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Birkdale breaks Open crowd record

A record-breaking crowd of 235,000 attended the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale setting an attendance record for a Championship staged outside of St Andrews.

This attendance surpassed the 230,000 mark set at Royal Liverpool in 2006, making it the largest ever Championship held in England and reflects a 17% increase since The Open last visited Royal Birkdale in 2008.

Record advance ticket sales made it the fastest-selling Championship in history and included more than 15,000 Youth Tickets. Overall 30,000 golf fans under the age of 25 attended The Open, 13% of the total crowd, and included over 15,000 juniors aged 16 and under who attended free-of-charge as part of the Kids Go Free initiative.

Huge demand for The Open’s official hospitality offering led to all six packages selling out, including the Claret Jug Pavilion, Champions Club and Greenside Club.

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “One of the main reasons why The Open is so highly regarded as a world class sporting event is the hundreds of thousands of spectators who generate a very special atmosphere for the players and millions of viewers watching around the world.

“A record-breaking crowd has enjoyed a week of thrilling golf and we thank every single person who has visited Royal Birkdale over the last eight days for making this a very special Championship.”

The 147th Open will take place at Carnoustie from 15-22 July 2018 and fans who are eager to beat the rush to buy tickets can sign up to The One Club, a unique membership that allows fans to sign-up for free and get exclusive access to behind-the-ropes and other money-can’t-buy experiences, including priority access to tickets for the Championship in 2018, 2019 (Royal Portrush) and 2020 (Royal St George’s). Visit TheOpen.com/TheOneClub for more information.

Notes to Editors:

The Open’s Biggest Attendances:

2000, St Andrews, Scotland: 239,000

2015, St Andrews, Scotland: 237,000

2017, Royal Birkdale, England: 235,000

2006, Royal Liverpool, England: 230,000

2005, St Andrews, Scotland: 223,000

1990, St Andrews, Scotland: 209,000

2014, Royal Liverpool, England: 203,000

2008, Royal Birkdale, England: 201,500

2010, St Andrews, Scotland: 201,000

1998, Royal Birkdale, England: 195,000

 

Rhys has plenty to crow about

RHYS Nevin-Wharton won his first event in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit by a two shot margin in the Wilmslow Crow,

The Sandiway player opened up with a four-under-par 68, which featured six pars, and added three more in a second round 73 which included an eagle on the 419-yards seventh.

Vale of Llangollen’s Jack Nicholson took second place ahead of four players on 144 totals which included High Legh Park’s Chris Chilton who won the Stockport Salver the previous day.

And he moved into second place in the rankings, 170 points behind leader Cameron Massey from Northenden.

LEADING SCORES: 141 Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) 68 73; 143 Jack Nicholson (Vale of Llangollen) 69 74; 144 Chris Chilton (High Legh Park) 73 71, Benjamin Hallam (Wychwood Park) 70 74, Jack Brooks (Didsbury) 70 74, David Peel (Stockport) 69 75; 145 Chris Harrison (Sandiway) 76 69, Cameron Massey (Northenden) 76 69, William Dodds (Styal) 75 70, James Kempster (Bramhall) 75 70, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 72 73, Lewis George (Delamere Forest 72 73.

POINTS AFTER 15 EVENTS                                                                                            

Cameron Massey Northenden 515
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 345
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 330
Ciaran Doherty Bury 310
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 305
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 295
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 295
Tom Dolan Heswall 295
Jack Brooks Didsbury 275
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 270
Michael Hunt Pleasington 250
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 200
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 170
Chris Nuttall Accrington 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Jon Beesley Mere 130
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 120
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
Lewis George Delamere Forest 85
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Jacob Oakley Styal 80
Chris Harrison Sandiway 80
Jamie Kinsley-Wilson St Annes Old Links 75
Alex McAuley Mount Murray 75
Josh Turnock Prestbury 75
Chris Carney Morecambe 75
Aaron Watkinson Pleasington 75
George Bloor Cavendish 75
James Newton Prestbury 75
Paul McFerran Warrington 70
William Dodds Styal 65
Roger Smithies Manchester 60
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 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
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 45
David Peel Stockport 45
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 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
Aarin Harper Bolton Old Links 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Adam Fothergill Nelson 20
Martin Barnes Crompton & Royton 20
Owen Leigh Pleasington 20
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 20
William Kempster Bramhall 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richie Blundell Hillside 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Graeme Strachan Bury 15
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10

 

Last gasp birdie helps Welsh duo into final

GARRY Houston and Mark Pilkington used their combined experience on the European Tour to win the Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship North qualifying event.

Carden Park attached Houston and fellow Pwllheli’s Pilkington won by one shot thanks to an 18th hole birdie at Huddersfield’s Woodsome.

The pair carded a seven under par round of 63 to edge out another Welsh pairing Lee Rooke and Gareth Lewis of Royal St. David’s Golf Club in Harlech.

They were among the 11 pairs from the event who  go forward to the £33,000 BMW supported, PGA Fourball Championship final at Whittlebury Park in Northamptonshire on August 16-18.

