Walker's winning ways

Nick Dougherty with Graham Walker – photo England Golf/Vicki Head Graham Walker has added the accolade of England Golf coach of the year to his burgeoning reputation. Walker, who is based at The Oaks, was presented with the award by Nick Dougherty at the England Golf 2019 Performance Conference. It is the second time he has won the award having first been recognised in 2014. Three years later he was awarded Master Professional status which is the highest honour bestowed by the Professional Golfers’ Association. Dougherty – who went on to become a three-times winner on the European Tour and is now lead presenter on Sky Sports Golf – excelled as an England amateur international after making hi

England honour for Sam

Yorkshire’s Sam Bairstow will make his senior England debut later this month in the Costa Ballena Octagonal International Challenge. Bairstow, 21, from the Hallowes Golf Club in Dronfield, was promoted to the England ‘A’ squad for 2020 and will join the Warwickshire duo Sam Broadhurst and Max Martin, Gloucestershire’s Joe Harvey, Cheshire’s Jack Brooks and Arron Edwards-Hill from Essex in the six strong team. The event is being staged from 21-24 January at the Costa Ballena Ocean Club near Jerez in Southern Spain. Bairstow finished last year in fine style with a seven shot victory in the North of England Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Alwoodley where he closed with a superb six-unde

A great year for Hal-Hudd

HALIFAX-HUDDERSFIELD Union celebrated their victory in two of Yorkshire Inter-District Union's four championships with a special dinner at Halifax West End Golf Club. Having won the YIDU junior league in 2018, with seven wins out of seven – the first time they had worn that crown - they annexed their level's six-man team championship last summer, again for the first time, while the seniors ended a 25-year wait for only their second league triumph. Team manager Frank Greaves gave an emotional speech in which he thanked everyone involved in the union's dual 2019 success, from players and officials through to supporting parents and partners. Huddersfield Golf club member Greaves had an excellen

Rochelle Morris reflects ... a year on tour

Woodsome Hall’s Rochelle Morris reflects on her first year on Tour: Sixteen tournaments, 10 countries, 23 flights, 1 ferry, 1-euro tunnel, 1 mixed event, 4 trips back and forth to London, a 1 shot miss at the Open Championship and 1 robbery…yes, my first year on Tour has been very eventful, It has also been full of laughs, a few tears (not always mine) and a lot of hard work both on and off the course, so 2019 is a year I’ll never forget. My 123rd place finish on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit as a rookie from only 4 starts is a result I was pretty pleased with. I split my year between the LET Access Tour and the main Tour in order to take the opportunities I was given, and had no

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