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CONWY’S Amy Boulden clinched the first Ladies European Tour title of her career thanks to a brilliant 64 at the Swiss Ladies Open. The 27-year-old, who played as a junior at Maesdu where her dad Simon was head professional for may years, trailed Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen by a shot going into the final day of the threeround tournament. But her eight-under-par round saw her finish on 17-under-par, three shots clear of Australia’s Stephanie Kyriacou. “I am obviously thrilled to have got my first win,” Boulden told BBC Radio Wales. Boulden, who lives in Llandudno, regained her place on the European Tour in January with victory at qualifying school. Her first event after the coronavirus lockdown was August’s Scottish Open, when she finished 16 over.

“It’s hard to get any momentum going when you are not out on a golf course,” Boulden said. “My first event back, I played in the Scottish Open and just had such a terrible week there. “I had to come away from that and reassess and think: how do I get my golf game better? I needed to build my confidence. “A lot of it was in my head - the mental side of things. I really had to improve that in the last month or so. I am going to enjoy this win and try to keep getting into contention.” She tweeted afterwards: “What a week. Switzerland is a very special place for me and it feels amazing to get my first win on the @letgolf here! A huge thanks to my team and family who have continued to believe in me and support me.” Wrexham’s Chloe Williams was 15th.

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CHESHIRE LEGEND BEATS HIS OWN STOCKPORT RECORD BY GEOFF GARNETT CHESHIRE star David Peel shot a nine-under-par round of 62 at Stockport to beat his own previous course record by two. The stunning score came in a recent club competition when the +3 handicapper beat his 2011 round of 64. Peel, who set a record of 192 appearances for the Cheshire team, said: “I set off with birdies on the first two holes which were followed by more birdies on holes four, six, eight, 13 and 14.” He remained relaxed coming to the last two holes, with the record in his sights and went on to hole nerveless birdie putts at both to set the new course record. “I was delighted,” said the former county team captain whose father Mike was Stockport pro for 25 years. “As were my playing partners Chris Unsworth and Eddie Frost. I have since had great congratulations from so many other club members on the new record too.”

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David Peel with his record scorecard on the 18th green at Stockport.

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GOLF CENTRE SOARS AMID UNCERTAINTY FOLLOWING temporary closure due to Covid-19, the UK’s busiest driving range, Trafford Golf Centre continues to defy the slide in visitor attraction numbers, hitting over three million golf balls since the re-opening in May 2020 - including 73,000 in one day, the record number of balls hit at the TraffordCity venue to date. Over the past few months, the team have been busy upgrading the facility. Now featuring TopTracer in all 53 bays and 39 Power Tee bays, Trafford Golf Centre boldly names itself the best practice facility in the UK. Featuring an exact replica of the most iconic par three hole in the world, the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, Trafford Golf Centre also boasts a dedicated short game practice area, featuring the best Huxley synthetic turf. Director of Golf at Trafford Golf

Centre, Pete Styles said: “Since March, we have experienced many highs and lows as a venue, but we’re pleased to be reporting positive numbers as we emerge into the new normal as not only a driving range for golfers but as a visitor attraction welcoming families, friends, date nights and many more.” New additional outfield targets and updates to the toilet facilities are also planned for 2020 as well as an all new website. Pete concludes: “I want to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support and co-operation in keeping to social distancing guidelines and increased measures in place to ensure we can remain operating. We value the quality of practice at Trafford Golf Centre and we always strive to offer the best service, balls, mats and targets.”

SAM Garnett fired a 63 to set a new course record at Davyhulme Park. The plus one handicapper, who joined the club as a junior 13 years ago, said: “I had seven birdies and an eagle with no dropped shots in tough, windy conditions. “Mike Wallwork had held the course record since 2005 and when I joined at the age of 13 I was amazed at how somebody could play so well, so it is an honour to finally beat it. “It’s just nice being back out golfing again. It felt easier to shoot a good score because worse things are going on in the world to take it too seriously which seemed to help. “Now I will be looking to lower my own record in the coming months.”

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CHAMPION OF GIRLS GOLF DIES AGED 80 A MOLD woman who dedicated her life to improving the lives of young people has died, aged 80, just five weeks after being diagnosed with cancer. Gaynor Jones who had been a member of Mold Golf Club since 1960 and was lady captain there in 1966 and president 1992-4, received the MBE from Prince William in 2016 for services to girls’ and women’s golf after 35 years as junior girls’ manager for Denbighshire and Flintshire. A primary school teacher by profession, who had also been junior girls’ organiser at her home club for many years, Gaynor focussed much of her time on furthering girls’ golf and creating opportunities for girls to discover the game and develop their skills, particularly following her retirement at 50. Over the years Gaynor organised training, matches, tri golf and competitions for hundreds of juniors of all abilities, from complete beginners to those who went on to join the professional ranks.

Prior to receiving the MBE, Gaynor managed the Welsh Girls Home International team on two occasions and also chaired the Wales Golf Girls’ sub committee. She received the Henry Cotton Award in 1999 which is given to just one person in the UK each year for `meritorious service to junior golf for a sustained period.’ The award was presented by former Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Gallacher at a ceremony at Wentworth. Gaynor’s daughter Debbie Barton is the manager of Mold Golf Club. She said: “My mum stumbled into the girls’ manager role with D&F as the previous manager was looking to stand down and the county was looking for a replacement. No one was coming forward. I was 12 at the time and mum suggested she could perhaps do it until I was 18. I was not far off 50 when she finally finished! “Mum was hugely well loved and was a warm, kind and generous person with a great sense of humour. When she was very poorly, I read the many letters that

had been written in support of her MBE nomination to her and they really were a tribute to how well thought of she was. There were letters from MPS and all kinds of dignitaries and officials, but mum was especially thrilled to be described by a young junior in one as her `hero in red lippy!’. Mum had a great relationship with the juniors and was on their wavelength. They used to laugh that mum always had red lipstick in her golf bag whatever the occasion!” Dilwyn Griffiths, development officer for Wales Golf said: “With the passing of Gaynor, our sport lost more than a great ambassador for our game, golf in Wales lost one of its greatest personalities; whilst I personally felt the loss of a dear and trusted friend. Gaynor could not only light up the room with her smile, she could illuminate the entire clubhouse with her infectious giggle. Gaynor had an unparalleled ability to nurture, develop, inspire and support those girls and juniors who she worked

The late Gaynor Jones receiving her MBE in 2016.

with at club, county, regional and national level and there is no doubt that she had a profoundly positive effect on those who were under her wing. Gaynor will forever be remembered as a North Wales golfing legend for her contribution to our sport. She will be hugely missed by so many and will never be forgotten for the part she played in others’ lives.” Debbie continued: “Mum lived life to the full and enjoyed playing and watching golf all over the world on her many travelling adventures. She was very proud when I became manager at Mold

in December last year and I am so glad she saw me do that. The outpouring of love from so many of mum’s friends in the golfing community following her diagnosis and since losing her has been overwhelming. She passed away peacefully at home with her family, surrounded by flowers and cards and I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch and supported us at this difficult time.” A memorial service to celebrate Gaynor’s life will be held once restrictions are lifted.


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JAMIE BECOMES YOUNGEST CLUB CHAMPION AT CREWE A 13-YEAR-OLD junior member has become the youngest ever winner of the Ladies Club Championship at Crewe Golf Club. Jamie Hand, a student at Brine Leas High School in Nantwich, only took up golf four years ago and is keen to play and practice whenever she can which includes the club’s Junior Academy run by Vic McCandless.  Playing off a handicap of 18, she posted a nett 74 on day one of the 36hole event which left her in seventh place, but just two shots off the lead, which was held overnight by another junior, Josie Cowap, age 15, who shot a nett 72.  In blustery conditions on day two, Jamie fired an impressive nett 67 which included seven pars and a birdie on the 294-yard sixth hole. With a total score of 141 nett on the par 73 course, Jamie finished three shots clear of nearest rival Josie, followed by Rachel Mathews, who shot the lowest gross score of the event, in third on 149.  Lady captain, Kay Samson, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Jamie to win the Club Championship so young. 

