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Fylde coast clubs get in the swing for Women and Girls' Golf Week

St Annes Old Links will stage final qualifying for the Ricoh British Women's Open
St Annes Old Links will stage final qualifying for the Ricoh British Women's Open

It was Ladies’ Day at Fairhaven Golf Club on Saturday and Knott End GC hosted a Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association Interclub Bronze Team Trophy competition.

It was Ladies’ Day at Fairhaven Golf Club on Saturday and Knott End GC hosted a Lancashire Ladies County Golf Association Interclub Bronze Team Trophy competition.
The two events were well timed as the game promotes its Women and Girls’ Golf Week at the end of the month.
Seventeen clubs from around the north west played their qualifying round at Knott End in glorious sunshine – possibly too glorious and they were very glad of the refreshments provided half way round.
There were four teams from each club playing a Stableford competition, best three scores to count.
Winners were Heysham with a score of 107 points. Runners-up were Shaw Hill with 104
Both team won through to the LLCGA County Final at Preston Golf Club on September 7.
Knott End Ladies played in the Francis Smith Qualifier and an EG medal club competition
Winner of the qualifier was Jenny Watt with a score of 70 (acpo). First reserve was Karen Higson with 70 and second reserve Joyce Wright with 72. Jenny will contest the final at Nelson GC on August 20.
EG Medal winners were as follows:
Silver Division nett: Sylvia Wilson with 73; Lowest Gross: Kath Wright with 91; Bronze 1 Division nett: Joyce Wright with 72; Lowest Gross: Maureen Hankey with 99; Bronze 2 Division Nett Jenny Watt with 70; Lowest Gross: Karen Higson with 100; Bronze3 Division Nett: Nett Sue Roberts with 74; Lowest Gross: Elizabeth Buckley with 113.
On Ladies’ Day at Fairhaven, each lady invites a man to join her and first place went to Monica Grimshaw and David Grimshaw with 67.5. Second were Carole Hood/Neil Hood on 73.5 and third Sue Cooke / Paul Stadnick 74
The Lady Captain’s fourth qualifier was won by Linda Baxter ith a score of 71, second was Anne McFeat and third Sharon Youles, both with 72.
Women and Girls’ Golf Week will take place from July 30 to August 5 and is designed to unite the golf industry behind the aim of growing the women and girls’ game.
Female golfers everywhere are invited to join the conversation on social media using #WhyIGolf
Clubs will also be able to get involved by promoting participation activities they are running for women and girls, such as Get into Golf, New2Golf, Girls Golf Rocks and ThisGirlGolfs.
The week has been timed to coincide with the buzz created by the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes from August 2-5, when an all-female group of PGA professionals will be offering free taster lessons to beginners.
The English Under-18 Girls’ Open championship is also taking place that week at East Devon. England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “We feel it is so important to give a voice to women and girls.
“We want to show what an important part they play in golf and to highlight the potential there is to develop this if we successfully grow the women’s game.”
n Chester doctor Patrick Laing produced the perfect treatment at Fairhaven Golf Club to reach the Lombard Trophy final in Portugal.
Laing teamed up with Carden Park Golf Resort PGA professional Garry Houston to win the regional final.
But it was a close call as they tied at the top of the leaderboard with Phillip Archer and Andy Platt of Warrington’s Poulton Park Golf Club.
Both teams carded six under par rounds of 67 to finish two shots ahead of their nearest challenger Andrew Earlham and Mike Noble of Saddleworth Golf Club.
But it was Carden Park who took the honours because they had a better back nine.
Now Laing, a member at Carden Park for 24 years, and Houston will travel to Portugal for the £41,450, National Pro-Am grand final which will be played at the Vila Sol resort in the Algarve on September 20-21.
And while Houston, part of the 2017 Great Britain & Ireland team that won the PGA Cup against the USA, brought all of his experience to the event, Laing admitted he contributed to the victory.
“Thankfully, I didn’t have to do any of the maths at the end. The course wasn’t easy because it was so hard and dry,” said the 66-year-old, 12 handicapper, who has been playing golf since he was 11 and played in Australia for a spell.
“I managed to chip in and got a nett birdie on the last, which turned out to be the clincher.”