Chris in feelgood form

THE weeks feel like they are flying by at the moment after another run of four tournaments from which I have taken plenty of positives and a few Race to Dubai points. In Denmark, my ball striking was world class, but a cold putter led to a missed cut by one shot. From there I went on to finish tied 14th in the Czech Republic, joint 37th in the Swiss Alps and finally in a tie for 25th at the KLM Open in Holland. And it was great to see the effort I’ve put into my putting starting to pay dividends and see my stats hugely improve – as I promised they would! I had also set some short-term goals to push towards. The first was to win €100,000, the second was to be in contention and lastly to push

Women back on top

Woodsome Hall’s Nicola Slater kept her nerve to seal victory for Yorkshire in the English Women’s County Championship at Felixstowe Ferry. They beat Gloucestershire 5-4 in a nail-biting finale which was only decided by the last putt on the last green. County girls’ champion Slater rolled her ball from behind the green to within six inches of the cup to confirm her 1up win and Yorkshire’s victory – and the celebrations began as her team-mates bowled her over. Olivia Winning cradled the trophy and remarked: “This is the only one I’ve ever wanted, I’d give up all my other wins for this.” That’s some statement from an international who has twice won the Scottish Open title and helped England to

Yorkshire Challenge champs

A BIRDIE on Ganton’s infamous closing hole proved decisive for Howley Hall duo James Appleyard and Miles Foster in the Yorkshire Challenge. They won by a single point over three rounds played on Yorkshire’s triumvirate of Ryder Cup courses, but Appleyard’s steely three was made even more remarkable after Foster had declared on the last tee that he had never completed the hole despite playing the course “about a dozen times”. When the Ryder Cup was played at the North Yorkshire course in 1949, US captain Ben Hogan described the drive on the 18th as being one of the hardest he had encountered .At that time the hole measured a little over 300 yards compared to today’s 395. And Appleyard, who pl

Super sisters-in-fore!

YORKSHIRE sisters-in-law Kerry Lamb and Tina Sampson put on the championship style and won the PING women’s fourball betterball Grand Final on countback in the rain at Gainsborough Golf Club. The pair, from Tankersley Park, Sheffield, arrived on the tee with caddies wearing named bibs – and then put on a show to match, amassing 42 points in tough conditions on the Karsten Lakes course. They pipped Bedfordshire teenagers Luca Thompson and Imogen Morton King on countback, thanks to their better back nine of 22 points. “It’s just amazing,” said Kerry, a 10-handicapper. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, other than having my kids!” Tina, who plays off 27, added: “We are really, rea

Hat-trick for Alex

Alex Fitzpatrick’s dominance of the Yorkshire golf scene in 2017 continued with a win in the amateur match play championship played at his home course of Hallamshire. His victory by 3&2 over England international David Hague from Malton and Norton gave Fitzpatrick a county hat-trick after collecting the Yorkshire Boy’s and senior titles this year. The cream certainly came to the top as Fitzpatrick accounted for Wath’s English men’s amateur semi-finalist Nick Poppleton 3&2 in the semi-finals. Hague had won by two holes against George Muscroft in their semi-final match-up, the Otley man having accounted for 2016 England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit winner Charlie Thornton (Fulford) in the last ei

Breathtaking Mytton Fold

Danny Lockwood goes golfing in the shadows of the historic Pendle Witches – to Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Club FOR such a relatively small country, England never fails to surprise me with some its undiscovered backwaters and breathtaking beauty spots. The hills and valleys in the borough of Pendle were the latest to open my eyes to just how beautiful a place we call home. ‘Pendle’ you say? ‘Where’s that when it’s at home?’ Well, it’s north of Burnley, up the M66 if you want to visit via the motorway, but is also just over the tops on the A59 from Skipton. With the fabu lous Forest of Bowland next door and the Yorkshire Dales just to the north, it shouldn’t be surprising that some of the view

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