Jamie Hand, centre, with Crewe lady captain Kay Samson and Jamie’s dad Gary.

“The ladies’ section of the club is very competitive with about 80 members. The adage of ’if they are good enough, they are old enough’ is very true for our young lady golfers.”

Jamie’s handicap has been cut to 16, but she is now targeting a further reduction to 10 or 11 by the end of the season as she follows her dream to one day play on the Ladies PGA tour.

Jamie says that her biggest golfing strength is her driving and cites Tiger Woods and England’s Ladies European Tour star Charley Hull as her favourite players.

WOMEN AND GIRLS’ GOLF WEEK IS A SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS WOMEN and Girls’ Golf Week has proved to be a smash hit once again with the 2020 edition enjoying over 9.7 million impressions on social media. The online campaign staged by England Golf ran over seven days from Monday 17 August and culminated with the final round of the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon. The feelgood factor around female golf was highlighted with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn brought alive with inspiring stories from golf fanatics from all across England and as far afield as America and Australia. Golfers – both men and women – ensured Women and Girls’ Golf Week enjoyed 9.7million impressions on social media while our campaign videos were viewed over 285,000 times on all our digital platforms The #WhyIGolf story racked up 100,000 views on Instagram alone and the campaign hashtag was used 1313 times over the week. A special thank you is due to the 500 contributors who took the time to post their personal #WhyIGolf stories and made sure the women’s and girls’ game was showcased in spectacular numbers. Women and Girls’ Golf Week engaged with some of the top women

golfers on the planet. Not only did Georgia Hall and Alice Hewson contribute video clips on women’s and girls’ golf, but their wider thoughts were covered in detailed interviews on Sky Sports. Sky Sports Golf ’s Sarah Stirk once again gave her loyal backing to the campaign as did BBC breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. But most of all, the golfing public of England threw themselves into the event with great gusto. Lauren Spray, Women and Girls manager at England Golf, said: “Once again we’ve been blown away by the enthusiasm of those who contributed their stories or simply joined in the online fun. “We’re now in our third year and the reach of the campaign continues to spread and the number of impressions on social media is fantastic – bringing more attention and recognition for all the fabulous females who continue to be the lifeblood of the game in this country. “From everyone at England Golf, I would like to express my thanks to the stars and industry professionals who gave up their time to be such a positive influence on the week. “But most of all I’d like to say thank you and well done to the amazing army of female golfers and golf fans out there

who engaged with us over the week and gave us their backing. “A special shout out also to the many men and boys who backed the week and its message. It’s important they are part of conversation and spread the message.” The top performing item on Facebook was the initial post kicking off the week of online activities reaching 213,409 people. Jackie Davidson’s inspiring story of how she rose from being a volunteer in sport to the role of Assistant Director of Golf Development at The R&A reached over 60,000 people. The video featuring our fabulous volunteers was viewed over 14,000 times and we ‘celebrated newbies’ with a video that clocked up over 11,000 views. On Twitter, the first tweet of the week achieved over 73,000 impressions, with a video on careers being viewed over 16,000 times. Throughout the week the campaign received tremendous backing from SKY Sports who covered feature stories with inspiring women on both their news bulletins and on their website. The R&A, PGA, the greenkeepers’ association BIGGA, the Golf Foundation and our counterparts at Wales Golf also helped drive the Women and Girls’ Golf Week message.

Focusing on six key themes from Monday to Saturday – careers, volunteers, health and wellbeing, competing, role models and newbies – the week ended on a Sunday high with golfers agreeing to ‘join the club’ and stand together in solid support of the women and girls’ game and membership values. England Golf sponsors adidas played their part in the week by offering up a star prize of a complete headto-toe outfit for one lucky winner. Clubs and counties were also united behind the message sharing content and pictures and even a Women and Girls’ Golf week song! There were inspiring personal tales including that from 17-year-old Millie Thompson who suffered alopecia during her GCSE year, but refused to let it get her down and used golf as a personal motivator through tough times with outstanding results. Club golfers Jan Fawdry, Jo Saul and Arlene Bailey gave us an illuminating view on behalf of the grassroots game with very different takes on what golf means to them and their families. Spray added: “Here’s to 2021 where we hope to build on the achievements of this difficult year when golf – more than any other year – has brought us closer together in spirit if not always in person.”

Welcome Wendy WENDY Barnsley is the new captain of the Lancashire Ladies Golf Association and she brings a wealth of experience and dedicated service to golf into her new role. Wendy said: “I became a junior member of Royal Birkdale at an early age and played for the B team in my late teens and was a non-travelling reserve for the first team in 1974 and became secretary of the newly founded Lancashire Girls. “A career change took me to Sheffield to train as a nurse, but I continued to play golf, firstly at Hallamshire and later at Doncaster Golf Club.” By now married with two children, she returned to Lancashire in 1986 becoming a member of Royal Lytham and St Annes where she started to play golf more seriously again with a handicap of four and was once again a member of the B team. “I continued to work part-time at a local hospital while the girls grew up,” explained Wendy. “They both became members of the Lancashire girls and I assisted with local training. “I organised Lytham’s Scratch team for a number of years and spent time on their ladies’ committee. “On retiring in 2012 I had already started as lady captain of Royal Lytham, which I did for 18 months. “In 2017 I became captain of the Lancashire Senior Ladies Golf Association. “I now find myself a granny to Georgie, Austin and Hector plus of course captain of LLCGA, a role which I am very proud to take on.”

Wendy Barnsley.

Siobhan matches mum WAD and Siobhan Grayson have become the first ever mother and daughter combination to win the Cheshire Ladies coveted Margaret Sangster Salver in successive years. In 2019, five handicapper Wad, a member at Ringway, was the winner with a nett 73 at Stockport. And history was made as her 16-year-old, 15-handicap daughter Siobhan posted the same nett score of 73 to take top spot this year.


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range, we hope to give golfers a better understanding of what is really happening during their swing, help them focus on alignment to different targets, and allow them to experiment hitting different shots with each club. “During lockdown, it seemed golfers everywhere were getting creative and building their own makeshift practice facilities in the garden, so it felt like we had to go one better or get left behind,” he joked. If there are any positives we can take from the global pandemic we have en-

dured for the best part of 2020, it should be that golf has enjoyed a considerable increase in participation, with many people discovering a new hobby they perhaps would not have had the opportunity to before. Steve hopes that the work they have done to help players accelerate the rate at which they progress can only encourage membership numbers to increase at clubs locally too. For the latest updates at North Wales Golf Range, check out their pages on Instagram and Facebook @northwalesgolf, or website at www.northwalesgolf.co.uk.

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Local News 101 holes in a day FOUR Cheadle golfers have played 101 holes in a day to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice and The Christie Hospital. President Mark Gregory and club pro Tom Clancy were joined by past president Alistair Culpan and vicecaptain Matt Withers. Bar and catering manager Sharon Bebbington came in on her day off to look after the four marathon men who teed off at first light. The four had 23 birdies, 168 pars, 127 bogies, 57 double bogies and 29 triple bogies during the day. Afterwards, Alistair said: “On behalf of us all, we would like to thank everybody who has donated with the current total standing at just over £4,000, which will be given to the two charities and I would like to make it known that I was not responsible for all the 29 triple bogies as our pro Tom also had one!”

The fab four at Cheadle.

ENGLAND STAR BEL BEATS HER OWN COURSE RECORD CHESHIRE and England star Bel Wardle has made more history at her home club, Prestbury, by smashing her own ladies course record in a midweek medal with a 63. The previous record of 67 was set by Bel three years ago and she equalled that two weeks earlier in another club competition during the prestigious club’s centenary year. Then on a sweltering day in-form Bel, playing alongside fellow members Victoria Howarth and Angela Riordan, kept her cool to post the fabulous 11-underpar score to beat her previous best by four strokes. She opened up with a birdie on the first hole and added an eagle two on the third hole and birdies on the fourth and sixth. Apart from a bogey on the 14th hole, Bel then lit up the back nine as she recorded birdies on 11, 12, 13, 15 and 17 to set up her chances of a new course record.

