Rosemere Golfers ‘reign’ at Leyland

pictures: pic: (L to R) Norman Prince, Mike Kemplay (Rosemere Golfers Vice President), John and Barbara Kelso, Bob Young (Leyland GC President), Venn Tracey, Amy Hilton, David Brierley and Carol Farrington (Leyland GC captains), Howard Bennett, Danny Kearton (Leyland GC Professional.

(Left) Howard Bennett (PGA Master Coach and Patron Rosemere Golfers Agaisnt Cancer) receives branded RCF golf towels from Ian Crowther (Inn at Whitewell) with Amy Hilton (Rosemere Cancer Foundation)

looking on Overall winners ‘The Yorkshire Puddings’ with Howard Bennett

Image Poster

PERSISTENT rain failed to dampen spirits and enthusiasm as Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer successfully staged their fifteenth annual fundraising Celebrity–Am golf day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.
Over 20 teams contested the event and once again, former footballers were to the fore, including Alex Stepney, Mickey Thomas, Arthur Albiston, Duncan McKenzie, Peter Nicholson and Peter Sayer. They were joined by local entertainers including comedian Venn Tracey and Tony Robinson (Tabu Duo).
RGAC patron Howard Bennett, Master PGA Professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and many more, was guest of honour at the evening Presentation Dinner. Fellow Rosemere Golfers’ patron, comedian Norman Prince, back from a recent quadruple heart by-pass, hosted the dinner where hundreds of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Oldham stand-up Venn Tracey provided the after dinner entertainment.
Once again, the group paid tribute to the main sponsors, John and Barbara Kelso, both keen Leyland golfers and supporters of the Rosemere charity, who have supported this annual event since its inception. Ian Crowther, from the Inn at Whitewell, was also commended for his support and donation of branded ‘Rosemere golf towels’ to each participant – much needed in the pouring rain.
Amy Hilton, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “We were delighted to see such a great turnout on the day in support of Rosemere. We are currently in the middle of our 20th Anniversary Appeal and this event raised a wonderful amount, and we are hugely thankful to everyone involved in making the event the success that it was.”
Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Despite the weather, once again, we have had a really successful event at Leyland Golf Club, it’s a fantastic venue. “Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and later this year we have a showpiece event at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club, we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!” >


STONYHURST CURTAIN RAISER FOR 2017

pictures: winning team 'Oak Royal B' - left to right: John Grecic, Mark Knowles, Mal Lancaster.

Image Poster


ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer kicked off their 2017 golf days' programme with the customary curtain raiser at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club. This was the eighth staging of 'Stonyhurst' at the picturesque course in the Ribble Valley. Once again, it was declared a 'great success and a very enjoyable day for everyone involved.' Lots of money was raised for our favourite cause and the presentation, as ever, took place afterwards, with afternoon tea, at the Bayley's Arms in Hurst Green. Thanks to Mike and Heather Kemplay and their organising team for hosting and arranging. Presentation picture shows the winning team 'Oak Royal B' - left to right: John Grecic, Mark Knowles, Mal Lancaster.




A success at Chorley Golf Club

picture: L To R Tony Robinson, Amy Hilton, Lora Fairclough, Geoff Charlson Captain, Paul Eales, Pauline Forshaw Lady Captain, Howard Bennett.

Image Poster


CHORLEY Golf Club staged Rosemere Golfers' annual 'Audience with the Patrons' last night. A packed clubhouse enjoyed a successful evening, hosted by our very own Tony Robinson of Tabu Duo - in the absence of Norman Prince currently recovering from surgery. Paul Eales, Lora Fairclough and Howard Bennett captivated the audience and over £2000 was raised in support of our favourite charity. Well done to everyone involved!






Windermere's First Golf Day for Rosemere

picture: Diginitries and sponsors line up for their first event at Windermere

Image Poster


The greens of Windermere Golf Club have played host to their first ever tournament in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
The event was organised by club member Dave Smith, proprietor of Windermere's Rayrigg Motors, and Steve Rooke, who was club professional for more than 30 years. The event took place on Friday 8th July and was sponsored by Geoff Atkinson of the Ambleside Salutation Hotel. In all, 20 teams participated, primarily made up of golf club members and representatives of local businesses. At the post tournament dinner, Norman Prince performed a stand-up routine. With an auction the event raised an incredible £6,516.50. A huge thank you to David and Steve for a great day and wondeful amount raised.




Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer End Season in Lytham

picture: Players and celebrities line up before the event

Image Poster

September saw the return of the anuual golf day ay Lytham Green Drive hosted by Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer which was once again a great success, raising around £5,500 !! We'd like to offer a huge thank you to event organiser Brian Tauber, and everyone involved, including sponsors Beaverbrooks, for all of their support and hard work in making the day the success that it was.



In Full Swing For Nine Years

picture: Players and celebrities line up before the 9th event

Image Poster


Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer held their 9th Celebrity Am Golf Day and Dinner at Morecambe Golf Club in June. Despite the wet weather the golfers had a fantastic day and evening, joined by celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment such as Kevin Gallagher, Kevin Davies, Alex Stepney and Brian Flynn. Huge thank you to Mike and Heather Kemplay for organising another fantastice event for Rosemere, which has raised over £1700. We look forward to celebrating a decade of Rosemere Golfers at Morecambe next year - it promises to be a special occasion.



LORA ‘S DRIVING OFF WITH KNICKERBROOK

picture: Lora FAirclough with Ben Collier and Phil Weaver

Image Poster


Friends of Rosemere Golfers, Knickerbrook Cars of Chorley, today announced an exciting new sponsorship deal with RGAC patron Lora Fairclough.
Phil Weaver of Knickerbrook explained: “After a couple of meetings we have agreed to a sponsorship deal with Lancashire's most successful golfer! Lora Fairclough popped in to finalise things and we are happy to announce that Lora will soon be driving around in a stunning Knickerbrook vehicle.
“Lora has many accolades in golf but 4 European Tour wins and a Solheim Cup appearance are things that us mere mortals can only dream of. Lora is now an outstanding Golf coach who provides lessons at Chorley Golf Club and Preston Golf Club.”
Lora added on her Facebook page: “I'm delighted and thrilled to announce a sponsorship deal with Knickerbrook Cars. Ben Collier and Phil Weaver (pictured) have been incredibly enthusiastic and generous. I'm so excited at this new partnership and chapter in my golfing journey.
“Knickerbrook cars are also avid supporters of Rosemere, of which I am a proud patron. My sparkly stunning Audi A3 will soon be hitting the roads of Lancashire vroom vroom!”
Sounds like a great partnership to us, good luck to everyone concerned!


Rosemere Loud and Clear at Shaw Hill Golf Club

Image Poster
































Another Leyland success

Picture: (L to R) John Allott (president Leyland GC), Sue Hodgson (Lady Captain Leyland GC), Steve Fisher (Captain), John Kelso, Barbara Kelso, Amy Hilton (Rosemere Cancer Foundation), Iain Hall (President Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer), Norman Prince (RGAC Patron), Howard Bennett (RGAC Patron), Jed Stone (comedian)

Picture Howard Bennett

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer successfully staged their fourteenth annual fundraising Celebrity –Am day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.

Over 20 teams contested the event and once again, former footballers were to the fore, including Kevin Davies, Kevin Gallacher, Duncan McKenzie, Andy Ritchie, Mark Paterson, John McGinlay, Roy Greaves and Peter Sayer. They were joined by local entertainers including comedian Jed Stone and Tony Robinson (Tabu Duo).

RGAC patron Howard Bennett, Master PGA Professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and many more, was guest of honour at the evening Presentation Dinner. Fellow Rosemere Golfers’ patron, comedian Norman Prince hosted the dinner where hundreds of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Liverpool stand-up Jed Stone provided the after dinner entertainment.

Once again, the group paid tribute to the main sponsors, John and Barbara Kelso, both keen Leyland golfers and supporters of the Rosemere charity.

Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Since 2001, we have been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Once again, we have had a really successful event at Leyland Golf Club, it’s a fantastic venue.

“Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and later this year we have a showpiece event at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club. As we become even better known, we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!”

Amy Hilton, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “We were delighted to see such a great turnout on the day in support of Rosemere. The event raised a wonderful amount, and we are hugely thankful to everyone involved in making the event the success that it was.”


STONYHURST TAKE 2

Pictured on the green, Stonyhurst 2016 winners: L to R Jim Walker, Gary McAllester, Roy Gilmore.

Pictured on the green, Stonyhurst 2016 winners: L to R Jim Walker, Gary McAllester, Roy Gilmore.

WHAT a difference a week makes!
Rosemere Golfers’ traditional annual curtain raiser scheduled for April 29 fell foul of the weather for the first time in seven years. Early morning snow at the picturesque Ribble Valley course made conditions unplayable and the popular event was postponed. Seven days later the sun shone brightly – it couldn’t have been more different - the organisers and teams (most of them) re-convened and a wonderful day’s golf was enjoyed by all. Nine holes followed by a hotpot lunch, then a further nine crowned with Afternoon Tea and the presentations at the nearby Bayley Arms in Hurst Green.
Seven teams took part, the re-arranged date meant some had to step aside, but competition was fierce as ever, with the trio of Jim Walker, Gary McAllester, Roy Gilmore taking first prize.
Organiser Mike Kemplay was delighted with the event once again. He said: “We were all disappointed with the cancellation of the original date but all’s well that ends well and once more we had a great time raising money for our favourite cause.”


NORMAN HITS 70

Picture (L to R) Norman Prince, President of RGAC Ian Hall

Picture (L to R) Norman Prince, Preident of RGAC Ian Hall

ROSEMERE Golfers’ patron Norman Prince is 70 years old, how did that happen? In recognition of this iconic landmark and in tribute to Norman's famous book 'How to line up your fourth putt,' President Iain Hall presented our fundraising funnyman with his very own practice putting mat at this year’s Leyland Golf Dinner.
Norman thanked the good doctor and said something funny (again). Many Happy Returns Norman.
















A Great Audience

Picture (L to R) Norman Prince, Paul Eales, Howard Bennett, Lora Fairclough, Gill Roscoe, Amy Hilton (Rosemere Cancer Foundation).

Picture (L to R) Norman Prince, Paul Eales, Howard Bennett, Lora Fairclough, Gill Roscoe, Amy Hilton (Rosemere Cancer Foundation).

THE 2016 'Audience With Patrons' was held at Penwortham Golf Club supporting the fundraising of Club Captains David Fann and Gill Roscoe, herself a long standing Ladies' Captain of RGAC.
Gill reports: "We made £1685. It was a great night and everyone enjoyed it, Norman (Prince) was at his best and everyone enjoyed the question and answer session with Paul (Eales), Lora (Fairclough) and Howard (Bennett). Hopefully the tips received will help us all with our golf. The meal was very good and all seemed to enjoy.
"The Captain and I would like to thank everyone involved. The charity is very personal to both of us as the Captain lost his Mum to breast cancer but she was so well looked after by the Rosemere Centre.
"As many of you know I have been Lady Captain of RGAC and through my hospital work in theatre saw many sufferers of cancer. Earlier in the year I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer and after surgery was referred to the Rosemere Centre for chemotherapy . I can confirm how good the centre is and how well I am being looked after.
" For the 'Audience With' we had 104 attend and money was raised by a successful auction, which included cars for the weekend and two wonderful pictures painted and donated by one of the members, also a raffle and also some donations. Thanks to all for donating raffle and auction prizes."


Diary dates for 2016

Picture: (l - R) Fund-raising co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation Dan, Patron Lora Fairclough, Patron Norman Prince, Lady Captain Andrea Robinson Blackburn Golf Club, Patron Paul Ealesand Patron Howard Bennett

IMage: Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer Chairman Keith McIntosh presents our cheque to Amy Hilton, fund-raising co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

FOLLOWING another successful year of fundraising in 2015, Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer are now looking ahead to 2016. Full details of each event will be announced as we go into the New Year, but here are the dates for your diaries:

Wednesday April 13 Annual Patrons Dinner at Penwortham Golf Club Supporting the Lady Captain Gill Roscoe & the Captain’s Charity of the Year RCF

Friday April 29 Stonyhurst Golf Day

Monday May 9 Leyland 14th Annual Celeb – AM

Monday June 13 Morecambe Annual Celeb – AM

***Friday July 8 RCF - Rayrigg Motor Group, Inaugural Celeb - AM at Windermere GC

Tuesday September 13 RCF - Beaverbrooks Annual Charity Golf Day Lytham Green Drive

***This new event at Windermere GC has been kindly co-ordinated by Norman Prince in conjunction with Mr David Smith from Rayrigg Motors & former Captain at WGC


ANOTHER GREAT YEAR IN 2015

Picture: Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer Chairman Keith McIntosh presents our cheque to Amy Hilton, fund-raising co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

IMage: Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer Chairman Keith McIntosh presents our cheque to Amy Hilton, fund-raising co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer crowned another successful year by handing over a cheque for £12,500 to the charity.
Chairman and founder of the group, Keith McIntosh. officially presented the generous cheque at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Supporters Annual Christmas Party and Presentation Evening, held at Preston North End recently.
The donation brought the curtain down on another successful year for the enthusiastic Rosemere Golfers, who once again have raised the funds through collective efforts and various events throughout 2015.
Sue Thompson, chief executive of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, paid tribute to our efforts, saying: “We never fail but to be impressed by your efforts and achievements. Since 2001, through a regular programme, Rosemere Golfers have raised many thousands of much-needed pounds for the charity. They are a fun group who strive tirelessly to help the cause and we are sincerely grateful for all they contribute.”
The group have already prepared a similar programme of fundraising events including golf days and dinners and the now much awaited ‘Evening with the Patrons’ for 2016.
Keith McIntosh again underlined: “These days, fundraising doesn’t get easier, but we have had another great year, and we are delighted to be able to support the Foundation with this sum of money. As ever, we are grateful to everyone who has contributed and helped in any way.”
It’s always a delight to see the outcome of much hard work – and fun along the way – with a much appreciated handover ceremony.
Vice President Mike Kemplay and wife Heather, who does so much hard work behind the scenes with the group, also got involved as they returned the prestigious Emily Dibben Award, presented annually to the outstanding ‘Volunteers of the Year.’ Which they deservedly won in 2014.


A night of Lancashire Songs & Comedy

Image Poster



























TOP TOTAL AT GREEN DRIVE

Pic: (L to R) Norman Prince, Brian Tauber, John Allott, Mens Captain Rosemere Golfers, Gill Roscoe, Ladies Captain Rosemere Golfers, Jane Taylor Lytham Green Drive Ladies Captain, Amy Hilton from Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Graeme Baillie, Mens captain and Lea Roberts

IMage: (L to R) Norman Prince, Brian Tauber, John Allott, Mens Captain Rosemere Golfers, Gill Roscoe, Ladies Captain Rosemere Golfers, Jane Taylor Lytham Green Drive Ladies Captain, Amy Hilton from Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Graeme Baillie, Mens captain and Lea Roberts

ORGANISERS have announced that the fantastic sum of around £4500 was raised at our final event of 2015, the Fylde showpiece golf day at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club.
Sixteen teams contested the Annual Beaverbrooks Golf Day organised by Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, staged for the second year at the picturesque Lytham course.
The day of top golfing competition culminated in a presentation dinner, charity auction and raffle. The evening was hosted by RGAC patron and entertainer Norman Prince, with fellow comedian Lea Roberts, a former rugby league professional providing the stand-up cabaret.
RGAC organiser Brian Tauber, a member at Lytham Green Drive, was delighted with the amount raised. The impressive four-figure sum will be presented to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation in due course.
Amy Hilton, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “Once again, this has been a fantastic team effort and, it’s so important as the need to raise money for this vital casue never stops. We are extremely grateful to the ‘Rosemere Golfers,’ every year they make such a difference – and have so much fun along the way.”
RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh added: “We are greatly indebted to Brian Tauber, who organised the event brilliantly on our behalf, officials at Lytham Green Drive GC and, of course, Beaverbrooks for their invaluable sponsorship and co-operation. Through everyone pulling together, this event has raised a tremendous sum for Rosemere and helped to raise the charity’s profile in the Fylde area.”
Plans are already in hand for the third RGAC Beaverbrooks Golf Day at Lytham Green Drive in 2015.



BROWN AT TOWN

IMage: (From left to right: Mohan Patel, friend of Mike, Phil Brown and Mike).

Phil Brown (manager of Southend United and a good supporter of RGAC) recently took his team to play Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the football season. Mike Kemplay (one of our Vice Presidents), who is a season ticket holder at Fleetwood, took the opportunity to meet up with Phil after the game. (From left to right: Mohan Patel, friend of Mike, Phil Brown and Mike).











Seaside Success

Pic: : Organiser Mike Kemplay (right) presents best individual performer David Dale with the Neil Kemplay trophy.

