Former Shaw Hill pro hounoured

PGA captain Neil Selwyn-Smith presents a  plaque to Howard Bennett during'the Open
PGA captain Neil Selwyn-Smith presents a plaque to Howard Bennett during'the Open

The man who coached Open champions Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington, who served as professional at Shaw Hill and Duxbury Park golf clubs, took centre stage during the Open at Royal Liverpool.

Howard Bennett was the PGA North’s nominee for the Toby Sunderland award which recognises the charity fundraising efforts of PGA professionals.

Bennett, the former national Irish coach where he helped the formative careers of Clarke, Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIllroy, has penned a book about his experiences and donated the proceeds – about £5,000, to the Preston-based Rosemere Golfers against Cancer charity and Queenscourt Hospice in his home town of Southport.

Leyland Golf Club member Kevin McIntosh, chairman of Rosemere Golfers against Cancer, said: “The credibility and respect that Howard holds in the game is fantastic and helps to raise the profile and awareness of the foundation.

Howard regularly attends dinners and functions and speaks of his experiences in golf.

“He is a fantastic ambassador to have for the charity.”

l JacksonBurgess, 16, capitalised on local knowledge when he won the Bolton Golf Association Junior Championship at his home course Chorley less than a week after claiming his club’s junior title for the second season in a row.

The four handicapper, who has been a member of Hall o’th’ Hill for seven years and is junior captain, posted a four-over-par 75, winning on countback from Michael Tunstall, from Bolton Old Links, and A Williams, from Great Lever Farnworth.

Jackson has represented Lancashire at Under-16 level and is also a member of St Annes Old Links.