BY GEOFF GARNETT She did not disappoint on the par five 18th hole putting her second shot to within 18 inches of the hole and holed the putt for a fantastic new record which drops her handicap from plus five to plus six. Bel, who is coached by Bramhall Golf Club professional Richard Green, said: “Due to the lockdown I have not been able to play in competitions around the country or abroad, but have enjoyed plenty of playing time at Prestbury with the course being in excellent condition. “I have been playing well and know that I can birdie all of the holes on the course and it came together in this round and I was delighted to set the new record and now look to set a new one! “Due to Covid 19, I was unable to play in the pre Masters event in Augusta earlier in the year and later this year but hopefully will be able to play there in 2021.”

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BRIAN MOUNTAIN ANDY MILNE KEN GOUGH ALAN KITE J.S.ASPERY ALAN KITE DAVE SMITH ALAN KITE JOE FILDES ALAN KITE ALAN KITE KEVIN MANNING BRIAN MOUNTAIN KEN GOUGH ERNIE BURFORD RORY SMITH JOHN MYERS KEN GOUGH BRIAN MOUNTAIN MEL WILLIAMS LEE OLDFIELD DAVE BICKERDYKE STUART DAVENPORT MIKE HOLLINDALE BRIAN MOUNTAIN DAVE BICKERDYKE KEV DAVIES DON SUTHERLAND LEE SMITH GEORGE THRELFALL STEVE DAVIES DAVID KIRKWOOD ANDY MILNE BRIAN MOUNTAIN IAN BETHEL DAVE BICKERDYKE LEWIS PETERS DAVE BICKERDYKE PAUL BAXENDALE DEREK OLDFIELD GARETH BRADLEY ADAM HETT ALAN CANTLAY BOB TAYLOR MICHAEL WORRALL ALAN PERCIVAL TOM HAMNETT D.HOLLIN MICHAEL HUGHES IAN CUTHBERTSON STUART GARFORTH ANDY MILNE BOB TAYLOR GRAHAM SCHAFER MIKE HOLLINDALE IAN WHITE EDDIE SHIELDS LEE SMITH LEE SMITH GEOFF OUSEY JASON DOLMAN W MANNING DAVE MAGUIRE DAVE BEALES LEE SMITH STEPHEN DAVIES STEPHEN BAILEY D.HOLLIN CLIFF CLINKARD STUART DAVENPORT CLIFF CLINKARD BILL SMITH JASON EDGE MIKE HOLLINDALE PAUL BIRCH RUSS WILLIAMS STEVE LEDDY PAUL BAXENDALE NEIL MAGUIRE DON SUTHERLAND ALAN DUNDAS N.PROFFITT GRAHAM ROUND W.MANNING CHARLIE BRADLEY BRIAN MOUNTAIN CLIFF CLINKARD STEVE LEDDY DAVE BEALES IAN COMPTON GEOFFREY BOOTT PAUL BAXENDALE ALAN DUNDAS MICHAEL HERITAGE PATRICIA HERITAGE IAN WHITE WIL G.JONES MARK SANDERSON DEREK HOWARD KEV DAVIES

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71 BALLS FOR A 2 MILLI’S MUPPETS 1 BLUEKIPPER JON’S RESERVES TEAM BOBBY JONES FORMBY’S FINEST SMUDGERS STARS 1 RORY’S FINEST WIN NOTHING WITH KIDS JUSTIN’S 11 RAHM’S FIRST MANNING’S MASTERS BURGER FOR CUBA BLUEKIPPER RM RAIN MAN PRES 2 JONSBOYS THREE BLUEKIPPER TF SHARON THUNBERG SHROPSHIRE LASS JESTER’S ARMY 1 BICKS TESTERS WALK IN THE PARK POWER PUTTERS AFTERTHOUGHT 2 BRACK BICK KAD 1 DAVDON 5 GOLF 2 OPOS-FOUE BALD EAGLE CAPTAIN STRIKES BACK MILLI’S MUPPETS 2 AFTERTHOUGHT 3 VILLAMARTIN BOYS BICKS DRIVERS TIGERS A PRENTON BICK THE E-STREET BAND WHICH IRON GALLON TWO ADAMS IRONS AINTREE IRONS MALPAS MOLLIE YOUNG GUNS - GO FOR IT WISHFUL THINKING 3 HAMNETTS HEROES 3 “HOLE IN ONE” YOZZERS ALLSTARS TIMPERLEY BIGSHOTS CHADDY ENDERS MILLI’S MUPPETS 3 LIZZIE BOB SHIFTYS OLD LINKS 3 BOGEYMEN SEABED 3 HARRY’S ARMY GOLF 3 LEE 1 “SPARTANS” THE HAPPY HACKER EAGLE EYE TOFFEE CRISP FLINT OLD BOYS 2 GOLF 1 COLLYS MATE FADING DREAMERS “DAVE & SUE” CLIFFS CHIPPERS YIPPY DIPPY DO FAIRWAYS 4 FUN TERIBUSI 2 BERTRO STINKERS FOUR IRON EXPRESS THE HOPEFUL TEN “LILY MAY” OLD LINKS PUTTERS THE HEARTBREAKERS KEEP YOUR EYE ON IT DAVDON 1 CHIP N PIN 2 ALEDS ALLSTARS WELL ROUNDED MOB SNOWMAN AJ TRACEY AFTERTHOUGHT 1 GREENS GALORE OLD LINKS DRIVERS FLINT OLD BOYS 1 COMPY’S LUCKY PUTTS HOPEFUL BALLYBUNIONS CHIP N PIN 1 TEAM HERITAGE BACK UP NORTH SEABED 4 CYMRU AM BYTH CALVIN’S BIRDIE WALKIN BOYS KAD 2

PAST IT RAZORS MASTERS SHORT IN THREE ANTROBROM 3 LLEYN LEGENDS 3 SHIFTYS OLD LINKS 1 OXO MAN HAMNETTS HEROES 1 GALLON THREE TIGERS B LEE 2 FETTLERS ALL STARS 2 EIO EASY JESTER’S ARMY 2 HICKORY HACKER DUTTON BICKS SCRATCH WILKOS WONDERS SHAKEY DEGSYS GANG EPIC FLASH 1 SHROPSHIRE LAD CHARLIES ANGELS OVER THE HILL EDDIES HEDGE SMUDGERS STARS 2 CRYSTAL 2 [NO NAME] KLOPPTASTIC SAMSWING 2020 VISION TERIBUSI 3 GOLFERS FOR US PERSIMMON AND BLADES SPINZILLER LINKS GALORE FETTLERS ALL STARS 1 HARTLEY’S HEROES PENSIONERS F.C.3. SCOT CHEGS CHUTNEYS HYPER MAN SET SHANKSALOT MY WAY OR THE FAIRWAY TINKS TEN “SUSIE BLUES” THE BOOTT ROOM 1 DAVDON 6 EILEENS ARMY ROYS HOPIN AGAIN SHROPSHIRE LASS MIXED BAG OLD TIME LEFTY MEAN MACHINE LOT VALLEY RAIDERS TIGER IS BACK - 3 DARKSIDE 3 PRES 3 SHORT IN TWO BANGOR BOY TRACTOR BOYS GEEZERS 10 DAVDON 4 WIDNESIANS DRANOEL JONSBOYS TWO GRAND PAR WHAT A COMBINATION 3 WELSH WIZARDS P&M UNITED REDDISHVALEIANS TIGERS C CONRAN 3 PARK G.C.1 CRYSTAL 3 SMUDGERS STARS FORMBY’S SECOND X1 OLE SEVE ROYS NORTON NOMADS SEABED 2 COMPY’S EAGLE CREW GWYNT Y MYNYDD TIGER IS BACK - 2 FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN 2 GREEN F3 PRETENDERS PAULA’S PUTTERS LLEYN LEGENDS 1 CAPTAINS MOB KAD 3 GALLON ONE BICKS BALLS 1 WEDGE WORLD SEABED 1 GEORDIE 1 CRYSTAL 1 WITTO’S WANDERERS MINFFORDD LAD TERIBUSI 1 PIN AND IN S.O.L.LEFTIES