IMage: Organiser Mike Kemplay (right) presents best individual performer David Dale with the Neil Kemplay trophy.

THE sun shone at Morecambe and our favourite charity is better off thanks to the combined efforts of the worlds of golf, football and entertainment.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer staged their eighth annual fundraising Celebrity –Am day and dinner at the picturesque links course. Once again, it was a great success, raising much-needed funds for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

This year’s golfing celebrities included, European Cup winner Alex Stepney (ex Manchester United) along with fellow footballers Duncan Mackenzie (Nottingham Forset, Everton), John McGinlay (Bolton) Ronnie Jepson (Huddersfield, Burnley), supported by Martin Henfield (former BBc presenter) and singers Tony and Andrea Robinson (Tabu Duo).

Event host Mike Kemplay, who organises the day with wife Heather on behalf of RGAC, said: “Since 2001, the golf charity has been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Morecambe is a fantastic venue and once again, we have had a very successful event.”

The winning team, out of 21 competing, was led by Ian Howard from Northwich with a score of 89 points. The best net score was by Morecambe’s David Dale who received the Neil Kemplay Trophy, presented annually to the best individual in memory of Mike and Heather’s son who lost his battle with cancer. Pat Forrest was leading lady with 30 points and the leading male was David Dale with 37.

The golf day was followed by a presentation dinner and cabaret. RGAC patron entertainer Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, hosted proceedings which included a charity auction and raffle, whilst quirky Comedian Terry Cotta provided the cabaret laughs.

Overall, the day raised a fantastic £2000 for The Rosemere Cancer Foundation which is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital.

RCF Area Fundraising Co-ordinator Sandi Haythornthwaite commented: “This is my first Rosemere Golfers event and it has been brilliant. WE are grateful to anyone who has contributed in any way. The money will go towards vital projects at Lancaster and Kendal.”


LEGS to the fore!

Pic: L to R Tony Robinson, Dave Macleod, Andrea Robinson, Terry Cotta, Roger Lee, Norman Prince

IMage: L to R Tony Robinson, Dave Macleod, Andrea Robinson, Terry Cotta, Roger Lee, Norman Prince

CONGRATULATIONS to our friends at L.E.G.S. (Lancashire Entertainers Golf Society) for organising a brilliant charity golf day and cabaret evening in support of Rosemere at Blackburn Golf Club. Well done Tony and Andrea Robinson (Lady Captain), a stunning achievement, especially as they had to combine the day with attending Tony's father's funeral in the afternoon - a long, tiring, stressful and emotional day all round.
But what a successful event LEGS put on, great ...golf, a meal and top cabaret from the entertainers - Norman Prince (RGAC patron) hosted as only he can, Roger Lee and Tabu Duo (Tony and Andrea) provided the music and Terry Cotta the stand up comedy - all were brilliant. Thanks also to Dave Macleod (LEGS) for all the admin.
LEGS are currently celebrating 30 years of fun and fundraising. Early estimates suggest the day raised over £3000.




Another Leyland success

Pic; Officials of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, Leyland Golf Club and guests at the Presentation Dinnner

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer staged their thirteenth annual and biggest ever fundraising Celebrity –Am day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.

Twenty-three teams contested the event and once again, former footballers were to the fore, including Alex Stepney, Duncan McKenzie, Andy Ritchie, Mark Paterson, John McGinlay, George Ross and Peter Sayer. They were joined by local enetertainers including Stephen Bayliss and Tony Robinson (Tabu Duo).

RGAC patron Howard Bennett, Master PGA Professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and many more, was guest of honour at the evening Presentation Dinner. Fellow Rosemere Golfers’ patron, comedian Norman Prince hosted the dinner where hundreds of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Bolton stand-up Terry Cotta provided the after dinner entertainment.

Once again, the group paid tribute to the main sponsors, John and Barbara Kelso, both keen Leyland golfers and supporters of the Rosemere charity.

Amy Hilton, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “This is my first Rosemere golf day, it’s been really impressive. Raising money for this vital cause is one big team effort and it never stops. We are extremely grateful to the ‘Rosemere Golfers,’ every year they make such a difference – and have so much fun along the way.”


The Joy of Six at Stonyhurst

Pic; Mike Kemplay (RGAC, left) and John Austin (Stonyhurst Park) with Dan Hill (Rosemere CF, centre

Pic; Andrea Robinson  with Rosemere Golfers’ Patrons Paul Eales (left) and Norman Prince

CHARITY was to the fore as Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer launched their annual programme of golf days at the picturesque Ribble Valley Stonyhurst Park golf course.
Now a much anticipated annual fixture, the sixth Stonyhurst ‘Rosemere’ Day was declared a ‘great success,’ with over £720 raised for the cancer charity.
Organiser and vice-chairman of RGAC, Mike Kemplay said: “Traditionally Stonyhurst is the first of our series of golf days. It’s on a smaller scale than the others but it just gets better and better.
“We had ten teams and, for once, the weather behaved itself, which made for a superb day’s golfing. I think local knowledge helped the winners Team Stonyhurst ‘The Andy Cappers’ who triumphed with 80 Stableford points. Everyone enjoyed themselves, it was a great day. The Bayley Arms at Hurst Green did us proud with the catering and reception once more and I’m very grateful to John Austin of Stonyhurst Park Golf Club for his organisation.”
Dan Hill, Rosemere Cancer Foundation Fundraising Co-ordinator for East Lancashire, added: “This was a great achievement, another fantastic day of golf and fundraising was had by all. Year on year this event grows and wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and determination of the organisers and the group’s supporters. We thank them all.”The Next Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer event will be the 13th Annual Celebrity-Amateur Golf Day and Dinner at Leyland Golf Club on Monday May 11.


Thanks Everyone!

Pic; Andrea Robinson with Rosemere Golfers’ Patrons Paul Eales (left) and Norman Prince

Pic; Andrea Robinson  with Rosemere Golfers’ Patrons Paul Eales (left) and Norman Prince

Rosemere Golfers were delighted to kick off the 2015 fundraising season by supporting long-time RGAC supporter Andrea Robinson with our traditional ‘Audience With’ curtain raiser.

Andrea, as this year’s Lady Captain of Blackburn Golf Club has chosen Rosemere CF as her designated charity. The recent Patrons Dinner before a packed Balckburn clubhouse raised a fantastic four figure sum.

Andrea and husband Tony, the popular musical professionals Tabu Duo, are keen golfers and have been enthusiastic supporters of RGAC for several years. They regularly support the Celeb-Am fundraising Golf Days and Tony looks after our website.

The successful dinner gave Andrea’s fundraising a significant boost and she was understandably delighted.

Andrea commented: "I would like to thank everybody who supported and attended my charity fundraising evening hosted by Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer. Thank you to the Patrons Paul Eales, Lora Fairclough, Howard Bennett and Norman Prince for giving up their valuable time to support Rosemere Cancer Foundation. A fantastic night was had by all with just over £1600 being raised on the night.

“The evening was a great success and there were many compliments received from club members and guests. Mr Prince, once again, proved what a great interviewer he is and the meal and service was fantastic. Thank you again to all the supporters."

Thank you Andrea for choosing Rosemere, our group wishes you every success this year.


Four-midable force for charity

Pic; (L to R) Dan Hill, Lora Fairclough, Norman Prince, Andrea Robinson, Paul Eales, Howard Bennett

Image - (L to R) Dan Hill, Lora Fairclough, Norman Prince, Andrea Robinson, Paul Eales, Howard Bennett

FUN, facts and fundraising took centre stage as Blackburn Golf Club teamed up with Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer for a Charity Dinner and the latest ‘Audience With The Patrons,’ raising over £1600 for the fight against cancer.

The successful ‘Audience’ formula, now in its fifth year of visiting local golf clubs, was staged recently at the picturesque Blackburn club in support of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. RGAC patron Norman Prince, celebrity comedian (and golfer) hosted the evening. He was joined by fellow patrons Paul Eales, former European Tour winner, Lora Fairclough, Lancashire’s most successful lady golfer and PGA Master Professional coach Howard Bennnett

The event was staged in partnership with Andrea Robinson, Blackburn Golf Club Lady Captain, who has chosen Rosemere as the designated charity for her year in office.

A three course meal was followed by a three-way interview, with questions from the floor, predictably punctuated by Princely humour. Amongst topics covered were Paul’s recent marriage, Solheim and Ryder Cup insights, the latest coaching techniques and Norman’s putting prowess. The evening ended with a raffle and charity auction, with Norman proving once again his mastery at squeezing much needed funds for the charity from those present in the room.

Organiser Andrea Robinson commented: "A big thank you to thank everybody who supported and attended my charity fundraising evening hosted by Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer. Thank you to the Patrons for giving up their valuable time. A fantastic night was had by all with a four-figure sum raised on the night.” Dan Hill, East Lancs Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “Rosemere are grateful for the support of Lady Captain Andrea Robinson, Blackburn Golf Club, as well as the RGAC Patrons. It was a fabulous evening of entertainment and fundraising which will ensure we continue to deliver world class cancer services here in Lancashire and South Cumbria”

For more information about Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer contact Chairman Keith McIntosh on 01772 462685


HAPPY TWOSOME

Pic; Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer Patron Paul Eales.

Image - Paul Eales

ROSEMERE Golfers congratulates our Patron and great supporter Paul Eales, who married fiancée Sharon at Southport Town Hall on April 10, followed by a meal at Royal Birkdale - where else, you would, wouldn't you? As Sharon caddies for Paul, they can look forward to more happy times travelling the world when the Senior Tour gets underway next month. We wish them every success with that particular mission. Despite MC Norman's generous offer of marriage guidance, Paul was in great form at our Patrons' 'Audience With' event at Blackburn Golf Club five days later.





















CHECK IN AND CHEQUE OUT

Picture: Men’s Captain John Allott presents our cheque to Rosemere’s Paula Richardson

Picture- Mike KempleyROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer Men’s Captain John Allott checked in and handed over a handsome cheque to our favourite charity recently. Representing the group’s contingent at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Supporters Annual Christmas Party and Presentation Evening, held at Preston North End, Skipper John presented £13,500 to Paula Richardson, Corporate Fundraising Organiser at RCF.
The donation crowns another successful year for Rosemere Golfers, who once again have raised the funds through collective efforts and various successful events throughout 2014.
A recent AGM determined the impressive sum should be handed over at the annual presentation ceremony as planning got underway for much of the same in 2015.
Once again, as in 2013, Chairman Keith McIntosh underlined: “In difficult economic times, fundraising doesn’t get easier, but at the end of another great year, we are delighted to be able to support the Foundation with this sum of money. As ever, we are grateful to everyone who has contributed and helped in any way.”
It’s always a delight to see the outcome of much hard work – and fun along the way – with a much appreciated handover ceremony.
This year’s event was extra special as key players in the RGAC ‘family,’ Mike and Heather Kemplay, collected the prestigious Emily Dibben Award, presented annually to the outstanding ‘Volunteers of the Year.’


OAK ROYAL AGM CHARITY PRESENTATION

Picture: Left Daniel Hill receiving a cheque from Oak Royal Captains John Greic & Lynda Williams

Picture- Left Daniel Hill receiving a cheque from Oak Royal Captains John Greic & Lynda Williams

The photograph shows the representative from Rosemere Daniel Hill, receiving a cheque from Oak Royal Captains John Greic & Lynda Williams












CHECK IN AND CHEQUE OUT

Picture: Men’s Captain John Allott presents our cheque to Rosemere’s Paula Richardson

Picture- Mike KempleyROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer Men’s Captain John Allott checked in and handed over a handsome cheque to our favourite charity recently. Representing the group’s contingent at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Supporters Annual Christmas Party and Presentation Evening, held at Preston North End, Skipper John presented £13,500 to Paula Richardson, Corporate Fundraising Organiser at RCF.
The donation crowns another successful year for Rosemere Golfers, who once again have raised the funds through collective efforts and various successful events throughout 2014.
A recent AGM determined the impressive sum should be handed over at the annual presentation ceremony as planning got underway for much of the same in 2015.
Once again, as in 2013, Chairman Keith McIntosh underlined: “In difficult economic times, fundraising doesn’t get easier, but at the end of another great year, we are delighted to be able to support the Foundation with this sum of money. As ever, we are grateful to everyone who has contributed and helped in any way.”
It’s always a delight to see the outcome of much hard work – and fun along the way – with a much appreciated handover ceremony.
This year’s event was extra special as key players in the RGAC ‘family,’ Mike and Heather Kemplay, collected the prestigious Emily Dibben Award, presented annually to the outstanding ‘Volunteers of the Year.’


TOP VOLUNTEERS


Picture- Mike Kempley

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Mike and Heather Kemplay from all at Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, Rosemere Cancer Foundation – and beyond!
At the recent Annual Rosemere CF Supporters Christmas Party for 2014, RGAC Vice President Mike collected the prestigious Emily Dibben Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of the couple’s long-standing contributions to the cause. Sadly, Heather was ‘under the weather’ and unable to attend the celebrations.
For several years, ever since their late son Neil came under the care of Rosemere, Mike and Heather along with their other son Sean, through their connection with the ‘Golfers,’ have worked tirelessly to raise much needed funds for the charity.
Each year they host two extremely successful golf days – at Stonyhurst in April and at Mike’s own club, Morecambe, every June. Heather particularly gets involved in the day to day administration of RGAC events throughout the year. In addition, the willing couple give up hours of their time to assist the RCF office.
Mike, as ever, showed great humility in accepting the 2014 award from Ian and Tricia Dibben, who set up this annual recognition of outstanding efforts in memory of their daughter Emily.
A Rosemere Cancer Foundation spokesperson said; “We are indebted to hundreds of volunteers which we recognise in different ways and without whom we couldn’t exist. Mike and Heather Kemplay have made and continue to make an outstanding contribution to our work. This is thoroughly deserved, we are extremely grateful, thank you for everything you do.”
Congratulations, Mike and Heather, from all at Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, keep up the great work!


2015 Events programme

Pic: (L to R) Laura Stephenson from Rosemere Cancer, Mike Kemplay, Gill Roscoe, Ladies Captain Rosemere Golfers & Paula Richardson of Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Photo - Pic: (L to R) Gill Roscoe, Ladies Captain Rosemere Golfers, John Allott, Mens Captain Rosemere Golfers, Laura Stephenson from Rosemere Cancer Foundation and European Tour golfer Paul Eales

FOLLOWING another successful year of fundraising, Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer are now looking ahead to 2015. A full events programme for next year was unveiled at the recent RGAC AGM, held at the Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, Chorley.
Full details of each event will be announced as we go into the New Year, but here are the dates for your diaries: Wednesday April 15th - Annual RGAC Patrons Dinner at Blackburn GC
Friday April 24th - 6th Annual Golf Day at Stonyhurst GC
Monday May 11th - 13th Annual Celeb/Am Golf Day at Leyland GC
Monday June 8th - 8th Annual Celeb/Am Golf Dayat Morecambe GC
Tuesday September 15th - Annual RGAC/Beaverbrooks Golf Day at Lytham Green Drive GC



Green Drive debut success

Pic: (L to R) Gill Roscoe, Ladies Captain Rosemere Golfers, John Allott, Mens Captain Rosemere Golfers, Laura Stephenson from Rosemere Cancer Foundation and European Tour golfer Paul Eales

Photo - Pic: (L to R) Gill Roscoe, Ladies Captain Rosemere Golfers, John Allott, Mens Captain Rosemere Golfers, Laura Stephenson from Rosemere Cancer Foundation and European Tour golfer Paul Eales

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer completed their 2014 fundraising programme with a resounding visit to Lytham Green Drive Golf Club.
The Annual Beaverbrooks Golf Day organised by RGAC, was staged at the picturesque Lytham course for the first time and attracted 18 teams of four, raising thousands of pounds in support of the charity.
Committee member Brian Tauber, our ‘Man on the Fylde’ and a member at Lytham Green Drive, organised another great day of top golfing competition, culminating in a glittering presentation dinner, charity auction and raffle.
The evening was hosted by RGAC patron and celebrity comedian Norman Prince. Our resident ‘funny man’ had the busiest of days – not only did he play in the comptetion, he MC’d the evening, the auction, the raffle and even found time to deliver his impressive (and warmly received) stand-up routine.
Fellow RGAC patron and former European Golf Tour winner Paul Eales, now competing in the ‘European Seniors’, also took time out in the morning to encourage the competitors.
The weather was kind and with the help of Heather Kemplay’s organising on the day, along with the Tauber family, everything clicked and made for a very successful Green Drive debut.
Once again RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh, who also participated in the competition, was delighted with the event. He said: “One of the main aims of RGAC is to promote Rosemere to officials at golf clubs around Lancashire. We are greatly indebted to Brian Tauber, who organised the event brilliantly on our behalf, officials at Lytham Green Drive GC and, of course, Beaverbrooks for their invaluable sponsorship and co-operation. Through everyone pulling together, this event has raised a tremendous sum for Rosemere and helped to raise the charity’s profile in the Fylde area.”
For the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, fundraising co-ordinator Laura Stephenson said: “Everything went to plan today, it has been really enjoyable throughout. We are ever grateful for all the hard work and enthusiasm of the golfers’ group and their supporters. Well done everyone!”
Plans are already in hand for the second RGAC Beaverbrooks Golf Day at Lytham Green Drive in 2014.


