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Stone the crows!

Daryl Dampney, manager of Parley Golf Centre next to Bournemouth Airport, has been searching for the crow that has been swiping golfers’ balls.

Golfers on a Dorset course whose balls kept disappearing from the fairway have identified the culprit – a crow.

The mischievous birdie has been spotted at Parley Golf Centre swiping the balls and flying off with them.

Manager Daryl Dampney went out with his binoculars and has spotted a number of the crows.

Recently the course was expanded near to a wooded area, which is where it is thought the pilferer lives.

It is believed that the thief is most likely a Carrion crow – Corvus corone in Latin – and experts say it is probably mistaking the balls for eggs.

Daryl said: “We had a number of reports of balls going missing on various locations around the course.

“Then someone spotted a crow flying off with a ball so we knew who was responsible.

“There is a great deal of wildlife on and around the course, but this is the first time something like this has happened.

“We are letting our members and those who just turn up and play know about the crow.

“There are a number of the birds that seem to live in the woods so I expect that is where all the balls are.”

Tony Whitehead, a spokesman for the RSPB, said: “This does happen occasionally.

“It is likely that a single bird is responsible and is mistaking the balls for eggs that it wants to eat. Crows will fly off with food and store it in a larder for later.

“It is most likely a carrion crow and the way to stop it happening is to use fluorescent balls for a time.”

Captain’s Day success at Parley

The Captain’s Day at Parley Golf Centre proved a huge hit – with dozens of members driving up the fairways on the new course.

After the £250,000 investment in the course and practice facilities it was the first chance for members to go head-to-head.

Tony Pomeroy – captain this year – organised the Stableford competition which was won by the team of Michelle Keogh, Simon Hentrich and Dennis Wilkinson.

Alex Glew and Belinda Queirolo both excelled on the fairways and won the longest drive competitions.

And Dave Wilson and Michelle Sharp picked up the ‘nearest the pin’ titles for 2017.

The players afterwards made use of the café-bar where the trophies were presented.

Daryl Dampney, manager of the centre, said: “It was a great day with good weather and was enormous fun.

“The new course is bedding down nicely and the members really enjoyed the competition and playing against each other.

“All the competitions are played in an excellent spirit and everybody is already looking forward to next year.

“Anyone can turn up and use the course, range and practice facilities which are already extremely popular.”

 

Pic caption: Captain’s Day winners at Parley Golf Centre (l-r) Michelle Keogh, Simon Hentrich, Dennis Wilkinson with skipper Tony Pomeroy.

 

Linwood students love their golf at Parley

Students from Linwood School in Bournemouth have been getting their swings down to a ‘T’ thanks to Parley Golf Centre.

The young people who have additional learning needs have become keen students of the game since it was introduced as a PE option.

The weekly sessions with Parley pro Andrew Pakes have already seen great improvement with the novices’ hand-eye co-ordination.

The club is soon to open its new £250,000 facilities including a new course, large practice green, short game area, bunker training element and state-of-the-art indoor coaching centre.

It is also continuing to reach out to women golfers, junior players and is actively getting schools involved.

Andrew, who also runs the golf shop at Parley, said: “The young people are very good to coach and what I have noticed is that they all encourage each other.

“It’s also good to see the improvement over a short time and it also means when they see golf on the television they can relate to it.

“Putting something back into the community is part of the Parley ethos and I hope the students will enjoy the new facilities when they open.”

Mark Dutson from Linwood School said: “Andrew is a very good instructor and golf is now one of the most popular PE option.

“It is very good at developing hand-eye co-ordination and also improves confidence.”

Linwood School is a day special school that welcomes pupils from a wide geographical area, supporting a comprehensive range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Ladies to the fore at Parley

The growing army of lady members at Parley Golf Centre has been receiving complimentary instruction about competition golf.

Club pro Marcus Urbye has been nurturing the ladies’ section of the club and membership has soared since last summer.

Now he is giving tutorials on how various golf competitions work to help encourage the ladies to take part.

The success of the female section at Parley contrasts with national figures that have shown a slight decline.

In Great Britain, female participation in golf accounts for 12 per cent – a decline from 15 per cent in 2011.

Parley’s members include complete novices as well as more experienced golfers, but they are all attracted by the facilities.

There is an on-going £250,000 investment to make the centre opposite Bournemouth airport the stand-out practice facility in the region.

It also has a simulator, great driving range with robots as well as a beautiful nine-hole course and practice area currently nearing completion.

Marcus Urbye said: “The ladies really enjoy the golf, but also the social side. The clubhouse is a great place to meet and eat for members as well as non-members.

“After our female membership rose to such high levels there was a demand for lessons in how competitions in golf actually work; the different types of scoring and so on.

“So I ran a few sessions explaining it all so hopefully our members will enjoy some competition golf.

“We also have plenty of junior members, and many other youngsters who turn up regularly to play and practice.”

Pic caption: Marcus and some of the lady players at Parley

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