Cox leads Lancs Open after sickness 

GRAHAM Cox arose from his sick bed to continue his resurgent form when he set the first round pace in the £9,700 James Brearley Lancashire Open at wind-swept Blackpool North Shore with a three-under-par 68.

The 39-year-old Lymm-attached professional, winner of two events last month and runner-up in two others, conjured up a brace of birdies on each loop and erred only once with a bogey at the seventh.

But he revealed: “I was suffering from a sore throat for two days so I wasn’t able to practice. Fortunately I felt better once I’d got to the course although it was tough going at times.

“I started on the 10th tee without a blemish but it was tough on the second nine and I was fortunate to drop only one shot.”

Davenport’s Jamie Howarth carded 70 to lie in second place with Stamford’s Mark Smith and Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady a stroke back.

Title-holder Steve Parry, from Hart Common, posted 74 and was in a 9-way tie for 14th place.

LEADING SCORES: 68 Graham Cox (Lymm); 70 Jamie Howarth (Davenport); 71 Mark Smith (Stamford), David Shacklady (Mossock Hall); 72 Craig Corrigan (Chilli Dip Academy), Michael Jones (Bolton Old Links), Tim Dykes (Penrith); 73 Curtis Dean (Blackpool North Shore), Joe Senior (Heysham), Christopher Storey (American Golf), Jack Dudley (Village Urban Resort), David Smith (Swinton Park), Michael Ramsden (Renishaw Park).

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Tight at the top as Massey regains lead

NORTHENDEN’S Cameron Massey leapfrogged Bury rival Ciaran Doherty to regain the high ground in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit after finishing third in the Ashton Trophy at St Annes Old Links.

With two events to play, only 10 points separate the pair whose remaining challengers are Tom Dolan, from Heswall, and Nelson’s Curtis Clarkson, who are on 545 points.

Meanwhile, Ben Sardo crossed over the border from Yorkshire into Lancashire to win the Ashton Trophy reduced to one round due to heavy rain,

The Moor Allerton scratch man returned a three-under-par 69 featuring five birdies, including two at the end of the round, as he finished a shot ahead of Royal Lytham’s Callan Barrow

LEADING SCORES:  69 Ben Sardo (Moor Allerton); 70 Callan Barrow (Royal Lytham); 72 Cameron Massey (Northenden); 73 Thomas Winn (Morecambe); 74 James Rooney (West Lancs), Gareth Bradley (Bramhall); 75 Jacob Oakley (Styal), Michael Verity (Burnham Beeches), Gary Melling (Crompton & Royton); 76 Jack Suttie (Denton), Daniel Rowley (Shipley), Harry Borland (Lancaster).

