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No rest for Shacklady


THERE’S never a dull moment in the busy life of David Shacklady who has just returned from Jordan after competing in a week of mixed competitions comprising the top 40 from the women’s, challenge and senior tours, writes David Birtill.

“We were all playing for the same prize-fund and there were valuable order of merit points to be won so the journey was worth it,” he explained.

But Shacklady, long-time attached to Mossock Hall Golf Club, has an even bigger date to attend when he flies to New York later in May to play in a USPGA event at Oak Hill.

“I’ve been over there before but this time I imagine it will be quite different. The top 20 get into the event and top 10 qualify for the US Senior Open. I’ve just missed out but I get exemption for the senior Open at Royal Lytham,” he said.

Shacklady doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to making decisions.

“After New York I will fly straight to the Italian Open. We have 19 dates on the schedule and I will qualify for some majors. I’ll be returning to Italy, Switzerland and France and other venues in the UK and  I will be away from home for at least 19 weeks which include trips to the Seychelles and Mauritius.”

His wife Louise accompanies him on some trips. “She’ll be going to New York and then Mauritius for a second time,” he said. “She’s also busy as a gym instructor but will come to several events at home.”

 Shacklady, 52 next month, will also be playing in the major PGA North fixtures such as the Leeds Cup and Lancashire Open.