County golf champions to be crowned

Emily Shea

Emily Shea

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It’s a big week on the county scene when Lancashire champions will be crowned.

The Grange Park club in St Helens will host the men’s championship from Friday, while Clitheroe is the venue from Sunday for the Lancashire Ladies’ County Golf Association Championships.

The men’s event sees a contingent from the Fylde coast among those vying for honours.

Darren Carlisle and Macauley Murgatroyd (Fairhaven), Michael Griffin (St Annes Old Links), Jake Dudley (Blackpool North Shore), Patrick Bell (Royal Lytham and St Annes) and Alex Croston (Fleetwood) are all in the field at Grange Park.

Catherine Roberts will be aiming for a notable hat-trick at Clitheroe, having annexed the women’s title for the past two years.

Among those providing the opposition is the 2010 winner Beth Garton (Royal Lytham).

Blackpool Park’s Lauren Oatley is in the line-up as well as Georgia Coughlin (Fairhaven) and Amelia Taylor (St Annes Old Links), together with Alison Cockcroft and Emily Shea (Royal Lytham)

The women’s county championship returns to Clitheroe for the first time since 1990, when the winner was present-day Lancashire coach Lora Fairclough before she turned professional to start her successful career on the Ladies’ European Tour.

Competitors from clubs all over the County and the Isle of Man have entered.

The Championship format is two strokeplay rounds on Sunday, then the top 16 players go into the Championship matchplay with the next 16 contesting the Plate, also matchplay, on Monday and Tuesday with both finals on Tuesday afternoon.

Royal Lytham and St Annes golfer Henry Tomlinson was one of only four players to beat par as he won the Southport and Ainsdale Bowl.

He prevailed with a score of two under the card following rounds of 72 and 70.

The victory earned Tomlinson his first points of the season in the Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit as he finished a shot clear of Wrexham’s Gareth Evans, the host club’s Sean Towndrow and Styal’s James McCormick.

Tomlinson got off to a flying start when he birdied the first three holes, but a triple-bogey seven at the 15th spoiled an otherwise perfect set of figures.

He followed an eagle at the 530-yard ninth in the second round by parring the last nine holes.

Towndrow clinched the Lancashire Links Trophy for the best aggregate score over two days, which included the Formby Hare.