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Publication date:- 2017-17-08

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Ellesmere Port Junior Golfer Wins UK / Ireland Title
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NATHAN Newton, a junior golfer from Ellesmere Port, has won the national final of the American Golf Junior Championship after an incredibly tight contest at Gainsborough Golf Club, home to manufacturer PING.

15 year old Nathan who plays his golf at Upton by Chester, made it through to the final following an impressive display at the regional qualifier at High Legh Park Golf Club. At the final he lined up against qualifiers from all over the UK and Ireland in the Gross score category where the best golfers compete with no help from handicaps.

In tough conditions, particularly over the back 9 Nathan played some exceptional golf, but was shadowed the whole way by Keene Honer from Roganstown Golf Club near Dublin. Both boys thrived under the pressure and after the scorecards were tallied, both came out with rounds of 3 over par, on what is widely recognised as 1 of the region's toughest courses. To separate the 2 leaders further analysis of the cards was needed, before Nathan was declared winner by virtue of a better last 9 holes.

After his superb win, Nathan commented:- "I came really close to winning last year, so it feels great to come back and win today. I practice all the time and everything clicked on the course here. I'd like to thank American Golf for holding such a great event and also my mum and grandparents who came along to support me today. I'm really happy!"

Daniel Gathercole, Director of Marketing and Communications at American Golf said:- "The golf, sportsmanship and camaraderie on show today really has been 1st class. Some of the best junior golfers in the UK and Ireland have turned out to play in the Championship this year so the competition has been intense. But never within that cauldron of competition has any player lost sight of the fact that we're here 1st and foremost to have fun and celebrate our love of the game of golf. PING have been superb hosts once again and from all the juniors and from American Golf, we can't thank them enough for their hospitality."

The Junior Championship, which will be shown on Sky Sports, in October 2017, is a vital part of American Golf's drive to get more people out playing golf more often. In its 4th year, the Championship goes from strength to strength and with the quality of golf and personality on show through this year's qualifiers and final, golf with American Golf has a very bright future.


Deaf children in North West likely to fall a whole grade behind peers at GCSE

GOVERNMENT figures show that deaf children across the North West of England are likely to fall a whole grade behind their peers in their GCSE's.  With thousands getting their results this week, the National Deaf Children's Society is urging the Government, local authorities and health bodies to provide the support needed to close the GCSE attainment gap between deaf and hearing children.  Hazel Badjie, North West Director for the National Deaf Children's Society, said:- "Deafness is not a learning disability; with the right support, there's no reason why deaf children can't achieve the same things as their hearing friends. Sadly, this data suggests they're not getting that support."

The charity is particularly concerned about deaf children in Bury, following council plans to reduce specialist support and a recent Ofsted / CQC inspection finding "significant areas of weakness" in local services for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  "As school gates re open this week, Bury City Council must reconsider their plans to cut vital support services. This gap in GCSE attainment shows deaf children need more support, not less; so the focus now should be on improving outcomes, not on cutting costs," added Jessica Reeves, the charity's Campaigns Manager.

The charity has also challenged Council proposals in Cumbria, to close specialist support units for deaf children in mainstream schools. To find out more, visit:- NDCS.Org.UK for more information.

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