There are many famous sports people who come from Lancashire and most of them come from either rugby football or cricket which are the biggest sports in the county. There are however, other notable sports star that have featured in other sports and have come from the county.
In Lancashire there are three golf courses that have hosted The Open. The Royal Liverpool, The Royal Birkdale, and Royal Lytham and St Annes, have each been an important of the history of golf in this country. In fact the Open has visited the county three time in the last seven years.
With such great golf courses in the region it is natural that the country should have produced some great golfers. Currently Tommy Fleetwood is the 2017 winner of the Race to Dubai Championship which won him nearly a million pounds after the final tournament in November.
The 26 year old was born in Southport and he is currently ranked the 18th best player in the world according to the PGA. He grew up playing his golf at Formby Hall Golf Club and 2017 has been his best ever season winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the HNA Open de France, as well as the Race to Dubai title.
Another golfer who made their mark was Liverpool’s Nick Dougherty. Born in Bootle in 1982 Dougherty had a stellar amateur career winning the 1999 World Boys Championship. Learning his golf at the Shaw Hill Golf Club near Chorley he was playing for the Lancashire senior team from the age of 14.
He achieved three wins as a professional, with the highlight being the 2009 victory at the BMW International Open in Germany. He retired relatively early and he now works in the media for Sky Sports Golf as a commentator and analyst.
Fran Halsall retired from international swimming at the start of 2017 having competed for more than 10 years. In that time she had swam in three Olympic Games and five World Championships.
Born in Southport she first started swimming for the Ormskirk Otters, attending St Mary’s College in Crosby. She currently holds national records in 9 separate events, with her specialty being in the sprint events.
Her best year came in 2010 when she won 5 medals at the European Championships in Budapest. However 5 of her national records came in 2009 and it was a major disappointment that she never her achieved her dream of winning an Olympic medal in an otherwise stunning career.
Laura Massaro is a professional squash player from Chorley. She is the only player to have held the British Open and the World Championship at the same time, which she did in 2014. She has 3 times won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and she is currently ranked second in the world.
Her CV is impressive with her title wins including the Kuala Lumpur Open (2013), the US Open (2011, 2015), the Qatar Classic (2015) and the British Open (2013, 2017). She plays her club squash for David Lloyd, Chorley in the North West Squad League.
Tracey Neville is the current manager of England Roses who are the national netball team and she was appointed in 2015 having previously coached the Manchester Thunder in the Netball Super League.
Emanating from the sporting Neville family, she was capped 81 times between 1993 and 2008 for England during her playing career. She represented the national side at both the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Lancashire has been the home to many top sports men and women.