COUNT me in!
That’s the verdict from reigning Gazette Matchplay champion Chris Boyes, the Knott End golfer who won the 2010 event in Portugal, and has stated his intention to defend the coveted title.
He fought his way through the preliminary stages at local courses, the quarter-finals at Shaw Hill, Chorley, and the semi-finals held in Portugal – and is ready to go through it all again.
He said: “I thought the whole competition was excellent and well organised, considering that it was put together at quite short notice, and every aspect of it was good.”
Boyes will still play off a seven handicap.
He said: “There has been no club competitions since last year, so I haven’t had the chance to get my handicap down.
“But I have been practising a lot during the winter, though it has not been easy with the weather, and, when the weather did clear up, there have been some bumpy greens.”
There should not be any trouble with the weather by the climax of the 2011 Gazette matchplay competition.
The semi-finals and final will take place at the Old Course in Vilamoura on the Portuguese Algarve – the fabulous first prize has been provided by sponsors Blacktax.
The four golfers who make it all the way through to the final will be staying in the magnificent, four-star Villa Gale Ampalius Hotel for three nights’ dinner and bed and breakfast accommodation.
The event is open to local male amateur players aged 17 or over who are members with a certified and active handicap from any of the following clubs: Knott End, Fleetwood, Poulton, Blackpool North Shore, Blackpool Park, De Vere Herons Reach, St Annes Old Links, Lytham Green Drive, Fairhaven and Royal Lytham and St Annes.
n KNOTT End have launched a scheme to persuade more people to get into golf.
The club will stage free golf coaching taster sessions under professional Paul Walker and his team this month.
The sessions are open to adult beginners/non-members, and club officials say it will provide an ideal opportunity to experience the game of golf.
Golf clubs and balls will be provided free of charge.
The sessions will be held at the Wyreside club from 10am to 12.30pm on Sunday, March 6, and again seven days later.
For further information and to register, telephone the golf club on 811365 (professional) or 810576 (secretary/manager)
Free golf coaching is one of several initiatives within the Get into Golf grass roots structure, developed in conjunction with the English Golf Union and the English Women’s Golf Association.