Manager STEVE LEDDY RAY KEMBLE BERNIE VOLLER PETER CARROLL PHIL SOUTH GRAHAM SCHAFER ERNIE BURFORD TOM HAMNETT GARETH BRADLEY LEWIS PETERS LEE SMITH MARK REDFERN ALLAN CROSTON LEE OLDFIELD JASON DOLMAN DAVE BICKERDYKE J.P.HITCHEN ROBERT WILKINSON JOHN SHAKESHAFT DEREK BROWN ROSS DAVIES JOHN WILLIAMS STEVE POWNELL STEVE LEDDY EDDIE WHITLEY DAVE SMITH JIM COLLINS IAN BETHEL TOMMY WYNNE ALLAN CROSTON STUART DAVENPORT BILL SMITH FELICITY FORD JASON DOLMAN GAVIN OLDFIELD ANNE WILLIAMS MARK REDFERN ALAN HARTLEY RON SAVORY JOHN LEARY CHARLIE BRADLEY GAVIN OLDFIELD IWAN WILLIAMS JOHN BELL D.HOLLIN GARY BOOTT DON SUTHERLAND EILEEN FOSTER ROY MARSH CLAIRE WILLIAMS BERNIE VOLLER STEPHEN DAVIES ROBERT WILLIAMS BARRY WINFIELD CRAIG WYNNE IAN RIVE RORY SMITH BERNIE VOLLER WIL G.JONES JOHN FORD ALAN MCDERMOTT DON SUTHERLAND GARY FOSTER LEN CANTLAY JOHN MYERS W MANNING ALAN PERCIVAL BARRY WINFIELD MICHAEL HERITAGE STEVE SMITH LEWIS PETERS GED SHEEHY A.T.BRADBURN JIM COLLINS DAVE SMITH ALAN KITE JOHN LEARY ROY MARSH IAN WHITE IAN COMPTON GERAINT WYN JONES CRAIG WYNNE JOHN MAGILL DON SUTHERLAND LES EDGE ALAN CANTLAY PHIL SOUTH BETH DAVIES KEV DAVIES GARETH BRADLEY DAVE BICKERDYKE DEREK OLDFIELD IAN WHITE ALBERT BELL JIM COLLINS EDDIE WHITLEY WIL G.JONES BILL SMITH DEREK OLDFIELD JEFF DAVIES

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GLENDER COMPY’S BIRDIE TEAM PEPPERS ARMY CONRAN 2 THE TRAVELLERS CONRAN 1 THE BOOTT ROOM 3 SEABED 6 LONGWORTH CHIP N PIN 3 GREGSDEN 1 DAVDON 2 GIVE UP ANTROBROM 2 LONGWORTH BOYS TIGER IS BACK - 1 THE BOOTT ROOM 2 TIGER SAND GETHINS GREATEST TWO AMIGO’S DUNNYS DIAMONDS STEVO’S BOYS PENSIONERS F.C.1. ALLERTON WIN NICKS PICKS THE OTHER SQUAD GEORDIE 2 28 BLACK TOMMY’S HERO’S HI 3 PUT MARTINO’S SWINGERS BRONCOED LEFTY NOT KLOPPTOMISTIC JONSBOYS ONE LITTLE MO KLOPPS TOPPERS DAVDON 3 BARTY 2 LEE 3 LIVE AND DIRECT MC’S CHAMPS SAFFYS CHOICE GEORDIE 3 ANDY’S IRONS PARK G.C.2 SHAKEY 1 PRES 1 HAMNETTS HEROES 2 “SHEILAS WHEELS” NAVY BLUES FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN 3 HURRICANES SWINGING IN THE RAIN CALVIN’S EAGLE BARTY 3 BARTY 1 VALLEY POUNDERS GROOVY GRANDMA TWO TONE STEVETHETHIRD HENRYS ARMY PAR BIRDIE PAR EAGLE IS IT DRY YET OLD LINKS IRONS YOKY VOKY 5 MAN CITY DEV SQUAD UNIQUE SELECTION 3 THE DEVILS OWN GREGSDEN 2 DARKSIDE 1 ONLY JUSTIN SHIFTYS OLD LINKS 2 CROSS RUNNER VILLATANA GREGSDEN 3

Manager DEREK HOWARD IAN COMPTON EDDIE SHIELDS GED SHEEHY LES EDGE GED SHEEHY GARY BOOTT IAN WHITE DEREK HOWARD ALAN DUNDAS SHAUN GREGORY DON SUTHERLAND DEREK HOWARD PETER CARROLL DEREK HOWARD CRAIG WYNNE GARY BOOTT STEPHEN FLOOD N.PROFFITT RUSS WILLIAMS STEVE DUNN STEVE BOND RON SAVORY D.A.HOWARD N.PROFFITT JOE FILDES ALBERT BELL BOB TAYLOR GRAHAM BROADFOOT MARK WINDOW ALAN MARTIN STEPHEN DAVIES TOMMY WYNNE JOHN MYERS MAUREEN BURFORD TOMMY WYNNE DON SUTHERLAND PAUL BARTON LEE SMITH CHARLIE BRADLEY JOE FILDES RICHARD VENES ALBERT BELL ALAN HARTLEY A.T.BRADBURN JOHN SHAKESHAFT RORY SMITH TOM HAMNETT RUSS WILLIAMS STEPHEN DAVIES JOHN MAGILL LEWIS WINDOW TONY MAGUIRE MARK SANDERSON PAUL BARTON PAUL BARTON TONY MAGUIRE JEAN TUDOR DEREK HOWARD STEVE DAVIES EDDIE SHIELDS JOHN LEARY CALVIN HUGHES STEVE LEDDY ALLAN CROSTON ALICIA WINDOW ALAN PERCIVAL STEPHEN DAVIES SHAUN GREGORY IAN RIVE STEVE DAVIES GRAHAM SCHAFER MICHAEL ROUND TONY MAGUIRE SHAUN GREGORY

Pts 4085 4025 4020 4010 3995 3990 3990 3985 3985 3980 3970 3960 3955 3925 3905 3900 3895 3895 3830 3800 3780 3770 3760 3745 3740 3730 3720 3705 3705 3685 3660 3650 3640 3625 3625 3615 3610 3610 3605 3600 3595 3585 3585 3575 3570 3550 3500 3415 3385 3380 3370 3350 3345 3340 3335 3335 3330 3300 3270 3255 3235 3225 3215 3210 3195 3195 3185 3160 3145 3145 3145 3140 3135 3130 3125

FORMER CHAMP WINS AUGUST MANAGER OF THE MONTH THERE’S a familiar name in the August Manager of the Month winner’s enclosure after former champion John Myers topped the charts with 3,715 points for the month’s scoring events. Meanwhile, Buckley’s Adam Hett was our September winner with 2,860 points. They win £50 to spend at Scottsdale Golf, as does Stuart Davenport, who was our July Manager of the Month with 3,165 points. In the all-improtant cumulative league, Brian Mountain has taken over top spot on 9,845 points. Andy Milne second on 9,690 and Ken Gough is in third on 9,360. There’s £50 up-for-grabs each month and at the end of the season the overall winner will receive £300 of vouchers to spend at Scottsdale Golf. The runner-up will receive £200 of vouchers and third will get £100.


