Record field for Stroke Play event
ROYAL Liverpool GC provided a top test for a record field competing for the 2015 Cheshire Stroke Play Championships.
Home player Tom Heggarty, the son of the club’s respected pro John, showed his local knowledge was still in great evidence as he set the pace in round one with a 70, matched by former Cheshire Team Captain David Peel of Stockport GC.
Junior star Rhys Nevin-Wharton was the main man in round two with a neat 69 helping his Sandiway team of Chris Harrison and Grant Little to the team prize. This means that they will represent Cheshire in the national team championships at Brancepeth Castle (Durham) in September.
Other sub par rounds came from James McCormick (Styal) and Matthew Jordan (RLGC) with 71’s while Heggarty kept up his victory charge with a level par 72.
The final day saw the field cut to 42 and as the winds strengthened the scores rose dramatically with the best coming from Heggarty, McCormick and Jordan all on 73.
The final round produced even more drama as McCormick went into the lead by a shot on the ninth from Heggarty who hit back to lead by two on the 13th.
McCormick eagled the 16th to draw level with Heggarty who posted a birdie and a double bogey on 17 by McCormick gave Heggarty a one-shot edge to take the drama to the wire on the 18th.
McCormick found himself in deep rough on 18th needing a search party to find his ball.
Heggarty was safely on the green but faced a tricky putt from 30 feet and a nerve-jangling four-footer to clinch the title and avoid a threehole play-off which managed to do to win the coveted title and go on to represent Cheshire in the national finals at Woodhall Spa in September.
His final total of 290 saw him win from James McCormick 291, Matthew Jordan 294 and Rhys Nevin-Wharton 295
Back at Styal their seniors played a singles Stableford with Neil Appleby in charge with 40 points from M Reddington 38 and Clive Senior 38.