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NCGU News 2017

  • NCGU News January 2017

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    Welcome to the upcoming season. We will be providiing regular news items on these pages.


    The 2017 and 2108 Fixtures are now published and details of the Championships and Leagues plus online Booking for the Northern Counties Seniors Amateur Championship and the North of England Amateur Championship 2017 will also be availble.

  • NCGU News February 2017

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    News items for Feb 2017 will appear here

  • NCGU News March 2017

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    News for March 2017

    NORTH OF ENGLAND OPEN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP The Northern Counties is pleased to announce that the North of England Open Amateur Championship will be played at the Alwoodley Golf Club for the foreseeable future. This is one of the finest inland courses in the country and a superb setting for one of the most prestigious Championships on the England Golf Order of Merit. This will be the last England Golf Order of Merit of the season.


    JOHN KIRK - Durham's President for 2017 & 2018

    John, a member of Billingham Golf Club, joined the Executive in 2004.     He has served on several committees during his time with the DCGU 
    and was County Captain in 2015 before coming President Elect in 2016.
  • NCGU News April 2017

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    Lancashire’s fantastic support for its clubs and players has won the England Golf County of the Year Award.

    The county was honoured at last night’s 2017 England Golf Awards at Lord’s and will receive £6000 worth of bespoke research from award sponsors SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. The runner-up was Warwickshire.

    The Awards shone the spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf and Lancashire was recognised alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull, as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game.


    Lancashire County Award






    Sean Richie was recently inaugurated as the 2017 President of the Cheshire Union following 35 years with the Chester Golf Club.

    He was born in Northern Ireland in 1947 but his family was soon moved to Northamptonshire and he eventually started work in Local Government in 1965.  He qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant including a number of Audit and Accountancy posts before moving to Cheshire as Head of Internal Audit in Chester City Council.

    Sean took early retirement in 2004 but was invited to join a Review Panel carrying out independent financial examinations throughout the North West and was also appointment as County Treasurer in 2011.

    He started playing golf in 1982 at Chester G.C. and was selected and served on the management committee for several years and was the Club Treasurer for five years.  He was appointed a Club Trustee in 2001 and Captain of the Club in 2005.

    Although continuing to be a keen golfer and managing to play a couple of times a week, he admits that his golfing skills have remained somewhat limited! His best handicap was 10.2 but currently play’s off 15.  His main, and only achievement was winning the Club’s Winter League Trophy with a partner in 2007.

    He has to admit that his wife, Wanda – a keen golfer - has been far more successful!


    Madam President Dee Lewis IoM


     The Isle of Man made history this year by opening the doors to Lady Members and inaugurated its first female President - Dee Lewis for 2017.
    Retiring President, Geoff Skillicorn, welcomed the incoming President. “Change is inevitable and we should be open to its possibilities” he said.
    Obviously ‘dee-lighted’ in her new role, Dee outlined future plans including the need to ensure a clear strategy and to improve communications with all existing and potential golfers to ensure thriving clubs with growing membership.
    The new President commented that “Golf is a game for all and a game for life.” She expressed the hope that her elevation to the role would raise awareness that the view of golf as an elitist and somewhat stuffy sport is completed outdated, at least in the Isle of Man.
    With continued support from England Golf and a female President, the Isle of Man Golf looks forward to a wealth of possibilities as it moves forward in developing the sport we all love

  • NCGU News June 2017

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    Richard Jones - 13 June

    Richard claimed his “100” League challenge for Yorkshire

    Richard Jones managed to gain his 100th Northern Counties league place last month when he was recalled for Yorkshire after fourteen years!   

    The Tykes had lost some five players due to other commitments last month leaving Jones a late substitute against Northumberland.

    The fifty-five year old from Rotherham thought that his time for playing in a Northern Counties league was well out of his reach but he was pleased to take on the Geordies.     

    Richard had reached his 99th place sometime ago during which he had won the Yorkshire Championship twice in consecutive years.

    Dennis Trickett, a previous President of Yorkshire and the Sheffield Union, had been Richard’s caddie for many years. “He was a great player and a servant for us in his time and it was a privilege to caddie for him again” said Trickett.

    Derek Jones

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International Ian Crowther crossed the winning line with a one-shot victory in the Welsh open senior championship at Maesdu.

He birdied two of the last three holes to secure the title, finishing ahead of England senior team-mate Mark Stones (Boyce Hill, Essex). Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey) - the 2015 English senior champion - was third.

Crowther, from Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lancashire, becomes the third Englishman to win a Welsh title this season, following Max Martin of Warwickshire who is the youths’ champion, and Gian-Marco Petrozzi of Staffordshire, the open strokeplay winner.

Crowther has been knocking on the door of a big win, having finished runner-up in Spain and third in Portugal. “I had a bit of momentum going and to be Welsh open senior champion is a dream come true. I’m over the moon, absolutely delighted,” he said.

Crowther beat par twice in the championship with rounds of 71 and 70 sandwiching 78 for a three-over total. Weather conditions were challenging at the tournament with strong winds and rain squalls making it tough for the players.

“I wasn’t really thinking about getting under par. I was just playing every hole as it came, sticking the best score down and moving on. You were really trying to get back to the club house and hang on to whatever you had got out there.”

Crowther played in the England teams which won the 2016 Senior Home Internationals and took the bronze medal at the European senior men’s team championship. He was also in the Lancashire team which won the English senior men’s county championship.