Former champion Aran Wainwright is hoping a blend of experience and youth can succeed in this year’s Golfbreaks.com PGA Fourball Championship final.
Wainwright, of Pontefract’s Mid Yorkshire GC, will team up with Matthew Daley, from Hainsworth Park GC, for the Skycaddie & BMW supported event to be held at Cheshire’s Carden Park course today through to Friday. Wainwright won the title three years ago with Adrian Ambler.
“I played with Matt in the final of the Yorkshire PGA match play a couple of years ago,” said Wainwright.
“I usually play these events with Adrian and he’s let me know this year that he wouldn’t be able to play because of commitments at his club. I knew Matt who is someone who can make a lot of birdies in these events. He’s aged 25 and I’m still 39 – although I’ll turn 40 next month. I don’t know about being more experienced, I’m certainly older.”
Daley is having a busy fortnight having also played in the PGA Assistants’ Championship at Coventry.
MOORTOWN have achieved a treble unique in the club’s 106-year history with all three of their ladies teams reaching the Yorkshire inter club team competition finals.
The club have a modest ladies membership of around 50 ladies and each team – Scratch, A and B – requires seven players.
The Scratch team finished top in Division 2 of their league, taking 37 out of a possible 42 individual games and winning the Sue Johnson Cup to secure their promotion back into Division 1 next year.
They played Otley, Moor Allerton and Wetherby, amassing 12 points and 37 wins.
The Scratch team are the first-place qualifier and meet Wakefield, second-place qualifier, in the knockout final at Brough on August 27.
In this section there are only two finalists and whatever the outcome both will go up to Division 1.
The A team played some stiff opposition in Ganton, Hessle and Headingley, and the B team met Sand Moor, Romanby and Whitby.
Each team played a home and an away match and both the A and the B teams accrued 11 points with 28 and a half wins.
Moortown A qualified fourth and meet the first qualifier Thirsk and Northallerton in the semi-final on September 10 at Halifax West End.
This is the second year in a row they have made the finals, which last year they won.
The B team achieved the second qualifying position and will meet Malton & Norton in the semi-finals on September 2 at Selby.
Moortown’s teams comprised a mixture of well-established and long-serving lady members plus several players who have joined in the last 12 months.
The club operate an Academy programme for both new lady golfers and those returning to the sport after a break.
HEADINGLEY GC stage the 36-hole Northern Region Girls’ Close Championship today when a field of 59 will be looking to win the title held by Yorkshire county player Holly Morgan, of Hallamshire.
The competition age limit is 18 and there will also be prizes for the best Under-16 and Under-14 players.
The host club are thriving at a time when county and national associations are reporting a decline in membership and today’s competitors will receive a warm welcome, as do all visitors, says manager-secretary Jon Hall.
“Sadly the trend has been for golf clubs to be struggling since the financial crash around about 2008 and it certainly adversely affected some clubs,” he says.
“I think members who would previously have paid £1,000 a year or whatever and only played a dozen times were certainly the first to question whether they were getting real value.”
One change which Headingley affected successfully to try to maintain their level of membership among younger golfers was to increase discounted subscriptions up to the age of 30.
“Back 20 years or so joining a golf club was probably a case of dead man’s shoes and it was a seller’s market,” adds Hall. “It has all changed now.”