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NEW2GOLF SCHEME PROVING A HIT WITH FEMALE GOLFERS WALES Golf has hailed the success of women’s New2Golf schemes as a crucial part in seeing female membership of golf clubs in Wales rising. In Women and Girls Week for Wales Golf, the scheme which takes beginners and lapsed golfers in groups which can be female only has proved successful at taking participants through to becoming golf club members. Including women only groups for the coaching sessions, which lead onto time on the golf course and attractive membership offers, has proved an important element. North Wales Golf Club assistant pro Robin Hughes runs schemes at his home club and across five clubs in North Wales through his SWISH golf and fitness programme. “Across SWISH we have eight groups a week, averaging 10-30 people at every one,” he said. “We will have three coaches at the sessions so there is plenty of variety with putting, irons and driving. “We have three groups at North Wales with around 50 people – already this year we have had 40 new people joining New2Golf. “We try and take away as many as possible of the barriers to golf to make it easy for women to come, whether that is equipment, confidence or making sure we socialise afterwards with a soft drink or a prosecco. “The dress code is relaxed coming to coaching and ladies do feel they can ask the pros anything. “We have fun sessions and we will go out on the course, provide plenty of variety, and the feedback is very positive.”

New golfers at North Wales Golf Club, in Llandudno

The New2Golf schemes run all over Wales, with South Pembrokeshire another club reporting successes. “We were keen to try New2Golf as part of the club strategy to attract new members and that is when we started working with Wales Golf,” said Donna Grimwood, chair of marketing at South

Pembs Golf Club and Wales Golf Volunteer of the Year. “We were looking at ways of moving the club forward and that is what started the ball rolling. “It is aimed at men as well, but last year there were more ladies. There were more than 20 ladies, some the wives of

members, some looking to play more in retirement and some who work together, who decided to give golf a go. “It has been a great success and something we are looking to grow as much as we can and possibly start another group.” To register for New2Golf, visit www.walesgolf.org/join-new2golf.

Matthew shows his class to win boys title CHESHIRE officials were delighted to get their competitive championship season back on track as Delamere Forest Golf Club once again played host to the Cheshire Boys Championship. The competition was played in scorching heat and punishing rough and a keen wind that made it a tough test for the county’s up-and-coming stars. Cheshire Boys captain Matthew Dodd-Berry, who plays at Royal Liverpool, made up for a frustrating season of pandemic-related cancellations to fire an impressive 67 to win the title and finish five shots clear of Prestbury’s Remy Miller. Next in on 74 were Jack Cann, from Sandiway, Sale’s Adam Carr, Charlie Hayton, from Delamere Forest and Heswall’s Evdokios Demetrious. Plus two handicapper Matthew, who should have been taking his GCSE exams at Wirral Grammar School for Boys this summer but that was done by assessment, is aiming to attend college in America to further his golfing career after completing his A levels in 2022. Matthew said: “My parents and grandparents have provided me with continuing amazing support that I am more than thankful for. “Furthermore I am very grateful to my county coaches, England coaches and my main coach, John Heggarty, for their on-going support, Mike Jones and his superb team for all the continued hard work they put into the county every year and a special thanks to Chris Mitchelson for his support and for challenging me to push myself.”

FORMER EUROPEAN TOUR PRO MAKES A FRESH START PETER Barber has left the role as head professional at Didsbury after 33 years. But it’s by no means a final goodbye as he has taken up a new coaching post at nearby Dunham Forest. Barber began his golf at Denton Golf Club where he was the youngest-ever winner of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance’s Scratch Knockout. After representing Lancashire and England Boys, he turned professional in 1973 and played on the European Tour for 12 years from 1975. During his time on the tour he played in three Open Championships at Royal Lytham, Royal St George’s and St Andrews. He was then professional at Didsbury from 1987 and during that time he was captain of the PGA North Re-

gion and the Manchester Alliance. Barber, who is good friends with fellow professional Andrew Murray, has been the Cheshire county coach for 30 years and an England Boys regional coach for the past 10 years. He is an excellent after-dinner speaker and has also enjoyed some golf commentary on the radio. He said: “Dunham Forest has great facilities, including an indoor golf studio, practice range and short game area as well as a top quality golf course which is one of the best in Cheshire and I am still coaching both the England and Cheshire squads. “I would like to thank Dunham’s head pro Paul Dennis and manager Mike Saxon for giving me the opportunity to coach at such a top venue and making me so welcome at their great club.”

Matthew Dodd-Berry, left, is presented with the Cheshire Boys Championship Trophy by Cheshire president David Durling at Delamere Forest.

Correction

Peter Barber in the golf studio at Dunham Forest.

IN OUR July/August edition of Golfers Local (page 14), we incorrectly stated that former European Tour professional Andrew Murray had returned to the amateur ranks during the article about him notching a 15th hole-in-one of his career at The Mere. Andrew, who is a respected coach, golf tour organiser, golf broadcaster and after-dinner speaker, is still very much a professional and we wish to apologise for the error.


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Hole-in-One News

HOLES IN ONE GALORE AT LOCAL CLUBS TWO golfers hit holes-in-one during the same Seniors Open event at Chester Golf Club in September. Leigh Golf Club’s Neil McLeod struck on the 140-yard long third hole using an eight iron. Stuart Leyland, of Clays Golf Club, then followed suit on the par three eighth with a well-struck four hybrid. A pair of Helsby Golf Club members have also both hit recent holes-in-one. Michael Gibbons and Geoff Maher both notched their aces on the par three eighth hole that measures 143 yards in club competitions. In line with tradition, a bottle of whisky was donated by the club and much enjoyed by the members! Elsewhere, two Silver Birch golfers also aced in quick succession. First up, Gareth Dixon holed his tee shot on the sixth hole at the North

Wales-based course in August. Then, just five days later, Cliff Large holed out on the 13th hole. Hurlston Hall Golf Club’s Steve Rimmer made it a hat-trick of aces when he holed in one at his home club in July. Playing in the monthly medal with Roy Holmes, Ray Ansell and Ian Drayco, he holed his tee shot on the par three 16th hole. “I knew as soon as I hit it that it wouldn’t be far away. I couldn’t have hit it better, that’s for sure,” said Steve who used his five iron. His first hole-in-one was 20 years ago at Southport Municipal. His second was 10 years ago at Hesketh. Mold Golf Club went one better when three of it’s members hit recent holes in one. Gareth Owen fired the first on the sixth hole at the North Wales-based club, George Cheatle, a past president of

Neil McLeod at Chester.

the juniors, then hit his first ever ace on the third hole, before club captain Colin Davies also notched his first ever ace on the tricky 11th. He took a driver into a stiff wind on the 211-yard hole. Colin, who has been playing golf for 25 years and joined Mold 18 years ago after several of his friends invited him to play in the Opens, plays three or four times a week off a 15 handicap. Saddleworth Golf Club duo Mike Jackson and Kevin Rafferty have recorded their first-ever aces. Mike hit his ace in a Tuesday competition on the 10th when his sweetly struck hybrid six wood went in. Kevin’s ace came a few days later in a Four Person Team Stableford. Kevin, who also had a memorable highlight a few weeks ago with an albatross two on the par five 14th, notched on the second with a six iron.

Stuart Leyland celebrates at Chester.

Hurlston Hall’s Steve Rimmer.

Gareth Dixon aced at Silver Birch.

Geoff Maher picks the ball out at Helsby.

FOR RENT Mold captain Colin Davies celebrates.

Saddleworth’s Kevin Rafferty.

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JAKE WINS STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Horticulture Student of the Year, Jake Edwards from Mold Golf Club in North Wales.

