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Hampshire cricket legend Sean Ervine is aiming to carve himself a new sporting career in professional golf.

Simon Dyson, former top 10 player on the European Tour, has retired from professional golf after a 20-year career. The Manchester-based Yorkshireman, 41, who had surgery on a wrist injury three years ago, will now concentrate on a coaching academy he set up in Cheshire. His career brought him not far short of £10million in prize money and six European Tour wins. “I’m so excited about this next chapter,” he told BBC Radio York. “It’s like being back to when I first got my European Tour card. I’m just looking forward to helping other people improve. “Whether it’s for the monthly medal, or a minor tour event, it’ll still be a buzz for me. “I’ve gone in to partnership with Mottram Hall, working on elite golf performance which taps in to all sides - physical, mobility and the mental side. “I’ll be working on exactly how far players hit a full shot with each club. So few really know. And on the psychology side of playing, course management, visualisation of shots - especially the ones you don’t like the look of before you hit them.”

The 35-year-old father of two already has a handicap of one and is working towards joining the European Challenge Tour. He will be based on familiar territory, the Ageas Bowl’s Boundqry Lakes course, as he polishes his game works towards joining the Algarve Pro Golf Tour. Ervine told the Southern Daily Echo: “It’s something I’m looking into it the moment. I play off one with very little coaching so if I can spend a little bit of time doing it who knows where it would lead. “It would be a pretty decent story if it were to come true. It’s something I think I need to do. I don’t want to get a few years down the line and really wish I gave golf a go. “I’m trying to organise a coach to work with, try to get a few sponsors to help out, enter tour school in March, and go from there.”

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Ervine the golfer: “Who knows where it will lead?”

Support “Boundary Lakes are going to support me and allow me to practise there before going to Spain later this winter. “It’s a par 69 but it’s a pretty tough course. The greens are very undulating so it’s a good test. And the plan is to increase it to a par 71.” Ervine batted left-handed, but has always played golf right-hand “I just felt more comfortable doing that, it

Ervine the cricketer: A long-time star for Hampshire

probably goes back to my hockey days at school.” He had not even played golf before moving from Zimbabwe to join Hampshire in 2005. “We had a good group who enjoy their golf,” he said, “including the likes of Warney. Creepy (John Crawley) and Dimi (Mascarenhas). “As a cricketer and a sportsman you need something to take your mind off the game and that’s what did it for me.”

Doctor, can I please have a prescription for golf on the NHS? The national press certainly had some fun with a recent report about the health benefits of golf for older people. In the Daily Mail, the witty columnist Littlejohn, under the headline Golf on the NHS? Are they trying to kill us all off? he wrote: “They should fire all the caddies and hire stretcher bearers.” But behind this was a perfectly serious joint report from ukactive, England Golf and Mytime Active.

Older people, it suggested, could be referred by their GPs for golf lessons to improve patients’ physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The suggestion arose from pilot research called ‘Golf on Referral’, under which parents at risk of chronic conditions were referred for a six-week course on behaviour change through a programme of golf lessons. The results showed that participants trebled their amount of exercise per week as a result and had increased life satisfaction levels alongside

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reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Health professionals are now being encouraged to refer older and inactive patients to play golf, in order to increase physical exercise as well as improve mental and emotional health throughout the age group. ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “Golf is a fantastic way to encourage people to be more active, particularly among parts of the population who may not be too engaged with other activities.” 

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