Professionals in action at Clitheroe

Former Walker Cup and European Tour player Andrew Oldcorn by the first tee at Clitheroe
Former Walker Cup and European Tour player Andrew Oldcorn by the first tee at Clitheroe
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Clitheroe Golf Club hosted the latest fixture in the 1836 Professional Golf Tour recently when 48 professionals competed for more than £3,500 of prize money.

Among the leading contenders was Scotland’s former Walker Cup and European Tour player Andrew Oldcorn, who carded a one-over-par 72.

But the clear winner by two shots over his nearest rival was 38-year-old James Hepworth from Ilkley. The former Challenge Tour winner’s 68 earned him the £1,000 first prize and his entry fee into the Open Golf Regional Qualifier at Clitheroe on Monday June 23rd.

Hepworth’ got off to a flying start with birdies at the first two holes, followed by further birdies at 6, 11 and 18. His only dropped shots were at the long par 4 third, and the par 3 14th ended his round as one of only seven competitors to break par over the 6,531 yard course.

The 1836 Tour was established three years ago to provide both aspiring and experienced pros withopportunities for competitive golf on top quality courses in strong fields.

Speaking after the event, Tour Director Jonathan Cheetham complimented the club on the way the course had been prepared and said it had attracted widespread praise from the competitors.

Clitheroe’s seniors got off to a winning start against Fairhaven in their first home match of the Ribble Valley Golf League.

Captain Jeff Crowther, partnered by Club President Peter Clayton, led the way with a 2 & 1 win, and were backed up by a strong team performance, which gave the home side victory by 4½ points to 1½ points.

Clitheroe golfers were well represented in a strong East Lancs Golf Association team in the bi-annual match played against the Rest of Lancashire at Clitheroe on Saturday.

Mark Ashworth (+2), Andrew Heesom (Scratch), Gary Byrne (3) and Mark Young (+5) made up the local contingent but met with mixed fortunes.

The morning foursomes produced only one winner from the Clitheroe players, when Byrne, playing with Green Haworth’s Clive Robertson,beat Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) and Cieran Doherty (Bury) by 3 &2, but the afternoon singles matches saw both Heesom and Young pull out winning performances with wins over John Carroll (Huyton and Prescot) and Michael Hunt (Pleasington).

The Rest of Lancashire ran out winners by 9½points to 5½points.

l A beautiful spring day saw the men compete for the Moss Hall Trophy at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club.

This new event on the competitions calendar, with was a full handicap Stableford, saw John Simpson come home in first place with 40 points, runner-up on 37 was Bob Driver and a good knock from “Mr Stonyhurst” himself, John Austin, wrapped up his place in third with 35.