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Golf North West: Sansome looking to muscle in again.

Byline: BY ALAN EASEL

STEVE SANSOME, from Leicestershire, will be defending the title when the English Open Mid-Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy takes place at Delamere Forest Golf Club in Cheshire from August 19-21.

Sansome (Birstall) won the championship a year ago at Fairhaven when a closing round of 66 gave him a 54-hole total of 211, four strokes better than Cumbria's Nicky Bell and seven ahead of Roger Smithies from Lancashire.

Bell and Smithies are again in the field along with many of those who finished in the top ten last year. The field also includes several other former winners as well as a number of exinternationals.

Among the former champions is Robert Godley (Hillside), the winner in 1993, Charlie Banks (Stanton on the Wolds), who triumphed three times in a row from 1995, Barry Downing (Hallamshire), the 2000 winner, and Stephen Crosby (Gorleston), joint winner with Francois Illouz from France in 2002.

The former internationals include Banks as well as Roger Roper (Wike Ridge), the 2004 Scottish Mid-Amateur champion, and John Kemp (John O'Gaunt), who was capped in the 2003 Home Internationals.

Others who will tee-up at Delamere Forest include Stewart King, the secretary at West Lancashire Golf Club, Ian Barker (Burhill), who led Surrey to the English County Championship last year, and Iain McKenzie (Hallamshire), brother of touring professional Malcolm McKenzie.

The Logan Trophy is open to players over 35 years of age, is played over 54 holes with a cut after 36, the leading 45 players and ties going through to the final round. The Championship was Scotland's Paul McKechnie recorded a new low score in the first round of the Tamsel event at Leasowe with a nineunder-par 62 eclipsing a new course record of 63 set by Tim Maxwell of Mottram Hall just two hours previously.

McKechnie, leading after the first round from Maxwell, held on to win by one with an 11-under-the-card 131, warding off a fighting finish by Maxwell.

Stuart Andrew (Clitheroe) with a fifth place finish maintained his position at the top of the Order of Merit HOW TO CONTACT USRing us on 0151 472 2588 Fax us on 0151 330 5091 E-mail us at Write to us at Golfnorthwest, Daily Post Sport, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB

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Craig Corrigan with his PGA North Region trophy at Heron's Reach, Blackpool (see below; inaugurated in 1988 when Peter McEvoy was the first winner
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