Golf: Cookridge gears up for a busy summer ahead

While winter has caused havoc for club players, the tireless staff at Cookridge Hall in Leeds have been busy putting the finishing touches to a hat-trick of major events for 2011.

The north Leeds club's flagship events, the Pro Am and Corporate Classic, are already pencilled in for Monday, August 8 and Monday, June 27 respectively.

And Cookridge Hall general manager Gary Day has confirmed that the second running of the re-launched Leeds City Schools Team Championship will take place on Tuesday, September 20.

The Pro Am, held in conjunction with the Yorkshire Professional Golfers Association, and the Corporate Classic are entering their seventh year.

Both attract a host of the county's leading professional golfers and sporting stars, including Leeds Rhinos favourites, Luke Burgess, Danny McGuire and Lee Smith and football pundits Peter Beagrie, Dean Windass and Andy Ritchie.

Both events are geared to raising funds for Ward 48a, the high dependancy surgical children's ward at Leeds General Infirmary, and auction items last year included a signed flag from The Open Championship at St Andrews, autographed by eventual winner Louis Oosthuizen, which sold for 500.

Last week Cookridge Hall managing director Adam Frontal helped present another a four-figure cheque, the proceeds of the 2010 events, to ward staff.

Ward matron Sarah Fletcher explained: "Ward 48a is a general childrens surgical ward, specialising in bowel surgery, cleft lip and palate and complex airway surgery. We care for children from across Yorkshire and in many cases they are really sick.

"The ward receives very little funding so we're extremely grateful for the work Cookridge Hall and tournament sponsor, A Priestley Roofing Ltd, have done over the past two years.

"To date it has allowed us to purchase a new breastfeeding machine and heart monitor, with donations totalling 4,500."

Anyone wanting more details about either event should contact Cookridge Hall on 01132 300641.

Meanwhile, Harrogate-based property firm, Westcourt Group Ltd, has extended its sponsorship of the revived City Schools Team competition.

Tim Hodgson, of Westcourt Group, said: "It brings together kids from across the city and having been witness to the event last year the talent on show and behaviour and attitude of the competitors was exemplary – a real credit to themselves and their respective schools.

"For that reason we had no hesitation in supporting this great event."

The relaunch has coincided with Leeds being chosen by the Golf Foundation to head the development of junior golfr.

Julian Padbury, golf co-ordinator at Ralph Thoresby High School in Holt Park, explained: "We are extremely grateful to Cookridge Hall for their commitment and professionalism in running this event. We had 20 teams competing last year and the interest levels continue to rise, so we hope to see an increase on that in 2011."

Ralph Thoresby will be defending their crown in September and while entry details will be sent out to all schools, further information can be obtained from Cookridge Hall on Leeds 01132 300641.

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