:  141 Chris Nuttall (Accrington) 71 70; 142 Trevor Foster (Accrington) 72 70, Lewis Parnell (Fairfield) 72 70, Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 70 72; 143 Mark Ashworth (Clitheroe) 72 71; 144 Joseph  Bannan (Manchester) 77 67; 148 Jacob Greenhalgh (Bolton) 73 75; 149 Shaun Field (Oakdale) 71 78; 150 Chris Carney (Morecambe) 77 73; 152 Adam Fothergill (Nelson) 77 75; 153 Thomas Winn (Morecambe) 76 77; 154 Zak Hargreaves (Accrington) 79 75.

POINTS AFTER 11 EVENTS                                                                                            

Cameron Massey Northenden 485
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 330
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 295
Tom Dolan Heswall 250
Ciaran Doherty Bury 250
Jack Brooks Didsbury 225
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 190
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 180
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Chris Nuttall Accrington 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 120
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 120
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Jon Beesley Mere 115
James Rooney West Lancs 100
Michael Hunt Pleasington 100
Trevor Foster Accrington 100
Reece Cranfield Wigan 95
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 95
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 90
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Lewis George Delamere Forest 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 60
Paul McFerran Warrington 60
Jacob Greenhalgh Bolton 55
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 50
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 50
George Holland Southport & Ainsdale 50
Ross Clewley Bramhall 50
Max Rogers Astbury 50
Graeme Jackson Manchester 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
George Bloor Cavendish 45
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 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
Andrew Bell Durham City 40
Matt Robinson Eaton 40
James Higgins Pike Fold 40
Ben Gardo Moor Allerton 40
Thomas Winn Morecambe 40
Andrew Walsh Pleasington 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 30
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Shaun Field Oakdale 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Ken Hudson Hart Common 25
Chris Carney Morecambe 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Jacob Oakley Styal 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Adam Fothergill Nelson 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 15
Richie Blundell Hillside 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 10
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10