Golf round-up: European Tour Q School comes to Collingtree Park

Lee Cross was a happy man following the two Overstone Park Yellow Tee Stablefords last week as he saw his handicap cut from 13 to 11
Lee Cross was a happy man following the two Overstone Park Yellow Tee Stablefords last week as he saw his handicap cut from 13 to 11

Collingtree Park have earned a magnificent coup after being confirmed as the UK venue for the first round of qualifying for the 2016 European Tour later this year.

The Northampton course, which replaces Frilford Heath as the host venue, will see some of the best golfers from around the world compete over 72 holes in September for a place in the next stage.

The news will please several county golfers including Ryan Evans, Dan Wood and Kyson Lloyd, who worked in the shop at Collingtree until turning pro last month, as they look to further their careers.

Collingtree Park general manager Phil Jones said: “We have a long history of engagement with the European Tour and the Seniors Tour, so we were delighted to be asked to host the first round of Q School.

“It will provide an opportunity for our members and visitors to watch some of the best professional golfers from the UK and abroad compete to earn their European Tour cards for the 2016 season. It will be fiercely competitive.

Senior Tournament & Qualifying School Director Mike Stewart said: “Over the years Collingtree Park has successfully hosted tournaments on the European Tour and Senior Tour.

“We are very excited about the prospect of the club staging the Qualifying School for the first time.

“It has matured well over the years and should prove to be an ideal venue for the tournament.”

Collingtree will join seven other venues across Europe which will host the first stage of the Qualifying School this year.

Shires Junior Golf Tour

Shires Junior Golf Tour have announced that Overstone golf professional Brian Mudge has taken on the role of Apprentice Supermarket Golf Academy Director for the 2015 season.

The award winning pro, who has gained a strong reputation for his work with young golfers over 30 years, will run the opening two coaching sessions on his home course in the next few weeks.

The boys and girls will be split into three different age groups in hourly sessions between 3-6pm on Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 4.

Further coaching, including specialist clinics on putting, golf simulator and video analysis, will take place through the year with different pros at courses across the region.

A booking system is in place for all these sessions. Priority is given to Shires Junior Golf Tour full members, who receive all the coaching free of charge.

If the coaching spots are not filled, any golfers who compete on Shires Junior Golf Tour are entitled to take part in the coaching sessions for a small fee.

For more details of how to book a place on these coaching sessions, contact Mudge on coaching@asgalfacademy.com.

Staverton

Ray Smith was the only player to shoot a score in the 60s in the March Medal as he triumphed by one from fellow mid-handicapper Tim Wainwright with a net 69.

Martin Warman (70) clinched the third division honours by four shots, while Michael Forgione (72) beat Russell Brown (73) in the top category.

Cold Ashby

Club captain Iain Kerr covered the back nine in gross two-under-par as he carded a single shot victory in the March Medal from David Hunting (net 64). Maurice Bott and David Walton (65) were next.

The hardest hole on the course prove no problem for Ashley Hammond in the March Midweek Medal as he bagged an eagle three on his way to a winning score of net 67.

Collingtree

David Nash was in good form in the fourth round of the Seniors Stableford Series as he finished three ahead of Peter Scholes after carding 42 points.

A single point was the difference between gold and silver in the previous round as Alan Warren (38) edged out Andrew Mills.

Overstone Park

Lee Cross was a happy man following the two Yellow Tee Stablefords last week as he saw his handicap cut from 13 to 11 with a couple of good performances.

He bagged three birdies on the back nine on his way to a winning total of 44 points in the Mid-week event, before taking fourth in the Saturday competition with 37 points.

Chris Bryant (40) was successful in the weekend tournament, while Julie Dalton clinched the ladies prize on countback.

Kingsthorpe

Barry Crowl coped best on a difficult day for scoring in the J&B Stableford as he came out on top with a tally of 37 points. Mark Todkill (36) and Guy Loveland (35) finished second and third.

Both the men and ladies teams meanwhile progressed through to the third round of the Mail on Sunday with 5-0 and 3-2 wins against Northants County and Overstone respectively.

Brampton Heath

Martin Richards overcame a slow start in the March Medal as he went on to grab a countback victory from Ryan Palmer with a round of net 67.

Eileen Andrew led the scoring in the eighth round of the Ladies Winter League with a tally of 18 points over nine holes. Helen Milner and Manny Loftus were next.

Farthingstone

Ten gross pars were on the winning scorecard of Andy Morgan in the latest Winter Bash as the 20-handicapper came in with a superb score of 43 points. Sam Bird and Anthony McCormack both finished three off the pace.

Whittlebury

Forty one points was the leading score in the latest 9 O’Clock Club competition as Raymond Swann lifted the Mac’s Putter by two from David Bainbridge.

Daventry

Members are being asked to invite their friends to form teams in the Invitation Texas Scramble on Saturday, April 11. For more details visit www.daventrygolfclub.com.