Dazzlers at De Vere

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

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SOME of the leading club golf professionals converge on the De Vere Herons Reach course in Blackpool next week for the PGA North Region Championship.

The two-day event gets under way on Wednesday and will be preceded by a pro-am on Tuesday.

There are six former winners in the field, including Mobberley’s Gary Donnison, who has been laid low recently after trapping rib cartilages while playing cricket.

Other past winners in the 36-hole £13,000 championship include South African Sunshine Tour player Neil Cheetham, from Dore & Totley; fellow Yorkshiremen John King, from Lindrick, and Huddersfield’s Paul Carman; Chorley’s Mark Bradley, who lives at Knott End; and Haigh Hall’s Craig Corrigan.

Also in the 138-strong line-up are Liam Kenealy, Gazette columnist Alastair Taylor, Richard Bowman (all De Vere Herons Reach), David Crosby (Fleetwood), Simon Wilson (Fairhaven), Tim Rich (Royal Lytham and St Annes), Andrew Richardson (Blackpool North Shore), Charlie Beavers, Philip Kelly (St Annes Old Links), Chris Holt (Knott End) and Will Barnes (Garstang).

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In the build-up to next month’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham, a ‘Road To The Open’ project has been organised to promote golf to new fans or players across Lancashire. And it will be coming to Blackpool tomorrow.

The Road To The Open golf taster session takes place at Claremont Park from 11am-3pm involving a range of golf activities, using equipment such as on-ground targets used in Tri-golf, and a junior version of the sport aimed at children aged four and over.

A version for older children will also be available, as will full-sized clubs for adults.

The project has been funded by the Royal and Ancient, Lancashire County Council and Sport England

Andy Leigh, North West regional development officer from The Golf Foundation, said: “With The Open on our doorstep at Royal Lytham & St Annes, people should definitely get down and see the professionals in action, especially as entry is free to under-16s.”

Tickets for The Open and a variety of hospitality packages are available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 01334 460000 or visit TheOpen.com.