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Golf-Tech’s 3-year deal as PGA Partner


PGA PARTNERS: From left, Hamish Ferguson, Matt Foley and Guy Moran. Photo: Courtesy Adrian Milledge 

GOLF-TECH, the manufacturer of the world’s most advanced automated teeing system, Power Tee®, has strengthened its relationship with The PGA.

The Swindon-based company has been a PGA official supplier since 2008 but has now upgraded its status to become a PGA Partner in a new three-year deal.

The company’s globally renowned product, Power Tee®, tees up six million balls a day in 17 countries and is a must-have for golf facilities, including St.Andrews, Wentworth, The Belfry and Le Golf National to name a few.

Since launching 21 years ago, it has teed up more than 40 billion golf balls – a total that would stretch round the world’s circumference 40 times. One of Power Tee’s most notable ambassadors is USA Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk.

Commenting on the partnership, Matt Foley, managing director of Golf-Tech Ltd for the UK, Europe and UAE, said: “The PGA aligns itself with many top-quality brands. They all deliver quality products and quality service and, as the market leader in our field, we are delighted to be joining them.

“We have valued our nine-year association with The PGA and are looking forward to the next three years as a PGA Partner.”

Under its new PGA Partner status, The PGA will promote the company’s products to its Members and portfolio of prestigious branded properties around the world.

Robert Maxfield, PGA chief executive, said: “We’ve enjoyed a long association with Golf-Tech and are pleased to welcome them as a PGA Partner.

“Having seen first-hand the positive effect Power Tee® has on a business, it really is an integral part of growing the game of golf. It attracts new people to the business and as the provider of the product of choice we are proud to be partners with Golf-Tech. The future of the game of golf is very important to us.”


Thanks for the tip, Jones tells Archer

MICHAEL Jones won the third fixture in the PGA Cheshire & North Wales Members’ Tour at Prestatyn then admitted he owed part of his success to former European Tour player Phil Archer.

“He gave me some putting advice when we recently played at The Belfry,” he said after posting a four-under-par 68.

“It’s certainly helped my game since,” added the Royal Liverpool assistant after finishing three shots clear of nearest challenger Lee Rooke, from Royal St David’s.

Jones rolled in four birdies on the outward half and erred only once on the home stretch when, after a par at the 15th he bogeyed the next hole.

The fourth event in the series of six is at Vale Royal Abbey on November 6.


LEADING SCORES: 68 Michael Jones (Royal Liverpool); 71 Lee Rooke (Royal St David’s); 72 Oliver Pantoja (OP Golf); 74 Richard Stockdale (Dolgellau); 75 Jason Sufflebotham (Denbigh),

Four share top billing at Ringway

FOUR players were deadlock on one-under-par 70 in the second Cheshire & North Wales PGA Winter fixture at Ringway Golf Club.

Among them was host club attached David Brunton who took advantage of local knowledge when he birdied the last two holes.

Abersoch’s Iona Jones finished runner-up but was left to rue a double bogey on the final green.

The action moves to Prestatyn next Monday (Oct 30) which will mark the half-way mark in the six fixture series.


LEADING SCORES: 70 Grant Edwards (Lakeside), Graham Roberts (Eaton), David Brunton (Ringway), Oliver Pantoja (OP Golf); 71 Iona Jones (Abersoch); 72 Adam McCade (AM Golf), Tim Maxwell (Knutsford).


Tough for Archer as Essex claim PGA crown

ESSEX were crowned kings of the PGA’s counties thanks to former PGA Cup player Jason Levermore prevailing in a sudden death play-off with Birchwood’s Phil Archer.

With the scores of Essex and Cheshire and North Wales level after two negotiations of the PGA National course at The Belfry, the two were charged with making a second trip down the par-four first to settle the destiny of the trophy and £4,000 first prize.

With Levermore depositing his approach to no more than 10 feet from the flag and Archer landing his even closer, the odds appeared to favour the latter.

But after Levermore rolled his putt home, Archer, a member of Albert MacKenzie’s triumphant Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team at Foxhills last month, missed his.

The victory ensured Essex won the PGA in England and Wales Inter-County Championship for the first time but, typically, Levermore was gracious in victory.

