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24
Apr
11

Charlotte Ellis of Gloucestershire wins the Helen Holm

England international Charlotte Ellis staged a sensational smash-and-grab charge over the last few holes to win the Helen Holm Scottish women’s open amateur stroke-play championship over the Royal Troon Golf’s Open championship links today.
Trailing Leona Maguire, one half of the 16-year-old talented twins from Co Cavan, Ireland, by three strokes with six holes to play, the 25-year-old former English mid-amateur champion from Minchinhampton birdied the 13th, 15th and 16th holes to be one shot behind Maguire with two to play.
Both parred the short 17th and then tragically Leona, who had made all the running from the start of the 54-hole tournament, ran up a double bogey 6 at the last, taking three shots to get on the green and a further three putts from six feet.
That left the door open for a two-shot swing at the home hole. Ellis had a cast-iron par-4.
Maguire finished with a 73 for 11 under par 214 – one shot behind Ellis who signed off with a 71 for 213.
“I’m speechless,” said Charlotte. “I had no thoughts of catching Leona, even though I was only one shot behind her at the start of the last round. When I bogeyed the ninth, I was only really playing for second or third place and, giving it a go instead of holding back, I started to birdie holes.
“Even when I holed out for a par on the last green, I really didn’t think it was to win the Helen Holm. It was only when Leona eventually missed a 2ft second putt, that I realised I had won.
“It’s the biggest golf title I’ve ever won but I have to feel sorry for Leona.”
Charlotte hopes she won’t be able to defend the title at Troon next April – “I’m going back to the Tour School later in the season. I failed to get my card last year but I’m not letting that put me off. So I hope to be a tour pro by this time next year although it would have been nice to defend the Helen Holm.
“It was third time very lucky for me. I finished fifth on my debut two years ago and tenth when I came to Troon last year.”
It was not much consolation for Leona Maguire, who was the Helen Holm winner two years ago and won the Portuguese title in January, to win the Under-18s trophy.
18
Apr
11

The 2011 Fairhaven Trophies

The annual Fairhaven Trophies and Fairhaven Nations Cup, a 72-hole Open International
Scratch Championship, for boys and girls aged 18 or under, to be held at Fairhaven Golf
Club on 29th April to 1st May 2011, has attracted a high class field.
The quality of players entered this year is a testament to the prestige the championship is
now held within the world of junior golf since it was inaugurated in 2007. The draw for this
years championship was balloted at 0.6, and includes over 100 players with a scratch or
better handicap.
Among the list of the many international players who are playing is Nathan Kimsey, 17yrs,
form Woodhall Spa GC, who last week won the Peter McEvoy Trophy, and Greg Payne,
17yrs, Chobham GC, who finished runner up. The draw includes most of the England
under ‘18’ and ‘16’ boys teams, who will ‘tee-up’ alongside national players from Finland,
Scotland, Wales, Switzerland and Germany.
Among the favourites for the girls championship, will be Lancashire players, Brogan
Townend, 16yrs, Pleasington Golf Club who recently won the Leveret Trophy at Formby
Ladies in great style by 5 shots, and Bethany Garton, 17yrs, Royal Lytham & St Annes
Golf Club.
Club Secretary, Bob Thompson, commented “I am again thankful to the English Golf
Union and the English Women’s Golf Association for their continued support, which
sees the country’s top junior players playing. This year I am delighted to have the
support of the Scottish Golf Union and German Golf Federation who have entered
their top national junior players. We will see the elite juniors from the Europe
competing this year’s championship”
“The championship will provide an excellent opportunity for players to gain top class
competitive experience, as well as developing their course management skills and
testament to that is last years winner, Rhys Pugh, Vale of Glamorgan, and 3rd in last
weeks Peter McEvoy Trophy, who this year will be playing in the Lytham Trophy”
He further commented “With the championship being played on the same date and in
the same format as the Lytham Trophy, at neighbouring Royal Lytham & St Annes
GC, it creates a festival of world class amateur golf in Lytham St Annes, giving
competitors, spectators, selectors and national team managers the opportunity to see
the elite of amateur golf”