MOLD Golf Club’s newest greenkeeper has scooped a top award in a virtual ceremony celebrating success. Jake Edwards, from Gwernaffield, near Mold, who works as a full time greenkeeper at the Pantymwyn-based club, has been presented with the Horticulture Learner of the Year Award 2020 by Coleg Cambria where he has been studying for the past two years. The 18-year-old started out as an apprentice at Mold Golf Club in August 2018 and has developed his skills under the watchful eye of his dad, Colin Jones, who has been head greenkeeper at the club since 1998. Learning while he worked and spending a good deal of time studying at home, Jake has completed his Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship in Work Based Horticulture, specialising in

Sports Turf Greenkeeping. Coleg Cambria’s horticulture assessor Maria Thwaite said: “Jake has proved himself to be an excellent greenkeeper. He always works safely and completes all the work that is requested of him in a timely manner. His knowledge of machinery is exemplary and he is always keen to complete work on the golf course to a high standard.” Mold Golf Club manager Debbie Barton added: “We are all very proud of Jake. He has worked so hard and is a great asset to our greenkeeping team. His dad Colin has a fantastic reputation as a brilliant greenkeeper and is a great teacher and mentor. “Jake is already following in his footsteps and we wish him every success in his career. We have a wonderful course to be proud of which is thanks to Colin’s

vision and the skill and dedication of our terrific greenkeepers.” This year, winning students were unable to gather together for the College’s usual annual glitzy awards ceremony, however Jake, along with all the other winners across different subject areas, received a certificate and a £50 voucher, as well as the good wishes of Coleg Cambria principal Sue Price, who said: “We received truly amazing nominations this year across all sections of the College and our winners were chosen by a panel of judges for their hard work, commitment and achievements. “I would like to personally congratulate our award winners. Our learners have met the challenges of adapting to the current situation and we are extremely proud of them.  We wish them the very best for the future.”

COVID-19 FORCES ALLIANCE CHANGES THE Manchester and District Golf Alliance’s winter season gets underway at Romiley in September and the Alliance committee have been busy making changes to their normal fixture structure to allow for Covid protection to be fully operable. Alliance president Ian Brooks explained the new measures: “We have a full fixture list from September to next May in place and will be changing to timed starts instead of shotguns as far as the daylight will allow.”

“We will be doing timed starts from 11am, with full Covid protection in place and there will be no presentations. “The winning pros will be paid by bank transfers, and the amateurs’ prize value will be sent to their own pro shops unless a pro is the sponsor and the prize will be collected from him. “We are currently working with Darren Wood, from Club Systems, so there will be a facility to book online hopefully in place at least one week before

the Romiley fixture. “We are also planning a new website in the near future and all information will be on the current website as and when it happens until the new one is in place, “Gary Brown, the Glossop professional is the new Alliance captain. “There will be a new draw for all Inter-club Knockouts for 2021, which will take place in late December so everything is crossed that all the plans will work.”


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PETER TURNER Our Shropshire-based England Golf referee with his latest rules questions to test your knowledge. Question 1: Bernard’s ball comes to rest close to a stile over a boundary fence on the 15th. The stile interferes with his backswing, although there is no interference from the boundary fence itself. Bernard may take free relief from the stile. True or False? Question 2: Mike hit a shot on the 5th into some rough. The other players in his group walk promptly to the area where Mike’s ball is thought to be and begin to search. Mike takes a few practice swings, and then walks slowly to the search area in the hope that his ball will be found by the others. The three-minute search time starts only when Mike gets to the search area. True or False? Question 3: Sue is playing in a medal. On the 12th green she takes a putt for a four, and whilst her ball is still in motion it is hit by a ball played from another hole. Sue’s ball is knocked slightly off course by the other ball and finishes two inches to the right of the hole. Sue and her group believe her ball would have gone into the hole had it not been struck by the other ball. What is the procedure? a. Sue must take the putt again, without penalty, from where her ball originally lay on the green. b. Sue must putt out from her present position on the green, two inches from the hole, for a five.

c. As Sue’s putt would have gone into the hole, had it not been deflected by the other ball, it is deemed to have been holed and her score is four. Question 4: Neil and Tony are playing partners in a fourball match against John and Bryan. On the 18th green, with the match all square, Neil putts to win the hole and it seems likely that his putt will roll past the hole and hit the flagstick which is lying a few feet beyond the hole. Bryan picks up the flagstick so that Neil’s ball does not hit the flagstick. What is the procedure? a. Bryan and John lose the hole and the match b. Neil and Tony lose the hole and the match c. There is no penalty and the hole must be played out with the balls as they lie Question 5: Carole and Margaret are playing in a medal. On the 8th Carole’s ball lies close to a small bush and her backswing is affected by a branch. Without asking Carole, Margaret deliberately treads on the branch and in so doing improves conditions affecting Carole’s stroke. Carole makes her stroke with the branch being held down. What is the penalty? a. Margaret is penalised two strokes b. Carole is penalised two strokes c. Both Carole and Margaret are penalised two strokes

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WELL-BEING AND PERFORMANCE THE FOCUS FOR WALES THE elite amateurs coming through the Wales Golf system are getting special emphasis on their mental health as well as their golfing performance. Dr Charlotte Williams, a sports psychology lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, is the mindset coach for the Wales Golf ladies and girls programme, working under Cardiff Metropolitan’s Dr Rich Neil who is responsible for the overall sports psychology at Wales Golf. In Women and Girls Week for Wales Golf, there was a particular emphasis on making sure the focus is on supporting the players through all the elements of developing at the top levels of girls and ladies sport. “Mental health of athletes across sports has become a really big issue at the moment, but this is something Wales Golf has embraced and been working towards for some years,” explained Dr Williams. “It is not a case of well-being or performance, it is really important to put them together and that has been the case since we started being involved. “It is about getting to know the whole person and valuing everyone’s contributions.” The ladies and girls squads work regularly with Dr Williams, as well as the day to day plans which Wales Golf has put into practice. “There are quite a few things we are putting in place as well as those already in existence,” added Dr Williams. “The first thing is a parent project, supporting parents through the elite pathway and the junior development programme to help spot the symptoms of poor mental health. “We are making sure the parents then know the relevant helplines and referral routes. “We have also seen education of the coaches and support staff to see the signs of any issue, so the players have those groups in place to make sure they have the support they need. “With the girls there is an emphasis on how we put their well-being alongside their performance. A lot of them are academic, so it is not just about golf but balancing school with golf, developing a social side, so there is a lot of help with planning. “They feel they have more control over what they are doing if there is a balance.” While plans have been put into place over a few years, sport across the board has not always been focussed as much on elements other than performance. “I think some of the focus in previous

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years has been on either performance or well-being and supporting the mental health of the athlete,” said Dr Williams. “The media coverage we have had in sport in general shows the importance of looking at mental health in sport. Recently sports have started to have more of a focus on that. “The detrimental effects on the athletes in the reports coming out is not something that can be ignored or should be ignored. “We are lucky that the coaches and the organisation in Wales Golf give us the platform and have embraced the approach making the players as people the priority. “There is also research that shows if the well-being is supported then that will enhance the performance as well. “There is still an element of being afraid of talking about such things because of concerns over selection, but that is something I want to break down and we are really encouraging the girls and

women to be aware of well-being. “It is more important for coaches and others to understand the situation fully, so they can provide the support to help performance and well-being.” There are differences in the pressures in ladies sport, which Dr Williams also acknowledges. “Female sport in general has less media coverage, fewer sponsors, so there are financial pressures in golf which do not apply in the same way in some male sports,” she said. “There is extra stress on young women looking to turn professional, so there is a link to anxiety over funding. “Some of the girls in programme competing on the elite stage might be as young as 14, trying to manage school and a social life.” With the focus on mental health for players coming through the system, the aim to help develop them as players and people ready for the future – whatever it may hold.

1. True - The definition of a ‘Boundary Object’ says that any angled supports or guy wires that are attached to a boundary wall or fence, or any steps, bridge or similar obstructions used for getting over the wall or fence are not part of the boundary wall or fence. In this case the stile is an immovable obstruction and free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. However always read the Local Rules as occasionally a club may say that such an object is an integral part of the course, in which case free relief would not be allowed. 2. False - The definition of a lost ball says the search time starts when the player or his or her caddie or partner starts to search for the ball. However, a player may not deliberately delay the start of the search in order to gain an advantage by allowing other people to search on his or behalf. In this case the search time begins when the other players in the group begin to search for Mike’s ball. 3. A - Rule 11.1 applies and says that

when a ball is in motion on a putting green, and it is hit accidentally by any person, animal or movable obstruction, including another ball in motion, the stroke does not count. The player must replace the ball on its original spot and play again without penalty. 4. C - Under an exception to Rule 11.3, when a ball is in motion on a putting green, any player may lift or move a removed flagstick, a ball at rest on the putting green or any other playing equipment while a ball is in motion. Thus, there is no penalty and the hole must be played out. 5. C - Rule 8.3 deals with a player’s deliberate actions to affect another player’s ball at rest or stroke to be made. In this case Margaret deliberately improved Carole’s backswing area and is penalised two strokes. As Carole was aware that her backswing area had been improved and did not ensure that it was re-instated Carole also receives the two stoke penalty.


