GOLF: County youngsters aiming to emulate star McIlroy

TOP BOY - Dan Lavender was named Golfer Of The Year in Northampton GC's junior section's awards. Lavender is pictured with his prize and club professional Nick Soto
TOP BOY - Dan Lavender was named Golfer Of The Year in Northampton GC's junior section's awards. Lavender is pictured with his prize and club professional Nick Soto

Northants has three young golfers competing in the 21st Faldo Series Grand Final this week as Callum Farr, Tiger Adams and Charlie Salter chase glory in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

With players from 19 countries across the world looking to follow in the footsteps of previous winner Rory McIlroy, Priors Hall’s Farr will contest the under-21 category after winning the English Midlands Championships in August.

Wellingborough’s Adams, who was also successful in the Midlands qualifier, and Salter (Northants County), who triumphed in the Wales Championships in April, are in the under-18 competition.

Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour

NORTHANTS junior Ashleigh Critchley’s reward for winning the 2017 Order of Merit on the Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour is a special coaching day with the European Tour professional next month.

Critchley, who finished 10 points clear of her closest rival, will join the other category winners for one-on-one tuition and golf with Rock on Sunday, December 10.

The Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour, which attracted players from across the county for their three events last season, have announced an expanded programme of six regional tournaments for 2018.

Starting at Sutton Coldfield (April 2), boys and girls have the chance to compete at Ruddington Grange (May 28), Beeston Fields (June 24), Longcliffe (August 13) and Ramsdale (September 16).

With the last competition taking place at Coxmoor on October 29, young golfers of all abilities and ages interested in taking part should contact Natalie Clark on info@robertrockjuniorgolftour.co.uk.

European Tour

Ryan Evans will be hoping to build on a solid start to the season when he competes in the Australian PGA Championship this week at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland.

The Wellingborough professional marked his return to European Tour action last week by adding three successive rounds of 69 to an opening 71 to finish 31st in the Hong Kong Open.

Evans, who is unlikely to compete again until the New Year, will go head-to-head with a field that includes Sergio Garcia and two other former US Masters champions, Adam Scott and Mike Weir.

Northampton

Tour pro Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) helped out with Northampton Golf Club’s 2017 presentation ceremony as the NGL Junior League champions celebrated a record breaking season.

With 96 juniors and their families attending the awards evening, Ben Lavender was named Golfer of the Year thanks to his success in the Boys Club Championships and Summer Series Trophy.

Other winners included Jacob Keates, Johnny McManus, Elliot Strickland, Harrison Taylor, Jordan Matthews, Leah Ribano, Lara Auld, Sophie Copson, Elise Warden, Mackenzie Warden, Katie Amos and Charlotte Gilkes.

Cold Ashby

James Needham and Pamela Kerr were crowned 2017 Golfers of the Year after both finished well clear at the top of their respective Order of Merits.

Needham won the Charity Shield and also the Pairs Texas Scramble, with Adam Kerr, towards the end of the season to claim top spot in the overall rankings by 62 points from Bradley Green.

Kerr received the ladies prize from club captain Jim Wallis after holding off the challenge of Lyn Thomas by 17 points.

Daventry

Jack Cooper came close to bagging his second top prize in as many weekends as the November Medal carded the joint-best score in the second Winter Stableford.

The 12-handicapper had to settle for third on this occasion as Chris Eveleigh earned the plaudits on countback from runner-up Len Newell.

Collingtree

Collingtree A score of net 60.7 helped Kevin Durkan’s team win the Seniors November Texas Plate by less than a shot from Cappa Rose’s quartet.

One point was the difference between first and second in the 20th round of the Seniors Stableford Series as Nigel Deering (36) edged out Kevin Darby.

Keith Faulkner was successful in the first round of the Seniors Winter Stableford Series as he beat David Wiggins and Don Parker on countback with 39 points.

Hellidon Lakes

Andy McKeown and Anthony Carey shot the joint-best round of net 74 in the November Medal as they won the second and third divisions respectively. Lloyd Rawlings (79) took the top section on countback.

John Boswell’s 36 points won the fifth round of the Tigers League as 
he nudged one ahead of David Stanford and Peter Sadler.