10
Apr
11

Frazer enters the record books at Southerndown

Welsh International James Frazer (Pennard) produced the performance of a lifetime here at Southerndown today to win the Duncan Putter with a record score of 8 under par for the 72-hole tournament.
Not content with his superb 65 this morning he went and repeated the feat this afternoon – the first time any golfer has shot 10 under par at Southerndown in one day.  Birdies at the 3rd and 6th holes set the tone for the round, and even a dropped shot at the 7th did not halt his progress.   He responded to this minor setback with consecutive birdies at the 8th, 9th and 10th holes, and a ‘mere’ par on the 11th proved only a temporary pause as James went on to birdie the 12th and 13th.  Content with a job well done, he completed his round with a succession of pars to card his second 65 of the day, leaving him 4 shots clear of the field.
Among those trailing in his wake were Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan – in second place on 4 under par (276) – and former Duncan Putter winner Ben Westgate on one over.
Everyone is now hoping that this is just the start of a wonderful season’s golf for James.  It certainly could not have started any better!
The winner of the best Welsh Under-21 player was Rhys Pugh, who showed touches of his true ability in his final round of 68.  We will surely hear more of Rhys as the season progresses.
30
Mar
11

Junior Disabled British Open

TEENAGER HERALDED AS CATALYST FOR

NEW JUNIOR DISABLED BRITISH OPEN

The first youngster to sign up for August’s inaugural Junior Disabled British Open will be a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy, for whom the event will be the culmination of a year’s lobbying.

Richard Warren, a 28-handicapper from Ascot, in Berkshire, was so enthused with last year’s Disabled British Open golf championship that he immediately contacted organisers to enquire why there wasn’t a junior event.

And the event’s organisers were so impressed with the teenager’s enthusiasm and dynamism that they worked with him to launch this year’s inaugural Junior Disabled British Open.

Warren has been playing golf for eight years after his mother thought the game might prove physically beneficial.

He said: “I have a real passion for golf despite the cerebral palsy which affects all of my limbs. I first started playing at the age of eight when my mother thought it might be a good way of improving my hand-eye coordination.

“Although I was initially apprehensive when she took me to have an introductory lesson at the local driving range, from that moment on I was well and truly hooked on the sport.”

In 2005 Mill Ride GC, in Ascot, launched a competition among local schools to offer three junior golf scholarships. The determined Warren applied and, following an interview and golf assessment, proved successful in attaining one of the three places on offer.

He continued: “I am extremely grateful to Mill Ride GC as the scholarship not only improved my game but also boosted my confidence. I am now quite well known around the club and have been supported throughout by many members and, in particular, the staff.

“My only frustration with golf is that the nature of my disability is such that each golfing day is different. One day my game can be exceptionally good; on another extremely bad – however, this has never taken away from the enjoyment.

“What became apparent to me over a number of years was that there were seemingly very few junior disabled golfers, either male or female. And that motivated me to explore opportunities to bring young disabled golfers together so they can play and be inspired by their peer group.”

It was this determination – and a series of meetings with event organiser Andy Barwell – that led to the launch of the Junior Disabled British Open and, moreover, Warren’s participation in it.

“While taking part in various events I have met with some high-profile golfers, including Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie, who have expressed a keen interest in my endeavours,” added Warren.

“With the possibility of golf entering the Paralympics in the future I feel it is the right time to introduce disabled junior golf into the public domain and to encourage more disabled young people to enjoy the sport.

“Through the development of the first Junior Disabled British Open, I hope to inspire and encourage other young disabled juniors to pursue their passion and realise their potential.”

The event, for disabled youngsters aged between 12 and 18, will run alongside the third annual Disabled British Open at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa, from August 20-21 – the largest and most inclusive tournament in the country for disabled golfers. And Barwell, a director of organiser the Azalea Group, said enormous credit should go to the teenager for helping to get the event off the ground.

He said: “Richard is an inspirational young man. He’s very driven and determined and is destined for great things I’m sure. If at 16 he can persuade us that there is a need for a Junior Disabled British Open I’m sure he can be even more influential as he gets older.

