Clark hoping for more of a Challenge

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DONCASTER golfer Graeme Clark is flying the flag for the town on the PGA EuroPro circuit.

Clark was lying second in the 2011 Order of Merit rankings prior to the start of this week’s Audi Cork Irish Masters.

He won the Rusty’s Travel Classic last month with a three-under-par 207 after carding rounds of 65,71, 71.

It was his first win on the tour since August 2009.

He was runner-up with a three-under-par 207 (66,68,73) in the recent Motorcaddy Masters at Bovey Castle.

Clark has won over £21,000 in prize money so far this season and has set his sights on a return to the more prestigious Challenge Tour next year.

He narrowly missed out last year after just finishing outside the top six in the EuroPro rankings.

The Doncaster golfer played on the Challenge Tour in 2008 after winning the 2007 Order of Merit.

Despite things not working out for him - he was back on the EuroPro Tour the following year, Clark has not been put off by the disappointing experience.

“I struggled a bit that year,” he recalled. “I wasn’t organised enough. It was a big difference flying everywhere instead of driving.

“I would come back on a Sunday (from one tournament) and be flying out (to another) on the Monday.

“The Challenge Tour is a big target for me this year. I’m a more consistent player now but I still have to keep concentrating,”

ENGLAND’S women booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals - they play France tonight- with a 2-0 win over Japan in their final group game.

Doncaster Rovers Belles star Vicky Exley was a fixture in the England side for many years until announcing her retirement after the 2007 World Cup in China.

But midfielder Vicky, whilst taking a keen interest in England’s progress in the tournament - which is attracting huge crowds in Germany - has no regrets at hanging up her international boots.

“I’d played in 52 internationals and played in two European Championships and the 2007 World Cup in China,” she told The Star.

The 35 year-old midfielder, who made her England debut in 1996, scored from the penalty spot against Argentina in the World Cup.

She captained England against Holland in 2004.

NEXT Wednesday sees the annual running of the Doncaster Town Centre 5k Road Race meeting.

The event, first launched in 1994 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the town’s charter, has proved a runaway success,

The 1 mile family fun, which starts the proceedings off at the top of Hallgate at 7pm, followed by the vets’ 5k race at 7.30pm and the open race at 8pm has proved a winning formula and host club Doncaster Athletic Club have been wise not to tinker with it.

The event, particularly the fun run, which attracts entries from people as young as four, to people in their 70s, gives the town centre an almost carnival atmosphere and one which is completely different to a typical weekend.

The event is thought to be the only one of its kind in the country and for that the police and Doncaster Council deserve praise for allowing certain town centre roads to be close.

So, if you are not doing anything next Wednesday, why not come along and support the runners. Better still, why not have a go yourself if you feel fit enough? You can enter on the night.