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Under 14s golfers all swing into action

Grand finale for Lancashire boys' initiative

Young golfers across Lancashire have seen their games improve via development sessions funded by a grant from England Golf

The newly-launched Lancashire Boys’ U14 programme culminated with 86 youngsters competing in the finale at Houghwood.

Some 53 youngsters played an 18 hole competition won by Patrick Stubbs, of Ashton-under-Lyne, with 42 points and the remainder competed over nine holes with Manchester’s Theo Davis claiming the prize with 25 points.

The event was the conclusion of a new series of U14 development sessions run in six regions across Lancashire which saw a total of 138 boys registered.

Each region provided three coaching and skills sessions, funded by a grant from England Golf.

Funding for the programme to continue for a further three years has been approved and will form part of the new Lancashire Talent Development Pathway which sees the launch of a 14-18 age group County Academy Programme in time for the 2015 campaign.

Phil Harvey, of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, who gave a presentation to parents and players about future plans for the scheme, commented: “The success of the under 14s’ initiative, combined with the new 14-18 age group programme next year will see a five fold increase in the number of boys involved with the LUGC’s coaching and development opportunities.”

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