GOLF: Greg Owen makes top 30 at Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Greg Owen had a good week in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a top 30 finish after four sub par round for a total of nine under par.

This week the Coxmoor Golf Club ace tees up in the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina along side the returning Tiger Woods.

Oliver Wilson missed the cut at five over par in the Ballantine’s Championship in Korea last week, but still feels he is hitting the ball more consistently from tee to green.

This week he is spending time with Paul Hurrion trying to get to the bottom of his putting woes.

l At Oakmere Park Golf Club, Chris Cooper carded a nett 70 to win Division One of the Saturday Medal by two from Andrew Hall, with David Cope taking third on the back nine with a round of 73.

Division Two and the EGU gold medal went to Dale Gregory on nett 69, followed by Glen Haywood with nett 71 and Gary Rowbottom on nett 72.

Paul Stevenson took the top spot in Division Three after a countback from David Soar, both with nett 71, with third place going to Frank Loach on nett 72.

In the Sunday Stableford Division One went to Alan Seddon with 38 points on the back nine from Paul Stoker with Trevor Pearce in third a further point adrift.

Scott Wynn won Division Two with 37 points, one ahead of Timothy Walker, who took second on the back nine from Richard Aldread

A best-of-the-day 44 points gave Gareth Warmby a win in Division Three, three clear of Chris Walker with Mark Scothern in third with 40 points.

The Senior’s Greensome Pairs was won by the pairing of Rich Richardson and Colin Binch on the back nine from Chris Wilson and Gerry Bakewell, both pairs with 41 points.

Neil Carby won the Thursday Stableford with 39 points.

l Bobby MacDonald won the Weekend Stableford at the Mansfield Golf Club with 42 points followed by Rob Smith, 41, and Antony Hunt with 39.

l The new-floodlit 18-bay driving range with new pro shop and custom-fit centre at Norwood Park was officially opened by The Very Rev John Guille, dean of Southwell Minster, alongside Notts County Council golf development officer Matt Bloor.

Bloor represented the National Governing bodies, including Golf England, The Golf Foundation, Notts County Golf Partnership and Notts County Council Aiming High Disability Programme.

“It’s fantastic to see Norwood Park GC invest money into constructing a covered floodlit driving range to accompany the 18-hole main course and the nine-hole par three course.

“This will enable junior coaching to continue throughout the year and I’m positive that both new juniors and adults will be attracted to the sport as a result of this facility being built.”

In 2016 golf will become an Olympic sport and current thinking suggests that to become an elite athlete a person needs to undertake 10,000 hours of structured practise.

Norwood Park has seen membership increase by over 100 over the past 18 months and has recently opened a new floodlit driving range, so our Nottinghamshire Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls have another great venue where they can train on the dark nights.

PGA Coaches Rob Macey and Richard Strange have a wealth of experience in helping golfers improve their game.

Pete Edwards (NCC Sports Development Officer) said: “It’s great to have an accessible floodlit range in the Southwell area.

“The NCC Aiming High Programme has helped to bring disabled groups into golf at Norwood Park and many are now using the driving range on regular basis, which is also providing much needed rest-bite for their carers.”

Rufford Park Golf and Country Club is a friendly establishment in the heart of the county and coach John Vaughan has been integral to the development of the Coach Academy Programme.

The Notts Golf Partnership scheme offers high quality structured coaching for talent juniors at centres across the county and Rufford recently hosted the first annual training day, which saw 44 juniors from the programme attend.

Membership at the club has continued to rise steadily, proving the creating a good product and providing a friendly service is key to the running of successful business.

The Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership was set up in Autumn 2009 to increase the opportunities to play Golf and assist the Counties clubs develop. Matt Bloor County Development Officer said: “These are just a few good practise examples of Nottinghamshire’s well run, innovative clubs.

There are fantastic clubs all across the county with affordable membership and play and play options.”

For more information on the work of the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership visit www.nottinghamshiresport.com.

l Division One of Rufford Park’s Men’s Midweek Medal went to Ben Jones with a nett 68 with the runners-up spot going to Martin Drury.