Luke rel­ish­ing new Edge role

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GEOFF GAR­NETT

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.

Luke Har­ris

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