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SkyTrak helps BBC 5 Live to recreate Masters drama

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SkyTrak made its BBC Radio 5 Live debut  as the Breakfast Show used it to recreate the drama of this year’s Masters.

BBC Sport oresenter Chris Latchem and tour golfer Andrew Murray used SkyTrak running E6 Golf in a head-to-head match broadcast live on the station’s breakfast show, which averages over two million listeners each week.

Viewers of the 5 Live webcam service also watched the duo live as they played on the morning after Patrick Reed’s victory in the Masters.

SkyCaddie’s UK & European general manager, James Holmes, set up The Belfry to be used as a substitute golf course as the pair attempted to repeat crucial shots hit by Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed at Augusta.

The SkyTrak segment featured several times during a typically busy morning’s show, with Latchem eventually beating Murray 2-1 in a rapid-fire ‘nearest the pin’ contest.

“Our thanks to the BBC for putting their faith in SkyTrak for Monday morning’s live broadcast” said Holmes, who travelled to the BBC’s MediaCityUK studios in Salford to oversee the feature. “It went without a hitch, and hopefully the 5 Live audience found it a fun way to start the week.”

Since its UK launch in September 2015, SkyTrak has gained thousands of fans worldwide for its combination of professional launch monitor accuracy, and its versatility as an entertainment unit when used as a golf simulator.

See http://www.skytrakgolf.com for all details.

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White cup double for Chorley duo Sam and Denis

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TROPHY GLORY: Chorley players Denis and Sam Durnian with the White Cup presented by sponsor Don Milligan (centre)

DENIS Durnian and his wife Sam evoked memories of yesteryear when they won the White Cup, a Manchester Alliance mixed pairs competition, at Chorlton.

They were members at Styal when they last claimed the title in 2002 but this time they returned to Chorlton with Denis having regained his amateur status and playing at Chorley.

The individual professional prize went to Graham Cox (Lymm) with 40 points from Phil Archer (Poulton Park) 37 and Steve McCarthy  (Lymm) 36.

Cox made it a double as he also won the pro-am section partnering Liz Lyons (Lymm) to win a  42 points countback from  Archer and his mum Jean (Birchwood) and Andy Palmer and Steph Patterson (Chorley) 40.

The White Cup is presented by the pair from the same club with the highest number of points. Chorlton’s Hubert Dunki-Jacobs partnered Barbara Redford (Swinton Park) to 45 points to win the am-am section from Denis and Sam 43 and home duo Peter Parmeshwar and Jackie Whitehurst 42.

Fairfield hit the mark with award

FAIRFIELD Golf & Sailing Club in Lancashire has won a national award from England Golf.

One of the oldest established golf clubs in the Manchester area has just received the GolfMark award, an official seal of approval for clubs which successfully develop the game.

The club, which is notable for its parkland setting around a reservoir, dates back to 1892. It no longer offers sailing – the name is historic – but it has moved into the 21st century with a go-ahead approach to golf which has included the development of a new clubhouse with excellent function facilities.

Last year members also approved a major constitutional change to introduce a management board and a more business-like way of running the club.

Club president Dave Mushet said: “Fairfield is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message.  Having also achieved Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status, we have firmly set our sights on reaching out to the local community.”

The Board’s chair, Phil Murray, added: “Golf is one of the few games the whole family can play together regardless of age, fitness, background or experience.  The game’s emphasis on honesty, integrity and good sportsmanship helps our juniors develop lifelong skills and encourages responsible social behaviour.”

GolfMark is awarded to clubs which successfully work to develop the game in four ways:

  • By attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more
  • Using practical business planning to develop the club
  • Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers
  • Ensuring safeguarding policies are in place

 

England Golf Regional Manager Jason Budd, commented: “I’m delighted that Fairfield Golf Club has achieved GolfMark and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”

The GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.

GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers. To find out more visit www.golfmark.org

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Corrigan puts on a royal performance

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TOP OF THE SHOTS: Craig Corrigan with Alliance president John Dowd (centre) and Haigh Hall’s Chris Seabrook 

CHILLI Dip teaching professional Craig Corrigan turned up the heat to win the Manchester Alliance fixture at Vale Royal Abbey.

He racked up 39 stableford points to fight off a challenge from Stand’s Mark Hancock and Birchwood’s Phil Archer to increase his lead in the order of merit.

And Corrigan, a regular winner on the PGA North circuit, completed a double by clinching the pro-am with Haigh Hall’s Chris Seabrook  with 43 points.

One off the pace were Alex Pritchard and Chris Cartwright (Poulton Park), Dave Green and Gary Beresford (Dukinfield) and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Vinny Doyle (Leigh).

Top score of the day was 44 points in the am-am by Norman Haslam (Stand) and Steve Grimley (Walmersley).

Sale hits the mark with national award

 

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ON THE MARK: Sean Hammill (centre) presents the GolfMark Award to club chairman Chris Boyes (left) and manager John Jackson

SALE Golf Club, which is backing to grow the game, has won a national award from England Golf. It has just become the first club in the Mersey Valley to receive the GolfMark award – and only the eighth in the whole of Cheshire.

It is an official seal of approval for clubs which successfully work to develop the game in four ways:

  • By attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more
  • Using practical business planning to develop the club
  • Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers
  • Ensuring safeguarding policies are in place

Over the last year Sale has forged new links in the community, welcomed new members and worked hard to retain existing members by providing the golfing experience they want.

They ran a host of Get into Golf courses for men and women beginners, which lead towards club membership. Manager John Jackson also led a schools’ programme which introduced over 1000 children to golf and strengthened the club’s place in the local community. Now, Sale is looking forward to growing its junior section.

The award was presented to Sale by Sean Hammill, an England Golf Club support officer for Cheshire who said: “I am delighted that Sale  has been recognised with this award. At the start of 2017 recruitment and marketing plans were put in place that have paid dividends in growing membership and strengthening community links.”

The GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.

GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers. To find out more visitwww.golfmark.org

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Batchelor boy makes home advantage count!

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HOST club assistant professional  Rob Batchelor (pictured below) capitalised on local knowledge as he tied with Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill on 40 points in the Manchester Alliance at Stand.

Runners-up were a shot back were Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Andy Palmer (Chorley).

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It needed a card play-off on 45 points in the pro-am section with DavyhulmePark father and son duo Chris and Mike Lane seeing off Palmer and Keith Ashton (Bolton).

 

Home duo Andre McCreedy and Gary Jacques were runaway winners in the am-am with 46 points, leaving them three clear of Peter McManus (Chorlton) and Alliance secretary Ian Hales (Ringway).