Bel’s superb season sees scratch made
PRESTBURY Golf Club’s young star Bel Wardle has completed a superb season of success by getting her handicap down to scratch.
The 14-year-old had an initial handicap of 27 in 2012 and – playing in an LGU Medal at her home club – she posted a gross score of 68.
That fine round was just one off the ladies course record, to bring her down to the coveted scratch handicap, which was her aim at the start of the season.
Among her competition successes this season was victory in the Northern Ladies Foursomes at Ringway. Bel also finished as runner-up in the Cheshire Ladies Championship and was Cheshire junior girls champion.
More recently she played in the English Ladies Championships at Tandridge in Surrey where she finished 20th overall and won the Under-18 champion’s trophy.
Playing in poor weather at the Royal Birkdale Ladies Scratch, Bel finished a very creditable sixth place among some top national players.
Bel is coached at Prestbury by Mark Pilling who is delighted with her outstanding progress and can see her hard work rewarded with more success in 2015.
Prestbury ladies were in singles Stableford action with division one won by Barbara Boyd with 41 points, one more than Alexandra Forbes and in division two Margaret Simons was the leader with 38.
Prestbury’s men played a Stableford with age related prizes and top of the shop was Stephen Cheetham with 42 points.
The other group winners were Steve Schofield (37), Frederick Bridge (37) and John Rowley (35).
A Thursday Stableford at Shrigley Hall had Keith Felstead winning a card play-off on 40 points from Chris Thomas.
Richard Burrow was hot on their heels with 39.
A Winter Pairs qualifier at Shrigley had A and J Brown on top with 44 points, three clear of a chasing pack on 41 which was led in by Don Farquharson and Richard Burrow.
The first winter strokeplay medal at Davenport had the divisions won by David Bamford (66), Graham Boon (68) and Peter Gorman (65).
Davenport ladies were ‘In the Pink’ for a team competition won by Susan Rowton’s team with 86 points, five more than Frances Carmichael’s team.
The Peter Walker Shield for Macclesfield juniors was won by Ollie Tovee with 44 points from Elliott Kirton (38).
●● Bel Wardle