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Lancashire Cricket Board - A Golftastic day out!!
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A Golftastic day out!!

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Not even the wettest April on record could put a dampener on this year’s LCB Golf Day.

This year’s competition was held at the picturesque Leigh Golf Course in Culcheth near Warrington, a par 70 parkland course that would test any golfer. 22 teams took part in the day, including teams from local Cricket Development Groups, Cricket Clubs and Businesses from across the North West.

Golfers were greeted on the day by LCB staff helping with the organisation of the day and the smell of Leigh Golf Club’s infamous breakfast bar. Bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches all washed down with tea and coffee, preparation enough for a gruelling 18 holes of hard competition!

The competition format on the day was a 4 ball competition with the best 2 stable ford scores counting on each hole.

The winning team Rochdale CC skilfully managed to plot their way around a tricky course. They had to deal with the undulating greens and difficult pin positions which culminated in a fantastic round of 13 under (85 points). ADT Workplace (last year’s winners) came a creditable 2nd with a 9 under (81 points), Kevin Horton’s team, who were representing Paul Horton Flooring came 3rd with 8 under (80 points) and Burnley Cricket Development Group coming 4th with a very creditable 78 points (6 under).

The Main prizes up for grabs this year were, 4 platinum tickets to a Salford City Reds match, 4 Nike Golf Stand Bags, a round of golf for 4 at Formby Hall and Spa sponsored by O2 and 4 Lancashire County Cricket Club training t-shirts sponsored by Kukri. Other prizes included LCB Golf day t-shirt and jumper for the nearest the pin and nearest the pin in 2 competition.

Final Positions

1. Rochdale CC, 85 points.
2. ADT workplace, 81 points.
3. Paul Horton Flooring, 80 points.
4. Burnley Cricket Development Group, 78 points. 
5. O2, 74 points.
6. Sutton Saints, 71 points.
7. Johnson & Johnson, 71 points (back 9).
8. St Helens Sports Development, 70 points.
9. Lancashire Cricket Board.
10. “Weapons of Grass Destruction” (Bury CC), 69 points.
11.  Cricket Foundation, 69 points (back 9).
12. Lancashire County Cricket Club, 69 points (back 9).
13. Collins & Darwell, 66 points.
14. Eversheds, 64 points.
15. Armin & Butler, 64 points.
16. SDL group, (Surridge sports), 61 points.
17. Rainford CC, 61 points (back 9).
18. Ribblesdale League, 61 points (back 9).
19. Newton Le Willows CC, 58 points.
20. Morgan Sindall, 58 points (back 9).
21. Wythenshawe CC, 53 points.
22. The Liverpool Lads, 52 points.

Nearest the pin winner: Ed Duckit (Team O2)
Nearest the pin in 2 winner: John Howarth (Collins and Darwell)
Prizes for holes in 2: M Speight (Johnson & Johnson), S Heaton (Burnley CDG) - both on par 4’s, Ed Duckit (Team O2) G Shooter (Rochdale CC)

The LCB would like to take this opportunity in thanking all who took part on the day, with special thanks going to Ex England and Yorkshire player Jim Love from the Cricket Foundation for presenting the prizes. A big thank you to all our sponsors for the day without them these kinds of days just would not happen. Sponsors on the day were: Lancashire County Cricket Club, LCCC Foundation, Paul Horton Flooring, Morgan Sindall, Nortelco, O2 Mobiles, Lanes Trophies, Collins and Darwell, The Cricket Foundation, Armin & Butler, Shorrock Trichem, Surridge Sports, ADT Workplace, Eversheds, Salford City Reds, Golf Direct and Johnson & Johnson.

The LCB would also like to take this opportunity in thanking Leigh Golf Club for their hospitality on the day, especially to Andrew Bagley (Head Golf Professional) and Warren Bibby and all his catering staff.

Money raised from the day will be invested back in to grassroots in Lancashire.

Photos of the day available in "Image gallery" (on the right). Photos by: Jenny Laycock.

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