ROYAL Lytham and St Annes golfer Emily Taylor warmed up for the new season in style at the 54-hole Hacienda Ladies’ Open in Murcia, Spain.
She was runner-up in the main competition, before which she claimed first prize in the St Valentine’s Day pairs event.
In this she teamed up with Amelia Taylor (St Annes Old Links). They scored 38 points in the fourball, better-ball stableford event.
The two Taylors are not related. The main event was won by Jess Wilcox, from Lincolnshire.
Her prize was a golf break worth 400 euros. Wolcox had six shots in hand at the finish with an aggregate of 214 (71-71-72). Emily’s final total was 220 (73-75-72).
Lancashire girls were in top form in the handicap event that was won by Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) with Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) second and Emily Shea (Fairhaven) third.
Audrey Lee (Fleetwood) was the leading Lancashire player in the senior stableford in Murcia.
>> ONE of the world’s leading golfers Jason Day, the Australian who has moved to seven in the global rankings, could miss the Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes in July.
He has confirmed that he won’t play at Lytham if his wife gives birth at the same time. The couple are expecting their first child on July 11, a week before the Open. Day finished runner-up in both the US Masters and the US Open last year.
>> THE world’s No.1 golfer Luke Donald is guaranteed to get his hands on a trophy at Lytham this summer, regardless of the fact of whether or not he wins the Claret Jug.
The Golf Writers’ Association will present Donald with his golfer of the year trophy at a ceremony at Lytham for his exploits during 2011.
>> Entries are now welcome for The Gazette Matchplay Golf Tournament 2012, sponsored for the third year by Blacktax taxis.
The final four will again battle it out at Vilamoura on the Portuguese Algarve on some of the continent’s most spectacular courses.
Any Fylde coast club member with an active handicap can enter. For full details call (01253) 361843, click here or look out for the entry coupon in tomorrow’s Gazette.