Cricket aces take on Hanbury

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Cricket aces take on Hanbury
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Michael Vaughan in action at Marriott Hanbury Manor (picture: Sam Bowles)

Michael Vaughan, England Test cricket captain, was one of several members of his current cricket to take part in the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s golf day at the Marriott Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club in Hertfordshire.

The Yorkshire batsman was joined by international colleagues James Anderson, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Graeme Swann and Andrew Strauss as well as by a number of former players including Mike Gatting, Ronnie Irani, Geraint Jones, Alex Stewart and Shaun Udal.

The portly Gatting - now managing director of cricket partnerships - showed he had lost none of the legendary power he had for Middlesex and England when he won the day’s long drive contest with one mighty belt measuring 350 yards. The team prize was won by the PCA team comprising CEO Sean Morris, former Chelsea soccer star Gianluca Vialli, Keith Impey and Matt Vandrau, who amassed 89 points in the Stableford event. The nearest the pin award went to Paul Blanchard.

“We use Hanbury Manor on a regular basis as it offers a fantastic combination of a first-class hotel, golf course and meeting venue,” commented Morris. "We look forward to coming back for years to come.”

The PCA Golf Day is one of a large number of high profile events Hanbury Manor is staging over the summer months.

Tell us on the forum how you have adapted from cricket to golf (and maybe back again). Tell us about the good, the bad and the ugly parts of your game as cricketer turned golfer and any advice you have as a sportsman - professional or otherwise - switching to golf.

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