Luke relishing new Edge role
ALDERLEY Edge Golf Club’s new assistant professional Luke Harris is looking forward to enjoying his new role after making the long move from Louth in Lincolnshire.
Luke enjoyed his time as a junior, amateur and professional and one of his big aims in his job at Alderley will be to develop the junior academy.
Luke said: “Junior golf started early for me as I was four years old when I started – my grandfather is a relative of Tony Jacklin so I guess that someone in the family was going to be a golfer.
“I progressed quickly and won my first men’s competition at the age of 13 and went on to play county golf for Lincolnshire boys and then progressed further to England school boy level briefly.
“I turned professional in 2012 after qualifying for the EuroPro tour but unfortunately due to an on-going elbow injury that was cut short after one event and I have not been able to play at that level since due to the amount of rounds and practice required- my elbow just cannot stand the pressure.
“Alderley Edge Golf Club and their professional Charles le Sueur made me feel very welcome from the moment I arrived and after numerous conversations with Charles I knew that it was where I wanted to be and get my PGA qualification.
“I have taken over the junior academy and I hope to make it the largest in the area – juniors are fundamental to the future of golf and I believe that along with Charles and the club we can have great success.
“I hope to play on the local professional circuit as I still enjoy the competitive side to the game but my main focus is junior progression.
“Finally I want to thank my partner for her continued support that she has given me and continues to give me.
“She is a key part to the move and without her say so I would not have been working at Alderley Edge or where I am today in the sense of the person she makes me and the drive she gives me.
“A special thanks also to my grandfather because without him none of this would be possible as he has believed in me through good times and bad so I thank him for all he has done for me.”
The latest Winter League Stableford at Shrigley Hall was won by Joe Cassidy with 38 points, two more than Roderick Scott, Alan Pengelly and Steve Wells.
A Thursday Stableford at Shrigley was led in by Peter Duffy with 31 points from Charles Edwin Green 30 and Mike Gates 29.
The January Monthly medal at Shrigley had division one topped by Richard Burrow with a neat 67 from Charlie Wood 69 and Niall Lynch 71.
In division two Callum Atkinson was the main man with 71 from Michael Chesters 73 and Tony Luck 77.
It needed a cpo on 41 points in division one in the Saturday Stableford at Styal to see Alan Brooks in top spot from Brian Donohue with Iain Burnage next in with 40.
In division two Keith Dawson posted a majestic 47 points to finish clear of James Brown 45 and Dan Preece 43.
A Sunday ‘Open to All’ singles Stableford at Styal Stuart Howarth strolled to victory with 44 points from Andy Sharrocks and Steve James, both 39.
The latest Winter League round for Styal ladies had Lynn Guy out on her own with 30 points from Mel Hill 24 and Helen Billington 23.
A Team Trios at Prestbury was won by D Carr, V Dave and J Rennison with 88 points well clear of J Simons, G Titchen and A Hare 81 and N Hargreaves, H Youshani and M Forbes who won a cpo on 80 from N Sheperd, A Greensmith and M Taylor.
Prestbury ladies played a singles Stableford and in division one Margaret Simons won a cpo on 34 points from Myra Penkethman with Angela Riordan a point off the pace.
In division two Wendy Mosley was top of the shop with 35 points from Jill Gregory 34 and Margaret Fairhurst 32.