• Ladies European Tour

    Charley Hull (Photo Credit: LET)

    Charley Hull recorded her highest finish of the season on the 2017 Ladies European Tour as she grabbed a share of fifth place in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic.

    The Kettering golfer, who plays mostly on the LPGA Tour and was competing in an LET event for just the fourth time this year, carded four birdies in both of her opening two rounds of 70.

    Hull surged up the leaderboard as she bagged an eagle two and four birdies in a third round 67, before shooting five birdies in a final round 69 to finish just three shots behind the winner.

    Fellow county pro Meghan MacLaren enjoyed mixed fortunes in her last event of her debut season as she made the cut with rounds of 71 and 69, before carding three birdies in her opening five holes on day three.

    Needing a high finish to grab the 2017 LET Rookie of the Year crown, the Wellingborough golfer was unable to maintain her momentum as she dropped out of contention over the weekend.

  • NPGA Overseas Pro-Am at Hilton Head

    Michael Campbell (far left) & his team of amateurs

    Michael Campbell will be looking to build on his success in the NPGA Overseas Pro-Am after he took the plaudits by two points on Hilton Head in South Carolina.

    The Kettering pro was involved in a thrilling battle with Dan Wood (Brampton Heath) over four days as he eventually came out on top with a total of 146 points. Adam Myers (Northants County) finished third on 127.

    The 24-year-old also carried off the team prize as he combined successfully with amateurs Richard Shaw, Tony Parker and Richard Lobb.

    Wood’s team finished seven points behind in the runners-up spot, with Blackthorn Wood professional Shane Rose’s side one point further back in third.

  • Faldo Series Grand Final

    Callum Farr (right) with Sir Nick Faldo

    Young Northamptonshire golfers Callum Farr, Charlie Salter and Tiger Adams enjoyed the experience of playing in the Faldo Series Grand Final at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

    With six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo in attendance during the three-day competition, Salter (Northants County) came closest to victory as he finished third in the under-18s category.

    The County men’s champion, who qualified for the event after winning the Wales Championships in April, posted five successive birdies to lead with a 66 on day one, only to slip back with a second round 74

    Despite bagging six more birdies on the final day, Salter’s one-under-par total of 209 left him four behind Arron Edwards-Hill, with Adams (Wellingborough) further off the pace in 11th place.

    With Rory McIlroy amongst the previous winners of this international amateur event, Farr also put in a strong performance as he finished fifth in the under-21 category.

    The Priors Hall golfer carded three birdies in an opening 71, added a more consistent 69 on the second day before bagging an eagle two on the fourth hole in a final round of 71.

    The tournament was won by Brazilian Herik Machado, who beat Australian Daniel Gale by one stroke after firing a breathtaking round of 61 on the final day.

  • Peggy is still going strong after 80 years

    Peggy Durant - Northampton (photo credit: Dennis Tyrrell)

    Northampton Golf Club commemorated a unique feat by holding a special event for Peggy Durant as she celebrated her 80th consecutive year of club membership.

    With a nine-hole competition taking place in the morning, the 1972 Ladies Club Captain, who joined Northampton at the age of 13 on November 27th, 1937 was the guest of honour for the afternoon tea.

    As well as receiving a glass bowl to mark the achievement, the club presented a special cake to its longest serving member as she prepares to celebrate her 94th birthday this Sunday.

    Son Nick Durant, who is also a member at the club, says the gesture says everything about why she has always remained faithful to Northampton.

    He said: "My mum, who was Ladies Captain in the same year that my dad was Club Captain, still regularly assists in numerous events with registration and scoring.

    "I’m sure there are no end of clubs out there that would extend similar honours to a senior member but the friendliness of Northampton always feels special.

    "Mum has plenty of happy memories, especially at Kettering Road (the previous club home) with my dad, and for that reason they have never considered another club.”

    Northampton’s large junior section will have the chance to meet the club’s most experienced member after she was invited to present the prizes at the Junior Christmas competition on December 22nd.

  • LPGA Tour Final Qualifying

    Meghan MacLaren (Photo Credit: LET)

    Meghan MacLaren’s hopes of joining fellow county professional Charley Hull on the LPGA Tour next year came to an end as she missed out in the final qualifying stage at LPGA International in Florida, USA.

