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Cheshire club bids to attract more women

Vicars-Cross.gifJOIN THE CLUB: Vicars Cross members want to temp more women to take up golf

CHESTER-based Vicars Cross is joining the drive to encourage more women to take up golf by hosting a special open day with  a free taster event on November 12.

It runs from 11am to  2pm and offers anyone interested in taking up the sport the ideal opportunity to learn about what is involved.

The club’s PGA professional Martin O’Connor will provide free tuition and there’s an opportunity to visit the clubhouse for a drink and to chat to women members to discover what the sport and the club has to offer.

Follow-up coaching will also be available to newcomers who are interested in developing their skills with a four-week block of lessons for beginners before Christmas.

Then they will be able to progress into a six-week block of lessons for improvers in the New Year with various options then being available to continue practicing and playing at the club which will be explained on the day.

Club member Wendy Anscombe, who has led the project, said: “Golf is a great way to meet people, enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise.”

The initiative supports England Golf’s aim to get more women and girls playing golf and joining clubs. Only 15 per cent of club members are women and one per cent girls.

Alison Lysons, England Golf’s club support officer in the West of Cheshire, said: “It’s been great working with Wendy to develop this opportunity for women who would like to try the game.”

For further information about the initiative at Vicars Cross Golf Club, contact Wendy Anscombe on 01244 225174 ext.1 or email


More women urged to get into golf

A SCHEME to encourage new women golfers to play more often and have fun on the course has been such a success that it is set to grow.

The Academy Away Days ran in three counties this season and attracted over 300 players, bringing them together for on-course outings to grow their confidence and to make new friends. Next year the scheme will run again in Hertfordshire,

Academy-Away-Days (1).jpgDurham and Cheshire and will also be extended to five new counties: Northumberland, Worcestershire, Suffolk, Devon and Hampshire.“It’s a great opportunity to learn to play with others who are at the same level,” said one of the players. “I was a little nervous about the overall day but the experience was good,” added another. “It’s given me the confidence to play on the course and improve,” said a third.

The Academy Away Days have been developed by England Golf as part of its commitment to growing the women and girls’ game. Only  15 per cent of club members are women and just one per cent are girls, but research shows there’s a huge appetite for playing the sport.

The scheme was pioneered in Hertfordshire where clubs realised they needed to support and retain women who had taken Get into golf beginner courses.

Outings are organised on par three and short courses and the players use a novel scoring system which focusses on rules and etiquette rather than the number of strokes taken.

So, over nine holes, the women complete a series of challenges such as successfully hitting the green in one shot, raking the bunker correctly and shaking hands on the final green when they had completed their game. Everyone tees off at the same time so there’s lots of opportunity to socialise afterwards and enjoy a glass of fizz.

The success of the scheme is highlighted by the results of a survey of women who took part this summer, which indicated that almost 60% have taken out some form of membership.

Lauren Spray, England Golf’s Women and Girls’ participation manager, commented: “The Academy Away Days have proved a great way for women to make friends, to build their confidence and to have fun while they improve their skills and keep playing golf.

“The feedback from the players has been so positive and I’m looking forward to seeing even greater success as it grows into the new counties.”

England Golf has also piloted the Sunday Slam this year for women aged 18-35 and the concept will be further tested next season.


The Sunday Slam offered a series of monthly stablefords to women who may only be able to play at the weekend and want to get together with other women of a similar age for competitive yet social golf.

Events were held at Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire, Belton Park in Lincolnshire, Radcliffe on Trent in Nottinghamshire and The Leicestershire .

Pleasington ladies sweep the board

PLEASINGTON have pulled off an astonishing treble in the Lancashire County Ladies Golf Association matchplay trophies this month.

It was an unprecedented achievement because the Bronze Trophy was only introduced in 2009.

A fewer number of clubs enter the Scratch Shield run by a straight county draw where all the league clubs play each other home and away with the winners progressing to the final day.

The Handicap and Bronze teams start of in their LLCGA divisions, again playing the same way as the scratch matches, and eventually reaching the finals.

The handicap finals at Fairhaven rounded off the run of success.

Emma gets chance to reign in Spain

CHESHIRE star Emma Goddard is one of two promising professionals who will tee up in Ladies European Tour events thanks to invitations from England Golf.

She and Northamptonshire’s  Meghan MacLaren , both England internationals in their amateur days, have been given places in this week’s Spanish Open and the French Open, from October 5-8. It’s part of England Golf’s strategy to support former amateurs.

Goddard, who represents Royal Liverpool, will start her campaign on the Costa del Sol on Thursday and said: “To receive the

Emma-Goddard.jpginvitation from England Golf was amazing. It allows me to test myself against the best in Europe again to see how far my game has improved this season.”

Her game is in great shape. Goddard, 26, has won on the LET Access Series this year and she is sixth on the order of merit, challenging strongly for one of the five full LET cards on offer at the end of the season.

“Getting my LET card back has been the main target this year and to have a chance of achieving that with two events left is exciting. All the hard work is paying off.”

Her performance this week won’t count toward the Access Series order of merit but it will sharpen her game for the end of season finale after a break of a few weeks since her last event.

The Access Series concludes with next week’s WPGA International Challenge at

Stoke by Nayland, Essex; and the Santander Golf Tour LETAS El Saler, near Valencia in Spain, from 25-27 October.

“I just want to thank England Golf for everything they have done for me. I turned professional three years ago and still worked full time up until April this year so I hope I can take this opportunity – or unfortunately I’ll be returning to work in November!”

