The Leeds Cup Winner 2018

Jason joy after Leeds Cup triumph

OVERNIGHT leader Jason Shufflebotham claimed the iconic Leeds Cup when he overcame Shipley’s Calum Hey after a play-off at Cobble Hall.
The Denbighshire man, round in 65 and 67, was clearly delighted to lay his hands on professional golf’s oldest trophy.
“It’s the biggest win of my career,” he said after shrugging off the challenge from the chasing pack in normal time, edging to victory against Hey by settling the issue at the second extra hole.
Shufflebotham, 29, a former Welsh amateur champion whose home club is Prestatyn, reflected: “I was two-under through five holes but dropped a shot after three-putting the seventh before picking up a two putt birdie on the long 14th.”
He was well prepared for the Leeds Cup showdown. “I spent some time working on my short game with Oliver Whiteley at Bramall Park which helped a lot because he made it look simpler. I’ve also practised a lot with Richard Edwards at Oswestry for the last year.”
But Shufflebotham admitted he had been struggling so much with his driver that he left it out of the bag.
“I just used two irons and a three wood which kept me out of trouble.”
And after earlier promising himself not to become aggressive, he reached the play-off hole in two as Hey bogeyed.



LEADING SCORES: 132 Calum Hey (Shipley) 66 66, Jason Shufflebotham (Denbigh) 65 67; 133 James Murray (Scarcroft) 68 65, Alex Belt (Snainton Golf Centre) 66 67, Benjamin Thompson (Hazel Grove) 66 67; 134 Michael Ramsden (Renishaw Park) 69 65, Tim Ford (Liverpool Driving Range) 69 65, David Smith (Swinton Park) 66 68; 135 Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) 70 65, David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 66 69, Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 66 69, Oliver Whiteley (Bramall Park) 66 69.


The Trophy was presented to the Winner by Mr Neil Evans, Director of Resources and Housing for Leeds City Council in recognition of the clubs long association with the City of Leeds.

The Leeds Cup Winner 2017

May 17, 2017

Leeds Cup joy for Ramsden

MICHAEL Ramsden came up on the rails with four birdies in the last eight holes to leapfrog the field en route to winning the Leeds Cup at Cobble Hall.
The 41-year-old Renishaw Park professional attributed part of his success to former winners, fellow Yorkshireman John Wells, from Snainton Golf Centre, and Carden Park’s Garry Houston.
“It was a tough day and I had a tough start,” he revealed after posting scores of 67 and 65 for a six-under-par total. “But linking up with two great players was a big help and I just pushed through on the back nine. It made up for the disappointment of losing in a play-off in the James Brearley Open in Blackpool last year.
“It’s been my goal in PGA North to get a trophy under my belt,” admitted Ramsden as he cradled the iconic Leeds Cup, professional golf’s oldest trophy dating from 1902.
Ramsden, who by an extraordinary coincidence shared a similar name as the sponsors Ramsdens Currency who came on board this year, is a club pro through and through which means his playing schedule is limited.
He counts as his friends Lee Westwood, from his home town Worksop, and Mark Foster and considers himself fortunate to know 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett with whom he spent four years when he was a youngster.
“I still keep in touch with Lee. I watched him a lot and I realised I’d never be as good as him so I chose a different path. It turned out to be the right one,” he added.
Houston, meanwhile, finished runner-up two shots off the pace.


LEADING SCORES: 132 Michael Ramsden (Renishaw Park) 67 65; 134 Garry Houston (Carden Park) 65 69; 136 Robert Booth (Crosland Heath) 68 68, Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) 67 69, Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 67 69; 137 Phillip Kelly (unatt) 70 67, Steve Parry (NWGA Hart Common) 69 68, John Wells (Snainton Golf Centre) 67 70; 138 Jason Dransfield (Heswall) 72 66, James French (Owston Hall) 68 70; 139 Phil Archer (Birchwood) 71 68, Vincent Guest (Tees-Side) 70 69, Martyn Hamer (Davyhulme Park) 67 72; 140 Andrew Palmer (Chorley) 71 69 Philip Darlison (Roundhay) 70, 70, Gareth Murray (Mid Yorks) 70 70, David Smith (Swinton Park) 69 71.
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