Tom’s tar­get­ing golf’s pro ranks

Stockport Express - - Sports - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

MAC­CLES­FIELD Golf Club’s young star Tom Holling­worth has high am­bi­tions to suc­ceed in the pro­fes­sional golf world and is en­joy­ing his move to join a top team at Bra­mall Park Golf Club.

Tom said: “Life couldn’t be bet­ter at Bra­mall Park Golf Club, it has lived up to my ex­pec­ta­tions and ex­ceeded them. Since the sec­ond I started I have never had a dull mo­ment, Craig Dag­gitt and Liam Burgess are more than just col­leagues -they have be­come good friends and we have been out as a group for some curry nights al­ready!

“They have al­ready in the few months I have spent with them help me im­prove my knowl­edge, not only of the game of golf, but ev­ery as­pect of the golf­ing com­mu­nity as well as busi­ness knowl­edge.

“A per­fect ex­am­ple of this is that Craig in­vited me to come and help with his ladies group ses­sion that he pro­vides ev­ery Satur­day.

“He guides me on what I should be look­ing for in the swing and how to help im­prove the clients’ skills. As a con­se­quence it im­proves my knowl­edge which I can then take for­ward into fu­ture lessons that I will pro­vide.

“All the mem­bers have been very wel­com­ing to me and many of them come to see me and check how I am get­ting on. “I am very grate­ful to my par­ents for pro­vid­ing me with the op­por­tu­nity to play golf and then sup­port­ing me with every­thing that a golf ca­reer en­tails and also for help­ing me, as much as they can in giv­ing me the best pos­si­ble chance for me to fol­low my dreams and live a long and happy life.

A spe­cial thanks also to Chris­tian O’Con­nor who runs the golf shop at Mac­cles­field Golf Club.

“He gave me my first job and in the three years I was with Chris­tian he pro­vided me with a ba­sic knowl­edge of the life in a shop, sell­ing golf prod­ucts, club re­pairs, pre­par­ing mer­chan­dise, as well as com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“My coach,Matt Dixon who has brought my golf on tremen­dously, in the last two years and is al­ways push­ing me to im­prove and push for­ward with my golf game.

“Also, I would like to thank all the mem­bers at Mac­cles­field Golf Club for look­ing af­ter me as young ju­nior and al­ways hav­ing the time to speak to me, play with me and ed­u­cate me about golf. “My Am­bi­tion since I stopped play­ing rugby at 13, af­ter five suc­ces­sive Cheshire Cup wins, has al­ways been to play on the Euro­pean tour and play in Pro­fes­sional events all over the world and not only play in these tour­na­ments but to win them as well. “This is the ul­ti­mate dream as I re­alise the dif­fi­culty to get to that level and then to also main­tain it is ex­tremely chal­leng­ing.

“That is why I have my sec­ond dream which is po­ten­tially to teach golf all over the world and one day have my own school of golf whilst con­tin­u­ing to play in the local, na­tional PGA and Pro­fes­sional Events. “My fi­nal thought is -Al­ways be­lieve in your dream, Mum & Dad have al­ways told me that, if you want it enough and work hard enough you will achieve it. Jamie Don­ald­son at Mac­cles­field Golf Club showed what drive and fo­cus can achieve.” Craig Dag­gitt added: “Tom re­cently joined the PGA and is now in his first year of train­ing. He is the fifth mem­ber of our Pro­fes­sional team along­side my­self, Liam Burgess, Olly White­ley and Pas­cal Ogden.

“He is learn­ing the trade by work­ing full time in the shop, he has had club build­ing train­ing, cus­tom fit train­ing and is now teach­ing new lady golfers on a Satur­day and ju­nior groups on a Sun­day af­ter­noon. He is also rep­re­sent­ing the club in the MDGA so that he can keep his golf on track too!!!”

Plenty of Stable­ford ac­tion at Avro with Peter Walker rul­ing the roost in a mid­week Stable­ford with 40 points from Ken Mor­ri­son 39 and Gra­ham Turnock 36.

Peter Hale led in the sec­ond one with a hefty 39 points from Frank Mills 37 and Tony Mullin 36.

It was tight at Hazel Grove with four play­ers locked on 33 points and get­ting the nod in the cpo was Iain Cole from Ralph Thor­man, Phil Thor­ley and Richard Blain.

A Team of three Stable­ford for Grove’s ladies was tight with just a point sep­a­rat­ing the top four teams.

Win­ning a cpo on 44 to claim top spot were K Rodgers, C Buggy and S Hall from M Farrell, C Jones and A Walm­s­ley.

In a cpo on 43 B Allen, L En­derby and W Mil­ton took out D Wilson, V Wa­ters and E Rus­sell.

Pauline Davies was out on her own at Marple in a Win­ter Prize Stable­ford with 26 points see­ing her home from El­iz­a­beth Pierce 23, June Chad­wick 21 and Sheila Leigh, Anthea Kee­lan, Joan Vaughan and Mary Gil­body, all 19.

Marple’s men played a bot­tle com­pe­ti­tion and in divi­sion one Dave Gil­lon led in with 28 points from Lee Cle­ments 26 and Cal­lum Breen and Chris Thomas, both 23.

Top­ping divi­sion two was Ian Richard­son with 28 points, one clear of Craig Mur­ray and Robert Wilkinson.

A re­verse Trios Stable­ford at Red­dish Vale was won by Gra­ham Warburton, Neil God­dard and John Wright with 77 points well clear of John Ford, Sean Connell and Mike Short 73 and Phil Houghton, Paul Bruck­shaw and Andy Humphrey 72.

Danny Wilkinson led in a Sun­day Stable­ford at Vale­with 40 points, one more than Paul Bruck­shaw and David Pilling.

It needed a cpo on 38 points in a Wed­nes­day Stable­ford at Vale to see Mike Rad­cliffe into top spot from Steve Bard­s­ley.

Jeanne Bell has been one of the top team play­ers in Cheshire Ladies golf for many years af­ter sev­eral years in ama­teur golf around the UK and now she is look­ing for­ward to be­ing the Cheshire County Ladies Golf As­so­ci­a­tion Cap­tain in 2019

Jeanne is a mem­ber of the Royal Liver­pool Golf Club and en­joyed her early years of golf in the south of Eng­land.

Jeanne said: “I have been in­volved with county golf since play­ing for Kent as a ju­nior.

“I had two years in the Kent first team in 1979 and 1980 be­fore I qual­i­fied. I then moved to Suf­folk to do my GP train­ing and I played for Suf­folk for three years be­tween 1982 and 1985.

“I was Suf­folk Ladies Cham­pion in 1984 and 1985 and I then moved to Scot­land and had one sea­son play­ing for Fife.

“Since mov­ing to Cheshire in 1987 I have been in­volved with county golf here play­ing in the team from 1988 to 1995 and then again in 2008 and 2014-2016.

“My hope for my role this year is to take the County As­so­ci­a­tion for­ward while re­spect­ing its his­tory and tra­di­tions. I am look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge!

“I would like to thank Sy­bra Eard­ley and Ju­dith Wain­wright for a very en­joy­able year as Vice­Cap­tain be­fore tak­ing on my new role.

”There are plenty of com­pe­ti­tions avail­able for mem­bers of the Cheshire CLGA to en­ter in the com­ing sea­son and for de­tails check out the web­site www.cheshire ladies­”

●●Craig Dag­gitt wel­comes Tom Holling­worth to Bra­mall Park GC

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