ANYONE for tennis?
Among players that John Eyre and Chris Hanson aim to better in next week’s Sunningdale Foursomes when they head to Berkshire is retired tennis ace Tim Henman, a low handicap member at the host club.
The Woodsome Hall pair are in the lower half of the draw where on Tuesday they start in the first round on the New Course against fellow professionals Andrew Reynolds, from Royal Cinque Ports, and Andrew Hall, from Sand Martins in Berkshire, like Eyre a highly rated coach.
Henman and fellow amateur Tim Crawley are in the upper half, starting out on the Old Course.
A large mixed field contests the 76th staging of the event in which men professionals play off plus one handicap, male amateurs off scratch, women professionals off two and women amateurs off four.
Adrian Ambler (Walton GC) and Aran Wainwright (Waterton Park), dubbed the Yorkshire ‘A’ team and who have shone in the PGA National Fourball, are in the lower half of the draw along with the pro-am pairing of Marcus Armitage (Howley Hall) and Martin Brown (Pike Hills), pros Danny Denison (Howley Hall) and Grant Jackson (Garforth) and former Yorkshire Amateur champion Richard Law (Low Laithes) and James Whitaker (Moor Allerton).
In the field of teams in the upper half are Moortown amateurs Stephen East and Nigel Sweet, both winners of the Yorkshire Amateur, James Maw (Hallowes) and Aaron Hodkin (Wheatley) and Rotherham-attached professionals Neil Walker and James Mason who won the title in 2007.
Among the big names in the field is former European No1 and Ryder Cup player Ronan Rafferty