Brolly good show by young golfer...
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.