Top round from milkman Brian

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MILKMAN Brian Rolland is always good for a round and he certainly delivered in style as he made it through to the last 16 of the Gazette/Blacktax Matchplay competition.

And then he heaped praise on Fleetwood Golf Club professional Ian Taylor for helping to improve his game.

After seeing off Nick Greener (Blackpool North Shore) by four and three, the Fleetwood golfer paid tribute to Taylor, who has helped to get his handicap down by two shots.

Rolland, 36, said: “My handicap has come down from 10 to eight, and I credit that to Ian.

“He has helped me so much and I am swinging and striking the ball a lot better. Ian just has that knack of keeping things simple.”

The value of Taylor’s tuition was on show in Rolland’s Gazette Matchplay fourth round match with Greener at Fleetwood.

In the match at Fleetwood, he was three-up after five, and for the next few holes the exchanges were tight.

Greener missed a couple of important putts and the pair shook hands after the 15th.

Rolland has taken part in the competition before, but has never got past the third round until now.

But now the incentive grows as the prize of finals day at the Old Course in Vilamoura on the Portuguese Algarve swings into view.

Rolland, who lives in Cleveleys, won the singles knock-out at Fleetwood last year, but his proudest golfing boast is that he played the Celtic Manor course in Wales the day after the completion of the Ryder Cup.

He recalled: “I got to meet a number of the European Ryder Cup team, Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington, which was a big thrill.

“Playing Celtic Manor was really tough and you really appreciate how well the professionals play it.”