Golf club in line for top award

Wednesday 21 November 2012 Updated: 21/11 15:08

LEAMINGTON and County Golf Club has been shortlisted for the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year award.

Two members of England Golf recently visited the Golf Lane headquarters to carry out an assessment of the club which they passed with flying colours to become one of three clubs throughout the country in line to land the coveted award.

GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities.

The three key areas assessed were coaching and playing; club environment, including sports equity and ethics; and child protection and duty of care.

Angie Eadon, director of golf development at Leamington and County, said: "We run schemes for both adults and juniors whereby getting into golf is made easy.

"The club has the ability to provide coaching all the year round through its state of the art indoor academy. High quality coaching by the professionals is combined with supported play on the course assisted by members.

"For adults there is an apprentice membership, where for a very reduced subscription, times are made available for practice on the course.

"Fees for juniors are greatly reduced and membership from 6-years-old is available although coaching is available for non members as well as members."

The winners of the GolfMark Club of the Year award will be announced at an awards ceremony on February 7.

Meanwhile, Leamington & County’s new lady captain, Gill Thorpe began her year in great style by winning the Silver Division in this month’s Medal and McDonald Qualifier.

She carded an impressive 87, nett 75, to finish just ahead of by Pauline Hayes 94, nett 76.

Helen Callow triumphed in the Bronze Division with nett 73 from Carolyn Talbot nett 75 and Lynda James nett 78.

The Copper Division proved more closely fought with Julie Ford emerging triumphant on countback from Catherine Pritchard after they both carded nett 79. Third place went to Pip Wilson on nett 80.

Gill Thorpe, Helen Callow and Lynda James qualified for the McDonald medal final next September.

Weather conditions were challenging on Tuesday with strong winds and rain putting off many ladies who retreated to the lounge for coffee, cake and chat.

Some braved the conditions for the monthly stableford and Dick Cunyngham Qualifier and Liz Murdoch won the Silver Division with an impressive 36 points followed by Gill Thorpe 27.

The Bronze Division winner was Carolyn Talbot with 27 points from Martine Gilks, while Sue Illingworth scored 29 points to win the Copper Division with Catherine Pritchard runner up.

Liz Murdoch, Martine Gilks and Sue Illingworth qualified to play in the Dick Cunyngham final next September.

Leamington and County recently achieved High Achiever status within the GolfMark scheme and club volunteer members, staff and representatives of ENGLANDGOLF cut the cake to celebrate the achievement. (s)

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