POINTS AFTER 25 EVENTS                                                                                            

Cameron Massey Northenden 765
Ciaran Doherty Bury 755
Tom Dolan Heswall 545
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 545
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 430
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 395
Jack Brooks Didsbury 350
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 345
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 335
Jon Beesley Mere 330
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 325
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 270
Michael Hunt Pleasington 250
Graeme Booth Prestatyn 250
Paul McFerran Warrington 220
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Callan Barrow Royal Lytham 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 200
James Rooney West Lancs 200
James Newton Prestbury 195
Chris Nuttall Accrington 195
Jacob Greenhalgh Bolton 180
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 170
Jacob Oakley Styal 160
Daniel McGuire Houghwood 150
Callum Farr Priors Hall 150
Ben Sardo Moor Allerton 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Thomas Winn Morecambe 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 130
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 120
Jake Bolton Ogbourne Downs 120
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 120
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 115
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 110
Trevor Foster Accrington 100
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 100
Matthew Delany Prestbury 100
Benjamin Churchill Beeston Fields 100
Alex Weare Tytherington 100
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 100
Cameron Barrow Royal Lytham 100
Reece Cranfield Wigan 95
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 90
William Dodds Styal 90
Lewis George Delamere Forest 85
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Chris Harrison Sandiway 80
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 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
Joe Banks West Lancs 75
Neil Beattie The St Andrews 75
Sean Comiskey Grange Park 75
Liam Kindon Delamere Forest 75
Gary Melling Crompton & Royton 75
Andrew Walsh Ashton & Lea 65
Roger Smithies Manchester 60
Declan Illingsworth Formby 60
Cameron Long Burton-on-Trent 60
Tyler Smith Mottram Hall 60
Ashley Siddle Rossendale 60
Graeme Strachan Bury 55
Aidan O’Hagen Old Course 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
Alex Illidge Grange Park 50
Nicholas Smits Gog Magog 50
John Blahuta Clitheroe 50
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 50
Mark Kimpton Grange Park 50
Jamie Horton Childwall 50
Matthew Collinge Greenmount 50
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 45
David Peel Stockport 45
Richie Blundell Hillside 45
James Blyth West Lancs 45
Shaun Field Oakdale 45
Paul Swan Blackburn 45
Michael Harrington Mottram Hall 45
Daniel Lloyd Wrexham 45
Gareth Bradley Bramhall 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
Michael Barratt Davyhulme Park 40
Stephen McIver Grange Park 40
Michael Henson Bishop Auckland 40
Thomas Riley Clitheroe 40
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 40
Ollie Tovee Macclesfield 40
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 30
Sam Morrison Leeds Golf Centre 30
Shaun Kerr Grange Park 30
Anthony Flanagan Clitheroe 30
Luke Walker Ulverston 30
Nathan Lingard Accrington 30
Ralph Postlethwaite Clitheroe 30
Michael Verity Burnham Beeches 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 25
Aarin Harper Bolton Old Links 25
Luke Burrows Cosby 25
Alex Baguley Ashton-on-Mersey 25
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
Alasdair Plumb Chelmsford 20
Andrew Bent Stamford 20
Gary Spann Stand 20
Matthew Walkden Baxenden 20
Simon Robinson Heysham 20
James Cassell Rossendale 20
Jack Suttie Denton 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Ste Mayer Runcorn 15
Oliver Ravenscroft Hillside 15
Mike Goodwin Childwall 15
Daniel Ince Heswall 15
Adrian Lingard Nelson 15
Daniel Rowley Shipley 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10
Tom Ibbertson Coventry Hearsall 10
Coby Cartwright Cosby 10
Connor Stoyell West Derby 10
Thomas Kirkman De Lacanau 10
Martyn Brooks Pleasington 10
Simon Reynolds Northenden 10
Harry Borland Lancaster 10

 

Manchester Alliance swings back into action

THE Manchester and District Alliance, with new captain John Davies at the helm, swung back into action at Marple with Chilli Dip Academy’s Craig Corrigan and Vale Royal Abbey’s Paul Grannell sharing top spot with 37 points to stake an early claim in the professional Order of Merit race.

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Ollie Pantoja (Ashton-on-Mersey) topped the pro-am with clubmate Steve McDermott helping to amass 44 points, one more than Corrigan and Paul Cooney (Wigan) and Grannell and Sid Hodkinson (Marple).

 

Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) and Dave Smith (Ellesmere) led the am-am with 43 points from Vinny Doyle and Peter Dean (Leigh) and Mike Lynch (Chorlton )41 and Pete Hamlett (Ashton-on-Mersey) 39.

                                                      Paul Grannell putts out on the 18

 

Oliver couldn’t ask for anything more!

THERE’S never been a dull moment for Oliver Smith since he joined the professional ranks.

The second year trainee at Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club has just won the PGA North Assistants’ Championship of Cheshire at High Legh Park with a four-under-par 67 featuring three birdies on each loop and a pair of bogeys.

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Smith  (pictured with his trophies), a former bricklayer and flagger who also worked at a service station, quit the game for six years before picking up his clubs again.

Earlier in the season he claimed the Sue Wright Trophy at Helsby and his latest victory also earned him the order of merit title.

But he also posted what he described as a “crazy” score card containing

a one, a nine and an 11 and five birdies during qualifying for the assistants’ championship!

“I’ve had an up-and-down year but I feel I’ve learned a lot,” said Smith. “I’ve started to pick my way round courses and I didn’t put my ball into any trouble yesterday at High Legh. I realised that I’d made mistakes in the past by attacking or hitting a driver instead of a four iron then wedge.

“I guess I’m just playing boring golf but the likes of David Shacklady and Phil

Archer also do the same and that’s why they win.”

 

Smith has endured only one setback in his burgeoning career – he entered a PGA EuroPro Tour final qualifier at Frilford Heath but missed his tee time.

He explained: “I got to the club a day early, walked both courses, checked all the yardages, mapped all the greens then received a text message informing me of my tee-times. But my phone had a crack in the screen and what I read as a 9.30 tee-time should have been 9.10. I then faced a five-hour trip home!”

LEADING SCORES: 67 Oliver Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey); 69 Richard Pickard (Warrington), Tim Ford (Liverpool Driving Range); 71 Ioan Jones (Abersoch), Alistair Waddell (Styal), Nicholas Grime (unatt), Benjamin Stanier (Wilmslow), Jason Dransfield (Heswall), Jake Dudley (Village Urban Resort)

 

Parry bids to retain Lancs Open crown

 STEVE Parry defends his James Brearley Lancashire Open title at Blackpool North Shore next week (Sept 11-12) with his confidence riding high after a successful spell on the PGA EuroPro Tour.

