Golf club ends year on high

Pictured (left to right) Longridge Golf Club Junior Captain James Catlow, Club Captain Bill Hayhurst and Lady Captain Gill Peterson prior to 'driving-in'.
Pictured (left to right) Longridge Golf Club Junior Captain James Catlow, Club Captain Bill Hayhurst and Lady Captain Gill Peterson prior to 'driving-in'.

With thousands of pounds raised for the captains’ charities; a member turning professional; a member representing Lancashire at senior level; two members studying golf at college and with continued investment in its course and facilities, Longridge Golf Club is ending 2014 on a high.

With thousands of pounds raised for the captains’ charities; a member turning professional; a member representing Lancashire at senior level; two members studying golf at college and with continued investment in its course and facilities, Longridge Golf Club is ending 2014 on a high.

On completing their year in office, Captain Bill Hayhurst and Lady Captain Gill Peterson both agree it was over far too quickly. A number of golf events and even a guided sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay raised funds for their chosen charities, the North West Air Ambulance and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, which will share a pot of more than £4,000 raised during the season.

Highlights during the year included Mark Young gaining a third Lancashire County Championship in a closed finish at Grange Park, St Helens. Then in the last months of the year, Mark made a valiant bid to qualify for the European Tour, but his superb approach play was let down by indifferent putting. Turning professional during this qualifying process, Mark will endeavour to climb the tournament ladder playing the Gecko Tour in Spain during January and February before returning to the UK to play in Euro-Pro events.

Sweeping up a number of the club’s major trophies, Jeremy Morgan continued to represent Lancashire at senior level and he played a pivotal role in Lancashire’s seniors’ victory in the English Seniors’ County Championship. Played at a rain-sodden Hindhead Golf Club in Surrey, Jeremy and his partner’s vital morning win preceding an afternoon wash-out saw the Red Rose county team win the English seniors’ title for the first time.

Longridge Golf Club’s continued investment in course improvements and practising facilities received a further boost of more than £15,000 following a successful fund-raising golf day generously supported by local businesses. PGA Professional Stephen Taylor’s innovative coaching continues to benefit golfers at all levels. Successful “kids camps” during school holidays have proved a real winner, giving youngsters a game for life and even a career.

Next year’s junior captain Alex Forrest now studies golf at Myerscough College, whilst a past junior captain Anthony Slater took an even bigger step when he was awarded a golf scholarship at Lindenwood-Belleville University near St Louis, USA. He enrolled there as a freshman in September.

So it’s been quite a year and there’s a whole lot more available at Longridge Golf Club. With full membership offered to newcomers at discounted rates and a variety of flexible packages available, the New Year could be the ideal time to join us.