PRACTICE makes perfect is a motto that is serving Fleetwood GC golfer Kevin Clough well so far in the Gazette Blacktax Matchplay tournament.
He is through to the third round of the competition after a convincing 8 and 6 victory over Andrew Hayhurst (Blackpool North Shore) on his home course.
Clough, 31, got through to the quarter-finals of the tournament at Shaw Hill last year, losing out on a trip to Portugal, a situation he hopes to remedy this year.
The self-employed joiner and builder said: “I have practised a lot on my game over the winter and I have been having lessons with David Corsby at Fleetwood.
“It was a very good deal - he was offering six lessons for £75 and it has certainly helped my game a lot.”
While Clough was striking the ball well his opponent in the second round clash was shanking some of his shots. As a result, Clough was always in control against Hayhurst.
He took the first and by the turn he was six shots to the good.
Clough was soon dormie seven and he took the next to close out the contest with six holes left to play.
He is a late starter to golf, only taking it up seriously three years ago after dabbling with it in his younger days.
Another Fleetwood member to make it to round three was Gary Marcus, who defeated Jonathan Crickmore (De Vere, Herons Reach) 3 and 1.
The match didn’t make the most auspicious of starts.
Marcus (pictured) explained: “There was some confusion over the tee-off time.
“We arrived at the tee at eight o’clock for the start, only to find 60 seniors waiting to tee off!
“So we got permission to start the match at the 10th.”
The lead changed hands constantly, the advantage swaying first one way and then the other way - in the first 10 holes, there wasn’t a single half.
It was in the second half of the contest that Marcus seized the initiative.
He had a crucial advantage around the greens - Crickmore was consistent off the tee and when he did encounter any trouble, it was his trusty rescue club that helped him.
Marcus works for Blackpool Council’s care and repair agency and he had many a golf holiday in Portugal, where the finals are being played at the Millennium Course and the Old Course at Vilamoura.
He even won a golfing society competition at Vilamoura and is keen to try his hand on the picturesque course again.