The 39-year-old professional at Hart Common, where he also runs the North West Golf Academy, said: “I’ve competed in six events so far and my highest finishes have been 12th and seventh.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s the top tour in the UK which offers a great opportunity to pitch yourself against better players.”

Parry won the James Brearley tournament last year after beating Yorkshire’s Michael Ramsden in a play-off at the first extra hole.

The Renishaw Park professional, who won the iconic Leeds Cup earlier this season, will be hoping to avenge that defeat when the 36-hole event, which carries a £9,700 purse, gets under way

Parry reckons the North Shore course is a great test. “You have to make the right decisions or you can get caught out,” he added.

More than 100 PGA professionals will battle for honours and an added incentive is the pro-am which concludes the event.

Many famous names have adorned the trophy since its instigation in 1973 when the winner was 1969 Ryder Cup player Alex Caygill.

The following year Ian Mosey, who went on to a successful year on the European Tour, triumphed on the first of three occasions – a feat bettered only by Pleasington’s Ged Furey who, after his first triumph in 1991 achieved three in a row from 1995 to 1997 and claimed a fifth victory in 2000.

David Shacklady also completed a hat trick with his 2005 victory and he’s looking to extend that record after a recent successful run.

In 2000 the title sponsorship was taken on by Blackpool-based stockbrokers, James Brearley & Sons with huge success.  Record crowds witnessed a fantastic duel at Blackpool North Shore between Furey and European Tour player Paul Eales, with the former coming out on top.  The leading amateur in 2000, Richard Walker, went on to win the English Strokeplay Championship for the Brabazon Trophy at Royal Birkdale the following year.

James Brearley & Son’s sponsorship has continued to this day and in 2010 the tournament upgraded to a full PGA in England & Wales (North) Order of Merit event.

Ashworth on the mark again

MARK Ashworth won the Derek Ingham Trophy at Rossendale for the third time in six years which hoisted him into eighth place in the Galvin Green Northern Order of Merit.

The Clitheroe man posted rounds of 74 and 66 to edge two shots clear of Northenden’s Cameron Massey who reduced the difference between himself and leader Ciaran Doherty, from Bury, who finished third, to 65 points with four events remaining.

LEADING SCORES:  140 Mark Ashworth (Clitheroe) 74 66; 142 Cameron Massey (Northenden) 72 70; 143 Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 69 74; 147 Ashley Siddle (Rossendale) 75 72; 148 Tyler Smith (Mottram Hall) 75 73, Chris Nuttall (Accrington) 73 75, Graham Strachan (Bury) 73 75; 149 Ralph Postlethwaite (Clitheroe) 75 74; 151 Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 76 75, James Cassell (Rossendale) 76 75; 154 Anthony Harwood (Blackburn) 74 80; 157 Simon Reynolds (Northenden) 79 78.

