Learning a lesson from Poulter

I RECEIVED a real warm Geordie welcome at Close House for my very first British Masters, and you could feel the pride they had in hosting the event. I have to say that first impressions of the course were very favourable as I drove to the impressive clubhouse. With well-defined fairways lined with wispy long US Open type grass, it looked great on the eye. The location, just two hours from Huddersfield, meant friends, family and Woodsome and Crosland Heath members – and some from further afield I have met in my golfing journey – could easily travel to support me and I felt confident I could give them a good show. It started well with six birdies on the front en route to a 64, which I followed

Yorkshire Seniors take title

YORKSHIRE became the English Senior Men’s County Champions for the first time and in doing so secured a unique treble to cap their most successful year on record. The Tykes came out on top following a topsy-turvy encounter on the last day at Goswick to add the national title to the Northern Counties Senior League and the Northern Counties qualifier, where they came from 15 shots behind at Arcot Hall to claim a place in the County Champions event. The decider against Warwickshire went right down to the last of three matches played over the Northumberland links course. The White Rose side required only a half from the match to claim the title and won the morning foursomes 2-1. However, through

Neil's living the dream...

Masham’s Neil Garbutt lived the dream when he partnered Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts in the pro-am before the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports. It all started for Garbutt when he teamed up with Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire) and Mike Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire) to win the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, which was open to members of England Golf’s 1900+ affiliated clubs. The trio had earlier played through club, regional and national rounds before confirming their success in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo. Their performance there won them a money can’t buy experience with Colsaerts in the curtain raiser of the British Masters, suppor

Hague masters Alwoodley

David Hague capped a superb season by taking the North of England Amateur Strokeplay Championship at The Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds. The Malton&Norton member was a model of consistency in carding rounds of 71, 71, 69 and 74 to win by two shots from Darlington’s Andrew Wilson. Early leader Nick Poppleton (Wath) tied for third a shot further back with Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor) who equalled Poppleton’s opening 68 in his last round to haul himself up the leaderboard. George Bloor (Cavendish) tied fifth on six over par despite a best of the tournament 65 on day three. Pre-tournament favourite Alex Fitzpatrick from Hallamshire never really got going and finished twelve shots behind Hague. On

Fitz sets speed record

Sheffield’s Matthew Fitzpatrick is a record breaker after helping an England team play the fastest hole of golf by four players. The English quartet of Hallamshire member Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Ian Poulter and Matthew Southgate completed the par-five 15th at Regnum Carya Golf Resort and Spa in Antalya in 32.70 seconds to set a new Guinness World Record time. That was just 0.26secs quicker than the South African team of Brandon Stone, Haydn Porteous, Dylan Frittelli and George Coetzee, but took 2.17s off the previous best set by France at Valderrama last year. England's reward is a place in the record books and a certificate for each member of the team, although Southgate’s team members

Marsh gets Challenge Tour card

Huddersfield’s Nick Marsh will be competing on the European Challenge Tour next year. The Fixby golfer secured one of the five spots available from the HotelPlanner.com PGAEuroPro Tour‘s Race to Amondeira by finishing in fourth position with £25,045 from 13 events. March ascribes his success to an improvement in consistency. “Getting into the top 5 was one of my goals at the start of the year and another was to win on the HotelPlanner.comPGA EuroPro Tour and I have achieved both, so it has been a good year all in all, “Marsh told Yorkshire Golfer. “For me the key to the year has been consistency. If you look at my stats I was 82 under par for the 56 rounds I played so it was very much a year

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