Alex Duckworth putts at 16 at Hesketh Golf Club watched by his Southport and Ainsdale club colleague Charlie Holland

The most promising – and youngest – golfers in Lancashire paired up with some of the county’s most experienced players to launch the new junior season.
Lancashire’s under-16s enjoyed a warm-up match with the Red Rose Seniors at Hesketh Golf Club in Southport.
Each of the under-16 players partnered a senior in a Four Ball Better Ball match over 18 holes.
Lancashire Under-16 squad manager Michael Carney said: “Some great golf was played to a high standard, which is encouraging news for the season ahead.

“We were hoping the Under-16s would learn from their senior partners about shot making, course management, and match play tactics, for example. From the feedback received from the Under-16s we are pleased this was achieved. We also believe the seniors learned a thing or two and not just about golf!

“A big thanks must go to Mike Gray (Lancashire Seniors Captain) and his Lancashire seniors team for entering so well into the spirit of these matches and also to Scott Astin (Professional) and Hesketh Golf Club for being great hosts.”

MATCH SCORES: Neil Self/Edward Reed v Bryan Hughes/Oliver Duck A/S; Rob Parry/Thomas Ratcliffe v Dave Hannis/Alex James 2up; Steve Lord/Ellis Willott 2 up v Alan Gillespie/Jack Bryant; Peter Darlington/Charles Holland v Gary Byrne/Alex Duckworth 4 up; Paul Rooney/George Hanson v Tony Flanagan/Elliot Tickle 6 up; Mike Gray/Sam McGlincy v Ian Owens/Dylan Astin 6 up.

Lancashire’s juniors will defend their Four Counties title at Sherwood Forest Golf Club from April 3-5.

The Red Rose county is chasing a hat-trick of wins in the annual match against their counterparts from Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, and Shropshire and Herefordshire.