Shotgun Showdown at Shaw Hill

Picture: Supporters of RGAC Tony & Andrea (TABU)

Tabu Duo

ENTRIES are now invited for our October golfing major. Lady Captain Theresa Noblett is hosting a Charity Golf Day and Dinner on Friday October 17 at Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley. Teams of four - £200 per team - registration from 11am, with bacon barms, tea/coffee etc with a shotgun start at 1.00pm.
The evening function, to be held in the luxurious Penina Suite, will be hosted by RGAC Patron, the one and only (they broke the mould) Mr Norman Prince, with entertainment (and dancing) provided by our very own outstanding singing duo 'Tabu' - Andrea and Tony Robinson.
There will be a raffle in aid of Rosemere with an extensive prize table plus a charity auction. Theresa says: "Invite your non-golfing partners and friends to the evening dinner dance and make a night of it!"
RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh commented: “We are delighted that Theresa chose RCF as her Captain’s charity for 2014. As a group, Rosemere Golfers are fully supporting her and the fundraising events she is hosting. The Lancashire Evening earlier this year was a huge success, we are hoping for a great day – and night – in October.”
Advance reservations by email to theresanoblett@gmail.com


Carry On Patron

Picture: Howard Bennet receiving the PGA Award

Image: Paul Johnson and Norman Prince

CONGRATULATIONS Howard Bennett – another of our amazing patrons has collected an award in recognition of his services to charity. On the eve of the 2014 (143rd ) British Open Golf Championships, staged at Hoylake, at the PGA Captain’s Reception, Howard was presented with the PGA England and Wales (North) award.
Leading Northern golf journalist David Birtill originated Howard’s niomination to the Regional PGA and Rosemere Golfers’ chairman Keith McIntosh providing supporting evidence and information.
Keith said: “It was a privilege to assist in Howard’s nomination, we are all delighted and congratulate him on this recognition, it’s truly deserved. The PGA officials especially recognised Howards support for RGAC and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation through his fantastic book and speaking engagements alongside our other brilliant Patrons.”
At the presentation, Howard also received a cheque for £250 and kindly nominated Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer as the recipient of the money. Howard graciously thanks all who have supported him since he joined the group, particularly those who have supported our charity through purchasing his book.
It’s been a summer of recognition for our patrons so far, Howard’s award comes just a short time after fellow patron Norman Prince was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship, the ultimate accolade afforded by Rotary International - given to Norman in recognition of his selfless pursuit in helping many worthy charitable causes.
We congratulate them both as they continue to work with and for RGAC.




Charity Champions at Oak Royal

Picture: (L-R) Paul Johnson, Norman Prince

Image: Paul Johnson and Norman Prince

ROSEMERE Golfers patron Norman Prince and his Salford pal Paul Johnston went down a storm at Oak Royal Golf Club, Chorley, raising a fantastic four figure sum for charity.
Oak Royal Golf and Country captains Lynda Williams and John Grecic jointly staged ‘A Lancashire Evening’ and collected well over £1100 which is to be split between Chorley’s Derian House Children’s Hospice and our RGAC charity, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
The dynamic duo, two of Lancashire’s best-loved ‘folk-comedians,’ played to an enthusiastic audience who packed the clubhouse. The seasoned professionals served up traditional Lancashire folk songs, comedy, reflecting on the county’s life and culture – supported by a hot-pot supper, charity auction and raffle.
Delighted organiser David Green, Oak Royal Ambassador for Rosemere CF, said: “We had a great evening, the entertainment was brilliant and we have raised a fantastic sum of money for two very important local causes.”
Oak Royal Lady Captain Lynda Williams added: “I was delighted with the turn-out, the atmosphere, the generosity and everything about the evening, it couldn’t have gone better. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who contributed in any way.”
Norman took time out of performing – he even had some new material - to host the charity auction which, combined with ticket and raffle sales helped boost the funds raised to ‘four figures.’
He commented: “We have been here a few times now and it always works well, they are a great crowd, very responsive – and sympathetic. A good night all round.”


TAKE A BOW NORMAN

Picture: Norman Prince (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellowship from Alan Jagger Obe, Director of Rotary International

Image: Norman Prince (left) receives the Paul Harris Fellowship from Alan Jagger Obe, Director of Rotary International

CONGRATULATIONS to our esteemed Rosemere Golfers’ patron and funny man Norman Prince – he’s won an award and how well-deserved it is, too! In a recent ceremony in Yorkshire – where once again he was doing ‘missionary work’ – Norman was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship, the ultimate accolade afforded by Rotary International.
The award was given to Norman in recognition of his selfless pursuit in helping many worthy charitable causes - something that we at RGAC are only too grateful for. The motto of ‘Rotary’ is ‘Service Before Self’ – take a bow, Norman Prince.
Norman collected his award from Alan Jagger OBE, a director of Rotary International, at a special Charter Celebrations Evening at which he provided the entertainment as only Norman can!
Indeed, one of the members, reflecting on Norman’s performance, commented to Alan Jagger afterwards: “He were better than tha told us.”
The Paul Harris Fellow awards were originally inspired by Paul Harris, a US founder of Rotary International, who donated a trust fund to Rotary so that people who have done exceptional work on behalf of Rotary and who deserve recognition as the certificate says, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world”.
Norman Prince said: “Receiving this makes me feel really humble. After working for, and with, Rotary clubs over the years, and seeing Paul Harris Fellowship Awards being presented to Rotary members for their tremendous work over many, many years, I feel humbled to be awarded one myself, especially not being a Rotary member, and to be in such exalted company.” We say well done and keep up the great work!


Magnificent Seventh Morecambe Golf Day

Picture: Morecambe Golf Club Captain Ron Butler (right) presents best individual performer Mark Needham with the Neil Kemplay trophy.

Image:Morecambe Golf Club Captain Ron Butler (right) presents best individual performer Mark Needham with the Neil Kemplay trophy.

A NORTH West cancer charity is better off thanks to the combined efforts of the worlds of golf, football, professional snooker, entertainment and Morecambe Golf Club.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, a group of enthusiastic sporting fundraisers, staged their seventh annual fundraising Celebrity –Am day and dinner at Morecambe. Once again, it was a great success, raising much-needed funds for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

More than 20 teams competed, with Morecambe members the Needham family, representing Venture Caravan Park, taking the honours as winning team with 86 points.

Corrie Needham was leading lady, whilst Mark Needham posted the best individual male score to collect the Neil Kemplay trophy, presented by organisers Heather and Mike Kemplay in loving memory of their son Neil, who tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier in 2012.

Golfing guests included, singer Stephen Bayliss, Premier League referee Lee Mason, Arthur Albiston (ex Manchester United), Kevin Gallagher (ex Blackburn Rovers), Jim Melrose (ex Manchester City) and leading Lancashire snooker player Ian Burns.

The golf day was followed by a presentation dinner and cabaret. RGAC patron entertainer Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, hosted proceedings which included a raffle and charity auction, whilst quirky Comedian Terry Cotta led the cabaret.

Event host Mike Kemplay, on behalf of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Since 2001, the golf charity has been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Morecambe is a fantastic venue and once again, we have had a very successful event.”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. Sue Thompson, Chief Officer of the Foundation was guest of honour at the dinner.


Another Leyland success for Charity Golfers

Picture: Officials of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, Leyland Golf Club and guests at the Presentation Dinnner

Image: (L to R) Keith McIntosh, Kath Parkinson and Laura Stephenson

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer staged their twelfth annual and biggest ever fundraising Celebrity –Am day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.

Twenty-three teams contested the event and once again, former footballers were to the fore, including Kevin Gallacher, Duncan McKenzie, Andy Ritchie, Mark Paterson, John McGinlay, Jim Melrose and Peter Sayer. They were joined by Premier League referee Lee Mason, making his RGAC debut.

RGAC’s newest patron Howard Bennett, Master PGA Professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and many more, was guest of honour at the evening Presentation Dinner. Keith Bradshaw, Rosemere Golfers’ Press Officer hosted the dinner where hundreds of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Leeds comedian Billy Bean provided the after dinner entertainment.

Once again, the group paid tribute to the main sponsors, John and Barbara Kelso, both keen Leyland golfers and supporters of the Rosemere charity.

Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Since 2001, we have been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Once again, we have had a really successful event at Leyland Golf Club, it’s a fantastic venue.

“Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and later this year we have a showpiece event at Lytham Green Drive Golf Club, Lytham. As we become even better known, we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!”

Laura Stephenson, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, added: “Raising money for this vital cause is one big team effort and it never stops. We are extremely grateful to the ‘Rosemere Golfers,’ every year they make such a difference – and have so much fun along the way.”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria. In 2013, they handed over a cheque for more than £12,500.

For further information on Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, contact Keith McIntosh on 01772 462685.


PRESTON CHEQUES IN

Picture: (L to R) Keith McIntosh, Kath Parkinson and Laura Stephenson

Image: (L to R) Keith McIntosh, Kath Parkinson and Laura Stephenson

PRESTON Golf Club Lady Captain Kath Parkinson was delighted to hand over a cheque for £1600.68 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
The money was raised at the recent ‘Audience with the Patrons’ Evening, held in partnership with Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer.
Kath has chosen RCF as her Captain’s charity for 2014 and organised the event which saw Norman Prince captivate the packed clubhouse as he interviewed fellow RGAC patrons Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey and Howard Bennett.
Kath and RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh met up with Laura Stephenson, Community Fundraiser for Rosemere to hand over the cheque.
Laura said: “It was a great evening, congratulations to everyone involved, we are thrilled with the amount of money raised and thank you all.” Kath Parkinson added: “The positive feedback from the event we have received has been excellent. It’s a great start to our fundraising year. Norman is coming back to host another dinner in September, we are really looking forward to that.


STONYHURST 2014 ‘THE BEST YET’

Picture: Sean Kemplay presents the nearest to the pin prize to Gill Roscoe (RGAC Lady Captain)

Image: Sean Kemplay presents the nearest to the pin prize to Gill Roscoe (RGAC Lady Captain)

ORGANISER Mike Kemplay declared Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer’s 2014 Annual Stonyhurst Park Golf Day to be the best yet.
Now in its fifth year the event, staged at the picturesque East Lancashire club alongside Stonyhurst College, attracted eleven enthusiastic teams. Mike revealed: “We are delighted, it gets better every year. This year the predicted poor weather didn’t materialise and we all had a good day. The winning team, the Quintonians were from Bolton and were one of three new teams to RGAC events.
“The Bayley Arms at Hurst Green did us proud with the catering and reception once more and the sum of £800 raised for the charity was the most successful ‘Stonyhurst’ to date.”
RGAC’s newest, and youngest, committee member Sean Kemplay (Mike’s son) took charge of the prize presentations for the first time.




‘GRAND’ TOTAL FOR PRESTON ‘AUDIENCE WITH’

Picture: (L to R rear) Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Norman Prince and Howard Bennett; (seated) Laura Stephenson, Rosemere Cancer Foundation Area Fundraising Co-ordinator, Kath Parkinson, Preston GC Lady Captain

Image: (L to R rear) Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Norman Prince and Howard Bennett; (seated) Laura Stephenson, Rosemere Cancer Foundation Area Fundraising Co-ordinator, Kath Parkinson, Preston GC Lady Captain

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer Audience With Our Patrons, staged at Preston Golf Club, raised over £1500. Chairman Keith McIntosh worked with Preston’s 2014 Lady Captain Kath Parkinson to stage the first official RGAC fundraiser of the year. Patrons Howard Bennett and Phil Morbey were interviewed by fellow patron Norman Prince, who also hosted the auction and raffle.

Kath Parkinson commented: “It was very entertaining, informative and a good night was had by all. I am delighted with the sum of money raised. All the work and effort into organising this event is so rewarding when the money raised will be put towards helping those with cancer in the local community.”

Keith added: “Our aim is to involve golf clubs right across the region, raising the profile of our efforts and the charity which we support. We are extremely grateful to Kath at Preston Golf Club for choosing Rosemere as her captain’s charity for 2014. It was another great evening with a very successful outcome.”

The organisers especially thanked Eldon Street Garage, Mr and Mrs D. Bell, The Barton Grange Group, Marriott, Hollins Hall, Shipley, Novello's of Preston and Dr. R. Bennett, who kindly donated auction items and raffle prizes.


PROUD PRESTON DELIVERS

Picture: Three Wise Patrons (L to R ) Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Norman Prince and Howard Bennett

Picture: Three Wise Patrons (L to R ) Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Norman Prince and Howard Bennett

FUN, facts and fundraising were on the agenda as Preston Golf Club teamed up with Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer Patrons for a Charity Dinner and our latest ‘Audience With.’
The successful ‘Audience’ formula, now in its fourth year of visiting local golf clubs, was staged recently at the picturesque Fulwood club and raised hundreds of pounds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
The event was staged in partnership with Kath Parkinson, Preston Golf Club Lady Captain, who has chosen Rosemere as the designated charity for her year in office.
RGAC Patron Norman Prince, celebrity speaker and comedian (and golfer) hosted the evening as only he can.
Making his debut at an ‘Audience with’ was RGAC’s newest patron Howard Bennett, Master PGA professional and former coach of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Lora Fairclough and others.
Also joining the fun was fellow RGAC patron Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, experienced professional caddy, just back from the US Masters in Augusta and a successful top ten finish with Thomas Bjorn.
A three course meal was followed by a three-way interview, with questions from the floor, predictably punctuated by Princely humour. Amongst topics covered were Howard’s career, the latest coaching techniques, what makes a successful caddie and Norman’s putting prowess.
The evening ended with a raffle and charity auction, with Norman proving once again his mastery at squeezing much needed funds for the charity from those present in the room.
Laura Stephenson, area fundraising manager for Rosemere attended the event, her first official duty since returning from maternity leave.
She said: “Once again, Rosemere Golfers have done us proud with this event, we are extremely grateful to Kath and her team at Preston Golf Club for choosing us and for the excellent organisation. It’s been great fun, very enjoyable and very successful, thank you.”


Lady Captain’s Charity Cheers

Picture:L to R: Norman Prince, Jean Sidebotham Rosemere Golfers’ Charity Ambassador at Shaw Hill, Howard Bennett, Theresa Noblett, Lady Captain Shaw Hill GC, Paula Richradson of Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Paul Johnston

Picture: Norman Prince, Jean Sidebotham Rosemere Golfers’ Charity Ambassador at Shaw Hill, Howard Bennett, Theresa Noblett, Lady Captain Shaw Hill GC, Paula Richradson of Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Paul Johnston

ROSEMERE GOLFERS turned out to support as Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club ‘went Lanky’ and the cancer charity is better off to the tune of £3000.
Theresa Noblett, this term’s Lady Captain at Shaw Hill has adopted the Rosemere Cancer Foundation as her charity for 2014 and kick-started her fundraising efforts with a record-breaking ‘Lancashire Evening.’
More than 200 guests packed the luxurious Penina Suite at Shaw Hill to be entertained by popular folk-comedians Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers and Paul Johnston, ex-Fivepenny Piece.
Guests were treated to an evening of Lancashire music and comedy, with Lancashire Hotpot and the ‘famous apple pie’ made by Theresa’s Mum, Bernie Conlon. Ticket sales, a prize draw and charity auction amassed a fantastic sum in excess of £3000 – which included £120 raised in auction for one of Bernie’s home-made pies.
Norman Prince, Patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (RGAC) was joined at the event by fellow Patron and former Shaw Hill professional and leading PGA golf coach Howard Bennett.
A delighted Theresa said: “For a launch event, this was fantastic, the feedback from guests has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. I am extremely grateful to Keith McIntosh and his team from RGAC who helped with the organisation and running of the evening. It was truly a night to remember!”
Paula Richardson Rosemere Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for Central Lancashire and the Fylde, said: “We are extremely grateful to Theresa for choosing to support Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Events like this are great fun, whilst helping to raise essential funds for Rosemere. This is a seriously impressive sum of money, well done to everybody involved.”
Norman Prince added: “We have a lot of fun getting involved in events like this, but we never lose sight of the serious cause we are seeking to support. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way.”


