Lancs mix youth and ex­pe­ri­ence to take on South­port

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

LAN­CASHIRE have picked a team com­bin­ing youth and ex­pe­ri­ence for the cur­tain­raiser to the new county golf sea­son.

The an­nual fix­ture be­tween the Red Rose county and a team from the South­port and District Golf As­so­ci­a­tion takes place on Sun­day, April 2 at Formby Golf Club and tra­di­tion­ally marks the start of the new sea­son.

Pleas­ing­ton’s Michael Hunt re­turns to county ac­tion in the Rest of Lan­cashire ranks af­ter miss­ing the whole of last sea­son af­ter break­ing his shoul­der in an ac­ci­dent at home.

He shares top billing as the most capped player with John Car­roll from Huy­ton and Prescot Golf Club, both with 76 ap­pear­ances

In con­trast, teenager Luke Kelly, from Ash­ton un­der Lyne Golf Club, is at the very be­gin­ning of his county ca­reer.

The 18-year-old has come through the ranks with the Lan­cashire youth set-up and has rep­re­sented Eng­land at Un­der-16 level.

He made the break­through into the se­nior team last year, mak­ing five ap­pear­ances.

The South­port team in­cludes a num­ber of play­ers with both county and in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, al­low­ing Lan­cashire county cap­tain Paul Wil­liams the chance to run the rule over po­ten­tial picks for the start of the full county pro­gramme.

The host team in­cludes Sean Towndrow, from South­port and Ains­dale Golf Club. The 25-year-old missed much of last sea­son af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with a rare form of can­cer, but has re­cently re­turned from South Africa where he rep­re­sented Eng­land in four tour­na­ments.

REST OF LAN­CASHIRE: Henry Tom­lin­son (Royal Lytham), John Car­roll (Huy­ton and Prescot), Ian Ken­wright (Hay­dock Park), Michael Hunt (Pleas­ing­ton), Thomas Winn (More­cambe), Reece Cran­field (Wi­gan), Luke Kelly (Ash­ton Un­der Lyne), Sean Do­herty (Rossendale), Ciaran Do­herty (Bury), Joe Brice (Manch­ester), Paul McFer­ran (War­ring­ton), Cur­tis Clarkin (Nel­son)

SDGA: Richie Blun­dell (Hill­side), Sean Towndrow (S&A), Chris Reid (South­port Old Links), Andrew Mol­loy (Hill­side), Anthony Stir­ling (Formby), Mark Dun­calf (Formby), Ge­off Har­ris (Formby), Jack Shel­ley (Formby), Bryan Hughes (Hes­keth), Greg Holmes (Royal Birk­dale), Greg McIl­roy (S&A), Joe Banks (West Lan­cashire)

FORTH­COM­ING FIX­TURES: April 8 Rest of Lan­cashire v Bolton Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (at West Houghton GC); April 11-13 Four Coun­ties Ju­nior Tour­na­ment (at Shif­nal GC); April 16 Lan­cashire Se­lect v Cum­bria Se­lect (at Fur­ness GC); May 10 Collinge Tro­phy (at Wilp­shire GC); May 11 Lan­cashire Se­niors v Shrop­shire and Here­ford­shire Se­niors (at White­field GC).

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