Discovering that Royal Lytham St Annes is an unrelenting test of your game was all part of a learning curve for Longridge Golf Club junior Alex Forrest, playing in the recent Lancashire Ladies’ County Championship.
Fifteen-year-old Alex, playing off a handicap of nine, carded two gross rounds of 91, to be ranked 23rd in a field of 60 players.
At this stage, the top 16 players played matchplay to decide the championship proper, while the next 16, including Alex also played off in a plate competition.
Although Alex was knocked out in her first match, her opponent Elaine Clark of Manchester, off a handicap of two, went on to win the plate competition outright.
Playing in competition at the venue of last year’s Open Championship earned Alex both valuable experience and many positive compliments resulting in selection to the Lancashire Ladies’ “B” team squad.
Meanwhile in the Penwortham Rose Bowl, Macauley Murgatrood, Anthony Slater and Tony Williams entered the field with Mark Young, whose rounds of 66 and 71 gave him a third place that was enough to regain leadership of the Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit – a title he is defending this year.
He further consolidated his position at the weekend by winning the Frank Stableford Open, at Wallasey Golf Club in Cheshire, with rounds of 66 and 69 equating to 42 points and 39 points respectively.
This is his second victory of the season in Northern Order of Merit events.
Mark hopes to carry his good form into a busy week which will see him representing Lancashire in the Northern qualifier for the English County Finals then defending his Lancashire County title at Hillside Golf Club near South.
Longridge Golf Club Results:
Saturday, June 1:
President’s Junior Competition – Day One
1st: James Catlow, 68
2nd: Alex Forrest, 70
3rd: Anthony Slater, 73
Sunday, June 2:
President’s Ladies’ Competition
Winner: Anne Forrest, 70*
Runner-Up: Linda Collinson, 70