• Charley Hull finds form on LPGA Tour

    Charley Hull (Photo Credit: LET)

    Top county professional Charley Hull finished as the highest placed European golfer in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open as she grabbed a share of seventh place in Adelaide.

    The Kettering golfer opened with scores of 74 and 69, before smashing seven birdies on the third day to move into contention for victory.

    Although Hull dropped back after carding a late triple bogey, the 21-year-old kept her composure in the final round as she posted four birdies and just one bogey to finish on 282.

     

  • Evans makes the cut again on European Tour

    Ryan Evans (Photo Credit: European Tour)

    Wellingborough’s Ryan Evans collected prize money for the fifth time out of five events on the European Tour this season as he made the cut in the NBO Oman Open.

    The 30-year-old, who is competing in the Qatar Masters this week, posted scores of 72 and 71 before adding back-to-back rounds of 73 over the weekend to finish 53rd place.

  • NGL Junior Order of Merit

    2017 Boys Gross Order of Merit winner Joseph Hyde

    NGL Junior Order of Merit

    New gross and net trophies will be up for grabs in the boys and girls categories of the 2018 Junior Order of Merit as young golfers have the opportunity to compete in a series of events this season.

    Starting with a Junior Open at Collingtree Park on Good Friday, March 30th, the Order of Merit includes the County Junior Championship, plus seven weekly Junior Opens over the summer.

    Higher handicappers are being encouraged to take part in these fun competitions with all the Junior Opens including nine-hole events for those younger golfers.

    A nine-hole Order of Merit will run alongside the 18-hole Order of Merit, with the leading boys and girls from both qualifying for the Moulton College Open Grand Final at Northants County in October.

    Anyone wishing to play in the event at Collingtree Park is advised to contact Rob Clayton on rob.clayton@collingtreeparkgolf.com.

  • NGL Higgs Bowl

    Former Higgs Bowl winner Justin Bell

    The opening event of the 2018 NGL Order of Merit is almost full with golfers from across the county putting their names down to play in the Higgs Bowl at Overstone Park.

    With over 130 golfers having already signed up for the event on Saturday, April 28th, the home club has the largest contingent of 33 players, with Brampton Heath (21), Cold Ashby and Wellingborough (both 13) also well represented.

    Ashby’s Stuart Nicholas will defend his title, while former winners Justin Bell and Andrew Sewell are also taking part.

    To guarantee one of the remaining few places or to put your name down for any other NGL events this year, please visit www.northantsgolf.co.uk.

  • European Tour & Ladies European Tour

    Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough)

    Ryan Evans will be looking to collect his fifth successive pay cheque on the European Tour this week as he takes part in the NBO Oman Open at Al Mouj GC.

    The Wellingborough professional will take some positives from his performance in ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth last week after he finished in 33rd place.

    After making the cut in his previous three events of the season, Evans couldn’t make it through to the knockout stages as he carded rounds of 70 and 74.

    Club-mate Meghan MacLaren will have a week to rediscover her scoring touch before returning to action after failing to make the cut at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic in Australia.

    MacLaren, who is playing her first full season on the Ladies European Tour, carded scores of 74 and 75 to miss out on weekend golf for the second successive week on the opposite side of the world.

    The 2017 LET Access Series Order of Merit champion is taking part in the Ladies Classic Bonville at Bonville Golf Resort next week.

  • NPGA Winter Series Pro-Am

    Adam Myers (Northants County)

    Adam Myers (Northants County) was successful in the NPGA New Year Pro-Am at Brampton Heath as he grabbed three birdies in a level par winning score. Myers also led the way in the team competition on 85 points.

    Staverton Park pro Simon Lilly maintained his position at the top of the Order of Merit by taking second place.

  • Golf news from around the county

    Tim Coleman (Wellingborough)

    Oundle

    Mark James and Danny Neale had to be content with second place in the New Year Fourball Betterball Stableford after losing out on countback to Ken Richards and Guiseppe Melia.

    With both pairings carding the leading tally of 46 points, James and Neale couldn’t match the late brilliance of Richard and Melia, who birdied the 16th and 17th holes.

    Wellingborough

    Five points was the margin of victory in the Winter Men’s Am-Am competition as Tim Coleman, Elliott West, Colin Armstrong and Bryan Morgan secured the plaudits on 92.

    Club captain Martin Wall took second alongside Carl Leeson, Paul Leeson and Jonathan Gould, with Alonzo Weekes, Leslie Hornby, Sean Mean and Ian McLaven in third on the same score.

    Priors Hall

    A trio of gross birdies in the opening half a dozen holes helped Sean Aitchison and Robert Muir post the leading score in the third week of the Winter League Doubles.

    The duo went on to card 28 points in the 11-hole competition to finish two clear of Colin Sawers and Mark Collins, plus three other pairings.

    Peterborough Milton

    Christine Hunt maintained her impressive form at the start of this year as she won the Ladies February Stableford.

    After clinching the top prize in the Ladies Bring & Win competition a week earlier, the 16-handicapper was once again the player to beat as her score of 35 points lifted her three ahead of Linda Glossop.

    Rushden

    Six points was the difference between first and second in the February Sunday Stableford as Scott Miller (44) took the honours ahead of Stuart Emms, with the help of birdies on the ninth and 16th holes.

    Stoke Albany

    Gross birdies on the fourth and 17th holes helped Steve Dilley win the fifth round of the Winter Series with a score of 41 points.

    Andrew King (39) had to settle for the runners-up prize for the second week in a row, with Ken Murie and Jamie Haynes both coming in with 38 points apiece.

