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Lancs suits Andy to a tee

By David Birtill

ANDY Duncan has every right to feel proud after taking the PGA in Lancashire to new heights during two years at the helm, supervising an impressive 34 events last season, which attracted 950 professionals.

“It was a truly amazing period of growth,” he said. “We had superb support from players and sponsors and a prize fund of approximately £45,000. I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who supported us.”

And, Duncan is confident he will match or even exceed that target this campaign.

“I’ve also had a lot of support from professionals and their clubs to host a players’ tour from April to October and I’m sure we’ll generate a lot of interest,” he said.

“Much of our success is down to communication and expanding social media. I regard our events as a stepping-stone for young up-and-coming players who move on to the bigger regional competitions and beyond if they’re good enough.

“I want to continue to build strong local events which mean no overnight stays and extra costs. The average field is around about the 40 mark which ensures the day is successful.”

But Duncan is hoping for bigger turnouts this year, which would increase the prize money.

“With professionals such as David Shacklady, Barry Taylor and Steve Parry competing they obviously have a bit of an advantage so it’s important that we spread the winnings to players further down the field,” he added.

PGA North secretary Graham Maly said: “We are encouraging grass root golf and Andy is doing a great job in that respect, especially getting young assistants to play. After all, they are the future of the game.”

Pictured is Andy Duncan.