“When we first met he stated his case convincingly and backed it up with facts and figures. I can’t imagine another occasion when a company would join with a 16-year-old to launch a new product. That’s testament to him as an individual and should prove a huge fillip to young people with disabilities.”

The senior event has received Government backing from both the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP, and the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, who praised it for its inclusivity and legacy.

Hunt said: “The Disabled British Open golf championship is a fantastic example of how Britain can stage a world-class event for disabled athletes competing at the highest level. As a nation we should be very proud of the awareness this event has created, and the legacy of opportunities within sport for disabled people.”

And his parliamentary colleague added: “To hear that the Disabled British Open golf championships has encouraged disabled people to start playing golf for the first time is a wonderful achievement – and testament to the spirit of the competitors and will of the organisers.”

The 2010 event – the first to be played at the current venue – attracted a full field of 72 disabled athletes, with ages ranging from 16-71, from as far afield as South Africa, Pakistan, Spain, Ireland and Germany, in addition to a strong UK contingent.

The Sky Sports-broadcast event is delivered through Tourism South East as one of the projects of the Accentuate programme, which is funded by SEEDA and Legacy Trust UK – an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – and set up as part of the south-east’s drive to create a cultural shift in the way disabled people are perceived by celebrating excellence and showcasing talent.

John Williams, chairman of Tourism South East, said: “The Disabled British Open is one of many excellent projects we have delivered over the past few years. It has a burgeoning reputation and seems likely to go from strength to strength. We wish it continued success.”

The 2011 Disabled British Open and Junior Disabled British Open take place on August 20-21. A range of bespoke sponsorship and partnership packages for both events can be made available including title and headline sponsorship.

Entries will open in April. For further information contact championship organiser Andy Barwell on 07961 315520 or visit www.disabledbritishopen.org

ENDS

Information for journalists.

Press release written and distributed by the Azalea Group.

06
Mar
11

England’s Laurie Canter wins Spains Men’s Amateur

06
Mar
11

Ireland’s Lisa Maguire wins Spanish Amateur

29
Sep
09

Irvin to be new President

GOLF/BRITISH LADIESLancashire’s Ann Irvin is to be the next President of the English Women’s Golf Association. She will take up office at the AGM next January.

“This is the most amazing honour. It is the greatest honour that England can give me and I am just so proud,” said Ann, who enjoyed a stellar career as one of the country’s foremost amateurs.

Most recently Ann has been a selector for both England and Great Britain & Ireland. She has also been president and captain of Lancashire and is an honorary member of her county; of her home club, Royal Lytham & St Annes;  and also of Lytham Green Drive Golf Club.

During her term in office Ann will actively support EWGA’s efforts to connect with its members and highlight the work the association does on behalf of England’s women club golfers.

“I feel very strongly that our members in clubs, counties and regions are most important and much valued by the association. Our elite players are also a very important part of what we do, they are our showcase,  but they tend to come and go very quickly. Our grass roots members are with us for a lifetime.”

Ann took up golf in her teens and went on to become English and British champion and to be a key member of national and international teams over a 15-year period.

She was in four Curtis Cup teams between 1962 and 1976 and was selected for a fifth, but injury prevented her from taking up her place. She played for GB&I in eight Vagliano Trophy matches against the Continent of Europe, and on five occasions was in the winning team. She twice helped Great Britain to win the Commonwealth Tournament.

Ann played for England in 11 Home Internationals – the team won 10 times – and six European team championships, winning a gold medal on three occasions.

Looking back, she says: “My proudest moment was the 1968 Curtis Cup in Ireland, when I was playing top in all the matches and halved one and won the rest. My best moment was winning my British championship at Carnoustie in 1973. That was the pinnacle for me.”

Ann’s playing career came to an end in 1977 because of back problems. She remained involved with golf for some years, as Lancashire county captain in 1979 and as GB&I captain in the World Amateur Team Championship of 1982. After a break from the game she returned as Lancashire president from 2002-04 and then accepted a role as a national and international selector.

She will succeed Elizabeth Earnshaw OBE as EWGA President at the association’s AGM on 13 January 2010




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