So close for Joe

Yorkshire’s Joe Pagdin fell just short yet again when he was beaten in a 3-way play-off at the prestigious Azalea Invitational in South Carolina. The Sheffield born golfer who now lives at Lake Nona in Orlando, fired a bogey free best of the day final round of 66, but lost at the first extra hole when Cole Hammer birdied the first extra hole. For Pagdin, it was his second straight runner-up finish in the Azalea, having shared 2nd place with Hammer last year, one shot behind the winner Chris Petefish. Canadian Hugo Bernard was the other player to lose out in the play-off after all three players finished at 11-under with a four-round total of 273. Hammer appeared to be cruising toward his firs

The Chris Hanson blog...

My fellow Yorkshireman and past European Tour winner Richard Finch has a favourite acronym for I.N.D.I.A - “I’ll never do it again!” His humorous take on playing golf in that part of the is a rule that doesn’t really apply to me as there probably isn’t anywhere I won’t go. My motto, as I’ve mentioned in this column many times, is: ‘Have clubs will travel’, The only place I struggle to visit is China, and I’m going back there again at the end of this month for the Volvo China Open month, so I can’t be that bothered So, it was back to New Delhi and the renowned DLF golf course which has had been re-designed- to mixed reviews- since last year. It’s a Gary Player designed course, but many of us

Girls are rocking again

Girls’ golf will be rocking again in Yorkshire with the return of a successful campaign to inspire new young players. Girls Golf Rocks ran across the county for the first time last year and introduced over 60 girls to golf, through taster and coaching courses – and with the support of ambassadors from the county girls’ squad. This year, the number of free taster sessions is being doubled to eight. They will take place at: Rudding Park GC, Thursday 5th April, 11am – 1pm Middlesbrough Municipal, Friday 6th April, 10am – 12 noon Bedale GC, Friday 6th April, 4pm – 6pm Oulton Hall GC, Saturday 7th April – 9am – 11am Meltham GC, Saturday 7th April, 3pm – 5pm Hessle GC , Sunday 8th April, 1pm – 3p

Bawtry has big ideas

A proposal to redevelop Bawtry Golf Club which includes a 68-bedroom hotel is built around attracting new players to the game through an alternative and educational approach to golf. Plans have been drawn up that would see the hotel as well as a classroom, upgraded driving range and new 6-hole course to allow a quick form of golf with the aim of making the game more accessible and appealing to families. But developers behind the scheme say they would have to build 18 luxury houses on countryside land next the course to help raise £3 million towards funding the development The proposition has been shown to Doncaster Council's planning committee which deferred on making a decision because of

Westy's a dark horse...

Lindrick member and former world number 1 Lee Westwood proved to be the scourge of the bookies at Cheltenham. ‘Westy’ had a total of 13 winners, including a horse called Missed Approach, across the four days of last months’ festival, including all seven on the first day. Such was his prowess, The Sun newspaper installed him as a tipster for the remainder of the week. He has amassed $34.3M in prize money during his career as a professional but his £128 stake on the Tote Jackpot on the opening day netted him a cool £20,678 when Mister Whitaker obliged in the last race. Westwood has a share in over a dozen horses including Augusta Kate who finished well down the field in the Stayers’ Hurdle on

Pearson feels right at home

Photo: Snainton Golf Operations Manager James Blenkinsopp (left) with new Moor Allerton professional Jonathan Pearson New Moor Allerton professional Jonathan Pearson is looking forward to the challenge of reawakening a golf club he describes as a sleeping giant. Born and bred in Leeds, Pearson joins from Cookridge Hall where he was head of youth development for 8 years and during which time he was named Golf Foundation PGA Coach of The Year 2015 and Cookridge was voted England Golf Club Of The Year in the previous year. As well as big plans to promote grass roots golf, he also has a brand-new golf shop offering top brands at online prices through a new association with Snainton Golf, plus a

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