Golf


CORNWALL Golf Union has a new County Captain in Ian Veale (Tehidy Park). Veale, who was elected into office in late November 2017 together with Vice Captain Charlie Phillips (Newquay), takes over from David Kneebone. He has a long and very successful association with the Cornwall Golf Union. Playing his first match for the county …

ASHLEY Mansell is celebrating his first win of the year having overcome difficult weather conditions to win the Gloucester and Somerset PGA medal at Minehead and West Somerset. The Clevedon assistant carded 40 points as the Stableford system was used again to speed up play. He landed five birdies and finished one point clear of …

Somerset’s Tom Sloman has been selected as part of a six-man England A squad who will take on seven other countries in an extended Costa Ballena match in Spain this January. Sloman is joined in the squad by George Bloor (Derbyshire), Bailey Gill (Yorkshire), Ben Jones (Northamptonshire), Josh McMa- hon (Cheshire) and Nick Poppleton (Yorkshire). …

Devon speed golfer Steve Jeffs has been officially ratified as a world record holder after completing a 500-yard par-five hole in just one minute and 50.6 seconds. Guinness World Records have recognised Jeffs’ world-best time, posted at Tiverton Golf Club in August, which beat the previous record of one minute and 52 seconds set by …

England Golf have included South West duo Jake Burnage and Tom Sloman in their new-look men’s squads for their 2017/18 training programme. The entire England squad is new after almost all the previous members departed for the professional ranks. The eight players are: Jake Burnage of Devon, Todd Clements of Essex, Jack Gaunt of Staffordshire, …

The ladies of Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club got into the festive spirit as they competed for the Christmas Bowmaker. The Christmas Bowmaker is a 12-hole Stableford with a festive scoring theme – including a ‘Christmas present’ of five points for holing a shot from off the green and a bonus ‘stocking filler’ of three …

England teenagers Max Hopkins and Annabell Fuller claimed impressive wins in the prestigious Telegraph Vitality Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago, Portugal. Hopkins, 14, became the youngest champion in the 33-year history of the competition while Fuller, 15, had a runaway win in the girls’ event, finishing 13 shots clear. From Bishops Stortford Golf …

Somerset county amateur Johnny Grace (Saltford) overshadowed the professionals as he eased to a three-stroke victory with four-under 67 in the Gloucester and Somerset PGA medal at The Kendleshire. Grace started slowly in the final group but signed in after making five birdies and seven pars over the final 12 holes. Broadway’s Russ Berry continued …