“In all fairness Phil was unlucky to finish on the green where he did,”  admitted Levermore, a member of the 2015 Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team that was the first to win in the USA.

“His shot was heading straight for the flag but it landed in an old pitch mark which spun it left. That was good for us but tough on Phil.

“Then I managed to get mine in the hole first, which is a big help. If your are putting first it gives you the chance to put a bit more pressure on your opponent.”

The decisive putt followed two-under par rounds from Levermore for a five-under par total of 137 but, coming up the 18th, he did not expect a play-off.

“We had our secretary out there and he told me Brett (Taylor) was three-under with four to play and I was three-under with four to play,” he explained.

“So I thought that if we could both finish on three-under that would be good enough. Then I managed to birdie 18 to get to four-under then Brett told me he had a poor finish and ended on level-par. That was when I found out I would be in the play-off.”

With the best two from three scores counting and Taylor and the third member of the Essex trio, James Scade, posting scores of three and eight-over respectively, it fell to Levermore to fly the flag in the play-off.

Similarly Archer, who finished on three-under, carried the hopes of Cheshire and North Wales after teammates Graham Cox and Michael Jones returned respective scores of four and one-over in a combined two-under par total of 282.

Archer was one of just three players who completed the two rounds in a sub par score; Craig Shave, whose second round score of 67 equalled that of Levermore as the tournament’s best, was the other.

However his overall return of two-under was not sufficient to prevent Leicestershire and Rutland finishing fifth, 10 shots behind Wiltshire and 13 adrift of Hampshire who missed out on a play-off place by one.

Chorley duo weather the storm at Sale


WEATHER BEATERS: Alliance captain John Davies, a Sale member, congratulates Chorley’s Andy Palmer and Stephanie Patterson

CHORLEY assistant professional Andy Palmer and clubmate Stephanie Patterson defied the elements to win the Manchester Alliance Mixed Pairs Hancock Trophy at Sale.

They racked up 42 points in the better-ball stableford to prevail by one from Westhoughton duo Kieron Gaskell and Lynn Phillips who edged out Bramall Park’s Ollie Whiteley and Michelle Pretty on countback.

Home pair of Mobi Rawthore and Fiona Flanagan also won a 39-points countback in the am-am from Worsley’s Alan Hooper and Pat Jackson with another top Chorley duo of Denis and Sam Durnian who posted 38 points.

Dransfield at double as he edges out Archer


Jason Dransfield.JPGJASON Dransfield claimed the prized scalp of serial winner Phil Archer after an enthralling Cheshire & North Wales Matchplay Championship final at Wilmslow – the day after sharing top prize in Andrew Murray’s charity pro-am at Stockport.

The Heswall assistant (pictured) admitted he had struggled against Ringway-attached Oliver Pantoja in the semi-finals before eventually prevailing on the home green.

He then stepped up a gear against Birchwood’s Archer, fresh from helping GB&I retain the PGA Cup against the United States at Foxhills, but still found himself two down after five holes.

“I started playing a lot better from the seventh and had a run of six birdies, going one up for the first time on the eleventh,” he recounted.

He also birdied the 13th but a bogey at the 15th reduced the margin to one although he immediately regained the initiative by picking up shots on the ensuing two holes, rolling in from 25 feet on the 16th then settling the issue at the next.

Dransfield, 35, beaten at the first stage last year, recently started his PGA year three course at Heswall after a previous spell at Didsbury.

He added: “I turned professional 12 years ago and played EuroPro Tour and competed in Asia and the United States then, after a break, seized the opportunity to join the PGA.”

Archer edged out Royal Liverpool’s Michael Jones, a previous winner of the title, by one hole in the semi-finals.



Archer back in Manchester Alliance mix

PHIL Archer continued where he left off last season in the Manchester Alliance when he top scored at Wigan with 40 points.


The long-time Birchwood attached professional , fresh from helping Great Britain and Ireland retain the PGA Cup against the United States at the Foxhills Resort, Surrey, finished two points in front of second placed Kieron Gaskell, from Westhoughton.

And Archer, the reigning PGA North Region champion and  already on course to retain the Alliance professional Order of Merit, made it a double pay-day by winning the pro-am with Leigh’s Paul Pasquill on 45 points.