Charity Night Success

Pic: Dan Hill (right)) of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, receives the cheque from Mick Staines, with Nick Pedley looking on

Picture: Dan Hill (right)) of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, receives the cheque from Mick Staines, with Nick Pedley looking on

CONGRATULATIONS to one of Rosemere Golfers’ greatest supporters and champion fundraisers, Nick Pedley - he’s done it again!
Nick organised a Charity Night at the School Lane Club, Bamber Bridge organised the night in partnership with his friend Mick Staines. The popular entertainment evening raised over £3000 which was passed to the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation
.The 2014 Charity Night, which was actually Nick’s third annual fundraiser, was staged in memory of Mick’s sister, Sue ‘Stainesey’ Button, who sadly lost her battle with cancer last year.
Mick, who works with CSC at Samlesbury, explained: “Nick was already planning another event for this year, and because of Sue and the connection with Rosemere, I wanted to get involved. To be honest, I was shocked and delighted with the support we received. It was very emotional, but a fantastic evening, I’m thrilled with the amount it raised.”
Mick and Nick’s Charity night featured live entertainment from Preston’s Junction 31, a seven piece band, female soloist Caitlin Bannister, along with Disco Inferno featuring DJ Carl.
Nick added: “We also had fundraising games and a charity raffle. Everybody got into the spirit of the night, it worked really well, this was by far the best yet. I would like to thank everyone for their raffle prize donations and their attendance on the night. Nights like these are only ever as good as the audience and you were all terrific."
Dan Hill, Area Fund-raising Co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, received the £3000 cheque from Mick at a recent meeting.
He said: “We depend so much on our dedicated volunteers and events such as these to be able to continue our vital work. I congratulate Mick and Nick on their astounding achievement and thank them for everything they have done. The money will be put to good use.”
Details are currently ‘under wraps,’ but Nick is already planning a follow-up Charity Night for 2015.


TOP AWARD FOR JOHN

Pic: John Hodgson receives his award from Ian and Tricia Dibben

ROSEMERE Golfers took great delight recently in passing the prestigious ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ across to one of our long-standing supporters.
At the 2012 Rosemere Supporters Groups Annual Christmas Party, RGAC received the Emily Dibben Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of the group’s contributions to the cause. This year, the mantle passed to John Hodgson wPicture: John Hodgson receives his award from Ian and Tricia Dibbenho, for over seven years, has given up his time – lots of it – to serve the Rosemere Cancer Foundation in many different ways – including helping ‘the Golfers.’
He has attended many of our golfing events eg: he is a regular at the annual Stonyhurst Day, covering the photographic duties – and acts as cover for regular Publicity Officer Keith Bradshaw when he is engaged with other RGAC duties.
Anne Sweeney, fundraising organiser with the RCF, explained: “For seven years, John’s role with Rosemere has gradually increased, mostly through choice, but sometimes because he just can’t say ‘No’
“He looks after the website, volunteers to help at so many events, helps co-ordinate volunteers for many occasions, represents Rosemere in the absence of staff, acts as official photographer, assistant event organiser for Rosemere and also organises his own events for us which have included a sumptuous extravagant dinner party and concert.
“John is also the Volunteer Representative on the Management Committee and even makes fantastic cakes for the staff. There is no one more deserving of this award.”
No-one was more surprised or humble than John himself as he received the award from Emily Dibben’s parents, Ian and Tricia.
Congratulations, John, from all at Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, keep up the great work!


MIKE AND GILL CHEQUE IN WITH ROSEMERE

Picture: MIKE AND GILL CHEQUE IN WITH ROSEMERE

WITH fun and fundraising to the fore in 2013, Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer have enjoyed their best year so far. At the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Supporters Annual Christmas Party and Presentation Evening, held at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC, Vice President Mike Kemplay and Ladies’ Captain Gill Roscoe – presented our biggest ever donation - an impressive cheque for £13,750 – raised from various successful events throughout 2013.

Once again, Chairman Keith McIntosh underlined: “In difficult economic times, fundraising doesn’t get easier, but at the end of another great year, we are delighted to be able to support the Foundation with this sum of money. As ever, we are grateful to everyone who has contributed and helped in any way.

Here Gill and Mike are shown with the cheque being presented to Laura Stephenson (left) and Paula Richardson, Rosemere’s Central Lancashire fundraising organisers.

It was a great night, both encouraging and inspiring, for all the Rosemere Supporters’ groups, superbly hosted by Norman Prince, our very own patron.

Norman kept proceedings moving as only he can – with lots of laughs – and even found time to introduce some brand new gags into his act. So the whole team is genuinely looking forward to 2014, for all kinds of reasons. Well done, everyone!


Driving home the message

Pic: Keith McIntosh (left) and Phil Weaver from Knickerbrook Cars show off the new branding

Picture: (L to R) Keith McInrosh & Phil Weaver

DRIVING for Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer has taken on a whole new meaning for RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh. Having just taken delivery of a VW Passat from great charity supporters Knickerbrook Cars of Chorley, Keith will be spreading the message wherever he travels. Keith's car - big enough to carry his clubs, bag, trolley, grandchildren, and possibly his drumkit - boldly (and tastefully) sports the message 'Knickerbrook Cars supporting Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer.' It's all about 'Deals on Wheels' and cementing the flourishing partnership between our group and the team at Knickerbrook. Well done, long may the relationship continue.






FAIRHAVEN 2013

Pic: special guests, captains, committee and key RGAC supporters before the 'off.'

Picture: (L to R) Paula Richardson, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Norman Prince ,Howard Bennett, Jean Sidebottom of Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, John Allott Captain Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer’s 3rd Annual Beaverbrooks Golf Day was an all round success as far as the golf was concerned. There was an excellent turnout (over 20 teams) and though the weather threatened to drown the action, the mini-showers which materialised didn't spoil the competition. Brian Tauber, who organised the whole event on behalf of Rosemere Golfers, said: “Everyone enjoyed the day contributed to a great day out., I am delighted with the positive feedback we have received. Thank you to all who supported the event and contributed in any way. Another great day at Fairhaven brought to an end another successful year of fundraising by the group.







LAUNCH NIGHT AT SHAW HILL

Pic; (L to R) Paula Richardson, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Norman Prince ,Howard Bennett, Jean Sidebottom of Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, John Allott Captain Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer

Picture: (L to R) Paula Richardson, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Norman Prince ,Howard Bennett, Jean Sidebottom of Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club, John Allott Captain Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer

A LOCAL group of golfing fundraisers have been boosted by a ‘launch evening ‘hosted by Chorley’s Shaw Hill Golf and Country Club. Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, now in their12th year of raising much-needed funds for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation, welcomed PGA Master Professional Howard Bennett into their ranks of supporters. The group hosted the official launch of Howard’s brand new autobiographical book, ‘Stories, Observations, Suggestions,’ the proceeds of which will help the charity’s cause.
Howard, formerly professional and coach at Shaw Hill and Duxbury golf clubs amongst others, has coached many top golfers including Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Chorley’s own European tour professional, Lora Fairclough. His book is a fascinating insight into aspects of golf at the highest level.
Howard, now based in his home town of Southport, explained: “For 50 years I’ve been fortunate to work as a PGA Professional, it’s been a privilege to work with so many talented players who achieved great success both as individuals and team players. In my book I reveal my overall philosophy, along with many experiences and ideas which I have applied during my career.
“I am delighted to team up with Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, they do a fantastic job raising money for such an important cause. We hope that sales of the book will assist their efforts in this direction.”
The Audience with Howard Bennett was compered by popular entertainer and RGAC patron Norman Prince, who interviewed Howard and led a Q&A session. The evening also saw the launch of a new partnership between Rosemere Golfers and the Shaw Hill Golf & Country Club.
RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh explained; “One of our aims is to raise the profile of Rosemere Cancer Foundation amongst local golf clubs. We want to work with them to stage events and raise funds for the cause. With that in mind, we are pleased to welcome Jean Sidebottom as our Charity Ambassador at Shaw Hill.”
For more information on RGAC and how to acquire copies of Howard Bennett’s book, contact Keith McIntosh on 01772 462685


CAP THIS

RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh(left) with Lora Fairclough and Howard Bennett and copies of Howard’s great new book

IF the cap fits – and so much more! As RGAC patron Paul Eales got further stuck into his ‘Seniors’ career at St Andrews recently, our charity group took the opportunity to unveil the new branded Rosemere Cancer Foundation golf caps. Josh Eales, Paul’s son and caddy for the occasion, sported the impressive new headgear at the Scottish Seniors Golf at Fairmont St Andrews on the Fife coast.
RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh explained; “The caps are the first item of our new promotional RCF golf clothing range, supplied by local golf merchandise company Tomlinson Golf of Leyland. There is more to come, watch this space.”
The new caps are now available to supporters from Chairman Keith for a donation to our cause of £15 each (plus postage if applicable).








GOLFING WEBMASTERS

Pic:RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh(left) with Lora Fairclough and Howard Bennett and copies of Howard’s great new book

RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh(left) with Lora Fairclough and Howard Bennett and copies of Howard’s great new book

TWO of Rosemere Golfers’ greatest supporters have launched new websites. Check out the links to the brand new sites of Howard Bennett and Lora Fairclough.
Howard Bennett has captured his incredible 50 years as a PGA Master Professional in his latest book Stories, Observations, Suggestions. He recounts working with the likes of Padraig Harrington, Darren Clark and Lora herself, along with tales of his times working as Club Professional at Shaw Hil and Duxbury Golf Clubs.
Howard has declared that 100% of money from sales of his ‘must have’ book will go to local charities, including Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Howard’s website includes links to his chosen charities along with a fascinating Gallery section. Visit the site at: www.howardbennett.co.uk
Lora, of course, is a much-valued Patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer. A former Ladies’ European Tour winner, Lora has a wealth of experience to share based on 32 years in the game – making the transition from playing professional through to a golf coach with her own golfing academy.
Lora’s new website is packed with tips, information, career details and playing record, testimonials and lessons at Chilli Dip Golf Academy – and much more! Visit Lora Fairclough Golf at: www.lorafaircloughgolf.com



AN AUDIENCE WITH HOWARD

Image - Howard Bennett and Doctor Iain Hall

Tickets are now available for Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer's special Summer event - An Audience with Howard Bennett, to be held at Shaw Hill Golf & Country Club, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley on Monday August 19 at 7.30pm. This will be the OFFICIAL launch of Howard's book 'Stories, Observations and Suggestions' - an insight into golf coaching at the highest level. Howard, a PGS Master Professional has worked with many leading golfers, including Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and our very own Lora Fairclough. The event will be hosted by RGAC Patron Norman Prince and tickets are £15, including a light supper. Exclusive signed copies of Howard's book will be available for a £10 'donation' to Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Tickets now available from Shaw Hill Golf Club reception 01257 269221 or RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh 01772 462685



HOWARD'S WAY

Pic: Howard Bennett presents a copy of his book to Dr Iain Hall, Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer President

Image - Howard Bennett and Doctor Iain Hall

DIARY Date: ROSEMERE Golfers are proud to announce a very special book launch: Chairman Keith McIntosh says: "We are planning a special event at Shaw Hill Golf & Country Club for the official launch of Howard Bennett's book on Monday 19th August at 7.30pm.
Howard will be interviewed by our RGAC Patron Norman Prince and signed copies of Howard's book will be on sale with the proceeds going to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. A light supper will be available and tickets will cost £15 each.
Rosemere Golfers are very pleased that Howard has nominated the RCF as his cancer charity to benefit from the sale of his book that includes references to his time at Shaw Hill and Duxbury golf clubs, his coaching work with another one of our Patrons Lora Fairclough and also as the national coach to the Ireland Golf Squad with Padraig Harrington & Darren Clarke. So, it should be a great event, tickets will be available from me on 01772 462685 as from the 20th July."



RGAC TOPS AT MORECAMBE

Pic: Brian Tauber collects the Neil Kemplay Trophy from Morecambe GC Captain, Chris Gartside

Image - Brian Tauber collects the Neil Kemplay Trophy from Morecambe GC Captain, Chris Gartside

MUST be something in the sea air - as Rosemere Golfers almost swept the board at our own annual tournament on the North West Riviera. Committee man Brian Tauber led the way, emerging Best Male Player and collecting the Neil Kemplay trophy, presented in loving memory of Neil, son of Heather and Mike Kemplay (another committee member) who lost his battle with cancer last year.

Team Allott, consisting of John Allott (RGAC Mens Captain), his wife Christine, Lynn Cornick (Morecambe GC) and Keith McIntosh (RGAC Chairman and founder) collected the team prize. And to cap it off, Tony Robinson (Tabu Duo and RGAC Webmaster) was the 'Best Celebrity.' Lynn Perry from Morecambe was best Female Player. Congratulations from al at RGAC to all at RGAC.



THE JOY OF SIX

Pic: L to R: Steve Alcock (general manager Morecambe GC), Alex Stepney, Chris Gartside (Morecambe captain), Norman Prince, Mike Kemplay, Keith McIntosh, John Allott, Dorothy Harris (Morecambe lady captain), Andy Ritchie, Kevin Gallagher

Image - Charity riders Open To Open

THE SIXTH RGAC Morecambe Celeb-Am Golf Day was another great success. Over 20 teams participated, including lots of 'celebs;' from the world of entertainment and sport (indoors and out) and most stayed for the evening celebrations.
Everything ran smoothly, well done Mike and Heather Kemplay, Leyland Golf Club as hosts and the catering staff who were magnificent from start to finish.
Norman Prince as MC was Norman Prince - 'nuff said - and Irish gagster Dusty Young was the 'official' comedian. Brian Tauber (RGAC) won more prizes than most and everyone had a great time.
The sporting day began with a photo-call on the first tee as the new RGAC banner made its Morecambe debut.



CHAMPIONS OF MORECAMBE!

Pic: L to R: Keith McIntosh, Chris Allott, Lynn Cornick (Morecambe GC) and John Allott (captain)

Image - Charity riders Open To Open

The winning team at Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer Morecambe Golf Day was Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer - where did it all go right! More than 20 teams took part in a great event typically well organised by Mike and Heather Kemplay.
Chairman Keith who had been looking forward to an easier day stepped into the RGAC team at the last minute and helped them on their winning way. Even MC Norman Prince was roped in to make up a team but had to return to the clubhouse after nine holes – MC duties taking priority. It was a great day all round for the RGAC members with Brian Tauber and Tony Robinson amongst the golf prizes – details to follow – and Andrea Robinson picking up a raffle prize. Well done everyone!


THREE AND EASY

Pic: (L to R) Stephen Bayliss, Norman Prince and Ged Stone)

(L to R) Stephen Bayliss, Norman Prince and Ged Stone)

IT was a top night at the Evening Dinner and Presentations at the 11th Annual Rosemere Golfers Celeb-Am Day at Leyland Golf Club. Norman 'The Prince' was on top form as MC - he wasn't supposed to be the comedian but we got much of his act anyway, including most of your favourites - 'just enough to win the duck' etc. Ged Stone, 'Southport Scouser' was the official comedian and he kept the laughter rolling. Celeb supporter Stephen Bayliss joined in the banter - the three are pictured here - and amongst it all, lots of money was raised for the cause. A great big thank you to John and Barbara Kelso for their generous event sponsorship and thanks to Vince and team for another excellent catering contribution. Well done everyone. The fun and fundraising now moves on to Morecambe Golf Club – Monday June10.



EVERYONE’S A WINNER AT LEYLAND

Pic: RGAC committee members and early starters with the new events banner

Image -  Rosmere fund raisers

ROSEMERE Golfers’ 11th Annual Leyland Celeb-Am Golf Day and Dinner proved another resounding success.
It wasn’t a ‘scorcher’ as in 2012, but the weather was fine and a great day’s golf – with patron Paul Eales and team leading the field home in the Texas Scramble competition – was enjoyed by all the teams.
Once again, former footballers were to the fore, including Kevin Gallagher, Duncan McKenzie, Mark Paterson, Lee Cartwright, John McGinlay and Julian Darby. They were joined by former cricketer Graham Lloyd and entertainers Stephen Bayliss, Ged Stone, Tabu Duo (Tony and Andrea Robinson) and BBC presenter Martin Henfield.
As in previous years, top supporters John and Barbara Kelso sponsored the successful Leyland event. The inimitable Norman Prince, RGAC patron, again hosted the dinner, helping to raise substantial funds for the cancer charity through an auction and raffle. Fellow comedian Ged Stone provided the after dinner entertainment.
It was also the launch day for our brand new Rosemere Golfers events banner – via Steve Ward and Business Gifts/Ad-Options UK – and wonderfully donated by Committee member Brian Tauber.
RGAC Captain John Allott commented: “We have all had a great day, again we are really grateful to everyone who has made it possible. The Rosemere Golfers Leyland Golf Day goes from strength to strength, thank you.”