    The Wellingborough pro, who is guaranteed a spot on the 2018 Ladies European Tour, earned her chance to play for a card on the more lucrative series on the opposite side of the Atlantic after coming through two qualifying stages.

    Unfortunately for MacLaren, she was unable to fully recover from an opening 76 on the Jones course, as she compiled further scores of 74 and 76, before finishing with a one-under-71.

    The 23-year-old can still reflect on an excellent first full season as a touring pro after winning the 2017 LET Access Order of Merit and then grabbing ninth in the Women’s Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour.

  • European Tour

    Ryan Evans (Photo Credit: European Tour)

    Ryan Evans made his second cut in as many appearances on the 2018 European Tour as he finished 50th in the Australian PGA Championships at Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

    On the back of his 31st spot in the Hong Kong Open the previous weekend, the Wellingborough pro enjoyed another solid week’s work as he carded scores of 70, 71, 75 and 71.

  • Shires Junior Golf Tour

    Elton Furze

    County clubs Brampton Heath, Kingsthorpe, Kettering, Northampton and Elton Furze, whose girls and ladies members are affiliated to Northampton Golf Ltd, are set to host SJGT events in 2018.

  • 2017 Faldo Series Grand Final

    Callum Farr

    Northamptonshire have three young golfers competing in the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final this week as Callum Farr, Tiger Adams and Charlie Salter chase glory in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    With players from 19 countries across the world looking to follow in the footsteps of previous winner Rory McIlroy, Priors Hall’s Farr will contest the under-21 category after winning the English Midlands Championships in August.

    Wellingborough’s Adams, who was also successful in the Midlands qualifier, and Salter (Northants County), who triumphed in the Wales Championships in April, are in the under-18 competition.

  • Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour

    Ashleigh Critchley (Kettering)

    Kettering member Ashleigh Critchley’s reward for winning the 2017 Order of Merit on the Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour is a special coaching day with the European Tour professional next month.

    Critchley, who finished 10 points clear of her closest rival, will join the other category winners for one-on-one tuition and golf with Rock on Sunday, December 10th.

    The Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour, which attracted players from across the county for their three events last season, have announced an expanded programme of six regional tournaments for 2018.

    Starting at Sutton Coldfield (April 2nd), boys and girls have the chance to compete at Ruddington Grange (May 28th), Beeston Fields (June 24th), Longcliffe (August 13th) and Ramsdale (September 16th).

    With the last competition taking place at Coxmoor on October 29th, young golfers of all abilities and ages interested in taking part are advised to contact Natalie Clark on info@robertrockjuniorgolftour.co.uk.

  • Australian PGA Championship

    Ryan Evans

    Ryan Evans will be hoping to build on a solid start to the season when he competes in the Australian PGA Championship this week at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

    The Wellingborough professional marked his return to European Tour action last week by adding three successive rounds of 69 to an opening 71 to finish 31st in the Hong Kong Open.

    Evans, who is unlikely to compete again until the New Year, will go head-to-head with a field that includes Sergio Garcia and two other former US Masters champions, Adam Scott and Mike Weir.

  • Ladies European Tour

    Meghan MacLaren Elise Warden Charlotte Gilkes Sophie Copson

    Ladies European Tour professional Meghan MacLaren helped out with Northampton Golf Club’s 2017 junior presentation ceremony as the NGL Junior League champions celebrated a record breaking season.

    With 96 juniors and their families attending the awards evening, Ben Lavender was named Golfer of the Year thanks to his success in the Boys Club Championships and Summer Series Trophy.

    Other winners included Jacob Keates, Johnny McManus, Elliot Strickland, Harrison Taylor, Jordan Matthews, Leah Ribano, Lara Auld, Sophie Copson, Elise Warden, Mackenzie Warden, Katie Amos and Charlotte Gilkes.

  • Golf news from the northern part of the county

    James Needham Jim Wallis

    Cold Ashby

    James Needham and Pamela Kerr were crowned 2017 Golfers of the Year after both finished well clear at the top of their respective Order of Merits.

    Needham won the Charity Shield, and also the Pairs Texas Scramble with Adam Kerr, towards the end of the season to claim top spot in the overall rankings by 62 points from Bradley Green.