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GOLFERS DO THEIR BIT FOR CHARI-TEE SALE Golf Club manager Ben Thompson has played 100 holes in a day for charity. Raising funds for the NHS and Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), the former Werneth Low junior teed off at 5am and finished 14 hours later. Ben, who was assistant pro at Hazel Grove before taking up the post at Sale, said: “The weather was drizzly for most of the day but wasn’t too bad as we only had a few showers. “I had eight members play with me and a good friend, Shamus Martin, who came all the way over from Royal Lytham to play the last 28 holes. “Thank you to all the people who donated money, time or golf vouchers to help the charity, it is much appreciated and will go a long way with CRY. “I have now been challenged to play 150 holes in one day, which I plan to do!” Also playing 100 holes in a day for charity recently were Werneth Low Golf Club director of golf Jamie Tipper and member John Ashley.

The duo were raising funds for Children with Cancer and also to do some repair work at the club after vandalism. Jamie said: “Our original target was £1,000 but we have gone well in excess of this and thanks to the generosity and support of members and friends we are now well in excess of £3.000. “We began at 4.30am and finished before 9pm and walked almost 40 miles and were given great help all day by club members and club legend George Gravell, who acted as our course marshal. “We chose the charity as my grandfather died of cancer and I do a lot of fundraising for Willow Wood and thought that raising money for Children with Cancer was a very worthy cause.” Meanwhile, two members who recently joined Helsby Golf Club chose the Towers Lane club to stage a charity challenge in aid of Prostate Cancer. Friends James Farrington and Mark Collier played four rounds of golf in two days at Helsby recently. They gathered sponsorship for the charity, a cause close

to their hearts as family and friends have suffered with this illness. They managed to raise a fantastic sum of around £1,100 and found the whole experience tiring but tremendously worthwhile and wanted to pass on their thanks to all their supporters. They enjoyed their pints afterwards – well done James and Mark! In North Wales, Abergele Golf Club Seniors held a RNLI Cup competition where they collected £175.50 towards the RNLI. The cheque was presented to Llandudno RNLI Station in August.

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STUART HURSTFIELD This month we feature the former Padeswood & Buckley, Aldersey Green and North West National teaching professional who has spent the last eight years as head professional at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Saudi Arabia. The Covid outbreak meant an unplanned March return to the UK, which gave us the chance to catch up with Stuart in person before he returns to the Middle East in October. How old are you? I am 47. Where were you born? Wrexham. Where do you live? Normally I live in Dhahran, in Saudi Arabia, but I’m currently back in the UK staying in my flat in Ewloe, Flintshire. Where and when did you hit your first golf ball? It was at Westminster Park, in Chester (pictured below) when I was about 10.

Padeswood & Buckley and the most recent at my home course Rolling Hills in Saudi Arabia. Who was your golfing idol as a kid? Like most people my age would say, it’s got to be Seve (pictured below). He was the main man when I was a kid. My dad used to call him the ‘Muhammad Ali of Golf ’.

What are the best three golf courses you’ve played? I absolutely love the links courses in the Southport area but I’m going to pick three from further afield. I’d choose Pinnacle Point (South Africa, pictured below), Sentosa (Singapore) and Banyan (Thailand).

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What is the worst part about the job? The humidity in the summer is tough to deal with and the dust storms (pictured below) can be horrendous. Everything gets covered, including things inside my flat. Luckily they only happen a couple of times a year.

What is your favourite food? I love Thai food. It’s protein and veg so you don’t put on weight either.

What are your other hobbies? I run every day, I enjoy going to the gym, I like watching movies, travel, reading and socialising. Which football team do you support? I’m a Wrexham fan, even though my grandad ( John Hurstfield) played left back for Liverpool and my dad was on their books as a youngster too.

Who got you into golf ? My dad was a member at Padeswood & Buckley but it was actually my mum that first took me and my brother to play. She’d seen us having a go with dad’s clubs in a field and thought we might enjoy it. What was your best achievement as an amateur? I won the Flintshire and the North Wales Youths. I also shot a course record 66 at Padeswood & Buckley when I was 16. This has been beaten several times since. When did you turn pro? In 1996 under Dave Ashton’s guidance at Padeswood & Buckley. What was your handicap when you turned pro? I was playing off three. What is your best achievement as a professional? I’ve not really done anything playing-wise but I’ve had lots of students that have gone on to be good golfers. One is a Canadian lad called Nathan Kraynyk, who has now turned pro. Did you have any other jobs before you turned pro? I did all sorts. I washed cars, worked at Tesco, worked in a factory etc. Have you had any holes in one? I have had six in total. The first was at

What is the most memorable golf shot you’ve ever hit? The hole-in-one I had at Blue Lakes, in the USA was memorable because it was such a great hole and I was also playing alongside the club’s professional (Rob Ellis) who’d never had an ace there. What is the most nervous you have ever been on a golf course? I played in the Saudi Arabian International with three of Saudi’s best golfers (pictured below). A huge gallery of members came out to watch and I was considering feigning injury to get out of it, but I actually played ok and didn’t embarrass myself.

What’s a typical working day like in Saudi Arabia? I work a split shift so normally I get up about 6am and am in work for 7am. I’ll work until about 12 noon and then go and do some shopping and then go for a run or to the gym. My afternoon work starts again at about 4pm and sometimes I coach through until 9pm. What’s the biggest difference between Saudi and the UK? It’s a very different place in lots of ways. The weather is vastly different. In the summer the temperature often gets up to 45 degrees! The weather in the winter is fantastic though, it’s just lovely and warm all the time. Alcohol is not allowed in Saudi, so that’s hard at times, but it’s a very safe country with virtually no crime. I’ve not seen a police officer in the eight years I’ve been there! Saudi Arabian golf is growing fast though and they are in the process of creating a Saudi Golf Association and the European Tour now has events there. What is the best thing about your Saudi Arabian job? To meet some many different people from all over the world is fantastic. There are 82 different na-

Who is the best golfer you’ve played with? I played with Tour pro Greg Owen years ago and he has gone on to have a successful career. More recently I played with Welsh player Ben Chamberlain who only just missed out on a place in last year’s Walker Cup team.

What is your favourite drink? Because I can’t drink in Saudi, it’s been lovely coming home and having an IPA, which I’d never had before.

Who is your favourite music artist/s? I love all sorts of music but my favourites are The Beatles (pictured below) and Supertramp.

If you weren’t a professional golfer, what do you think you’d be doing to earn a living? I really have no idea. I suppose I would have been working in a factory or something like that. What have you been doing with your time since your enforced move back to the UK? I’ve been playing lots of golf. I play mainly at Padeswood & Buckley but I’ve also played loads of other North Wales courses recently like Mold and Nefyn. I’ve also been trying to keep my fitness levels up and have been running at least 5km each day. I’ve bought a scooter too and I’ve been driving round North Wales on that since lockdown has eased. If you could change one golf rule which would it be? I would find a way to speed up play. Maybe a penalty shot or two for slow play. A threeball should get round in three and half hours, not five hours. What is your favourite TV show? I haven’t got a particular favourite but I like most documentaries and things about history. I’ve been watching Gardeners’ World and Countryfile since I’ve

You’ve won an all-expenses-paid trip anywhere in the world. Where would you go? I’ve been lucky enough to visit 18 different countries since I first went to Saudi but I’ve still not been to Australia so I’d like to go there. My girlfriend and I are hoping to get there in the New Year. I’d love to play Royal Melbourne. If you won £1million tomorrow on the lottery what would you do with the money? I would put a large chunk of it into helping young golfers. What is your favourite way to spend a weekend? Hanging out with my girlfriend. We often head over to Bahrain (it’s only an hour on the bus) and can have a few drinks there. Who was the last person you bought a gift for? It was my mum’s birthday in August so it was probably the John Lewis vouchers I got her.