    Kettering

    Gracie Murray won the Junior Winter Stableford as well as combining with Ed Keech, James Attwood and Izzi MacCallum to bag the honours in the Fun Team Scramble.

  • Golf news from around the county

    Farthingstone

    Farthingstone

    Birdies at the second, third and seventh holes provided the catalyst for Adam Smith to go on and win the February Winter Medal with 40 points.

    The nine-handicapper kept his composure over the closing run of holes to nudge one ahead of January winner Martin Crowder, with Anthony Marriott (38) in third place.

    Overstone Park

    A gross level par front nine set the tone for David Smith’s victory in the February Midweek Medal as he completed a gross and net double.

    The five-handicapper’s net 71 pushed him one ahead of Graham Jamieson, with Michael Lee, Graham Mummery and Nigel Hanna a further shot off the pace.

    Whittlebury

    Joe Bird was flying over the back nine in the eighth round of the Bruton Plate Winter League as he secured first place alongside Rene Goodridge.

    The pair’s total of 45 points pushed them one ahead of David Osborne and Chris Van Heerden, with Dave Melling and Mick Robinson (43) taking third on countback from Jason Robinson and Chris Close-Smith.

    Staverton Park

    Four points was the margin of victory in the 13th round of the Seniors Back Nine Winter Stableford as Ray Smith took the plaudits. Cliff Pooley and Derek Durrant were next on 17 points.

    Hellidon Lakes

    Rounds 13 and 14 in the Tigers Merit League witnessed contrasting victories for Andy McKeown and Thomas Haydon respectively.

    McKeown needed countback to edge out Steve Trotman on 36 points, while Thomas Haydon enjoyed a far more comfortable win a week later as his tally of 39 points pushed him four ahead of runner-up Chris Marriott.

    Collingtree Park

    Forty six points was a magnificent winning score for Jack Johnson in the February Stableford as the high-handicapper took the honours by four from Alistair Robinson. Trevor Twelftree bagged 40 points for third spot.

  • 2018 NGL Junior League

    Northampton - Junior League Champions 2017

    Defending champions Northampton B have been handed a challenging draw in the 2018 Junior League as they face home and away matches against Kettering A and Peterborough Milton A.

    Group D is the only section with three teams, so each side will need to play an extra game as they attempt to progress through to the semi-finals by securing top spot.

    With all the other three Groups have four teams, last year’s runners-up Peterborough Milton B host Kingsthorpe and Northants County B, as well as travelling to Overstone Park A.

    Overstone Park’s B team are up against Northampton A, Peterborough Milton C and Wellingborough in Group C, while Group A sees Collingtree Park take on Northants County A, Kettering B and Northampton C.

  • Jones helps England take third in Spanish event

    Ben Jones

    Ben Jones bagged two wins out of two on the final day as England maintained their unbeaten record in the Costa Ballena Octagonal Match by defeating Finland 6½-2½ to finish in third place in Spain.

    The Northants County member combined well with Tom Sloman to grab a 3&2 victory in the morning foursomes, before taking the lead singles game by the same scoreline.

    England had only just missed out on the final the previous day as they were pipped to first place in the Blue Group on points difference by Spain, who went on to defeat the Netherlands in the showpiece match.

    With Jones completing an impressive 5&4 singles success as England drew with Spain on the opening day, the team’s wins against Iceland and Germany on days two and three weren’t quite enough to grab top spot.

  • County pro ready for tournaments ‘down under’

    Meghan MacLaren

    Meghan MacLaren begins her first full season on the Ladies European Tour this week as she competes in the first of four events within the space of five weeks in Australia.

    The Wellingborough golfer, who secured her LET card by winning the Access Series Order of Merit last year, starts with the Oates Vic Open on the Beach and Creek Courses at the 13th Beach Golf Links in Victoria.

    MacLaren is in action a week later in the Actewagl Canberra Classic, before playing in the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville at Bonville Golf Resort on February 22nd.

    The 23-year-old, who narrowly missed out on grabbing a card on the LPGA Tour at the final qualifying stage, is also in the field for the New South Wales Women’s Open, which tees off at the start of March.

    Leading county professional Charley Hull, meanwhile, struggled for consistency in difficult weather conditions at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic as she finished 26th on Paradise Island.

    With the event reduced to three rounds due to the severe winds, the Kettering golfer mixed 15 birdies with a collection of dropped shots as she carded scores of 74, 72 and 72.

  • Race to Fancourt passes through Collingtree

    Collingtree Park

    Collingtree Park have joined forces with The Golf Guide to offer golfers across the region a wonderful opportunity to win two overseas trips by hosting a pairs tournament this spring.

    The leading duo in the event on Friday, May 5th will secure a free place at the Grand Final in Spain, which includes three nights, three rounds of golf, flights and all Spanish transfers, later this year.

    The Champion pair in the Grand Final will secure an all-expenses-paid dream trip to Fancourt Golf Resort in South Africa, which was voted IAGTO’s Golf Resort of the Year.

    Midlands qualifying events are also scheduled to take place at The Belfry and Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, as well as other quality UK courses like Ganton, Lindrick, Gleneagles and the Old Course at St. Andrews.

    For more details of how to take part at Collingtree Park or any of the other qualifying competitions, please visit www.thegolfguide.co.uk.

  • NPGA Winter Series Pro-Am win for Campbell

    Michael Campbell

    Michael Campbell (Kettering) fired five birdies in a winning round of two-under-par 70 in the NPGA Winter Series Pro-Am at Brampton Heath.

    Northants County’s Adam Myers carded 71 to claim second spot by one from home club professional Dan Wood, whose team finished five adrift of Kingsthorpe pro Paul Armstrong in the Pro-Am.

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