A WHEELY GREAT EFFORT

Image - Charity riders Open To Open

Rosemere Golfers' supporter Dave Moulding and a couple of pals will be cycling 250 miles between the Open venue for 2012 - Royal Lytham St Annes - and the Open Venue 2013 - Muirfield in Scotland. The project (torture) will take place between July 13-15. Dave's team, along with their en-route support aim to raise a minimum of £2500 for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Dave and team recently incorporated a visit into Rosemere HQ whilst on a training run.

He said: “After over an hour and lots of questions later we left and it made the open2open challenge and what we are attempting very real. Seeing how the money from fundraising was used, the positive effect it had on the patients and also the ground breaking research that could take place on what seemed like a relatively small amount of money was truly incredible. If there was ever a time where we were to focus and put into perspective what we were going to achieve and why we were going to do it……this was it!

Let's see if we can get right behind them and help the cause. There are various ways to sponsor - via text, Facebook, Twitter, Just Giving etc...spread the word.


CONGRATULATIONS ‘MOYESEY!’

Pic: (L to R) Norman Prince, Keith McIntosh, David Moyes and Paul Eales

(L to R) Norman Prince, Keith McIntosh, David Moyes and Paul Eales

ONCE he was Blue, soon to be very much a Red, Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer congratulates the new manager of Manchester United, David Moyes.
Possibly the worst kept secret in football - the current Everton boss was revealed today as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of 2012-13 Premier League champions Manchester United. David has accepted a six year deal as manager of the Red Devils from July 1 this year.
David is a great supporter of our fundraising group and, as a former Preston North End manager, has a great affinity with the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Here he is pictured at our flagship Leyland Golf Day in 2011, alongside patrons Norman Prince, Paul Eales (golf coach to Mr Moyes) and RGAC chairman Keith McIntosh.
Keith commented: "It's a great appointment for the new manager at my former works football club. Sir Alex has said - 'David Moyes is a man of great integrity' - and I fully agree."
Everyone connected with RGAC wishes David all the very best with his new appointment.


Stonyhurst Park tees off the 2013 action

Pic: (L to R) Mike Kemplay, Jeff Livesey, Gail Greene, Stuart Gillibrand, Nick Pedley and Dan Hill

Mike Kemplay, Jeff Livesey, Gail Greene, Stuart Gillibrand, Nick Pedley and Dan Hill - Image

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (RGAC) staged their customary curtain-raiser at the picturesque Stonyhurst Park Golf Club in East Lancashire.
This was the fourth staging of the annual three-ball competition, organised by RGAC vice-president Mike Kemplay and hosted by John Austin of Stonyhurst Park. And once again, a fine day’s action was followed by afternoon tea and presentation at the Bayley Arms in nearby Hurst Green.
Mike Kemplay said: “It was a very successful event from a fundraising aspect and extremely enjoyable golf. Once again we are indebted to John Austin and members of Stonyhurst Park for hosting the day.”
The winning team was Stuart Gillibrand, Dave Cafferty and top RGAC fundraiser Nick Pedley. The women’s winner was Gail Greene and Jeff Livesey from Oak Royal claimed ‘nearest the pin.’ An auction including vouchers from Everton FC and the Bayley Arms helped boost the day’s fundraising.
Dan Hill, Rosemere Area Fundraising Co-ordinator for East Lancashire, commented: “It’s been a really enjoyable day, we are consistently grateful to the fantastic efforts of the ‘Rosemere Golfers’ and their supporters.”
Next up for the enthusiastic RGAC troops is Leyland on May 20.


Lora, Lora fun and fundraising

Pic: (L to R): Dr Iain Hall, Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Lora Fairclough, Norman Prince, Laura Stephenson, Trisha Hall

Dr Iain Hall, Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Lora Fairclough, Norman Prince, Laura Stephenson, Trisha Hall - Image

ROSEMERE Golfers teed off their 2013 campaign with another successful ‘Audience With’ – staged this year at Chorley Golf Club and raising over £2000 for the charity.
Local golf star Lora Fairclough ‘came home’ to take centre stage at Hall o’th’Hill, where she first came to prominence as a youngster at Chorley Golf Club.
She returned in her role as an RGAC patron for our Third Annual Patrons Dinner, incorporating ‘An Audience With...’ to raise much needed funds for the cause.
The Chorley star, a four times individual winner on the Ladies European Tour, teamed up with fellow patrons Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, a leading caddy on the world golfing stage (currently working with Darren Clarke) and entertainer Norman Prince, the man who puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising.
Dr Iain Hall, President of Rosemere Golfers & Chairman of the Chorley Golf Club Council hosted the evening and welcomed the guests. A packed clubhouse enjoyed a three course meal, followed by an entertaining – often hilarious - three way interview as Norman guided the guests through their respective golfing careers.
The top trio also tackled questions submitted by the audience ranging from Lora’s childhood golfing prowess, Tiger Woods’ indiscretions, mixed golf competitions to Wobbly’s handicaps down the years and the clubhouse curtains.
A charity auction and table raffle helped RGAC, now in its 12th year of organising events, raise in excess of £2000 for RCF. Laura Stephenson, Rosemere area fundraising co-ordinator, joined in the fun and was delighted with the evening’s success.
She said: “This group does an amazing amount of work and we are extremely grateful for all their efforts and money raised. It’s great that Lora, Wobbly, Norman and so many others give up their time to help us – and what a lot of fun they have along the way. It was a great night, thank you all.”


ACADEMY ACES

Pic: L to R: Paul Eales, Dan Webster, Laura Stephenson and Norman Prince

Paul Eales, Dan Webster, Laura Stephenson and Norman Prince - Image

LYTHAM Golf Academy reinforced their links with Rosemere Golfers at the Grand Final of the Skills Challenge, a fundraising competition initiated on their Launch Day in February.

An enjoyable evening - in which 10 qualifiers participated in patron Paul's golfing assault course - culminated with LGA owner Dan Webster handing over a generous cheque to Laura Stephenson, Area Fundraising Co-ordinator from Rosemere.

She said: "I'm delighted to accept this money which will be put to great use by the Foundation. It's important to have corporate organisations such as Lytham Golf Academy in partnership with us. I am so glad Dan and his team have joined with the 'Rosemere Golfers.”

Dan added: “Since we launched and recently opened our golf superstore, the interest and support for the business has been fantastic. It’s good to get involved with Rosemere Golfers, with their help we have raised over £400 to give to the charity.”

Alas, patron Norman Prince was eliminated at the semi-final stage of the competition – but remained smiling throughout.


Design of the times

Paul Dunderdale & Keith Mcintosh- Image

IT’s a ‘design of the times’- Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer are set to boost their profile courtesy of the services of a local graphic designer.
RGAC chairman Keith McIntosh officially welcomed Paul Dunderdale, owner of iSight Graphic Design, formerly of Leyland now Rufford-based, to the group at a recent meeting at Leyland Golf Club.
Paul, whose business offers the widest range of design, print, web and photographic services, responded to a posting on social media and is excited by the prospect of helping to raise money for our favourite cause.
He said: “For personal reasons, I want to contribute to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation as much as I can. I noticed one of the Golfers’ posts and thought, I could offer my design services – and here we are. They raise a lot of money and seem to have a good time doing it, sounds good to me!”
Keith McIntosh added; “We are all volunteers bringing different gifts to the table as we work towards the same goal. Clearly, Paul can help us with our literature such as event programmes, flyers and advertisements. Our success depends on support like this, we’re looking forward to a successful partnership with iSight Graphic Design.”


Lift-off at Lytham

picture: (L to R): Norman Prince, Daniel Webster, Paul Eales, Becca Webster, Dan Konyk

Lythm Golf Academy - Image

‘ROSEMERE Golfers’ turned out in force to help launch Lytham Golf Academy and raise vital funds for the cancer charity. The Academy is the Fylde Coast’s newest and most exciting golf coaching facility, boasting a modern fully-equipped clubhouse and store, supporting a 24 bay floodlit driving range to suit golfers of all ages and abilities.
Despite adverse weather conditions on a cold, wet, February Sunday, the turnout and interest was fantastic, encouraging and more than enthusiastic.
Lytham Golf Academy is being developed and run by PGA Professional, Daniel Webster, head coach at St Anne’s Old Links Golf Club and his wife Becca, who will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business.
Daniel explained: “The site was a golf facility for many years and we have re-vitalised and re-furbished everything. I believe we are breathing new life into a sleeping giant. There’s massive potential here for golfers to learn, practice and perfect their game. We have already attracted a lot of interest from schools, clubs and community groups.
“We also want to be involved with the community and support local charities in their work. A partnership with Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer is a logical step. It’s great to have them involved from the start.”
Throughout launch day, RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh, ably assisted by patrons Paul Eales and Norman Prince, along with Vice Chairman Mike Kemplay, organised and supervised a series of golf skills challenges, games and activities. Also in attendance was big-hitting Dan Konyk, recently crowned 2012 European World Long Drive Champion. He seriously impressed those present with a series of sponsored drives over 400 yards each time.
Keith McIntosh said: “It’s been a great day, we raised £225 on the challenges – 12 qualifiers, including some of our own committee – will return in April for a Grand Final. We also have over £200 to come from Dan’s Pro long drive and Twitter donations.
“Plus, we set up a great partnership with Dan and Becca, and their families here at Lytham Golf Academy. As Rosemere Cancer Foundation seeks to raise its profile on the Fylde, I’m sure they will prove to be great supporters and ambassadors for the cause


Brand new driving range

pic: (L to R) Ben Collier, Lora Fairclough, Norman Prince and Phil Weaver

TABU - Image

INDEPENDENT Audi specialists, Knickerbrook Cars of Chorley, have teamed up with Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, kicking off the partnership with a generous donation of £500 to the cause.

Director Phil Weaver explained: "We now have bigger premises, a much higher visual profile and, as the business is re-launched and grows we are determined to get more involved in the community. The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is important for personal reasons, Ben and I are both sports-lovers, the Rosemere Golfers do a great job and have a lot of fun doing it, so we want to support their efforts.”

Fun-loving RGAC patrons Lora Fairclough and Norman Prince visited the new premises to welcome Phil and colleague Ben Collier to the group.

Lora said: “It’s great to welcome Knickerbrook Cars to Chorley and to our fundraising group. Raising money for this vital cause is one big team effort and it never stops. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation.”

Knickerbrook Cars on Foxhole Road, Chorley are open seven days a week, stocking the entire Audi range, all of which come with full service history. If the ideal car isn’t on view, they will locate and supply it.

Having teamed up with Rosemere Golfers who have got raising money off to a tee, it seems the phrase ‘driving range’ has taken on a whole new meaning for Chorley’s newest car dealership.


TOP RECOGNITION FOR PATRON PAUL

TABU - Image

TOP MAN! Many congratulations from all at Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (and beyond) to our patron Paul Eales who received a PGA Recognition Award for his out standing contribution to golf.

Paul's well-deseved award came at a PGA fundraising lunch, held recently at the Hilton Hotel, Manchester, where top football referee Howard Webb was the speaker. Now 49, Paul has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in the sport, achieving outstanding success as a player, coach and latterly as a well-respected television pundit.

A former European Tour winner himself, Paul is a member of the European Tour board of directors and support coach to the England golf U18 boys' squad and chief coach for the England Golf North West squads for both boys and girls aged 16-18. Paul was presented with his award by PGA vice chairman John Heggarty.
Delighted to accept the accolade, Paul said: "The award came out of the blue. I'd been asked to do a Q&A, but once I saw the award, I was blown away. It's nice doing your day to day stuff and for your own Association to recognise that work. “I have been very fortunate in that opportunities have come my way and as one door has shut another has opened and I’ve recently experienced that with the academic side of things at the University of Birmingham which has given me a greater insight into coaching.” ”
Paul is currently midway through a Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Pedagogy and, as he nears 50 (sorry Paul), is looking at playing competitively again on the European Seniors Tour.
Congratulations Paul, everyone salutes you and your ongoing recognition of everything you do, not least the important charity work with RGAC.
RGAC chairman Keith McIntosh added: “Congratulations to our patron Paul on his special award from the PGA. He’s a great ambassador for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and for professional golf in the North West and around GB. Rosemere Golfers are so proud of his achievement and this high profile recognition which is very well deserved.
“Plus, we are very most thankful for Pauls enthusiasm and his personal support for our charity. To receive this award alongside Sir Bobby Charlton, who was also recognised at the lunch, makes it a double achievement for two great sporting gentlemen from the North West.”


TABU IN FINE FORM FOR PARTY NIGHT

TABU - Image

RGAC’S very own dynamic duo Tabu, Andrea and Tony Robinson, have got partying off to a tee.

They delighted the partygoers at the 2012 Rosemere Cancer Foundation's Supporters Annual Christmas Party and Presentation Night at Preston Grasshoppers clubhouse. Tabu are great supporters of RGAC events and Tony is our Webmaster General.

The talented husband and wife team, lifelong professional entertainers and who had been invited back by popular demand, performed two superb sets to keep the party moving and the dancers on their feet.

Keith Bradshaw, RGAC’s Publicity Officer said: “It was great to have Andrea and Tony fronting the entertainment, they are an important element of the Rosemere Golfers’ ‘family’ and it was wonderful to share them with the rest of the Supporters.’ They generated a great party atmosphere – just as we knew they would!”

On behalf of Tabu, Tony added: “We really enjoyed the evening a wonderful reception from the crowd, made us very proud to be a part of the charity fund raises, and once again they all did absolutely brilliant.”


CHEQUE-MATES CELEBRATE 2012 SUCCESS

RGAC presentation cheque -  Image

ANOTHER fantastic fundraising year for RGAC was crowned with a two-way presentation at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Supporters Annual Christmas Party and Presentation Evening, held at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC. John Allott, Gill and Mike Kemplay handed over an impressive cheque - £12,000 – raised from various successful events throughout 2012.

In return, they were delighted to accept the Emily Dibben ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for 2012 from parents Ian and Tricia Dibben.

Mens’ Captain John Allott commented: “These are difficult times for all charities and fundraising is at a premium. Against this backdrop, we have had a another great year and we are grateful, as ever, to everyone who has contributed and helped in any way.

Here captains Gill and John are shown with the cheque and the trophy, along with Laura Stephenson, Rosemere’s Central Lancashire fundraising organiser.

It was a great night, but sad that Chairman and Rpsemere Golfers’ founder Keith McIntosh, who is recovering from illness, couldn’t attend. Get well soon, Keith Mc.


LOOKING AHEAD TO 2013

Norman Prince & Paul Eales -  Image

2012 - IT’S been another great year for Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer. At the recent AGM, it was announced that the Princely (geddit?) sum of £12,500 will be handed over to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation at next week’s Supporters’ Christmas Party.
The 2013 Programme of Events was also unveiled, time to get those new 2013 diaries out and make sure you don’t miss out.
The RGAC 2013 Golf Days will be as follows: Friday April 26 Stonyhurst Park; Monday May 20 Leyland; Monday June 10 Morecambe; Tuesday September 17 Fairhaven.
The fundraising will once again tee off with ‘An Audience With...’ our patrons, Lora Fairclough, Paul Eales and Phil Morbey in ‘conversation with Norman Prince. This is provisionally scheduled for Wednesday April 17 at Chorley Golf Club (tbc) – a ‘homecoming’ for Lora and hosted by our President Dr Iain Hall.
Watch this space for further updates.


TABU TOP THE BILL AT CHRISTMAS

Tabu -  Image

WE'RE all looking forward to the Annual Rosemere Cancer Foundation Christmas party and cheque presentation night a bit more than usual this year.
Why? Rosemere Golfers' very own Tabu, that's Andrea and Tony, will be providing the entertainment.

Friday December 7 at Preston Grasshoppers RUFC. It's the end-of-season event when Keith & Co get the cheque-book out and sign off another great year of fun and fundraising for our worthy cause.

Tony Robinson says: “ We are excited about performing at the Annual Rosemere Cancer Foundation Christmas party, we have peformed at this event once before back in 2009, where I was famously mistaken for a cleaner., I hope that we left a good enough impression that year, so that it wont happen again this year. Joking apart.” It’s always a fun, ‘feel-good’ and festive occasion when all the various supporters’ groups get together and the Rosemere staff show their appreciation of the collective efforts through the year. And with RGAC loyal supporters Andrea and Tony rounding off the night, leading the singing and dancing, it's bound to be really special.


PRESIDENT’S SURPRISE

Pic: Dr Iain Hall (left) receives a surprise presentation from Dennis Benson

Dr Iain Hall (left) receives a surprise presentation from Dennis Benson -  Image

RGAC President Dr Iain Hall received a surprise when the ‘management’ unexpectedly turned up at Fairhaven Gold Club to make a presentation. Rosemere Cancer Foundation Chairman Dennis Benson and Chief Officer Sue Thompson arrived unannounced just as the Presentation Dinner Introductions were getting underway.