Meghan MacLaren, from Wellingborough, turned professional a year ago after an outstanding amateur career which included an individual win in the British stroke play and team wins for England in the European championships and for GB&I in the Curtis Cup.

Clitheroe ace Sophie battles for English title


CLITHEROE’S  Sophie Lamb, the low amateur at the Ricoh Women’s British Open, is in a big field battling for honours when teenager Emily Price defends the English Women’s Open Strokeplay championship at Woodhall Spa from Tuesday to Thursday.

The 17-year-old from Cleobury Mortimer,  won by two shots last year and has recently helped England to regain their crown as Girls’ Home Internationals champions.

Lamb, the British strokeplay champion, is one of four players in the championship who were in the England side which recently became European team champions.

The others are Welsh stroke play champion Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest); Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe); and Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) who went on to become England’s top scorer at the women’s Home Internationals with a perfect score of six wins.

There’s also a strong contingent of girl internationals, including English girls’ champion Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and English U16 girls’ winner, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton).

The host club will be represented by Billie-Jo Smith, while a number of players come from much further afield, travelling from countries such as the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy and Germany.

The 72-hole championship will be played on the world-renowned Hotchkin course. The leading 40 competitors and ties will play the final 36 holes on Thursday.


What a Bel-ter! Prestbury ace England girls’ champ

Bel.jpgTHE winds blew at gale force – but nothing could stop Cheshire’s Bel Wardle as she swept to a seven-shot win in the English girls’ championship at Littlestone, Kent.
The brutal weather made it tough to take a stance, let alone hit a ball, but the 17-year-old international shot one-under 72 in the third round – and became the champion when the fourth round was abandoned because of the conditions.
She was seven-under par for 54 holes, while runner-up Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill, Surrey) finished on level par. Third place, on three over, was taken by Megan Dennis (Woburn, Buckinghamshire) and Annabell Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) was a further shot back.
The win is huge for Wardle, who plays at Prestbury. She said: “Last year I led after two rounds and kind of blew it in the third round. I went out there today so determined not to let that happen again. I didn’t want that that sinking feeling again.
“I knew I could compete, but this was about getting over the line with my first win and it does so much for my confidence. It shows me I can do it, I really can do it.”
Wardle’s plan was to get off a quick start – and she couldn’t have been speedier. She drove the first green and holed the 3ft putt for an eagle, then birdied the next two holes to get to 10-under for the championship. She parred her way to the turn and then began the very difficult inward half.
“It was so tough coming in. On the 10th I started wondering how I could get the club back in the wind and we were only just making the fairway. When you were over the ball it was a matter of take whatever stance you could and give it a go.
“I just kept things simple, I didn’t go pin-hunting, I just tried to hit greens and control my shots into the greens.”
Now Wardle is off to play for England in the girls’ Home Internationals at Little Aston, Staffordshire, which start on Wednesday. After that it’s the British girls’ championship, where she was runner-up last year.

England women strike gold again

ENGLAND’S wonderful women are European team champions again – winning the gold medal for the second year in a row.

Delamere Forest’s Gemma Clews took them over the line when she won her game 1up to clinch the victory over Italy, with the match ending 5.5-1.5 in England’s favour. The result marked a special double for Alice Hewson who was also in last year’s winning team.

Meanwhile, England’s men secured the silver medal after they were narrowly beaten 4-3 by Spain in their final.

And the girls’ team  bounced back from their semi-final defeat to trounce France 5-2 to win the bronze medal in style.


The championships have highlighted England’s prominence in European golf, particularly when added to the individual wins of Alfie Plant in this month’s European amateur and Bronte Law’s victory in the 2016 European women’s amateur.

Nigel Edwards, England golf performance director said: “We are delighted to have won three medals and it’s great that the women have successfully defended their title. Naturally we are disappointed that we just lost out to Spain in the men’s final.”

The women were playing in Portugal and they got the final off to the best possible start with wins in both foursomes matches, with Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) taking their point 4/2, while Alice Hewson and India Clyburn won 2/1.

In the singles Lianna Bailey edged the team closer to their goal with her 3/2 win and Clews clinched it when she held on to her narrow advantage to win 1up. The other games were all scored as halves.

In the men’s match in Austria, the honours were even after the foursomes, with Harry Ellis and Alfie Plant winning 2/1, while Spain snatched a 19th hole win over Scott Gregory and Matthew Jordan Royal Liverpool).

In the singles Gregory (1up) and Gian Marco Petrozzi (3/2) kept England on level terms with Spain, but the team had to settle for the silver medal when Adria Arnaus managed to hang on to his one-up advantage over Matthew Jordan.

The girls, playing in Finland, also shared the foursomes points with Lily May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson winning their game 3/2.

In the singles Humphreys won on the last, Hollie Muse (West Lancs) on the 19th, Sammy Fuller 4/3 and Emily Price by one hole.

Team coach Mark Day commented: “These were some of the best and bravest performances I’ve seen on the golf course.

“The ability to pick themselves up after the semi-final defeat by Italy and put in a winning performance today against a strong French line-up took courage, teamwork and great skill.”

In the European boy’s team championship England were beaten 5-2 by Germany in their final match, with the team’s points scored by Toby Briggs and Ben Jones.


The full teams are:

Women: Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest), India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall).

Men: Harry Ellis (Meon Valley), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park), Matthew Jordan (Royal Liverpool), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham) and Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park).

Girls: Sammy Fuller (Roehampton), Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).

Boys: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Angus Flanagan (St George’s Hill), Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor), Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County), Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).