James lifts cup for Parley

James White from Parley Golf Centre who was Player of the Season in the Little gems League

James White from Parley Golf Centre who was Player of the Season in the Little gems League

Parley Golf Centre’s James White won the Player of the Season award in the Little Gems League – meaning it’s the fourth year in a row the club has held the trophy.

The US-born golfer played nine games over the summer, winning seven, halving one and losing one.

For the previous two years Parley’s Bob Lloyd won the player of the season title and before that the club’s Gary Banks lifted the cup.

The league was launched 11 years ago and six clubs compete for the team title, which this year was won by Flight Refuelling with Parley runners-up.

Parley Golf Centre, which is undergoing a £250,000 investment programme to make it the finest practice facility in the region, is accessed opposite Bournemouth Airport.

James, who has lived in the UK for 20 years, said: “It’s a fun league to play in and Parley is a great club to belong to.

“I only lost one game during the season and I was delighted to pick up the trophy that we’ve had for four years in a row.

“The work at the centre is really coming on and the new course is shaping up nicely and will be longer, so more of a test.

“Parley is a really friendly club and next year we hope to go one better and win the team title.”

Daryl Dampney, manager of Parley Golf Centre, said: “We were founder members of the league and the team really enjoy playing in it.

“We aim to officially launch the new course and facilities next year, but the existing course is playable until then.

“We have a very exciting future ahead and with a growing ladies’ section as well as more junior members we’re bucking the national trend.”

Earlier this year Parley introduced a pair of robots on its driving range – one to mow the grass and the other to collect the balls.



Notes to editors:

Parley Golf Centre in Dorset is set within a beautiful 800 acre farming estate next to the River Stour close to Bournemouth Airport.

It is home to the 17th century Parley Manor and to Parley Equestrian Centre. Wildlife includes roe deer, badgers, foxes and a pair of rare Grey Partridges. And you are likely to see a family of alpacas roaming around too!

Parley Golf Centre opened in 1991 as a six-hole course, but quickly expanded to nine holes and a 27-bay, floodlit driving range was added.

Currently the site is being transformed into a centre of excellence (which does not affect the course). When completed it will be twice its current size.

The nine-hole course is being rebuilt with carefully configured tees allowing for a round of 18 with a total distance of 5,111 yards.

Indoors will be further putting facilities as well as other innovations to accompany the popular café/bar.

There will be a private room with a driving bay that will include seating and will be available for hire and for business meetings.

Head greenkeeper Ian Noble is assisted by Mark Gregory and John Morey.

Resident professionals include Chris Brook, Marcus Urbye, and Peter Thompson.

For more information contact Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965