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Lymm lasses in the driving seat


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.”



Feeney Trophy winners in groove at Hazel Grove

THE Manchester Alliance endured a record nine postponements in its winter programme so it was a big relief that the Leo Feeney Trophy at went ahead Hazel Grove this week.

The trophy, awarded to the best pair by a club, was won by Pike Fold pro-am duo Grant Hamerton and Ged Muldowney who posted 45 points after a card play-off with Stand’s Rob Batchelor and Keith Dingley.

They finished in second place in the pro-am section behind Andy Palmer (Chorley) and Keith Ashton (Bolton) who had a best-of-the-day 47 points,

Palmer also shared the top individual pro spot with Mark Hancock (Stand) on 40 points, one more than Craig Corrigan, Phil Archer (Poulton Park) and Grant Hamerton.

Steve Hamer, from Titleist ,was the event sponsor and he won the am-am top prize partnering home star Andrew Hill to 45 points to lead in from Lee Warren (Northenden) and David Hemingway (Chorley) 44 and John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Mark Gauchi (Chorlton) 42.


SkyTrak helps BBC 5 Live to recreate Masters drama


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.

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Carroll calls the tune at West Lancs

JOHN Carroll, a double Lancashire County champion, proved he could still compete with the best when he won the opening fixture in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit series with rounds of 68 and 71 in the Crosby Challenge Plate at West Lancs.

The Huyton & Prescot stalwart (pictured) started with four birdies in the first nine holes and added another for good measure on the home stretch, erring only once with a bogey at the short 17th.John Carroll (2).jpg

Plus three ranked Carroll picked up three birdies in the second round marred by two dropped shots.

Royal Liverpool’s Steven Capper, last year’s winner, was runner-up four off the pace.

LEADING SCORES: 139 John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot) 68 71; 143 Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool) 71 72; 145 Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale) 75 70; 146 Aiden Hooson (Manchester) 74 72, Mark Duncalf (Southport & Ainsdale) 74 72, Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 71 75; 147 Jack Cornes (Lymm) 76 71, Chris Chilton (Stockport) 74 73, Kevin Moore (Douglas) 72 75; 148 Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside) 75 73, George Young (Clitheroe) 75 73, Gary Blades (Burnley) 74 74.

ORDER OF MERIT: 50pts John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot); 100 Steven Capper (Royal Liverpool); 75 Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale); 60 Aiden Hooson (Manchester); 50 Mark Duncalf (Southport & Ainsdale); 45 Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); 40 Jack Cornes (Lymm); 30 Chris Chilton (Stockport); 25 Kevin Moore (Douglas); 20 Oliver Ravenscroft (Hillside); 15 George Young (Clitheroe); 10 Gary Blades (Burnley).


Carus Green Golf Academy receives PGA accreditation


CARUS Green Golf Club’s golf academy has cemented its place as one of the UK’s finest facilities after receiving PGA accreditation.

The newly named “PGA Golf Academy, Carus Green, Cumbria” is launched officially tomorrow  and joins an elite group of PGA branded golf properties around the world.

Carus Green lines up alongside an illustrious group of properties benefiting from the close association with The PGA including The Belfry, Gleneagles and Formby Hall in the UK, together with international facilities in China (Bayhood No.9 and Mission Hills), Cyprus (Aphrodite Hills), Czech Republic (The Oaks), Ireland (University of Limerick), Kenya (Vipingo Ridge), Russia (PGA National), Spain (PGA Catalunya), Thailand (Laguna Phuket) and Turkey (Antalya Golf Club).

The announcement is a huge boost for the 50-strong team at Carus Green and the county’s golfers, with PGA accreditation demonstrating its attainment of the very highest standards in terms of exceptional facilities, teaching and training.

With nine PGA Professionals, an 18-bay top specification driving range, two bespoke Flightscope fitting rooms, an indoor putting lab, chipping and putting green, outdoor all-weather short game practice area and state of the art GC2 golf simulator, Carus Green is renowned as one of the North of England’s premium golfing venues.

It was also the setting for the 2017 Trilby Tour Championship of Cumbria and will host this event once again this year.

Guy Moran , the PGA’s head of property and development, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Golf Academy at Carus Green as a PGA-accredited facility and look forward to a successful and long lasting relationship together.

“Carus Green joins a select band of PGA branded golf academies worldwide that are leading the way with expert PGA instruction, outstanding facilities and use of the very latest equipment and technology.

“The PGA brand represents honesty, integrity, innovation and leadership and we are delighted Carus Green shares those values and vision.”

Carus Green’s owner, Graham Curtin, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been endorsed by The PGA as an accredited golf academy and are delighted we have reached the extremely high level of standards required to bear The PGA name.

“The value and global recognition of the PGA brand is huge and will really put Carus Green – and the county of Cumbria – on the map, as a centre of golfing excellence.

“Our continuing success and this incredible endorsement is resultant of many years of hard work; we could not have had a more positive start to the season.”


Fleetwood plays alongside Tiger in Masters


ACTION MAN: Tommy Fleetwood. Photo Getty Images

LANCASTRIAN Tommy Fleetwood is relishing the opportunity to tee up alongside the resurgent four-time Masters winner Tiger Woods after the Englishman was drawn with the American golfing legend for the first two rounds of the opening major of the season at Augusta National.

The 27 year old will join the 14-time major winner and Australian Marc Leishman with all eyes on Woods after his recent return to form following years of well-documented injury problems.

Fleetwood is in a fine run of form, having successfully defended his Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA title in January while his worst European Tour finish in five starts this season is a share of 17th place.

With anticipation over Woods’ return to Augusta at fever pitch, Rory McIlroy incredibly comes into this week under the radar somewhat despite also finding form – returning to the winners’ circle last month following a winless 2017 season – as he chases an historic Grand Slam.

Fleetwood said:  “My game feels good at the moment. I feel like I’ve been preparing for quite a while. My first Masters was last year and I didn’t see too much sunshine so it’s nice to see the course without a cloud in the sky and with the shadows. It’s nice to have that buzz around it. It’s been lovely so far.

“The first real Masters I watched was 1997, when Tiger won his first. A few years on and I get to play with him and I don’t think you can get a better draw than Tiger at the Masters, especially with what’s going on in golf at the moment.

“All that said, I’m only bothered about me. Whatever he does is not my problem, I’ve got to get on with my own stuff. But it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s very cool.

“He was in his pomp when I was growing up. There was something about this week where I thought to myself, for some reason, I’m going to get Tiger Woods this week. I walked to the putting green at about 11 o’clock today and it was the biggest mass of people you could see imagine around here, just to see him and Phil walking off the 18th green so you get an idea of how busy it’s going to be.

“As well as concentrating on my stuff I’ll get to watch him up close and see what he does and there’s nothing better than that.”

Sergio Garcia, meanwhile, will defend his title following a life-changing 12 months which included marrying wife Angela before celebrating the birth of his first child Azalea – named after the famous 13th hole at Augusta in a nod to his maiden Major triumph this time last year.



White cup double for Chorley duo Sam and Denis


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.