Players are getting into the swing of success

Youngsters at Longridge Golf Club are put through their paces
Youngsters at Longridge Golf Club are put through their paces

Longridge Golf Club’s continued competitive success has been further enhanced at local and county level.

Pride of place goes to the uncle/nephew pairing of George and Stephen Bell, who triumphed to win the Preston and District Foursomes Knock-Out title at Shaw Hill, battling through five rounds played throughout the summer.

After relatively easy wins in the two early rounds, it then became nerve-racking with a quarter final sudden-death victory after three extra holes and needing an extra hole in their semi-final before they defeated D Wright and B Elliott of Chorley Golf Club by 3 and 2.

Ann Robinson also qualified as the club’s representative in the Francis Smith Trophy held at Childwall Golf Club, which draws entrants from every club in the county.

From a field of 85, Ann finished in 12th place with a nett 75 – just two shots behind the winner in a real ‘log-jam’ finish.

Longridge’s Mark Young also contributed two wins to help Lancashire to win the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League title at Southport and Ainsdale in a 15-3 win over Northumberland, while Longridge’s 18-man team finished third behind Shaw Hill and Penwortham in the Preston and District Golf Association Men’s Charity Cup held at Chorley.

The club is also building for the future with a scheme involving 32 junior golfers following a programme of coaching and golf activity with PGA Professional Stephen Taylor and his coaching team.

The budding young golfers were awarded their Young Masters Golfer (YMG) certificates at various levels of competence. Prizes were also awarded for a nine-hole Texas Scramble.

The YMG programme covers a range of area such as playing, rules and etiquette and is an excellent foundation for youngsters taking up the game.