POINTS AFTER 24 EVENTS                                                                                            

Ciaran Doherty Bury 755
Cameron Massey Northenden 690
Tom Dolan Heswall 545
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 545
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 430
Christopher Chilton High Legh Park 395
Jack Brooks Didsbury 350
Mark Ashworth Clitheroe 345
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 335
Jon Beesley Mere 330
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 325
Rhys Nevin Wharton Sandiway 270
Michael Hunt Pleasington 250
Graeme Booth Prestatyn 250
Paul McFerran Warrington 220
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 210
Sean Towndrow Southport & Ainsdale 210
Callan Barrow Royal Lytham 210
Calum Hey Shipley 205
Joe Brice Ashton-under-Lyne 200
James Newton Prestbury 195
Chris Nuttall Accrington 195
Jacob Greenhalgh Bolton 180
Steven Capper Caldy 170
Jack Nicholson Vale of Llangollen 170
Daniel McGuire Houghwood 150
James Rooney West Lancs 150
Callum Farr Priors Hall 150
Callum Blinkhorn S&A 145
Joe Bannon Manchester 130
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 130
Mark Duncalf Formby 120
Ben Hallam Wychwood Park 120
Jake Bolton Ogbourne Downs 120
Jacob Oakley Styal 120
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 120
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 115
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 110
Trevor Foster Accrington 100
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 100
Matthew Delany Prestbury 100
Benjamin Churchill Beeston Fields 100
Alex Weare Tytherington 100
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 100
Reece Cranfield Wigan 95
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 90
William Dodds Styal 90
Lewis George Delamere Forest 85
Thomas Winn Morecambe 85
Cameron Tye Eaton 80
Chris Harrison Sandiway 80
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 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
Joe Banks West Lancs 75
Neil Beattie The St Andrews 75
Sean Comiskey Grange Park 75
Liam Kindon Delamere Forest 75
Andrew Walsh Ashton & Lea 65
Roger Smithies Manchester 60
Declan Illingsworth Formby 60
Cameron Long Burton-on-Trent 60
Tyler Smith Mottram Hall 60
Ashley Siddle Rossendale 60
Graeme Strachan Bury 55
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
Alex Illidge Grange Park 50
Nicholas Smits Gog Magog 50
John Blahuta Clitheroe 50
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 50
Mark Kimpton Grange Park 50
Jamie Horton Childwall 50
Matthew Collinge Greenmount 50
Robert Noon Mount Murray 45
Paul Lawey Rowany 45
Rob Cull Bromborough 45
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 45
David Peel Stockport 45
Richie Blundell Hillside 45
James Blyth West Lancs 45
Shaun Field Oakdale 45
Paul Swan Blackburn 45
Michael Harrington Mottram Hall 45
Daniel Lloyd Wrexham 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
Michael Barratt Davyhulme Park 40
Stephen McIver Grange Park 40
Michael Henson Bishop Auckland 40
Thomas Riley Clitheroe 40
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 40
Ollie Tovee Macclesfield 40
Archie Palmer Bramhall 30
Thomas Maddocks Rossendale 30
Daniel Heron Wallasey 30
Kris Sutcliffe Crompton & Royton 30
Sam Morrison Leeds Golf Centre 30
Shaun Kerr Grange Park 30
Anthony Flanagan Clitheroe 30
Luke Walker Ulverston 30
Nathan Lingard Accrington 30
Ralph Postlethwaite Clitheroe 30
Remy Miller Prestbury 25
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 25
Michael Allen Conwy 25
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 25
Aarin Harper Bolton Old Links 25
Luke Burrows Cosby 25
Alex Baguley Ashton-on-Mersey 25
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
Alasdair Plumb Chelmsford 20
Andrew Bent Stamford 20
Gary Spann Stand 20
Matthew Walkden Baxenden 20
Simon Robinson Heysham 20
James Cassell Rossendale 20
Anthony Lester Mossock Hall 15
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 15
Ste Mayer Runcorn 15
Oliver Ravenscroft Hillside 15
Mike Goodwin Childwall 15
Daniel Ince Heswall 15
Adrian Lingard Nelson 15
Jonathan Little Heswall 10
Thomas Kerr Shrewsbury 10
Allen Bowerbank Ellesmere 10
Nicholas Peoples Royal Lytham 10
Ben Lancstreth Wilpshire 10
Zak Hargreaves Accrington 10
Matthew Kay Manchester 10
Tom Ibbertson Coventry Hearsall 10
Coby Cartwright Cosby 10
Connor Stoyell West Derby 10
Thomas Kirkman De Lacanau 10
Martyn Brooks Pleasington 10
Simon Reynolds Northenden 10

 

 

Cox rediscovers his magic touch

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GRAHAM Cox went back to the future in a bid to restore his game to the level it was at two years ago when he chalked up 13 victories in a season.

“I’d forgotten how to play for a time after that but then suddenly remembered at the start of this August what the problem was,” he said after winning the GW Insurance Cheshire & North Wales Masters at Denbigh by three shots.

“I’d been really struggling so I decided to get away from the technical side. I just started swinging the club and hitting the ball and it did the trick,” explained Cox who is attached to Lymm where he also teaches.

He attributed part of his resurgence to PGA coach Adrian Fryer, who recently moved to Liverpool Golf Centre.

“He got me to shape my shots and not become bogged down by techniques but I also think part of my problem had been lack of confidence,” he added.

With that restored, Cox went on to win the Hawarden pro-am, finished second at Crewe and Lancaster, and was three strokes clear of the field at Denbigh.

The 39-year-old, who conjured up five birdies before dropping three strokes on the inward stretch, added: “I hope my form continues through September. I’ll have some good things to report to my sponsor!”

Meanwhile, runner-up Shamus Martin, from Aberdovey, reached the turn at three-under then went off the boil and finished level.

DETAILS: 67 Graham Cox (Lymm); 70 Shamus Martin (Aberdovey), 71 Michael Jones (Royal Liverpool); 72 Jason Dransfield (Heswall). Garry Houston (Carden Park), Matthew Dunbabin (Sandiway).