Golf: Leicestershire squads are gearing up for the season ahead
More than 30 golfers from clubs across the county took part in a squad session at Beedles Lake with coach Ian Bailey.
County captain Stuart Marriott hosted the day for golfers from the Leicestershire men's first and second teams, and from the boys' under-18 and under-16 squads.
County second team captain Jim Longstaff, under-18s manager David Gibson and under-16s manager Tony Harper were also there.
There was a nine-hole competition with a modified scoring system, devised by Bailey, with players encouraged to think backwards from the flag to the tee, identify areas to hit to, play strategically and give themselves easy opportunities to make pars and birdies.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
This was won by Willesley Park's Paul Dixon with his haul of 29 points, well clear of Birstall's Luke Burrows who, on 24, was three in front of Cosby teenager Coby Cartwright. Steve Sansome (Birstall) was fourth on 20.
Marriott said: "I was very pleased to see so many players attend as it showed great commitment at this time of the year.
"It was good to get so many playing so early in the season, especially as we have a full programme of pre-season games.
"Jim Longstaff and I have tough decisions to make with our team selections.
"There are more than 60 players in contention for first and second-team places, so this was a good session to get people involved early on."
After the nine-hole competition, those taking part continued to play another seven holes against a golfer from each group in a 'getting-to-know-you' session.
Bailey explained that his scoring format is designed to be both "fun and serious", and helps to identify players' technical, visual and psychological strengths and weaknesses.
He added: "It rewards a golfer who keeps the ball in a scoring position at all times, with points being awarded for accurate play and smart thinking."
Inter-county fixtures are due to get under way next month.