East Midlands Round-up: Ipswich bunker project

A round-up of the latest news from the East Midlands.

An extensive programme of bunker renovations have been completed at Ipswich, allowing the course to fully reopen ahead of the season.

The Purdis Heath course had 20 of its bunkers restored to their original 1926 design by Fred Hawtree and James Braid.

Club general manager Neil Ellice said: “Logistically it has been a difficult task, but everyone has pulled together and the finished article will have quite an impact.

“In a time when many clubs are struggling to maintain membership numbers it is a great feeling to see the club flourishing. It is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone involved in the club as well as the high quality facilities both on and off the course.”

The work was supervised by Martin Hawtree, grandson of Fred, and began in September.
‘It’s a great feeling to see the club flourishing.’ He used old photographs of the course to draw up a blueprint for the restored bunkers, with work being completed by contractors and the greenkeeping team at Ipswich.

Ellice added: “The bunkers look stunning already and we haven’t got to the growing season yet. The turf has bedded in extremely well thanks to a great autumn, the sand is in place and people have already commented on the way they’ve enhanced the course.”

Leicestershire begin inter-county season with a win

The inter-county season began with victory for Leicestershire.

The county team edged opponents Warwickshire 8-7 at Glen Gorse while, at Walmley, the county seconds drew 7.5-7.5.

County captain Oliver Willson, of Longcliffe, said: “I am delighted both sides made a strong start, especially in such testing weather.”

‘Chance of a lifetime’ scholarship at golf academy

A pair of talented young golfers at St James’ School Golf Academy will be offered a five-year scholarship described as the ‘chance of a lifetime’.

Roger Burnett, owner of the Manor in Laceby, said: “No matter what walk of life you’re from, if you want to grasp this golden opportunity, then it’s there for the taking.”

Burnett has worked together with St James’ School’s new headmaster, Dr John Price, and will see the scholars undertake studies at the school and receive scheduled weekly lessons.

Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph, Burnett said: It’s about helping two young people from our region to potentially achieve something spectacular.”

Ashbourne’s heart is in the right place

The Ashbourne branch of the British Heart Foundation is holding its 12th annual golf day to raise funds for the heart charity.

Entry is open for teams of four to enter the competition at Ashbourne on July 17.

Organiser Terry Hunt told the Derby Telegraph: “I was one of the lucky ones – after suffering my own heart attack in December 2009, it made me much more aware of supporting the BHF and helping to raise money to support their work.”

Last year the competition raised £3,336 and saw 39 teams competing.

Kibworth’s Morris narrowly misses out on PGA title

Kibworth’s Bryn Morris came up short in the defence of his Northamptonshire PGA titles when he competed in a pro-am event in Portugal.

Morris told the Leicester Mercury: “I played pretty well again but unfortunately struggled a little with my putter over the our rounds. I was pleased to do well again and it was a highly-enjoyable few days.”

Morris finished the tournament five behind winner Dan Wood.

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