Whalley and Sut­ton are wiz­ards of Oz

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MACCLESFIELD ladies played their Aus­trailan Spoons qual­i­fier and Georgina Whalley and Aly­cia Sut­ton will rep­re­sent the club af­ter post­ing a fine 38 points, six more than Kath Brock­le­hurst and Joy Cle­ments.

In a Mixed team com­pe­ti­tion at Macc the top four were Dave Cheetham, Aly­cia Sut­ton, Nigel Heath­cote and Kath Brock­le­hurst.

A Stable­ford for Prest­bury’s men saw di­vi­sion one won by Nigel Wil­cox af­ter a cpo on 40 points with Paul Wild.

In di­vi­sion two Mark Beesley led in with 35 points, one more than John Og­den, Rob Irv­ing and Richard John­son.

Prest­bury ladies played a par com­pe­ti­tion for the Liz White Me­mo­rial Tro­phy and in di­vi­sion one An­gela Rior­dan led in with level par from Jil­lian Mor­ris l-2.

In di­vi­sion two Gil­lian Kennedy was first past the post on -1 from Mar­garet Woof-2.

A Wed­nes­day Stable­ford at Shrigley Hall saw the di­vi­sions topped by Brian Hop­kins 20 points and Neil Wor­thing­ton 19.

Loads of ac­tion at Styal with a se­niors Stable­ford be­ing won by Paul Carr af­ter a cpo on 37 points with Les Rim­mer and John Parr.

At the other end of the age scale Styal Ju­niors were also in Stable­ford mode with Ryan Owen post­ing a su­perb 43 points to win a cpo from Jack Muir and Daniel Lynch.

The Hygnet Tro­phy medal was taken by David Mur­ray af­ter a cpo on 64 from Do­minic Belch.

A sin­gles Stable­ford for Styal ladies had Claire Whit­ney show­ing her five hand­i­cap class with 30 points see­ing her two clear of Su­san­nah Mid­dle­ton.

Ash­ton-on-Mersey Golf Club pro­vided a course in tremen­dous con­di­tion with slick and smooth greens for the fi­nals day of the Manch­ester Al­liance’s match-play fi­nals from an orig­i­nal en­try of over 40 top play­ers in the re­gion.

The qual­ity field en­joyed the course and had to cope with strong winds and later in the day some heavy rain as they played the morn­ing semi-fi­nals fol­lowed by the af­ter­noon fi­nals.

Daven­port’s Gra­ham Cox, a pre­vi­ous win­ner of the cov­eted tro­phy, showed his in­tent as he beat Or­der of Merit leader Danny Wardrop3/2 in his semi-fi­nal a score matched by Chor­ley’s as­sis­tant pro Andy Palmer in the other semi against Ring­way’s David Brun­ton.

In the as­sis­tant pro­fes­sion­als’ semis holder Liam Burgess (Bra­mall Park) despatched Stam­ford’s Andy Ear­lam 3/2 and Chorl­ton’s Adam Hod­kin­son eased to a 4/3 win over Hazel Grove’s Ben Thomp­son.

Cox con­tin­ued his mo­men­tum in the fi­nal for an em­phatic 5/4 win over Palmer to com­plete his sec­ond win in the com­pe­ti­tion.

In the other match Liam Burgess had the edge for most of the first nine holes be­fore a stray ap­proach shot to the ninth hole ended in a green­side bush to al­low Hod­kin­son to draw level.

Hod­kin­son, a for­mer York­shire ju­nior star, then took con­trol with the big-hit­ting hot Tyke go­ing on to claim his first Al­liance win and take the tro­phy back to Chorl­ton with a 3/2 suc­cess.

Daven­port ladies were in medal mode and top of di­vi­sion one was M King­ham with 68 from Sylvia Lowther 71.

It was closer in di­vi­sion two with An­nette Oliver win­ning a cpo on 75 from Dee Green and in di­vi­sion three Suzanne Ham­mond led in with 70, one less than Hi­lary Kel­lett.

The draw for round one of the Manch­ester Al­liance’s In­ter Club com­pe­ti­tions have been made with 100 clubs in­volved in both the Dun­ham For­est Tro­phy and City Glass Men’s Four­somes.


Daven­port v Bramhall, Tyther­ing­ton v Rochdale, Fair­field v Styal, Den­ton v Macclesfield.


Marple v Tyther­ing­ton, Alder­ley Edge v Styal, Daven­port v Lymm, Pike Fold v Macclesfield.

●● Gra­ham Cox

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