LCB Golf Day raises funds for junior cricket
How can golf help cricket is the question you might be asking? Well, the aim of the Lancashire Cricket Board is to give every child access to sport through cricket.
Golf and cricket enthusiasts teamed up splendidly to help the LCB by supporting the Board's inaugural Golf Day. This took place at Eccleston Park Golf Club, Rainhill, St Helens on 1st April. Proceeds from the day, raised in the region of £3500, will be invested in additional support for junior cricket across Lancashire.
There were 39 teams with a total of 156 players that took part. Although April showers did come down in the early part of the day, the weather didn’t dampen what was a hugely successful golf day, played in a very competitive but friendly atmosphere.
The day consisted of the main competition of 18 holes of golf, but there were also other competitions for Individual Putting, Nearest the Pin, Straightest and Longest Drive and “Beat the Pro!”.
Andrew Hayhurst (LCB Director) commented: “It was excellent to see so many teams enter our first Golf Day and we thank all that have taken part. Thanks must also go to sponsors and supporters of the day, as the funds raised will help in sustaining our extensive junior development programmes.”
List of winners
- Winners: ADT Workplace (88 points) received 4 individual winner’s trophies (provided by Lanes Trophies) and 4 Ping stand bags (Eccleston Park sponsored prizes). ADT Workplace also picked up the “Sponsors Prize” for the best placed hole sponsor (LCB sponsored prize).
- Runners Up: Finchey’s Boys (85 points) received 4 individual runners-up trophies and a golf day for 12 at Eccleston Park Golf Club.
- Third Place: O2 Business (84 points) received hospitality package for 4 at the Lancashire Lightening v Durham Dynamos Friends Provident t20 tickets on Friday July 1st at Old Trafford (LCCC sponsored prize).
- Fourth Place: Chris Chambers Team (83 points) 4 Lancashire polo shirts (Kukri sponsored prize).
- Fifth Place: Burnley Cricket Development Group (82 points) received a Golf Training Aid (Sports Performance Buddy Ltd sponsored prize).
- Longest Drive: Sam Greasley from Armin & Butler won a custom made Driver courtesy of Graham Tonge, Golf Club Professional at Frodsham.
- Straightest Drive: Paul Bradley from Lanes Trophies won Golf Travel Bag (LCB sponsored prize).
- Nearest the Pin: Chris Chambers from LCB won a bottle of whisky (LCB sponsored prize).
- Nearest the Pin in 2: Stan Heaton from Burnley CDG won a bottle of whisky (LCB sponsored prize).
- Chipping Competition: A Roberts from O2 Business
- Putting competition: B Mundell from Seward Precision Laser Ltd
- LCB “Booby Prize” for finishing last: Team Lancashire Cricket Board led by Andrew Hayhurst
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Where will the funds raised today go?
Put simply, the funds raised will help the LCB to support development of cricket from playground to county. Most of the current Lancashire first team players have come through LCB structures and pathways and the funds raised at the Golf Day will help potential future juniors to achieve their dream of playing for Lancashire.
It doesn’t end there as the Board also runs cricket for Women & Girls, Disability and Minority Ethnic Communities. Clubs and Leagues are vital in all this as they give access to children to play the sport and act as an exit route from schools where a lot of cricket coaching takes place provided by full time LCB coaches. Clubs are encouraged to contact the LCB for advice and assistance and staff will assist them to work towards ECB Clubmark, which offers safe, effective and child friendly environment within a club setup.