Golf club wel­comes new cap­tain

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PREST­BURY Golf Club held their Cap­tain’s Day cel­e­bra­tions to welcome new cap­tain Graham Keys.

A renowned knee sur­geon be­fore re­tir­ing, Graham has re­paired the knees of many golfers.

In keep­ing with the club’s 95-year tra­di­tion, the new cap­tain teed off at 7am sharp un­der the watch­ful eyes of the club’s nine green­keep­ers.

The head green­keeper, Mark Cross­ley, re­trieved the ball, for which he was given a coin, ‘a guinea’, by Graham.

The new cap­tain, who took over the role in Fe­bru­ary from Paul Allen, then took his team of grounds­men for the tra­di­tional break­fast in the club­house be­fore the men’s com­pe­ti­tion be­gan.

The men’s com­pe­ti­tion is the largest of the year at the club with 153 play­ers tak­ing part this time.

Coun­cil­lor Arthur Dicken, chair­man of the club as well as of Prest­bury parish coun­cil, said: “There was driz­zle on the day which was bad news but it didn’t dampen the en­thu­si­asm at all and ev­ery­one played re­ally well.”

Scoop­ing the win­ner’s ti­tle was Andy Green­halgh with a gross score of 67.

Coun Dicken said: “Andy was de­lighted and ad­mit­ted he must have had a bit of luck on his side as well as skill.

“It was an amaz­ing score – usu­ally the win­ning score would be around 70.”

A party open to all 250 of the club’s mem­bers, male and fe­male, was held af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

The club also held another Cap­tain’s Day for fe­male mem­bers where they wel­comed new cap­tain Shirley Davies.

Coun Dicken added: “Golf clubs have been crit­i­cised a lot for be­ing sex­ist but they are quite equal now.

“We have mixed golf ses­sions here as well as sin­gle sex ones.”

He laughed: “My wife Lynne plays golf bet­ter than I do ac­tu­ally – mind you, she was a PE teacher.”

Prest­bury Golf Club was founded in 1920 and is ranked 5th in a list of the top 100 cour­ses in Cheshire on web­site top100­golf­courses.co.uk. where it is de­scribed as ‘a real Cheshire jewel.’

Coun Dicken said: “It’s fair to say we are one of the lead­ing cour­ses in Cheshire and even the north west.

“That’s be­cause we have a fan­tas­tic course which is all down to Mark Cross­ley, our head green­keeper.”

●● Prest­bury Golf Club’s new cap­tain Graham Keys with the club’s green­keep­ers. Pic­ture by Ray Brad­bury

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