At home in the desert

AFTER a great few days back in England over Christmas and quality time with the family in Spain it was time to hit the road again for a three-tournament stint, which is the maximum amount of time I want to be away from them. It’s crazy how quickly my children are growing up; they’re both great fun, don’t listen to daddy at all, and I’m amazed how switched on and clever they both seem to be. Jessica just wants to learn all the time, while Olivia just wants to cause as much chaos as she can – it’s brilliant, and incredible how different they are. We still don’t know if Jessica understands the timescales of daddy’s travels, but she certainly understands I’m away for a good few bedtimes this tim

Ganstead members take over

GANSTEAD PARK members have completed the purchase of the golf club from the family that owned and ran the Hull facility. The future of golf at the club was secured after more than 90 per cent of the club’s 400 members voted to take it over when it was put up for sale last year. The members’ buy-out also means the 12 staff who help run the golf club will keep their jobs. Neal Hammond, director of Ganstead Park Golf Club, said: “To be able to acquire Ganstead Park GC for our members is fantastic for the future of this club. “We’ve always been focused on building a community around the club and believe we’ve built a golf course with a fantastic inclusive and educational atmosphere. “With other

Baildon's expert club selection

THE sale of the clubhouse to a housing developer will safeguard the future of golf at Baildon for the foreseeable future and provide a brand new facility that is expected to be ready before the end of the year. Club President Ian Holmes also believes the model could pave the way for other clubs in Yorkshire who are faced with the continued challenge of rising costs and falling revenues. Holmes took over as President last November, but five years ago the club decided to form a development committee to address the increasing costs associated with maintaining a clubhouse that was over 100 years old, needed a new roof and windows, and was suffering from an ailing heating system. Holmes said:

Hague has a wizard time in Oz

MALTON & Norton’s David Hague is on the verge of breaking into the top 50 in the world amateur rankings after a superb showing during a four-tournament trip to Australia as part of a strong England Golf quartet. The North of England champion rounded off his visit Down Under by reaching the last 16 of the New South Wales Amateur championship. He began the 36-hole qualifying with a two-under-par 70 at Gungahlin Lake and went two shots better in his second round at Royal Canberra with a 68. It was a round that included no fewer than seven birdies, three of them coming in a row from the fifth. Hague’s 138, six-under-par aggregate saw him move serenely into the match play stages with the top 32 q

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