Thanks for the support

A first tournament ace - I'll drink to that! Firstly, I just want to thank the people who sent me such wonderful messages following my last blog from Ireland and Scotland. There have been times over the last few months when I haven’t wanted to write and that’s probably why a few blogs have been condensed into one. But receiving so much support soon reminded me why I enjoy sharing my journey and life on Tour. So, here we go again. I think we can say the back end of the season has started and it’s also safe to say that my back is against the wall. So, what’s the plan? Well I got together with my caddie, Steve, and my coach, Mark, over at Oulton Hall. It was like being back at school – a go

Ben's glory year keeps rolling

Yorkshire’s Ben Schmidt put the seal on a remarkable season with a three-shot victory in the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. The 16-year-old from Rotherham Golf Club played the 36-hole event in four-under par, with rounds of three-under 70 and 72. His closest rival was Lancashire’s Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale) on one-under, while Suffolk’s George Fricker (Ufford Park) was third on level par. Schmidt started his season’s successes with victory in the Yorkshire boys’ championship and soon followed up with second place in the English U16 boys’ open for the McGregor Trophy. He went on to win the men’s scratch tournament for the Lee Westwoo

Postman Poults delivered for Joe

A chance meeting with Ian Poulter was all it took to switch Sheffield born Joe Pagdin from soccer to golf. Later this month Pagdin will travel from his home in Florida to represent Team GB at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Joe, 16., and fellow England player Lily May Humphreys are among 42 athletes selected by the British Olympic Association to compete in 17 sports at the Games, which run from the 6th–18th October. He was a semi-finalist at the British Boys’ Championship, was in England’s winning teams at the Boys’ Home Internationals of 2017 and 2018 and has just helped GB&I beat continental Europe to win the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Humphreys is in the England Golf women's squ

Northern foursome for Yorkshire

YORKSHIRE’S domination of the Northern Counties League continued when a 13-5 win over Cheshire at Royal Liverpool saw them top the table for the fourth year in succession. Unbeaten throughout the campaign with four wins and a draw against arch rivals Lancashire, the win took them to Aldeburgh at the end of September where they reclaimed the national title they last won in 2016. Yorkshire took a 4-2 lead from the morning foursomes against Cheshire before cruising to any easy win in the singles 9-3. Former county champion Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall) was one of four players to win both games. He was joined by David Hague (Malton & Norton), Luke Robinson (Hornsea) and Josh Morton (Huddersfield)

Catch-22 for Tykes

Yorkshire are English Men’s County Champions for the 22nd time – snatching their victory by the tiny margin of half a game point at the end of three days’ intense competition at Aldeburgh Golf Club. The final title showdown against Gloucestershire was a nail-biter which ended in a halved match and meant the destination of the trophy was decided by the number of game points won by the two teams. Yorkshire triumphed with 16, to Gloucestershire’s 15.5. The Tykes amassed their precious advantage on the first day when they beat Lincolnshire 6.5-2.5 and captain Darryl Berry commented: “I knew that half point could matter!” They followed up with a day two 5-4 win over BB&O, (Berks, Bucks and Oxon),

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