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Edition No. 161

Date:- 31 July 2004

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AFTER almost a day travelling by train one of or reporters was exhausted. He arrived at the seaside town of Bognor Regis. It is a nice little coastal town close to the Downs with many exciting places to visit within easy reach. It was Goodwood Week and all the Hotels were full our reporter discovered, for as he had not had the good sense to pre-book! Hence we have not named him... No it was not Patrick... The new owner of the Royal Norfolk Hotel very kindly rang several near by hotels with out being asked to and located a vacancy at the Aldwick Hotel, which used to be called the Black Windmill Hotel. It is an AA 2 Star privately owned hotel. It is a very nice, quiet and well-situated hotel, all the rooms are en-suite and well equipped. There is a bar with an excellent selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with comfortable chairs. The mature garden is well kept, as is the car park. Our reporter said:- "I enjoyed my tasty, well presented evening meal in convivial surroundings which I chose from a well-balanced menu. My thanks to the owner for a pleasant, restful and most enjoyable stay with really friendly chatty people. Incidentally I discovered during conversation that both he and his wife were at the Aldelphi Hotel here in Liverpool during the '70's. Such a small world for Merseysiders." The reason for the trip will be revealed latter this year.... so keep a close eye out for more on this story.... 

Appeal Gains Target

THE Sudan Emergency Appeal, launched last week by the Disasters Emergency Committee has already topped £7 million and is on course to raise more than £15 million. The postal donations for the appeal are being sorted and banked at a high security sorting centre in Bootle, near Liverpool. 

The money raised by the DEC appeal will help provide those fleeing the violence in Sudan and eastern Chad with shelter, clean water and sanitation. It will also provide emergency food aid and basic items such as water buckets, blankets and soap. 

The DEC charities benefiting from the Sudan Emergency appeal are:- British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern, Help the Aged, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision. 

To make a donation call 0870 60 60 900 or find out more information about the DEC visit our website at or send a cheque/postal order to made payable to the: DEC Sudan Emergency, PO BOX 999, London EC3.


Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club to be proud host…

THE Southport & Ainsdale Golf Club are proud to open its doors on from the 10 to 13 August to the best club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. 

For the 12th year the Club Professional Championship will be sponsored by the Scottish leisurewear manufacturers, Glenmuir, who, as preferred suppliers, will provide shirts and sweaters to the European Ryder Cup side who'll take on America's best in a month's time in Michigan.

A series of eight qualifying rounds for the Glenmuir event have been held throughout the country during the summer, and a field of 156 will gather to chase the top cheque of £10,000 from a prize fund of £78,000.

The host professional at Southport & Ainsdale, Jim Payne, is no stranger to success in European golf, having won the 1993 Turespana and '96 Italian Opens, but he admits that since taking up his current post three years ago his competitive outings have been limited.

"I've played just a couple of pro-ams this summer (tying for victory in the Bill Beaumont Classic at Hillside in early July with Hesketh's Scott Astin), but, as host pro', I receive an invite to play in the Championship. 

Will I make the cut? I won't be too worried one way or the other. I'm not playing nearly enough - it's a great job here, we have a busy shop, and there's plenty to keep me occupied. But, yes, it would be nice to play all four rounds."

Jim has nothing but praise for the course's condition. "It's a great set-up. Two holes that most of the players will remember are the opening one , a par-three that's a real tester of 205 yards - and the par-five 16th, where your second shot is played blind, and there are huge bunkers to negotiate. That's probably the signature hole on the course."

The PGA's North Region will be represented by 38 qualifiers, plus Simon Edwards from Wrexham, the 2001 champion, and Eaglescliffe's Graeme Bell, both of whom are exempt as members of the 2003 PGA Cup Team which played against the United States last year (the club pros' version of the Ryder Cup). 

As well as picking up £10,000 the winner earns 10 points towards selection for the 2005 PGA Cup match, being held at The K Club in Ireland in September (next year's championship offers double points towards selection), automatic entry into the Volvo PGA Championship, and exemption into final qualifying for the 2005 Open Championship - plus the use of a top-of-the-range Peugeot car for a year.

The defending champion is Scot, Gordon Law, who triumphed last August at St Andrews Bay, six miles from the Home of Golf.

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