Dennis took the microphone in ‘Eamonn Andrews This is Your Life’ fashion and paid tribute, well-deserved and worthy, to Iain’s long-standing support, in so many ways, for the ongoing work of Rosemere.

RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh had cut short his ‘Welcome’ to allow for the surprise presentation.
He said: “I had no idea this was going to happen. Their arrival was a total surprise, but it was great for Dr Hall’s contribution over the years to be marked with a public presentation at one of our events. He is a terrific supporter of Rosemere and particularly our golfing group.”


FUNDRAISING ON THE FYLDE

Pic: The winning team for 2012 were 'The Captains' pictured here minus patron Paul Eales, who had to leave early due to media commitments - Sandy Morris (Fairhaven Treasurer), John Allott (RGAC), Susan Mills (Fairhaven Lady Captain) with Alex Stepney.

Winning Team 2012 -  Image

FOLLOWING the encouragement of our inaugural Fylde Golf Day event last September, Fairhaven 2012 was another great success for Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer.

The weather wasn't particularly kind at times, but a great day of sport prevailed and was enjoyed by all. Our thanks to everyone who supported the event in any way, particularly to Beaverbrooks, the main sponsors once again.

The Presentation Dinner, Auction and Raffle was another brilliant evening. Norman Prince, as ever, hosted proceedings as only he can, Terry Cotta was the star comedy turn and ex Manchester United goalkeeper and European Cup winner Alex Stepney presented the prizes. Snooker star Ian McCulloch, a key RGAC backer, also lent his support.

Chairman Keith McIntosh said: “We are ever grateful for the ongoing generous support of our sponsors and for the great work put in by Brian Tauber in organising this event. Our Beaverbrooks Fairhaven Golf Day is becoming established as a key fundraising event in the regional golfing calendar. As a group, we are delighted with this.”

The winning team for 2012 were 'The Captains' pictured here minus patron Paul Eales, who had to leave early due to media commitments - Sandy Morris (Fairhaven Treasurer), John Allott (RGAC), Susan Mills (Fairhaven Lady Captain) with Alex Stepney. Andrea Robinson (LEGS) was the Best Lady and Paul Stewart won Best Man prize.


PHIL AND PAUL AT LYTHAM OPEN

Pic: Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey and Paul Eales, a pair of patrons

Phil & Wobbly -  Image

NEARBY Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club plays host to the prestigious British Open Championship once again, with the serious competition getting underway on Thursday July 19. The course has taken a battering with the unseasonal weather, but everything is in place and set up for another showpiece event, featuring the world's finest golfers. Rosemere Golfers' patron Phil 'Wobbly' Morbey has a key role to play once again, he's caddying for defending champion Darren Clarke - remember his dramatic victory to take the 2011 title at Royal St George's last July? Earlier this year, the popular Irishman linked up with Wobbly again to assist the fight to retain his title. We wish them well. Listen out, too, for the voice of fellow RGAC patron Paul Eales who will be broadcasting form the course throughout the four days - it's sure to be a great competition, let's hope they get some decent weather.




SUCCESS ADDS UP FOR ACCOUNTANTS

Pic: (L to R) Paul Newsham of Haines Watts, Elaine Harris of RF Miller & Co and Norman Prince, entertainer and patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer.

Ulverston charity day- Image

IT was a case of ‘double delight’ at Ulverston Golf Club this week. The organisers of a brand new charity golf day were delighted with the outcome – and Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer were delighted to be involved.

Accountancy practice RF Miller & Co, who have offices in Barrow and Ulverston, teamed up colleagues from the parent group Haines Watts to stage an inaugural Corporate Golf Day and Dinner in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Ten teams of four participated on the day. The weather was kind as the competition was held as Ulverston GC, overlooking Morecambe Bay, provided a spectacular backdrop to the sporting activities. Overall winners were the team led by Leyland-based Paul Newsham of Haines Watts, one of the organisers.

Elaine Harris, a partner with RF Miller & Co and principal organiser, was thrilled with their first attempt a charity golf day.
She explained: “We have been planning something like this for some time. Our colleagues at Haines Watts in Lancashire have established strong links with Rosemere, who in turn are looking to build awareness in Cumbria so it seemed a great idea to combine forces for this worthy cause.” The golf was followed in the evening with a dinner, charity auction and raffle, all of which hosted by RGAC patron Norman Prince. A veteran of the after-dinner circuit and stand-up comedian in his own right, he also provided the after dinner entertainment.

Chairman Keith McIntosh, who led the RGAC foursome in the competition, commented: “We enjoyed this and we’re hoping this will become an annual event. It’s a great venue, it’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of Rosemere in South Cumbria and of course, we are raising much-needed funds for the Foundation.”


THE FOUR TOPS PLAY ULVERSTON

Neil Kemplay Cup Winner - Image

TEAM Rosemere Golfers were in action at the inaugural RF Miller & Co Golf Day and Dinner, held at Ulverston Golf Club. RF Miller are part of the national Haines Watts Accountancy group and keen to support our charity as Rosemere seeks to build much needed profile and awareness in South Cumbria.

The weather was perfect and the crack team of McIntosh, Allott, Joyce and the Prince had a great day out on what was described as 'an awesome course.' There were no holes-in-one on this occasion and our enthusiastic quartet missed out on the prizes, but it was all about taking part and encouraging a new event.

Ten teams took part and RGAC helped with the planning and organisation of this corporate day, with Norman hosting the evening and providing the entertainment - including all his 'greatest hits.' Overall winners were the team led by Leyland-based Paul Newsham of Haines Watts, one of the principal organisers. Making up the rest of his team were Paul Andrew, Steve Done and Paul Dutton.

Rosemere Area Fundraising Co-ordinator Anne Sweeney attended the presentation evening to explain the charity’s role in the area. She said: “We are grateful to Elaine Harris from RF Miller & Co and Paul Newsham from Haines Watts for setting up this new event. I hope that they were pleased with the day. We have sown seeds and laid down foundations to build on. They are already talking about an even bigger event next year which is great!”


IN NEIL’S MEMORY

pic: Heather Kemplay, winner Phil Hargreaves and Mike Kemplay

Neil Kemplay Cup Winner - Image

A NEW feature of Rosemere Golfers’ annual Morecambe competition is the Neil Kemplay Cup. This has been introduced by organisers Mike and Heather Kemplay in memory of their son Neil, who tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

Neil, and his brother Sean, along with their parents, have been great supporters of RGAC events for several years.

The first winner of the Neil Kemplay Cup, awarded for the Best Individual Score on the day was Phil Hargreaves of Penwortham.

Our picture shows Phil at the Morecambe Presentation Dinner receiving the trophy from Heather and Mike Kemplay.

Mike Kemplay, who is also Vice President of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “We have had another very successful and enjoyable day at Morecambe. Heather and I dedicated this annual trophy to Neil, we are grateful for all the kind messages of support we have received.”


CAPTAIN’S MORECAMBE DELIGHT WITH HOLE-IN-ONE

JOHN Allott - Hole in One Image

MORECAMBE 2012 proved a great success once again. Many congratulations to Mens’ Captain John Allott, who led from the front, striking a fantastic hole-in-one, and what an occasion to achieve it. Wow!

Chairman Keith McIntosh says: “Another great event at Morecambe last Monday with fantastic support from the Golf Club Officials, the members and from all our supporters & celebrity golfers and congratulations to our captain John Allott who got his first ever Hole in One.

“Special thanks to our vice president Mike Kemplay and his wife Heather for all their hard work in running the event and for their kind donation of a new trophy in memory of their son Neil.”

On June 25 Haines Watts Accountants are staging an inaugural Corporate Golf Day at Ulverston Golf Club in aid of Rosemere Cancer Foundation. RGAC are supporting this event – indeed, patron Norman Prince is MC for the presentation dinner and providing the entertainment in his own inimitable style.

Plus, entry forms are now available for our next ‘big one’ – Fairhaven 2012 on September 11. Click here to download entry form


PRIZES GALORE

pic: Prizewinners, celebrity guests and committee at the presentation dinner

Leyland 2012

RGAC’S newest patron Lora Fairclough stepped to the fore to present the prizes at the 10th Annual Charity Celeb-Am Golf Dinner at Leyland.
Everything added up on the day as accountants Team Hayes & Co, along with ex football star Duncan Mackenzie took the team prize. The mixed captains team – Jessie Higham (Leyland GC), Gill Roscoe (RGAC), Andy Birkett (Leyland) and John Allott (RGAC) - were runners-up in the hard-fought contest.
Nearest the pin winners were Paul Cook and singing star Andrea Robinson (Tabu Duo). The Longest Drive prizes were collected by Phil Dewhurst and Pat Hailwood, the latter also claimed the best ladies score with 34 points. Bets Men’s score was 41points, posted by Charles Bell. Best Celebrity prize went to former Bolton Wanderers ace David Lee.
The Leyland event is now well established in the local sporting calendar – 2012 marks a decade of fundraising at Leyland and was declared the ‘ "biggest, the best and the brightest yet!’


PHEW, LEYLAND’S A SCORCHING SUCCESS!

pic: (L to R) Gary Owen, Leyland Golf Club President Alan Otto and Phil Brown

Leyland 2012

THE SUN shone on RGAC’S 10th annual Charity Celeb-Am Golf Day at Leyland. The weather was probably the best it’s ever been for this popular event, which was once again a great success.
Once more, footballers were to the fore, with ex Preston North End and Hull City boss Phil Brown, former Manchester City star Gary Owen and ex Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Jansen amongst those playing ‘Leyland Rosemere’ for the first time. Regulars Alex Stepney and Arthur Albiston (ex Manchester United) and David Lee and Peter Nicholson (former Bolton Wanderers) also joined the competition. From the world of entertainment, singers Stephen Bayliss and Tabu Duo (Andrea and Tony Robinson) accompanied comedians Terry Cotta, Gary Marshall and, of course, RGAC patron Norman Prince into the fray.
The event was again well supported by the business community and Leyland Golf Club members. In the evening, Norman Prince hosted the customary presentation dinner where our newest patron Lora Fairclough presented the prizes and Gary Marshall filled the after-dinner comedy slot.
Chairman Keith McIntosh said; “We couldn’t have asked for a better day for our golf event. I’m delighted with the way everything has turned out. Once again, we’re grateful to the ‘celebs’ and all our supporters for making things like this happen.”


SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR CUMBRIA

Image - Stonyhurst winning team 2012

ROSEMERE Cancer Foundation is set to be better off, thanks to the efforts of a leading Cumbrian accountancy practice.
RF Miller & Co, with offices in Barrow and Ulverston, are staging a charity golf day at Ulverston Golf Club on Monday June 25 2012. All proceeds will be in aid of the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation, whose work covers North Lancashire South Cumbria and the Lake District.
Entries from teams of four are invited to compete, with prizes available for winning teams, best individual score, nearest the pin and longest drive. The event will be crowned with an evening dinner, prize presentation and entertainment – ‘An Audience with Norman Prince.’
Ex BBC Radio presenter and former frontman of popular folk group, The Hoghton Weavers, Norman Prince will host the day on behalf of RF Miller & Co, MC the evening, the charity raffle and present his own unique brand of stand-up comedy.
An enthusiastic golfer himself , Prince is also a patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer who are supporting the event, along with RF Miller & Co’s parent company Haines Watts Chartered Accountants.
Prince explained; “It’s our first time at Ulverston, I’m sure it will be a great success. This is such an important cause, we are always delighted to lend our services to these events. Apart from the significant fundraising, they are always great fun!”On behalf of organisers RF Miller & Co, partner Elaine Harris commented: “We are all really looking forward to staging our first corporate charity golf day at Ulverston Golf Club. It promises to be a great event with some superb entertainment in the evening, but above all, we are raising money for a fantastic cause, the work of Rosemere Cancer Foundation.”Tee times are available from 11.30am until 2pm, entry fee is £200 for teams of four inclusive of pre-competition breakfast, evening dinner and entertainment.Cheques should be made payable to RF Miller & Co and returned to Elaine Harris, RF Miller & Co, Bellevue, Princes St, Ulverston, LA12 7NB - details 01229 582149


2012 OFF TO A GREAT START

pic: All winners L to R: John Kirk, John Allott, Colin Hankin, Sean Kemplay, Bernard Fowler, Colin Platt

Image - Stonyhurst winning team 2012

RGAC kicked off their 2012 fundraising with what is now a traditional curtain-raiser – the Stonyhurst Park Golf Day.
Now in its third year the event, staged at the picturesque East Lancashire club alongside Stonyhurst College, attracted nine enthusiastic teams.
A delighted chairman Keith McIntosh, who actually got to play this time, said: “It was a very successful event from a fundraising aspect and extremely enjoyable golf. The weather was a bit unpredictable – I think we played four seasons in one day – but it didn’t spoil the occasion.
“Once again we are indebted to our organiser Mike Kemplay and to John Austin and members of Stonyhurst Park for hosting the day.”
RGAC Mens Captain John Allott led the winning team which included Bernard Fowler, Sean Kemplay and Colin Hankin.
Following the golf, competitors enjoyed afternoon tea and the presentations at the Bayley Arms, Hurst Green.


WELCOME LORA

pic: (L to R) Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey (patron), Keith McIntosh (chairman), Paul Eales (patron), Lora Fairclough (patron), Laura Stephenson (Rosemere Cancer Foundation), Gill Roscoe (Ladies captain), John Allott (Mens captain), Norman Prince (patron)

Image - Penwortham 2012

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer officially welcomed their newest patron recently.
Ladies’ European Tour winner (four times) Lora Fairclough has agreed to join the group and serve as patron alongside Paul Eales, Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey and Norman Prince.
Ladies’ Captain Gill Roscoe warmly welcomed Lora to the Committee at the first event of 2012 – ‘An Audience With’ – in which she faced a packed clubhouse at Penwortham Golf Club, with Paul and Phil, hosted by Norman. The evening was a great success, raising much-needed funds for the cancer charity.
Afterwards, Lora declared: “I really enjoyed that, it’s been a great night, raising money for a great cause and having fun. I’m looking forward to the next one already.”



LORA LORA LAUGHS

pic: the Four ‘Tops’ (L to R): Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, Norman Prince, Lora Fairclough, Paul Eales

Image - Penwortham 2012

OUR newest patron Lora Fairclough made her official debut at our first ‘major’ of 2012 – ‘An Audience With...,’ staged at the scenic surroundings of Penwortham Golf Club. Lora teamed up with fellow patrons, European Tour winner Paul Eales, leading caddy Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey who had just flown in from The US Masters in Augusta, and comedian (and enthusiastic golfer) Norman Prince, the man who puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising.
A packed clubhouse enjoyed a three course meal, followed by an entertaining – often hilarious - three way interview as Norman guided the guests through their respective golfing careers.
The top trio also tackled questions submitted by the audience ranging from Seve Ballesteros, mixed golf competitions to Wobbly’s hairstyles down the years and the clubhouse curtains.
Paul was very much at ‘home’, he first came to prominence at Penwortham GC and he even boasts his own commemorative notice board on the wall.
Lora, a four times individual winner on the Ladies European Tour, enjoyed her first outing as an RGAC patron, saying: “It’s been great fun, we have had a wonderful evening with lots of laughs. It’s a really great cause to support and I am looking forward to getting involved more and more.”
A charity auction and table raffle helped raise several hundreds of pounds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Rosemere area fundraising co-ordinator, Laura Stephenson, was also making her debut at an RGAC event.
She said: “This group does an amazing amount of work and we are extremely grateful for all their efforts – and what a lot of fun they have along the way. A great night, thank you all.”


AN EVENING WITH...

Image - Nick Pedley

'WOBBLY' Morbey is back from the US Masters, his first outing since agreeing to go 'full time' with Open champion Darren Clarke again, and will take centre stage at our first 'major' of 2012 - An Evening with Paul, Phil (Wobbly) and Lora at Penwortham Golf Club. RGAC patron Norman Prince will host a fundraising dinner and raffle followed by a much-anticipated Q&A with Paul Eales, super caddy 'Wobbly' Morbey and making her first public appearance as our patron, Chorley's golfing star Lora Fairclough. No doubt, Norman will tell a tale or three to keep the evening moving. It promises to be a great event - as ever supporting a great cause.





