Record field for Stroke Play event

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

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.

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