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ONE of the most common things I hear in my studio is that “I think I have an over the top golf swing”. And generally that is the case. The over the top move will lead to real inconsistencies not only in strike, but also in directional control. But using a wall can go a long way to helping you get out of an over the top downswing. The feeling usually associated with an over the top swing, is that of throwing

the club in front on the downswing (PICS 1 & 2). This would get the club moving away from the wall and get the club approaching from outside the hands on an out-to-in path. By getting on the wall, with the feeling of running the club down it behind you (and I suggest doing this with the grip end if using an actual wall, to not damage you, the club or the wall) (PIC 3) will help get the club shallowing out

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on the backswing and approaching from behind your hands (PIC 4), thus delivering a blow that will be more from into-out and see far more consistency in strike and ball flight control. Running through this feeling without hitting a ball in lots of practice swings, will help harness the feeling of the club swinging more from behind you and not throwing it over the top during transition.

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GRAHAM CARTER Our Cheshire-based columnist on back garden boozing and a mini-break to a Scottish castle. FOR the last six months, on and off, a good friend of mine has been selfisolating. It is made easy by the fact that his office is at the bottom of their large, well-kept garden. The daily commute, therefore, requires little more than slippers, dressing gown and a mug of coffee. Half an hour’s work later, and he’s free for the rest of the day. It’s a tough life... On Friday afternoons, however, again, for the last five months - his office becomes a ‘pub lounge’ - for a very select group, of course. Well, in truth, until August, when the number of ‘regulars doubled, he and I had been the only, socially-distancing ‘patrons’. I’m sure that many of us have happily discovered and discussed at length that ‘having a drink’ has cost comparatively little over the duration of the lockdown. Considering that the price of a can of lager, on average, is around 78p, and a pint in our ‘local’ is currently £4.65, then it is easy to understand why there is a general reluctance to forego the ‘craic’ in the garden and flock instead with the rest of the gang back to the pub. We will go, of course, but much less frequently. Like many others, for the period of the pubs being ‘out of bounds’, I managed to save a small fortune. Unfortunately, it did not last long. The Cherubic Commandant (she’s beautiful, but what she says, goes) decided that we needed a long weekend away! Dutifully, I readily agreed that it would be simply marvellous and wonderful to just get away - to anywhere, really - especially as Spain is a ‘no go’ for us, this year. Anyway, what she planned wasn’t just any old weekend away; oh, no! Our destination was a rather grand Scottish castle; a real one, with turrets! It has its own golf course (naturally!), a modest estate about the size of Cheshire and all manner of touristy things to see and do. Prior to travelling, a quick look well, more of a double-take, actually at the prices of the rooms and the food on their (admittedly very impressive) menu, led me to the swift and inevitable conclusion that, come Tuesday morning, my ‘small fortune’ would have been transferred to somebody else’s bank account. Any privately-owned hotel that has its own golf course sets ‘resort golf ’

bells ringing in my ears, but one look at this short, James Braid-designed course tells a different story... no bunkers, a shallow, fast-flowing river that comes into play on a number of holes and a prevailing wind. The first is a par three measuring over 230 yards. Most modestly-handicapped golfers, I should think, standing on the elevated tee and about to play into the teeth of the wind, would automatically reach for their driver. Then, either duff it into the river, slice it into oblivion, or land it some way short of the green. That’s all that needs to be said about the course, really, other than the story of the Dutch lady, along with her husband, who told us over after-dinner drinks that they’d managed to lose up to three balls on every hole! The CC and I quickly presumed that it was their divots we replaced as we walked around. By far the most exhilarating aspect of our mini-break was driving through the Cairngorms. The views were stunning and awe-inspiring, the landscapes dramatic and almost breathtaking. The hundreds of offwhite dots, high up on the hillside, were actually sheep and yes, those are ski lifts! Later, standing on the banks of a loch, surrounded on all sides by dark, forbidding mountains made us feel quite insignificant and very, very small, indeed. On our penultimate day, we drove 75 miles north in order to meet some friends who’d moved from Cheshire 11 years ago. We followed both their instructions and the satnav guidance through The Back of Beyond, past the little-known hamlet of Wherethe’ellarewe? and out to the middle of Absolutely Bloody Nowhere before we found their humble abode. It is nine miles from the nearest shop! Imagine that journey for a bottle of milk in the middle of winter... The actual setting was and is beautiful, though... Predictably, on the day we left Scotland for the six-hour drive home, the heavens opened! The views disappeared, rainwater ran in torrents down and across the roads, and we drove through village after seemingly-empty village until we finally left the A and B roads behind (there’s not much difference, by the way) for the motorway and home.

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DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR NORTH SHORE GOLFER BLACKPOOL North Shore member Mark Bonsor has hit two holes in one within a few weeks of each other at his home club this summer. The first ace came on the downhill par three 12th hole soon after golf courses re-opened after lockdown in May. What made the ace even more incredible was the fact that there was no flag in the hole at the time due to strict coronavirus measures still in place. “I just aimed for the middle of the green,” said the 12handicapper. “The cup itself was upturned too so I am amazed it stayed in the hole too. I didn’t actually know it had gone in as I could still see the ball on the green from the tee, but when we walked down and got a bit closer I realised it was actually half submerged in the hole. My friend and I went crazy!” The ace was his first, but the director of a sustainable swimwear fashion brand with his wife, didn’t have to wait long for another. Mark, who lives in nearby Lytham St Annes, added: “The second hole-in-one took place on the seventh hole less than

two months later when I was playing alongside fellow member Carl Cohen. I used a six iron and struck it great. As soon as I hit it, Carl said he thought it had a really good chance of going in. The ball took a bounce and it tracked into the hole. “It felt great to get another ace so close to the first. No-one could believe it at first, but I’d got the idea of filming all my tee shots on par threes from US YouTuber Erik Anders Lang, who does an ‘Ace Cam’, so I got the tee shot on video, although you can’t actually see the ball go in.” Mark has been playing regularly for about seven years, but first started at the age of 16 when he chose golf as his Wednesday afternoon recreational activity at college. “Having had the two aces in quick succession, I just now try to clear my mind and believe each time on a par three it could happen again. I would like to try and do the same on the ninth and 17th to get the grand slam of par threes at North Shore!”

Mark Bonsor after his ace on the seventh hole at Blackpool North Shore.

THE Cheshire Union is on the lookout for players to represent the county in Boys’ Team matches. These matches are played against neighbouring counties and cover three age levels, under 14, 16 and 18. Cheshire Boys team manager Mike Jones explained: “As well as playing in team matches, we may be able to offer places in the county coaching programme, depending on age and ability.” Boys between nine and 16 years of age who would like to be considered to play for Cheshire Boys, can get in touch with the Mike, via email: mikejones9@live.co.uk. Please send details of your date of birth, club and current handicap. All applications will be acknowledged. Meanwhile, the annual Joanne Morley Junior Challenge will be staged at Sale Golf Club on Sunday, October 18. Morley, a former top LPGA Tour player and Solheim Cup vice-captain, has supported the competition for the past 18 years and it also supports the Golf Foundation, a charity which does so much to promote Golf Club junior golf. The current champion is Ellis Courtnell, of Ringway, and the competition is open to boys and girls in the region aged under 16 years on January 1, 2020. There are many prizes on offer including rounds of golf at top venues and free lessons with some of the region’s best coaches. For entry forms and more details contact Geoff Garnett on either 0161 881 7550 or 0788 4254350 or email ggggarnett@aol.com.

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