Cumbria Calling

Pic: (Paul Newsham, Phil 'Wobbly Morbey', Paul Eales, Norman Prince)

Image - Nick Pedley

'WOBBLY' Morbey is back from the US Masters, his first outing since agreeing to go 'full time' with Open champion Darren Clarke again, and will take centre stage at our first 'major' of 2012 - An Evening with Paul, Phil (Wobbly) and Lora at Penwortham Golf Club. RGAC patron Norman Prince will host a fundraising dinner and raffle followed by a much-anticipated Q&A with Paul Eales, super caddy 'Wobbly' Morbey and making her first public appearance as our patron, Chorley's golfing star Lora Fairclough. No doubt, Norman will tell a tale or three to keep the evening moving. It promises to be a great event - as ever supporting a great cause.





Nick cheques in for charity

Nick Pedley

A SUPREME individual fundraising effort by one enthusiastic golfer has given Rosemere Golfers a fantastic boost. Nick Pedley, who hails from Hoghton and captains the BAe Systems Golf Society at Samlesbury, handed a cheque for £1200 to RGAC at Leyland Golf Club recently.
Single-handedly, Nick organised a Grand Charity Night, with cabaret, disco, raffle and golfing auction. The sell-out event, staged at the BAe Systems Canberra Club raised the impressive sum of £2400 which Nick then divided between RGAC and St Catherine’s Hospice.
Computer scientist Nick, 49, explained: “I regularly get involved with fundraising but was amazed how this took off. I particularly wanted to help the cause of Rosemere Golfers, they are a great group and do a terrific job. I am really grateful to everyone who helped make the evening such a success, particularly the many local golf clubs who donated auction items, the band Freeway and DJ Yamo.
“There is clearly a demand for events like this and a need to support these worthy causes. It’s hard work but Rosemere Golfers have been a great encouragement throughout and I intend to make this an annual event.”
John Allott, RGAC Mens’ Captain and a member at Leyland Golf Club, was delighted to accept the charity cheque from Nick.
He said: “This was a great effort by Nick, he deserves every credit for persuading so many to get involved and for pulling the whole thing together. We really look forward to working closely with him at future events.”



LORA FAIRCLOUGH JOINS THE GROUP

Image - Lora Fairclough

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer are delighted to announce the great news that Lora Fairclough has agreed to become our latest patron.
A Chorley lass, Lora turned professional in 1991 at the age of 17 and played the Ladies European Tour for 20 years. A four-times individual winner on the Tour, she made the top ten Order of Merit five times between 1993 and 1999 and was a member of Europe's 1994 Solheim Cup team.
Lora recently stood down from the Tour and is embarking on a second career as a golfing coach. She said: “It’s time to go, I’ve been very fortunate but now I feel a cloud has been lifted and I’m excited about doing other things. I’ve a lot of experience and I want to pass it on.”
Dr Iain Hall, President of RGAC and a member of Chorley Golf Club has known Lora for years and followed her impressive progress with interest. Iain said: “I was delighted to ask Lora Fairclough to be the next RGAC Patron, which she readily accepted. Lora recently retired from the Womens European Tour after a successful career. She is now concentrating more on teaching, but she knew about the Rosemere Golfers and is looking forward to her new role. She will be a great asset.”
Lora Fairclough becomes Rosemere Golfers’ fourth patron, joining fellow European Tour winner Paul Eales, leading caddy Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey and entertainer Norman Prince.
RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh added; “We are all delighted and excited about Lora joining us. She has so much to offer and we are really looking forward to her involvement.”
Lora will probably make her first official appearance with RGAC at the Audience with Paul (Eales) and Phil (Morbey) at Penwortham Golf Club on April 10.



Prince Of Patrons

Image - Norman Prince Keith Mac and Paul Eales

WOULD you play golf with this man? Of course you would and you’d be guaranteed a great time, a great game, lots of fun and great sport. Norman Prince, patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, is once more gearing up for several rounds of golfing fundraising and is encouraging everyone to get on board.
He says: “Entry forms are now available for downloading on the ‘Events’ section of this website – Leyland On May 21 and Morecambe June 11 – always fantastic days out, top prizes, dinner and great entertainment in the evening. Join us again and help us raise as much as we can to support our friends in their outstanding work at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.”
Norman’s fellow RGAC patron, ex-European Tour golfer Paul Eales, will also be much involved, as ever. We hope to see you all at these popular events soon.



DIARY DATES 2012

Image - Norman Prince Keith Mac and Paul Eales

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer have unveiled a new and exciting programme of fundraising events for 2012.The 3rd Annual Golf Day at Stonyhurst is scheduled for April 20, with the ever-popular Annual Celeb-Am Days at Leyland and Morecambe on May 21 and June 11 respectively. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2011, the second Beaverbrooks Golf Day at Fairhaven will take place on September 11 2012. A second Audience with Phil 'Wobbly' Morbey and Paul 'Slippery' Eales is also being planned, with Penwortham GC as the venue. More details to follow, get the diaries out.





CHEQUE THIS OUT !

Pic: left to right: Lady Captain Gill Roscoe, Patron Paul Eales and Captain John Allot

Paul Eales Golf Coach Image

THE cheque says it all, Rosemere Golfers against Cancer captains Gill and John, along with patron Paul, handed over the fantastic amount of £12,250 to the charity at the charity’s Supporters' Christmas Party this weekend. It's been another great year of fun and fundraising on and off the golf courses of Lancashire - our sincere thanks go out to everyone who has contributed to helping raise this magnificent amount in any way - you know who you are and everyone at Rosemere (and beyond) is grateful.

Chairman Keith McIntosh said: “We have enjoyed ten years’ of successful fundraising for Rosemere Cancer Foundation and we are delighted with what we have achieved to help the cause. It’s been a real team effort with lots of hardworking people and loyal supporters involved. Long established events will continue next year alongside some exciting new plans. We are all looking forward to them.” Season's greetings to all our friends and here's to another successful year in 2012 - plans are in place, watch this space!



Festive Fun

Paul Eales Golf Coach Image

WE are looking forward to the annual Rosemere Cancer Foundation's Annual Volunteers and Supporters Christmas Party night in Preston. Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer will be handing over a substantial cheque to our favourite charity once more - our sincere thanks and seasonal good wishes go out to all those who have helped to make it such a fun and successful fundraising year in 2011. Also, it's always great to meet up with the enthusiastic Rosemere team and the various loyal supporters' groups who work so hard for the cause. Ho, ho, ho!







Congratulations, coach

Pic: Fellow patron Norman Prince congratulates Paul Eales on his EGU appointment

Paul Eales Golf Coach Image

WE congratulate RGAC patron Paul Eales who deservedly has received further international recognition.

The English Golf Union, which is responsible for amateur golf in this country, has invited Paul to join the coaching team of the England Under 18 squad.

The EGU website announced: “Eales, who is based in Garstang, Lancashire, offers27 years experience as a qualified PGA professional and has also competed extensively as a player. Eales has now found success in his coaching career with a task-based and a performance measured approach, demonstrated noticeably in his delivery of the EGU North West Regional AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme.” What they omitted to add is what we all know and the squad are soon to discover, that Paul is a genuinely nice guy with so much more to offer.

Paul will be working with lead coach Hugh Marr in supporting existing squad manager Derek Hughes in the delivery of the EGU Under 18 squad training programme, through a range of coaching and competitive opportunities in 2011 and 2012.

It’s been a good summer for Paul in other ways as he has returned to the airwaves, working alongside Peter Alliss and company, co-commentating on major competitions for the BBC. Well done, Paul!



Fairhaven ‘first’ a great success

Pic: Pic: (L to R): Captains’ foursome – ( L to R) RGAC Men’s captain John Allott, Fairhaven Ladies’ captain Olwyn Kingstree, RGAC Ladies’ captain Gill Roscoe, Fairhaven Mens’ captain Harold Fielding.

Officials of RGAC, Fairhaven Golf Club and Beaverbrooks, the major sponsors of the Golf Day

Fairhaven Event 2011

RGAC’s first major fundraising event on the Fylde was declared an outstanding success.

The inaugural Beaverbrooks Golf Day and Dinner at the prestigious Fairhaven course in Lytham St Annes was well supported, with 18 teams gathering for a shotgun start and a great day of golf.

Meanwhile, local boy Jimmy Armfield, former England and Blackpool football star and current BBC pundit, popped in to enjoy afternoon tea with the RGAC party and lend his support to the cause

RGAC patron Paul Eales, who recently joined the national coaching squad at the English Golf Union, got the day rolling with a golfing clinic.

He then joined the teams of four in the competition which culminated in a glittering presentation dinner, charity auction and raffle. The evening also included an audience with popular comedian and entertainer Norman Prince, former front man of the Houghton Weavers, who is also a patron of Rosemere Golfers.

Chairman Keith McIntosh was delighted with the Fairhaven event which raised not only thousands for the charity but also increased awareness of Rosemere and our golfing group in this key area of the North West.

He said: “One of the main aims of RGAC is to promote Rosemere to officials at golf clubs around Lancashire. We stage regular events at Leyland, Morecambe and other North West golf clubs, and we were delighted to promote this new competition at Fairhaven. It’s been an outstanding success and we are already talking about plans for 2012.

J“We are greatly indebted to Brian Tauber and officials at Fairhaven GC and, of course, Beaverbrooks for their invaluable sponsorship and co-operation. Through everyone pulling together, this event has raised a tremendous sum for Rosemere and helped to raise the charity’s profile in the Fylde area.”


Sporting ‘greats’ lend a hand

Pic: Jimmy Armfield (left) with Sue Thompson, Chief Officer of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and Peter Allis.

Peter Alliss Evening

TWO British sporting legends have endorsed the fundraising work of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer.

The ‘A Team’ of Alliss and Armfield met up with the RGAC Committee and guests at the Clifton Arms Hotel in Lytham. ‘The Voice of Golf’ Peter Alliss was in town for his national touring show ‘An Evening with Alliss’ which he was performing later that night.

Meanwhile, local boy Jimmy Armfield, former England and Blackpool football star and current BBC pundit, popped in to enjoy afternoon tea with the RGAC party and lend his support to the cause

A party of over 30 enthusiasts from RGAC joined the audience at Peter Alliss’ acclaimed one-man show at the Lowther Pavilion theatre later that night. A natural story-teller, Peter, now in his eighties, held his audience with tales from his golfing and broadcasting career.

Prior to an impromptu Q&A session, during which he plugged his latest book ‘Golf – the cure for a Grumpy Old Man’ he mentioned RGAC’s forthcoming Golf Day and Dinner at nearby Fairhaven Golf Club.

RGAC Chairman Keith McIntosh said: “As part of our ongoing 10th anniversary celebrations, it’s been great to meet together for afternoon tea prior to the ‘Evening with Alliss.’ Peter was really encouraging about our cause and to have Jimmy Armfield alongside is a real bonus. Both men are very supportive.”

Did you know? Peter Alliss set records from the day he was born – he weighed in at a then European record of 14lb 11oz. He played in the Ryder Cup on eight occasions (in the days before the team became Europe) between 1953 and 1969. In 1963 he beat Arnold Palmer and halved with Tony Lema on the same day!

Jimmy Armfield CBE played all his club football for Blackpool, usually at right back – between 1954 and 1971 he played 627 games in all competitions, scoring six goals. He spent a decade as the Seasiders’ captain and also skippered England on 15 occasions in 43 appearances


Three Wise Men

Video: Recorded at Pleasington Golf Club

A COMBINATION of Paul’s matchplay memories and Phil’s caddying capers underpinned by Norman’s wisdom (and wit) made for a cracking evening at Pleasington Golf Club earlier this year.

When ‘Slippery’ met ‘Wobbly’ attracted a packed clubhouse and raised an impressive sum for our cause as Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer tried out a new, exciting format involving our three famous patrons Paul (Slippery) Eales, Phil (Wobbly) Morbey and the inimitable Norman Prince (...insert suitable nickname here...).

Other commitments allowing, it’s hoped a sequel to ‘When Slippery met Wobbly’ will be staged at another venue at a future date. Watch this space.

Carillion Video, based in Westhoughton, produced a full-length video of the successful evening – here we present a short ‘highlights’ version for your entertainment........




Gerry and the pacemakers

Pic (L to R) Keith McIntosh (RGAC), Paul Eales (RGAC patron), Paul Howard, Ged Rowbottom, David Hargreaves, John Allott (RGAC Captain), David Lyons (Leyland Golf Club Captain), Gerry Hughes, Norman Prince (RGAC Patron)

- Auction Day Image

A FANTASTIC day’ was the verdict of RGAC supporter Gerry Hughes, speaking on behalf of his guests at Leyland Golf Club.

Gerry, of Hayes & Co Chartered Accountants in Tarleton, successfully bid for a golf day package for four, including lunch and dinner, and the esteemed company of our patrons Paul Eales and Norman Prince at the annual Celeb-Am day at Leyland back in May.

The guests were also joined in two fourballs by RGAC Mens’ captain John Allott, a member at Leyland, and the current Leyland club captain, David Lyons. Despite the challenging weather, which swung between brilliant sunshine and heavy downpours, a great day was had by all.

That said, coach Eales did have cause for concern over Norman’s performance, saying: “Norman had a little bit of trouble with his golf game. Like all "great" players he was quick to blame his coach. I’m still proud to call myself his "coach" ahhh. Just to let you know he owes me a cappuccino grande.”

Lunch and dinner, as ever, was provided by resident celebrity chef, Vince Slater, another great supporter of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.


A Question of Sport

Celebrities and officials before the start of the Rosemere Golfers against Cancer event at Morecambe Golf Club; 2 (L to R) Colin ‘Jaws’ Lloyd, Paul Eales, organiser Mike Kemplay, Ian McCulloch, Nigel Bond

Image - Morecambe 2011

NATURALLY golf took centre stage, but snooker, darts and football joined in as a local charity support group staged their fourth annual fundraising Celebrity-Am day Morecambe Golf Club.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer officials, now into their 11th successful year of fundraising for the Preston based foundation, were delighted with their biggest Morecambe event yet.

Snooker aces Ian McCulloch, Mike Holt and former number one Nigel Bond demonstrated their potting skills, whilst ex world champion darts player Colin ‘Jaws’ Lloyd underlined his prowess on the dartboard. Later, Holt, Bond and Lloyd led teams in the golf tournament. Preston-based McCulloch was guest of honour at the dinner and donated specialist auction items which helped raise hundreds of pounds for the cause.

He said: “I came last year and we had a great day, but this has been bigger and better. The charity does such important work, it’s great fun getting involved and I’m delighted to be able to help out.”

PPGA professional Daniel Skelcher thrilled guests with an amazing golf trick show prior to the competition. He combined over fifty trick shots with friendly banter and audience participation. Former European Tour golfer Paul Eales, a patron of RGAC, also staged his innovative ‘Instinctive Skills’ golf clinic.

A record 19 teams boasted guests from the world of football, entertainment and professional golf. They included ex- Manchester United stars Alex Stepney and David Sadler, Mark Patterson (Bolton Wanderers), ex football manager Gordon Lee, comedians Terry Cotta, Jed Stone and Gary Marshall, along with singing duo Andrea and Tony Robinson (Tabu) and Preston’s Stephen Bayliss

The golf day was followed by a presentation dinner and cabaret. RGAC patron Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, hosted proceedings which included a raffle and charity auction, whilst Liverpool stand-up Jed Stone led the cabaret.

Event host Mike Kemplay, on behalf of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “It’s been a brilliant event again, we are delighted with the money raised for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Morecambe is a fantastic venue and, once again, the weather was perfect. I’m grateful to everyone who contributed.”


Severiano Ballesteros

Image - Pleasington 2011

It was a very sad day for golf with the news of the death of Seve Ballesteros after a long battle with cancer. Like many millions of golfers and golf fans I grew up watching the daring deeds of he swashbuckling Spanish genius on TV.

I was fortunate and privileged to play with Seve on many occasions on the European Tour. The aura and charisma he had is hard to describe, needless to say no other golfer came close. Every player would stop and watch Seve on the driving range and marvel at the imagination and skills he showed whilst just playing and hitting shots.

He was also very generous with his time always willing to help other players with their games, passing on tips and advice. I remember the first time I played with Seve I felt so nervous, like a schoolboy going to see the headmaster on his first day at school. He stood on the 1st tee swishing his driver dominating his world, the golf course. I don’t think I ever relaxed during that round but Seve was charming and so considerate helping me out as the crowds rushed to get into position to watch him, forgetting I still had shots to play.

On Seve’s passing Jack Nicklaus said: “Golf has lost a great champion and a great friend. We have also lost a great entertainer and ambassador for our sport. It was his creativity, his imagination and his desire to compete that made him so popular not only in Europe but throughout American galleries too.”

Tiger Woods said of Seve: “Seve was one of the most talented and exciting golfers to ever play the game. His creativity and inventiveness on the golf course may never be surpassed.”

Seve’s passion transcended golf and was appreciated around the world in other sports.

