LiveBolton Golf Championship semi-finals

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  • Bolton Golf Championships semi-finals.
  • Gareth Hastie (Bolton) beats Matt Buckley (Old Links) 2&1.
  • Mark Millhouse (Bolton) v Liam Ball (Turton)
  • Hastie going for his fifth title and reaches third straight final.


Hope you enjoyed the live updates from the 2014 Bolton Golf Championship. I'll be doing it all over again tomorrow night at the final. Please join me.


The Bolton News:

Liam Ball will be going for his second title.


The Bolton News:

Gareth Hastie will be going for his fifth title (have I mentioned that?!)


So here's the two guys in the final tomorrow at Chorley Golf Club at 4.40pm...


Congratulations to Ball. What a win! What a game! Ball was three shots behind after nine holes then two ahead five holes later. Then level after 18. Then it took them four extra sudden-death holes to separate them. And one bad drive into the trees did it. That's sport.


Ball beat Millhouse on the fourth extra hole. Millhouse drove into the trees and could not recover. It took him six shots and he conceded. So unlucky for him as he looks for his first final appearance.


Liam Ball is in the final.


Just had word that Millhouse is in big big trouble at the fourth extra hole. He's driven into the trees and Ball is on the fairway. Looks like Ball's going to win it, but don't put your mortgage on it with these two!


They can't be separated. Ball and Millhouse have had three extra holes.


Top of the all-time winners' list is Jack Taylor. He's a real legend of Bolton sport, let alone Bolton golf. He won it 10 times you know. It's all free this history lesson by the way.


Howard Broadbent has also won the Bolton Golf Championship title five times. He stands alone in second place in the all-time list of winners.


If Ball wins his semi he'll be going for his second title. Millhouse hasn't won it before. Neither have I for that matter but I can't play golf to save my life.


Have I said Gareth Hastie will be going for a fifth title tomorrow night? "Yes", you scream, "about twenny times".


Ball and Millhouse still battling it out at the extra holes. They'll have it dark!


Millhouse wins the 17th to make it all square with a birdie four. They halve the 18th so it's sudden death at the extra holes. What a game.


Drama at the 16th! Millhouse just misses a putt. I'm told it "lipped out" - I'm not exactly sure what that means but I believe it could hardly have been closer to going in. As it happens they both par the 16th. Ball still 1 up with two to play. I can hardly stand the tension.


Who's going to meet Gareth Hastie in the final? Ball and Millhouse are having a right old battle and I wouldn't put money on either losing.


But Millhouse is not finished yet. He ends Ball's run of five straight hole wins by winning the 15th with a birdie. Ball 1 up after 15.


Ball birdies the 14th to go 2 up. The fifth hole in a row he has won.


And if you've enjoyed it I will be doing it all over again at tomorrow's final. And I'll actually be there this time along with Derek Jones.


Still waiting for news from the Ball/Millhouse game. In the meantime, if you want to let me know what you think of this service please tweet me at @NeilBonnarBN or email - I'd love to hear from you.



Liam Ball and Mark Millhouse currently playing the 14th hole. Ball 1 up in a gripping game.


Buckley won the 15th to reduce Hastie's lead to one hole but Hastie hit straight back to win the 16th with a birdie two and then they halved the 17th. Hastie wins 2&1 to reach his third successive final.


Gareth Hastie wins his match against Matt Buckley.


This is how Turton GC man Ball did it: Won 10th with a par 4, won 11th with a par 4, won 12th with a birdie 3, won 13th with a par 4. Ball 1 up after 13 holes.


Ball has gone from 3 down after nine holes to 1 up after 13. Our man in the field says it's the biggest turnaround he's ever seen - and he's seen plenty!


Incredible turnaround in the Millhouse/Ball game! News straight up.


Out there in the field our intrepid golf correspondent Derek Jones reports Hastie birdied the 10th to go 1 up and after he and Matt Buckley levelled on the 11th and 12th Hastie eagled the 13th. Hastie 2 up after 13 holes.


Hastie turns it on! After being level after nine holes the reigning champion is 2 up after 13.


They halved the sixth, parred the seventh and ninth and birdied the eighth. Millhouse 3 up after nine holes.


Millhouse and Ball giving as good as they get on the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth holes to leave Millhouse 3 up at the turn (I believe that's the term for the ninth hole)


I am indebted to Javaid Sabrine ‏@JavaidSabrine for telling me I was wrong to say only Gareth Hastie had won the title before. Liam Ball won it in 2010.


It's a tight one out there in the first game. Buckley levelled with a brilliant tee shot at the seventh to give him a birdie two. the next two holes were levelled so it's all square after nine holes.


... game where Ball's had a couple of bad holes. The Turton man conceded the fourth and had a troublesome fifth as Millhouse goes 3 up.


Developments in the Ball/Millhouse g


Derek reports that Hastie has gone ahead after winning the sixth. Hastie 1up after six holes.


If you're enjoying this, it's all thanks to Derek Jones out in the field 


As I was saying before my finger rudely hit the 'send'' button, Buckley conceded the fourth to bring the scores level. 


Back over to Hastie 


Millhouse and Ball levelled the second and third holes. Millhouse 1 up.


That age-old dilemma: do you use words or numbers for scores in golf i.e. One up or 1 up? I'm switching to numbers. Decisions, decisions?


Hastily back to Hastie (get it?), he and Buckley halved the third. Buckley one up.


Millhouse birdied the first to go one up.


Playing behind Hastie and Buckley, Mark Millhouse has started well 


Matt Buckley won the second hole to go one up against Gareth Hastie.


If anyone's actually reading this why don't you tweet me. Even better tweet me a picture from the games. I'm getting into this live update mullarkey.


All these wonderful pictures are brought to you courtesy of Derek Jones who does all the work around here on our golf coverage. Well done and thanks Derek.


The Bolton News:

And here's is said Liam Ball, a member of Turton Golf Club


The Bolton News:

Mark Millhouse is a player from Bolton Golf Club who dominated the quarter-finals with four of the last eight. He plays Liam Ball.


The Bolton News:

And here's the lucky man who gets to play the four-time champ and favourite. Matt Buckley of Old Links.


The Bolton News:

Here's the favourite, four-time champion Gareth Hastie.


What do the guys look like who are doing battle tonight, I hear to ask... Pictures coming right up.


But the guy Hastie's playing tonight, Matt Buckley, has come close, reaching the semis in the last two years and the final the year before.


Only Hastie has won the title before. Four times no less. He's very good!


Liam Ball spent a couple of years as a professional before going back to being an amateur in 2012. The Turton GC man takes on Mark Millhouse in today's semi.


Reigning champion Gareth Hastie, of Bolton Golf Club, is going for his fifth title. He takes on Matt Buckley of Old Links today.


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