Brolly good show by young golfer...

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD golfer Matt De­lany, who is soon to com­pete in the Eng­land Boys County Cham­pi­onship event for the first time, pos­i­tively looks for­ward to the rain dur­ing play.

Matt, 18, proudly dis­plays his East Cheshire Hos­pice um­brella when the heav­ens open and be­lieves the bad weather can give him a golf­ing ad­van­tage.

Matt, who re­cently won the Cheshire Boys County Cham­pi­onship in hor­ren­dous con­di­tions, says sport­ing the Hos­pice logo seems to bring him luck.

“I’ve played in tor­ren­tial down­pours and some­times freez­ing con­di­tions but I think it only helps to im­prove my game,” said Matt. “I’m pretty sure most of my op­po­nents don’t prac­tice when the weather is bad, so I think it gives me an ad­van­tage when the weather turns nasty dur­ing com­pe­ti­tions.”

Matt of Gawsworth Road, who has just fin­ished his ed­u­ca­tion at Mac­cles­field Col­lege, first start­ing play­ing golf when he was 10 and ad­mit­ted that at first he wasn’t that in­ter­ested. Now he has one main am­bi­tion in life – to play golf full-time – and prom­ises to keep his hos­pice um­brella with him on the long route to pro­fes­sional golf.

Matt’s grand­mother, Maura De­lany, is a keen sup­porter of the hos­pice and helps with the an­nual hos­pice fundrais­ing golf days at her club, Prest­bury Golf Club. Matt’s grand­fa­ther, Howard, was also a keen golfer.

“My grand­fa­ther, Howard, loved his golf un­til he sadly passed away as a re­sult of suf­fer­ing from melanoma, so I’m very proud to sup­port the work done by East Cheshire Hos­pice in the care they give to both pa­tients and fam­i­lies of suf­fer­ers of can­cer,” said Matt. And with the sup­port of his par­ents, An­drew and Louise, Matt is about to em­bark on a year of tour­na­ments up and down the coun­try in his bid to be­come a pro­fes­sional.

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of golf pro Jamie Don­ald­son, who also proudly sports the East Cheshire Hos­pice logo on his bag at com­pe­ti­tions, Matt says he’s de­ter­mined to make it to the top.

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