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic committee said: “Seve was a man of incredible skill, charisma and courage as a sportsman, and the dignified way that he fought against the disease was characteristic of the man and was an inspiration to us all. He was a ‘once in a generation athlete’ in his sport and his influence on the game will live long after him.”

Of course we all remember Seve leading European teams in the Ryder Cup matches as well as the iconic celebration on the 18th green at St Andrews in 1984 after holing a birdie putt to win his second Open Championship. He was 16 years old when he turned professional and aged just 19 when he won the first of his 50 European Tour titles.

European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady said: “We have all been blessed to live in his era. He was the inspiration behind The European Tour.”

Severiano Ballesteros RIP

(Paul Eales, patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer)


Blue is the colour

Pics: (L to R) Norman Prince, Keith McIntosh, David Moyes, Paul Eales at the start of the competition

Image - Pleasington 2011

WITH current manager David Moyes as special guest and former star Duncan Mackenzie the main speaker, the ninth Rosemere Celebrity –Am golf day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club had a definite ‘Everton’ flavour this year.

The popular event, organised by Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer to raise much-needed funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, based at Royal Preston Hospital attracted a record 25 teams.

Along with Moyes and Mackenzie, ex football stars including David Sadler, Kevin Gallagher, Alex Stepney, David Lee and Arthur Albiston joined entertainers and teams of local golfers for a successful tournament, followed by a presentation dinner with entertainment.

RGAC patron and former European Tour golf professional Paul Eales staged his innovative ‘instinctive golf’ clinic in the morning. Later, fellow patron and comedian Norman Prince hosted the dinner where thousands of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle.

Duncan Mackenzie entertained the packed clubhouse with stories from his football past, including tales of jumping over Mini cars for bets prior to games and an impressive impersonation of Brian Clough, his former manager at Leeds and Nottingham Forest.

He said: “I love doing events like these. We have a lot of laughs but never lose sight of the important cause behind them. We have all turned out to raise money and it’s been a great success.”

Leyland golfer Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: “Since 2001, we have been raising money for the cause. This has been our biggest event so far Leyland Golf Club, it’s a fantastic venue. Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and in September we have a new event at Fairhaven. As we become better known, we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!”

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.


When Slippery met Wobbly

Pic: What’s the Question? (L to R) Paul ‘Slippery’ Eales, Norman Prince and Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey

Image - Pleasington 2011

AN INNOVATIVE evening with ‘Slippery’ and ‘Wobbly’ captivated a packed audience at Pleasington Golf Club – and raised lots of money for a local cancer charity along the way.

Former European Tour professional Paul ‘Slippery’ Eales and leading caddy Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey were interviewed by entertainer Norman Prince. The trio are all patrons of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (RGAC), now in its 11th year of raising vital funds for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Morbey, who currently caddies for Ross Fisher, was recently in action at the US Masters. He returned home to base at New Longton, near Preston, and was delighted to offer his services.

He said: “I was invited to join ‘Rosemere Golfers’ as a patron last November and, with being away so much, this was my first chance to get involved. Supporting cancer charities is very important to me for family reasons. We have had a great time at Pleasington.”

After dinner, ‘Slippery’ and ‘Wobbly,’ so-called because of his distinctive walk, gave fascinating personal insights into the professional golf circuit. Norman Prince then expertly guided them through probing questions submitted by the audience. And following his own inimitable stand-up comedy routine, the former frontman of the Houghton Weavers hosted a charity auction and raffle.

Organiser Brian Joyce, a member at Pleasington Golf Club and vice president of RGAC, was delighted with the event.

He said: “It’s been a sell-out with a waiting list since it was first planned last year. Everything about the event was successful and enjoyable, but most important of all, we’ve raised thousands of pounds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. I’m extremely grateful to Paul, Phil and Norman and all those who have supported us.”

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer recently celebrated 10 years of successful fundraising through events such as this. Later this year they will stage ‘Celeb-Am’ Golf days with charity dinners at Leyland, Morecambe and Fairhaven Golf Clubs.


Golfers tee off for charity

Pic: L to R John Allott, Captain of RGAC, Gary McAllister, Jim Walker, Mike Kempla, Vice President of RGAC, Ian McDonnell

Image - Stonyhurst 2011

A LEADING local golf charity began their 11th year of fundraising with a successful ‘opener’ at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (RGAC), who were set up in 2001 to support the Preston-base Rosemere Cancer Foundation, staged their second annual three-ball competition at the picturesque Stonyhurst course.

Nine teams took part in the competition, which was followed by afternoon tea and presentation at the Bayley Arms in nearby Hurst Green. Norman Prince, former frontman of the Houghton Weavers and a patron of the group led the ceremonies which included a raffle and auction.

Organiser Mike Kemplay, Vice President of RGAC, said:”It’s a wonderful venue, we have had lots of support us and it’s been a great day out. We are grateful to the committee at Stonyhurst Park and to the Bayley Arms for hosting this event. I am delighted that we have raised substantial funds for this worthy cause. We will be back next year.”

Winners on the day were the Andy Capps, a local team led by captain Ian McDonnell.

He said: “Two of us used to be on the Handicap committee here, hence the team name. Yes, we have local knowledge of this challenging course, but we never expected to win!”

Along with entertainer Norman Prince, Rosemere Golfers against Cancer boasts European Tour professional Paul Eales and leading caddy Phil ‘Wobbly’ Morbey, recently seen caddying for Ross Fisher in the US Masters, amongst its patrons. The group organises several fundraising events golf days each year. In December 2010 they presented a cheque for £10,000 to the Foundation.


Charity golfers get ‘live aid’

Pic: L to R front: Anne Sweeney, Rosemere Cancer Foundation Community Fundraising Officer, John Allott, RGAC Captain, Tony Robinson, RGAC Web Manager; Rear: Keith Bradshaw, RGAC PR Officer, Keith McIntosh, RGAC Chairman, Norman Prince, RGAC Patron

Image - Website launch

Charity golfers get ‘live aid’ A GROUP of local sporting fundraisers have celebrated their tenth anniversary by going ‘live’ on the internet.

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer were founded in 2001 when Leyland golf enthusiast Keith McIntosh determined to combine his love for the game with raising vital funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Ten years on, Keith and the committee have cranked up their efforts by launching a website – www.rosemeregolfersagainstcancer.org.uk

He explained: “It’s a great way to mark our decade of supporting Rosemere. As we increase our efforts with a wider range of events, this will complement the activities. Ten years ago, I couldn’t have dreamed of what we have achieved so far.”

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer organise annual golf days, with regular support from local celebrities, entertainers and sportspeople. The group’s hard-working patrons include European Tour professional golfer Paul Eales and former BBC presenter and ex-frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, Norman Prince

Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which is based in Preston, has several support groups which regularly contribute to the cause. The golfers, though, are the first to have their own dedicated website to assist their activities.

Anne Sweeney, Rosemere Community Fundraising Officer, said: “The website looks great! It enables everyone to see who they are, what they are planning and why. Most importantly it is very user friendly, being so easy to navigate! Rosemere are delighted that the Golfers have taken this on and hope that it will encourage some of our other supporters to follow suit.”

Chorley-based Tony Robinson, a regular supporter of RGAC and a professional entertainer himself, has built the site and is responsible for its ongoing maintenance. He recently gathered committee members for an official launch ceremony at Leyland Golf Club.

Tony said; “It’s a labour of love for me, I enjoy the work and I enjoy being part of this group. We have a lot of fun but the key factor is raising much-needed money for this worthwhile cause, let’s hope the site will help us do more.”


New Events for 2011

We are already planning new events for 2011, the first of which will be 'An Audience with 'Slippery' Eales and 'Wobbly' Morbey, hosted by Norman Prince. It's great that Phil has joined the team; hopefully everyone will be winner with his input.


Carry On Caddy

Pic: Three wise men: L to R Norman Prince, Phil 'Wobbly' Morbey and Paul Eales of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer

Photo - Phil 'Wobbly'Morbey and Paul Eales

A CADDY with a global reputation is giving a 'lift' to a group of enthusiastic local golfers who raise money for the region's leading cancer charity.

Phil 'Wobbly' Morbey, recently seen carrying for Ross Fisher in Europe's successful Ryder Cup 2010 triumph at Celtic Manor, has agreed to become a patron of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer (RGAC).

RGAC, now in its tenth year of fundraising for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation, welcomed 'Wobbly, who lives in New Longton, before the group's recent AGM.

Morbey has been a professional caddy for 30 years and has vast experience of the sport at the highest level. Originally from Yorkshire, he worked with Ian Woosnam for 14 successful years, amassing 35 triumphs including the memorable Us Masters victory in 1991. He allegedly gets his nickname from the way he walks.

He said: "I am delighted to join the group. Golf is my life and supporting cancer treatment is a cause that is dear to my heart, it's great to be able to combine the sport with this worthwhile cause."

RGAC also includes European Tour professional Paul Eales as a patron, along with former BBC presenter and ex-frontman of the Houghton Weavers, Norman Prince, as patrons.

Paul Eales commented: "I've known 'Wobbly' for years, he's well respected throughout the sport. Naturally, he spends a lot of time away but we're all looking forward to working with him at future events."


Leyland Go Lanky

Pic: T(L to R) Norman Prince, Keith Bradshaw, Paul Johnston

Photo - Norman Prince, Keith Bradshaw, Paul Johnston

LEYLAND 'went Lanky' in October and Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer turned out in force to lend their support, vocally and financially, to the cause.

Group Patron Norman Prince, well-known ex-frontman of the Houghton Weavers, and his pal Paul Johnston, former member of leading folk group The Fivepenny Piece presented a 'Lancashire Evening of Music and Comedy' at a packed Civic Centre.

Local businesses rallied to offer items and prizes for a charity auction and raffle, hosted by the inimitable Norman Prince. Overall, the evening raised in excess of £2000 for the Preston-based Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Delighted organiser Keith Bradshaw, owner of sponsors Leyland Leader and PR Officer for RGAC, said: "We have had a great evening, the entertainment was brilliant and we have raised a fantastic sum of money for such an important cause. Rosemere makes such a difference to patients' experience of cancer treatment. They do a great job and they need our help and vice versa - unfortunately."

Along with the folk-comedy, music and hilarious reflections on Lancashire life, there was a traditional hot-pot supper to complete the Lancashire cultural experience.

Anne Sweeney, Community Fundraiser for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, attended the evening. She said: "I was delighted with the turn-out, the atmosphere, the generosity and everything about the evening, it couldn't have gone better. We're extremely grateful to everyone who contributed in any way."

Norman Prince added: "We do lots of work for charities, it's great to be able to help in this way. Hopefully we all have a good time but we never lose sight of the serious cause we are supporting."


Charity Winners

Pic: Celebrities and officials line up after the Rosemre Golfers against Cancer event at Oak Royal Golf Club

Photo - Supporters gather for the picture

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer staged their inaugural fundraising Celebrity -Am day with a difference at Oak Royal Golf and Country Club, Withnell, near Chorley.

European Tour golfer Paul Eales, en route to South Wales for media duties at the Ryder Cup, set an Instinctive Golf Skills Challenge before the day got underway. Following a nine-hole 'shotgun' style competition, and dinner, entertainer Norman Prince, ex-frontman of the Hoghton Weavers hosted the presentation, a charity auction and raffle.



Pic Right: An interview and question and answer session with Paul Eales and Norman Prince.

Photo - Supporters gather for the picture

The teams were then treated to an insiders' view of the professional golf circuit during an interview and question and answer session with Paul Eales and Norman Prince rounded off proceedings with stand-up comedy.

Eales and Prince are enthusiastic patrons of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer and regularly turn out at events to support the Preston-based charity.

Paul Eales said: "This is such an important cause, we are always delighted to lend our services to these events. Apart from the significant fundraising, they are always great fun!".

Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer already hold annual Celebrity-Am Golf days at Leyland and Morecambe Golf Clubs.

Organiser Keith McIntosh said: ""Since 2001, the golf charity has been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. It's been a very successful event here at Oak Royal, everyone has enjoyed the format. We are looking to build on this when we return next year.

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, funding cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.


Putting on the style

Pic: T(L to R) Organiser Mike Kemplay, Ian McCulloch, Keith McIntosh, Chairman of Rosemere Golfers against Cancer

Photo - Organiser Mike Kemplay, Ian McCulloch, Keith McIntosh,

THE worlds of professional snooker and golf combined as Rosemere Golfers against Cancer staged their third annual fundraising Celebrity -Am day and dinner at Morecambe Golf Club.

Preston snooker ace Ian McCulloch was guest of honour at the dinner and prize presentation, having spent the afternoon raising valuable funds for the charity with a series of challenges and demonstrations.

Ian, who also donated specialist auction items, said: "The charity does such important work, it's great fun getting involved and I'm delighted to be able to help out.

PGA professional Daniel Skelcher thrilled guests with an amazing golf trick show prior to the competition. He combined over fifty trick shots with friendly banter and audience participation.

From the world of football, ex- Manchester United stars Alex Stepney and Arthur Albiston joined David Johnson (Liverpool and Everton), David Lee, Peter Nicholson and Mark Patterson Bolton Wanderers), football manager Gordon Lee and 'the Smiling Assassin,' former League referee Paul Harrison, in leading teams.

The golf day was followed by a presentation dinner and cabaret. RGAC patron entertainer Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, hosted proceedings which included a raffle and charity auction, whilst quirky Irish Comedian Dusty Young led the cabaret.

Event host Mike Kemplay, on behalf of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: "Since 2001, the golf charity has been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Morecambe is a fantastic venue, the weather was perfect and once again, we have had a successful event. I'm particularly grateful to Kevin Hunt of Lawrence Hunt & co (Spar), the leading sponsor."

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, working with Rosemere Cancer Foundation which funds cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.


Leyland Golf Day

Pic: Competitors gather to have their picture taken prior to teeing off

Photo - Supporters gathering for photo shoot

ROSEMERE Golfers Against Cancer staged their eighth annual and biggest ever fundraising Celebrity -Am day and dinner at Leyland Golf Club.

Ex football stars Kevin Gallagher, Denis Irwin, Alex Stepney and Arthur Albiston joined entertainers, including Con Clusky of the Bachelors, and teams of local golfers for a successful tournament, followed by a presentation dinner with cabaret.

Leyland Golf Club professional Colin Burgess held a short game coaching session in the morning. RGAC patron entertainer Norman Prince, former frontman of the Hoghton Weavers, hosted the dinner where thousands of pounds were raised through a charity auction and raffle. Bolton comedian Terry Cotta provided the entertainment.

Leyland golfer Keith McIntosh, founder of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer, said: "Since 2001, we have been raising money for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Once again, we have had a really successful event at Leyland Golf Club, it's a fantastic venue.

"Next month, we move on to Morecambe Golf Club and later this year we have a new event at Oak Royal, Withnell. As we become better known, we want to get all our local golf clubs involved in the cause!" Norman Prince added: "This is such an important cause, we are always delighted to lend our services to these events. Apart from the significant fundraising, they are always great fun!"

The Rosemere Cancer Foundation is based in the Radiotherapy Department at the Royal Preston Hospital. RGAC is the official golf fundraising group, working with Rosemere Cancer Foundation which funds cancer care throughout Lancashire and Cumbria.


All in a good cause

Pic: Three of a kind L to R Norman Prince, Keith McIntosh and Paul Eales of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer

Photo - Norman Prince, Keith McIntosh        and Paul Eales

A LEADING local sports charity is to stage its first ever event in East Lancashire.

Local golfers are being asked to turn out in force and support Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer as they present The Stonyhurst Park Inaugural Golf Day 2010 on Friday April 23.

Situated in the heart of the Bowland Forest near Hurst Green, Stonyhurst Park Golf Club is recognised as one of the most beautiful and challenging in the region.

The golf charity RGAC was set up in 2001by Leyland golfer Keith McIntosh in order to combine his sporting interests with supporting the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, based at Preston Royal Infirmary. The group boasts European Tour professional Paul Eales and entertainer Norman Prince as patrons and organises several successful fund-raising golf days each year.

Keith McIntosh explained; "We are delighted to have the opportunity to put on a tournament at Stonyhurst Park. It's a wonderful venue, we hope that lots of teams will join us, lots of money will be raised for the cause and that it will become an annual fixture."

Entries are invited for teams of three with a fee of £90, including a light lunch and presentation with afternoon tea at The Bayley's Arms, Hurst Green. Hosts for the day are Leon and Linda Ashworth and are taking team bookings on 01772 651701.

Keith added: "One of the main aims of Rosemere Golfers Against Cancer is to promote the Rosemere Cancer Foundation to officials at golf clubs around Lancashire. We hope to encourage them, along with local companies and corporate golf organisers to adopt Rosemere as one of their charities. We are looking forward to a successful day at Stonyhurst Park."