South East Round-up: Sheehan retires as alliance secretary

Our round-up of the latest club news from the South East.

Secretary of the Guildford Alliance Roy Sheehan announced his retirement at the Captain’s Day event at Walton Heath.

Sheehan had been secretary of the alliance for 15 years and has been succeeded by golf photographer David Brenes.

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Paying tribute to Sheehan, Brenes said: “Due to his hard work the alliance has gone from strength to strength and ensured that the level of courses the alliance has played over the years has continued to enhance.”

The Guildford Alliance is a Pro-Am based alliance with the professional playing with two amateurs, with a handicap limit of 15.
‘Due to his hard work the alliance has gone from strength to strength’ Futures tour launches at Redbourn

Hertfordshire Futures Tour launched its 2015 season with impressive scoring at Redbourn.

Harpenden junior member Ross Lea won the division gross prize with a four-over par round of 31 as 90 children competed over the par 3 Kingsbourne course.

Sixteen players had their Futures tour handicaps cut following good scores, with 32 new players teeing up on tour for the first time.

Sponsored for its sixth year by Lexus Hatfield, the tour provides competitions on Hertfordshire’s par 3 courses for boys and girls aged 12 and under.

Hampshire’s Harrison receives Micklam award

Hampshire’s David Harrison has received England Golf’s Gerald Micklem award for his contribution to the amateur game.

The award was announced at the England Golf annual meeting, when delegates were told of Harrison’s involvement in the sport for over 60 years.

He has been both a noted player and an administrator who has been captain of the R&A, was made an OBE for his services to golf and played a key role in the merger which created England Golf as the independent chairman of the steering group.

Ipswich course sold by auctioneers

Waldringham near Ipswich has been sold to a private buyer for £900,000 by auctioneers Savills.

Kay Griffiths, of Savills Oxford, said: “We are delighted with the sale of Waldringfield, an attractive golf couse set within established surroundings. The golf market is continuing to strengthen in the UK, as we see a growing confidence in the industry with a number of owners expanding through the addition of facilities or further sites.”

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The 88-acre site features an 18-hole, 6046-yard course and other amenities including clubhouse, professional’s shop and greenkeeper’s building.

Punning golfers go head to head

On June 27, Puttenham will be hosting Chippenham for the inaugural Chip and Putt Challenge match.

The match between the two appropriately-named club’s will consist of eight men and four ladies.

“It’s just a pity we couldn’t find a club called Drivenham,” said Puttenham chairman Colin Reardon.

Goodwood to host Family Pairs

The annual Family Pairs tournament will this year be played at Goodwood in West Sussex.

The family-orientated golf day will take place on August 30 and will see pairs play on the Downs Course, which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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“We are delighted to announced Goodwood Golf as our host venue for the 2015 Family Pairs tournament,” said Paul Fenton of Viva Esprit, which hosts the event. “It’s a perfect location for a family-orientated event where our participants can enjoy golf, off-road riding, spa and lots of other family events.”

Now in its third year, Fairmont Hotels, Beachcomber Tours, Srixon, VPAR and Mint Greens have confirmed their partnership.

The 2014 winners were father and son pairing Andrew and Alex Crickmore. 

Waterhall smashes fund-raising target

Waterhall in West Sussex hosted its annual charity gala weekend and raised £4,165 for charity.

The event, which was supported by National Club Golfer, beat its target by almost £700 and saw Jason Fernee win the National Club Golfer straightest drive competition.

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