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Ready for the final

AARON Duxbury is hoping he and caddy Jason Ashworth will prove to be a winning combination again.

AARON Duxbury is hoping he and caddy Jason Ashworth will prove to be a winning combination again.

The Accrington Golf Club junior captain is taking part in the Observer Shield final this Sunday when he will be up against Rishton's Paul Murphy at Green Haworth.

Jason will be helping Aaron round the course - and will aim to return the compliment after Aaron caddied for him last week and helped him to club knockout success.

"It could a lucky omen," said 18-year-old Aaron. "But I am just looking forward to it now. I am used to the Green Haworth course as we have played a lot of junior matches there. I wouldn't say it was my favourite - but it should be okay!"

His opponent Paul Murphy has made the semi-finals before but never been in the final despite 14 years of trying.

"It was tough in the semis against Paul Swann as I was three up with four to play, lost the next three but fortunately held my nerve on the 18th," said Paul.

"I am just delighted to be through. It is a prestigious tournament and a great achievement for me."

Paul's caddy will be Chris Woolfenden although he won't have too many supporters there as it is Rishton's Captain's Day.

Aaron, meanwhile, is hoping his mates will cheer him to success - especially his caddy Jason.

"I'm looking forward to helping him win," admitted 18-year-old Jason, who won Accrington Golf Club's Knockout for the second time. The competition began in winter and Jason beat Walter Ollett in the final last week 2 & 1.

  • TREVOR Foster was made a life member of Accrington Golf Club after chalking up his 100th appearance for Lancashire at the weekend.

Unfortunately Lancashire lost against Yorkshire at Pleasington but Trevor wouldn't let it spoil his day. "I was absolutely shell-shocked when they made me a life-member. It is such an honour."

His wife also bought him a personalised number-plate "FOS 100C."


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