Bel’s su­perb sea­son sees scratch made

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

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

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