    Kerr received the ladies prize from Club Captain Jim Wallis after holding off the challenge of November Medal winner Lyn Thomas by 17 points.

     

    Stoke Albany

    Andrew Rose birdied the fifth, sixth and 10th holes in the fourth round of the Winter League as the five-handicapper shot the leading score of 39 points.

    Runner-up Alec McCardie and third-placed Brian Curtis both carded 37, while Jon Knibbs, Mark Ashby and Bill Rutter all finished one point further off the pace.

     

    Rushden

    Countback was needed in the second round of the Winter League as three high-handicappers came in with the leading mark of 40 points. Trevor Chinery’s better finished proved vital as he grabbed the verdict from Stephen McIlroy, with Martin Miles in third.

     

    Peterborough Milton

    Forty points was an excellent winning score in the November Mid-week Stableford as Ted Dunn used all his experience to finish two ahead of Paul Pateman and Mark Arber.

  • Golf news from the southern part of the county

    Chris Eveleigh

    Daventry

    Jack Cooper came close to bagging his second top prize in as many weekends as the November Medal carded the joint-best score in the second Winter Stableford.

    The 12-handicapper had to settle for third on this occasion as Chris Eveleigh earned the plaudits on countback from runner-up Len Newell.

    Collingtree

    A score of net 60.7 helped Kevin Durkan’s team win the Seniors November Texas Plate by less than a shot from Cappa Rose’s quartet.

    One point was the difference between first and second in the 20th round of the Seniors Stableford Series as Nigel Deering (36) edged out Kevin Darby.

    Keith Faulkner was successful in the first round of the Seniors Winter Stableford Series as he beat David Wiggins and Don Parker on countback with 39 points.

    Hellidon Lakes

    Andy McKeown and Anthony Carey shot the joint-best round of net 74 in the November Medal as they won the second and third divisions respectively. Lloyd Rawlings (79) took the top section on countback.

    John Boswell’s tally of 36 points was enough to bag the honours in the fifth round of the Tigers League as he nudged one ahead of David Stanford and Peter Sadler.

  • European Tour

    Ryan Evans (photo credit: Challenge Tour)

    Ryan Evans has an early opportunity to test himself against some of the best golfers in the world as he tees off in the first event of the 2018 European Tour in the Hong Kong Open on Thursday.

    The Wellingborough professional, who secured his second season at the top level by finishing eighth in the 2017 Challenge Tour, joins a field that includes Masters champion Sergio Garcia.

    Tommy Fleetwood, who clinched the 2017 Race to Dubai title at the weekend, will also be competing alongside runner-up Justin Rose and Ryder Cup players Matt Fitzpatrick and Edoardo Molinari.

    Evans, who was unable to retain his European Tour card in 2016, believes he has learnt a great deal from that rookie year and can’t wait to have another crack.

    He said: "I’m playing Hong Kong and then the Australian PGA Championship the following week, but then taking December off to get myself ready for 2018.

    "Having seen it (the European Tour) and played in it last year, I feel that I know what I have to do going into the year.

    "Back then in my first season, I was quite excited, but I was scared as well - I’d grown up watching this guys on television, and suddenly I was in with them, asking the question ‘should I be here?’.

    "But I’ve earned the right to be there through the Challenge Tour and I can’t wait to give it another crack.”

  • LPGA Tour

    Charley Hull (Photo credit: LET)

    Charley Hull made a sterling effort in her bid to retain the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship crown as she finished 11th at Tiburón GC in Florida.

    The Kettering golfer, who recorded her maiden LPGA Tour victory in this event 12 months ago, started her title defence with two 70’s, before bagging eight birdies in a brilliant third round 66.

    Although Hull didn’t drop any shots on the final day, she couldn’t replicate her birdie touch as a score of 70 left her five strokes behind Ariya Jutanugarn.

    The result meant the 21-year-old finished 31st in the 2017 Order of Merit to ensure a fourth successive season on the LPGA Tour.

    Fellow county pro Meghan MacLaren will be hoping to join Hull on the 2018 LPGA Tour when she competes over 72 holes, at least, in final qualifying at LPGA International in Florida from November 27th.

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