No changes needed insists Hull

Charley Hull is gearing up for her second year on the Ladies European Tour
Charley Hull is gearing up for her second year on the Ladies European Tour

Charley Hull is looking forward to her second season as a professional after collecting five runners-up prizes in her opening five Ladies European Tour events last season before recording five more top-10s.

The Kettering teenager’s consistency was one of the main reasons why she won the 2013 LET Rookie of the Year Award as well as being selected for Europe’s victorious Solheim Cup team.

As she approaches her second year on tour, the 17-year-old maintains her approach for the new campaign will be very similar to the previous 12 months.

Hull said: “I’m not going to treat this year any differently, I’m just going to carry on what I’ve been doing before. I don’t see it as a different year, it’s just tournament after tournament after tournament.

“I’ve got a week or two off before I go to Australia in February. In that time I will relax, practice a lot and do lots of normal things that I do at home.

“I’d like to play in the USA, but I wouldn’t want to live there. If you look at Laura Davies and Catriona Matthew – they don’t live there and they do fine. I sleep very well on flights anyway.

“Before I became a pro, I just wanted to get out there and play. So, I went out there and enjoyed it - that’s what I will try to do again this year.

“There’s nothing better than looking at a leaderboard, and thinking I want to finish first, second, top ten or wherever because that’s just a great feeling inside.”

England

Wellingborough’s Ryan Evans began his 2014 season on Tuesday as he teed off for the first of four rounds in the Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne GC in Australia.

Evans is looking to make a good start to his six-week trip as he competes against 54 golfers from nine different countries in a tournament won by world number 11 professional Jason Day in 2006.

After flying out on New Year’s Day, the 26-year-old will also play in the Lake Macquarie International, New South Wales Medal, New South Wales Amateur Championship and Avondale Amateur Medal over.

NPGA

Jason Newman has been confirmed as the new Vice Captain of the NPGA after being invited to take up the role by current county skipper Paul Armstrong (Kingsthorpe). The Cherwell Edge professional will take over from Armstrong as Captain in the spring of 2015.

Priors Hall

Ian Abrahams collected two runners-up prizes either side of Christmas Day in the seventh and eight rounds of the Winter League after bagging 24 points over 11 holes twice.

In the first competition, Trevor Shiells snatched top spot by a single point, before Abrahams lost out by the same distance to Michael Craddock one week later.

One point was also the margin of success in the Seniors Turkey Trot Competition as Ian Muir beat three players after scoring 22 points on the shortened course.

Wellingborough

Steven Bailey and Joe Giammalva were the combination to beat on New Year’s Day as they lifted the Kelly Bowls title after shooting 38 foursomes points.

Derek Atkinson and William Day couldn’t quite maintain their challenge as they slipped one point behind, with Steve Hughes and Graham Thompson clinching third prize on 36.

Last weekend saw Ken Birmingham and Cliff Evans pick up their prizes from the Boxing Day comp after their two-point success. Jim Baylis and Sam Bayes (44) were second on countback from Chris Dicks and Chris Smith.

Stoke Albany

Mick Brain had the perfect game plan in the seventh round of the Winter League as he grabbed the leading tally of 39 points.

The 12-handicapper finished a couple of points ahead of Ashley Dowsett, David Hughes and Mark McCardie.

Embankment

Five points was the margin of victory in the Christmas Cracker Competition as Trevor Dilley took the plaudits from two players.

The 20-handicapper capped a fine round with a birdie on the 18th hole to finish clear of Peter Crawley and Deepak Shah (both 36 points).

Cold Ashby

Scratch teamer Paul Askew enjoyed the challenge of competing with just three golf clubs in his bag as he found his best form late on to finish three points clear of David Lloyd.

Askew picked up five strokes, including birdies on the 17th and 18th holes, as a total of 41 points secured the Professionals Cup. Richard Valentine, Stuart Nicholas and David Thomson were next on 37.

Rushden

Frank Wildman and Leigh Bevan won the Turkey Trot Competition ahead of runners-up Richard Oberman and Steve York.

The winning team in the latest Ladies Winter League Comp was Pam McCutcheon, Maureen DeBanke and Sue Lander with 38 points.

John White

David Threadkill was the standout performer last month as he saw his handicap cut from 22 to 20 after completing a December Medal and Stableford double.

After shooting net 50 to take the Medal on countback from three others, Threadkill bagged 44 points a week later to finish three clear of John Bonham and Brett Cowen.

Kettering

Jack Murray wasted little time in making his mark since taking over as the new club captain as he won the Rocket Foursomes alongside Marshall Dodd.

In a field of 72 pairs, the duo smashed a stunning total of 43 points to finish four clear of second-placed Andy Feakin and Trevor Hamilton.

Overstone Park

Clive Bull and Adam Bull charged to victory in the Christmas Foursomes Comp as the duo smashed a winning tally of 44 points.

Chris Hoy and Peter Softley were seven points adrift as they beat George Donnelly and Dave Watson to second place on countback, with Brett Crawford and Phil Gardner in fourth on the same mark.

Pytchley

Judy Burdett maintained her good form as she finished runner-up for the second successive week in the Winter League as a net 35 left her one behind Jane Ashby in the Ladies Three Club Challenge.

Michael Taylor also enjoyed playing with a lighter bag in the latest men’s competition as he shot the best score of net 34 in the Three Club Challenge. Miles Clarke (35) finished runner-up.