It was the first time Houston and Pilkington had teamed up for this competition and the pairing produced an instant result.

“Myself and Mark know each other from having played European Tour golf, we used to room together now again and grew up in the same sort of era, and we thought it’d be a good idea to get together for this,” said Houston.

“This is only the second time I’ve played the event. I played last year with one of our teaching professionals at Carden Park as we were hosting the final but it’s the first time I’ve played alongside Mark for the event. He’s a proven, very good player, that helped me for sure and we’re comfortable in each other’s company.”

Houston admitted they had no scares during the event despite what turned out to be a dramatic battle to be top of the leaderboard.

“We knew at the back of our minds that five under par would probably be enough to qualify for the final and that’s where we were after the front nine. Yes, we won it but I don’t think we edged it, without sounding too immodest we were generally comfortable, we put the hard work on the front nine,” he said.

“The only difficulty is that we didn’t know the course that well but we managed things on the back nine. I’ve played Whittelbury Park before and know it a little bit.”

 

 

 

 

Chilton plays his cards right

CHRIS Chilton won the Stockport Salver to move into eighth spot in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit.

It was a tight finish for the High Legh Park player who prevailed after a three-way card play-off on 138.

Chilton opened with a 70 featuring five birdies then added six more in a second round 68 but it was a close call after dropping a shot on the final hole.

Haydock Park’s Ian Kenwright claimed second place thanks to a brace of 69s while James Newton, from Prestbury, took third spot after posting 68 and 70.

Kenwright moved up a few notches in the merit to seventh and lies 190 points adrift of table-topping Cameron Massey, from Northenden.

LEADING SCORES: 138 Chris Chilton (High Legh Park) 70 68, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 69 69, James Newton (Prestbury) 68 70; 139 Jacob Oakley (Styal) 70 69, Benjamin Hallam (Wychwood Park) 69 70; 140 Richard Fitzgerald (Bromborough) 70 70, William Dodds (Styal) 70 70; 141 George Bloor (Cavendish) 70 71; 142 Aaron Harper (Bolton Old Links) 74 78, Joe Brice (Ashton-under-Lyne) 73 69, Jonathan Beesley (Mere) 71 71, Sam Turner (Royal Lytham) 71 71.

AFTER 14 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
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 290
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 270
Michael Hunt Pleasington 250
Jack Brooks Didsbury 225
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 200
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Chris Nuttall Accrington 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Jon Beesley Mere 130
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 120
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
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
Jacob Oakley Styal 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
George Bloor Cavendish 75
James Newton Prestbury 75
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 70
Paul McFerran Warrington 70
Roger Smithies Manchester 60
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 60
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 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
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
William Dodds Styal 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
Aarin Harper Bolton Old Links 25
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 20
Steven McGlynn Preston 20
Anthony Stirling Formby 20
Andy Allen Manchester 20
James Holroyd Southport & Ainsdale 20
Adam Fothergill Nelson 20
Martin Barnes Crompton & Royton 20
Owen Leigh Pleasington 20
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 15
Richie Blundell Hillside 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Graeme Strachan Bury 15
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10

 

Open expected to attract record crowds

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A RECORD venue crowd of more than 225,000 spectators are expected to attend the 146th Open which starts at Royal Birkdale tomorrow making it one of the best attended in the history of the championship.

Based on strong advance sales, the attendance will surpass the previous high mark of 201,500 at Royal Birkdale in 2008, with this year’s event the fastest selling in history.

Thousands of fans are still expected to purchase tickets throughout the week and the championship could take its place in the four largest attendances in the Open’s history.

Martin Slumbers, chief Executive of the R&A, said:  “The record number of spectators expected to attend underpins the Open’s reputation as one of the world’s great sporting events.

“We very much look forward to welcoming fans from all over the globe to Royal Birkdale to join us for a true celebration of world-class sport.”

The Open is increasingly attracting a younger audience with more than 20,000 young people aged under 25 attending. More than 10,000 Youth Tickets have been sold in advance while more than 10,000 juniors aged 16 years will attend the free of charge as part of the successful Kids Go Free initiative.

Several hospitality and ticket categories have sold out with the Claret Jug Pavilion, Champions Club, Greenside Club, Reserved Seating and Twilight Tickets all selling out in advance of the Championship.

More than 3,000 spectators will take advantage of free accommodation for youngsters and a low-cost rate for adults at the Open Camping Village located at nearby Victoria Park.

 

The Open’s Biggest Attendances:

2000, St Andrews, Scotland: 239,000

2015, St Andrews, Scotland: 237,000

2006, Royal Liverpool, England: 230,000

2017, Royal Birkdale, England: >225,000

2005, St Andrews, Scotland: 223,000

1990, St Andrews, Scotland: 209,000

2014, Royal Liverpool, England: 203,000

2008, Royal Birkdale, England: 201,500

2010, St Andrews, England: 201,000

1998, Royal Birkdale, England: 195,000

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.