Fylde coast golf review: Ian's prize scalp in Gazette Matchplay

Former semi-finalist Glen Elvidge will be the next opponent for Ian Ogden in the Gazette Matchplay
Former semi-finalist Glen Elvidge will be the next opponent for Ian Ogden in the Gazette Matchplay

He might have taken the scalp of one former champion in the Gazette Matchplay Golf Tournament, but Fleetwood Golf Club’s Ian Ogden is keeping his feet on the ground ahead of a match-up with Glen Elvidge, another to have played in Portugal as one of our final four.

Ogden beat Herons Reach golfer Brad Sarjantson, a four-time finalist in the tournament, to secure a place in the third round.

Thirty two players remain in the competition, generously sponsored by Blackpool taxi firm Blacktax, but only the final four will be on the plane to Alvor on the Algarve.

Now players from St Annes Old Links, Herons Reach, Fleetwood, North Shore, Poulton, Blackpool Park, Green Drive, Staining and Knott End will battle it out this month for places in the last 16.

Reigning champion Elliot Lavin is still in with a chance at retaining the trophy and he hosts Kev Clough at Lytham Green Drive in the next round.

However, 14 handicapper Ogden is one to watch after he overcame 2013 winner Sarjantson, who last won through to Portugal two years ago.

Ogden said the key to his victory was his putting on the day. He told The Gazette: “You always turn up and hope it is going to go well. It was down to putting really and mine was better on the day.”

Now Ogden is preparing for another tough test and knows his opponent, who plays off five, has home advantage.

He added: “I don’t know Glen but I’m sure it will be another tough test. North Shore is quite hilly compared to Fleetwood but they are both Links-style courses.

“They are both good courses in great condition. He is at home but it is up to me to play well.

“I’ve got a round further each time I have entered but I am not getting ahead of myself.”

Knott End Ladies played the second round of the Seniors Championship Gross competition and an EG Medal on Thursday.

The overall winner of the Championship gross prize was Kath Wright with a great score of 90+90= 180.

Winner of the Seniors Championship nett prize was Elaine Blackburn with 74+71=145.

In the Club Competition Silver Division, the nett winner was Barbara Crosland with 73 and the lowest gross went to Kath Wright with 90.

The Bronze 1 Division nett prize winner was Joyce Wright with 77 and Irene Morris took the lowest gross with 100.

The Bronze 2 Division nett winner was Elaine Blackburn with 71 and Betty Higson had the lowest gross (102). Nett winner in the Bronze 3 division was Felicity Lawson with 74, while Marion Hill had the lowest gross of 111.

Knott End’s annual Summer Ball took place in glorious weather last Saturday. Captain Jim Furlong, Lady Captain Miss Jennifer Booth and President Mrs Anne Hughes welcomed around 90 members and guests with a glass of bubbly.

After a four-course dinner, members enjoyed dancing until midnight.