Styal trio continue club’s fine heritage
STYAL Golf Club are justifiably proud of their development of junior golf over the years producing stars such as David Horsey and Charlotte Leathem.
Their latest crop of juniors did the club proud by winning the Cheshire Junior team championships in a thrilling competition at a challenging Chester GC course against 26 other county clubs.
In the teams of three players the top two Stableford scores are added together and Styal found themselves locked on 75 points with near neighbours Davenport GC who had the top individual scorer of the day in Jared Merrygold with 40 points backed by Liam Campbell with 35.
Styal’s top scorer was William Dodds with 38 points closely followed by Will Lucas 37.
To break the deadlock it went to the third player in the team and Cheshire junior regular Jacob Oakley posted 36 points to finish well clear of Davenport’s Steffan Sullivan 31.
It also needed a cpo to decide the third place as local rivals Bramall Park and Bramall were locked on 73 points with Park getting the nod.
Bramhall had ample consolation as they won the Bob Meston Salver for the best gross score.
Reigning champions Prestbury were third with 71 followed by Disley and Mellor and Townscliffe both 71.
Styal will now represent Cheshire in the English Junior Team finals in August at Frifford Heath, which is part of England Golf’s ‘Golf Week’.
Back at Styal their men played round two of the club championship with David Murray on top with 69 from Brian Appleby, Sam Howell and Dennis Chester all 71.
The overall winner was Jacob Oakley with 139 ahead of H Peck 142.
Jacob then kept up his hot form by winning a Sunday Stableford with 38 points, two more than David Graham.
Macclesfield ladies played for the Macmillan Silver Spoon and on top with a fine haul of 41 points was Alycia Sutton from Judy Mutter 38.
Macc ladies B team cruised to a 6-1 win over Withington in the East Cheshire league but the Mail on Sunday team lost on the 20th extra hole in their fifth round match.
The ladies open at Macc saw the home team of Andrea Cheetham, Marlene Connor and Alycia Sutton post 76 points to finish two clear of the Tytherington trio of S Bury, A Jones and E Sidorczuk.
The June medal at Mottram Hall was won by Damian Watson with 73, one less than Martin Routley.
Davenport’s men played a summer medal and leading in the divisions were Bradley Cooke 67, Anthony Miles 65 and Iain Faulkner after a cpo on 71 with Neil Cartwright and Peter Green.
Davenport ladies played for the Sheila Hill Stableford with Janet Lee taking division one with 32 points.
The other divisional hotshots were Eveline Stretton 34 and Jane Bamford 37.
The monthly medal at Shrigley Hall had Charles green on top of division one with 71 from Bob Francis 72 and in division two Jez Hancock went clickety click to finish a massive ten shots clear of Ray Haddock.
Stockport Golf Club were great hosts for the first Cheshire Life Members’ Meeting attracting a full field to this splendid venue.
There were some terrific scores posted on a pleasant day of weather led by Crewe Golf Club’s dynamic duo of Michael O’Brien and Sid Blackburn with 43 points.
It left them two points clear of Tytherington’s Richard Moss amd Martyn Harris who won a cpo from Steve Corcoran and Mike Cliff from Bromborough with Bidston’s Stephen Jones and John Smith completing the top five places with 41 points.
Another full field is expected for the second meeting in July at Wilmslow GC and details of how to enter this and the third meeting at Portal Premier in August as well as how to become a county life member can be found on the Cheshire website www.chesh- iregolf.org.uk
The Manchester and District Alliance’s Inter Club Knock Outs for the Seniors and Juniors have reached the next round.
The hopes of our local seniors reaching finals day now rest with Macclesfield who earned a tough trip to Manchester after beating Birchwood and Styal who took out Alsager to win a visit to Cheadle.
But there is still plenty play for by local juniors with Stamford and Denton being the winners of the Williams BMW Junior Team KO in the past two seasons.
In round two Styal visit Alsager, Macclesfield host Ashton-under-Lyne and Davenport are at home to Crewe.
●● Styal team (left to right) William Dodds, Will Lucas, Jacob Oakley