TWO of Scarborough’s prodigal golfing sons, Gordon Manson and Daryl Kelley will certainly be making their mark on the national and international golf scene during this summer.
Manson, whose mother still lives locally, qualified in stunning fashion in Portugal last November at the European Senior Qualifying school, where he led the actual shootout by two strokes going into the final round.
The former North Cliff junior and Ganton assistant is now eligible for most of the tour events and is down to play at Slayley Hall in the Senior PGA event between today and Sunday along with such greats as Lyle, Woosnam and Torrance.
This is another landmark for Manson in a golfing career that witnessed him tee it up against all the greats of the game on the European Tour back in the early 1980s and having won the Austrian and Nigerian Opens.Manson has based himself in Austria for the past 25 years.
He has since become an Austrian national in 1995 and has made a real name for himself as the national coach and has also represented his adopted country in the prestigious World Cup of golf at Kiawah Island in 1997, where a certain Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley won the title for Ireland.
Meanwhile another North Cliff prodigy, Daryl Kelley who is the head professional at Filton, near Bristol, has truly announced his arrival in the South West with a string of top finishes including five victories last season alone on the region’s mini tour.
The former Forest Pines assistant who enjoyed professional stints in Italy and Derbyshire has now made the English Club Pro’s team to face Scotland, Ireland and Wales in a Ryder Cup type format for the Ashworth Cup over three days at the Grove Club from August 12.
Kelley may be part of a well-known local golfing family, but he has carved out his own niche by constantly working hard on his game which has resulted in consistently top finishes.
He has now achieved qualification at South Staffordshire for the 12-man team at The Grove club alongside former Ryder Cup star Peter Baker, which underlines the sort of class company Daryl is operating in.