David has a good rea­son to Crow

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

DAVID Peel had plenty of rea­sons for grin­ning like the prover­bial Cheshire Cat when he won the Wilm­slow Crow for the sec­ond year run­ning.

For he be­came the first holder of the ti­tle – named af­ter the char­ac­ter in Lewis Car­roll’s Alice in Won­der­land and awarded for the best ag­gre­gate score in a 72-hole com­pe­ti­tion, which com­bined with the Stock­port Salver.

And it was Peel’s idea orig­i­nally to run the two­day event, which qual­i­fied for am­a­teur world rank­ing points in ad­di­tion to com­ing un­der the aus­pices of the Galvin Green North­ern Or­der of Merit.

The Stock­port mem­ber, a for­mer Cheshire cap­tain, said: “We had max­i­mum fields of 66 each day with many com­peti­tors off plus hand­i­caps while higher hand­i­cap­pers had to be bal­loted out at both clubs.

“This event can only keep grow­ing and con­tinue to at­tract the re­gion’s best golfers.

“The Or­der of Merit also plays a huge part in en­sur­ing a reg­u­lar flow of play­ers into our county teams.”

Peel, who fin­ished sev­enth at Stock­port, turned up the vol­ume at Wilm­slow with rounds of 68, which con­tained six birdies, and 72, fou­run­der-par all told, to win by three shots from Ge­orge Bloor, of Cavendish.

Grace Hick­son is a leg­end at Mac­cles­field Golf Club where she has been a mem­ber for more than 40 years, and for most of that time she has been in­volved in the run­ning of the ladies sec­tion.

Among the roles she has cov­ered are lady sec­re­tary, match sec­re­tary, run­ning the busi­ness ladies and set­ting up the ‘ Golden Girls’.

Grace has also played on the ladies teams for many years.

Now the club has re­warded Grace for her great ser­vice by mak­ing her a life mem­ber,much to her de­light and to that of all of her many friends at the club.

A Wed­nes­day Sta­ble­ford at Styal saw Cheshire ju­nior star Ja­cob Oak­ley on form as he won a cpo on 40 points from Peter Cord­well with Mike Rance and Will Dodds a point off the pace.

Styal se­niors were also in Sta­ble­ford ac­tion with Ed­die Austin cruis­ing to vic­tory with 43 points from David Melia 40.

At the other end of the age scale Styal ju­niors played their latest sum­mer se­ries Sta­ble­ford with Daniel Beck win­ning a cpo on 24 points from Finn Man­ning.

A Satur­day Sta­ble­ford at Styal had di­vi­sion one topped by Jon Dorsett af­ter a cpo on 38 points with Andy Clear, Alan Bul­lock, Len Row­land, Mike Burchell, James Lowe and Rob San­der­son.

In di­vi­sion two Ged Stevens raced to vic­tory with a stun­ning 47-pointer.

An EWGA medal for Styal ladies was won in style by Gayle Black­burn with her 65 see­ing her five shots clear of Claire Whit­ney and Mel Hill.

The Mottram Clas­sic pro­duced a tight fin­ish with Lewis Bat­tersby first past the pot with 69, one bet­ter than Sam Lynch and David Broad­bridge

Rod­er­ick Scott kept his nerve at Shrigley Hall in the Thurs­day Sta­ble­ford win­ning a cpo on 38 points from Ge­orge Wright with Alan Smith and Steve Wells next in on 36.

A Sta­ble­ford at Davenport was led in by Mal­colm Sand­ford with 38 points, two more than Ken Perry.

The Pres­i­dent’s prize to Davenport ladies was won by Joy Dear­na­ley with 66 as she held off the chal­lenge from Pat Im­pey, 68.

Dids­bury Golf Club will again host the ‘Foun­tain of Peace’ char­ity golf day on Thurs­day Septem­ber 25. To en­ter or to get more de­tails on a cause sup­port­ing young chil­dren in Africa call An­drew Shep­herd on 07973 874010 or email ad­shep­herd@bt­in­ter­net.com.

Swin­ton Park Golf Club have a few spots avail­able for their Pairs Open on Mon­day, Au­gust 10.

For more de­tails or to en­ter con­tact the pro Dave Smith on ei­ther 0161 794 0861 (opt 3) or email smith28mu@ hot­mail. com.


MAC­CLES­FIELD Rugby Club fit­ness coach and new di­rec­tor of youth rugby Chris Jones ad­mits he has been very im­pressed with what he has seen from his squad dur­ing pre-sea­son.

Jones has been run­ning the ses­sions along­side head coach Giles Hea­gerty, and he be­lieves the team looks even stronger for ev­ery week that passes.

“It’s re­ally good, the lads have stuck at it and I’m re­ally happy with where we are,” he said.

“It’s been hor­ri­ble at times but they have pulled through and part of it was to see what they had in the tank.

“It was also a per­sonal goal I set that I want us to be the fittest side in the league.

“We get the usual moans and groans but its part and par­cel of rugby at this level.

“Come the end of each ses­sion the lads are feel­ing pos­i­tive and they’re im­prov­ing with each and ev­ery ses­sion.”

The Blues re­turn to rugby ac­tion in a pre­sea­son game on Au­gust 15 against Nuneaton, and Jones felt that these fix­tures are cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of the side go­ing into the sea­son.

“This train­ing is a re­ally good start­ing block for us, but it’s dif­fi­cult to repli­cate rugby fit­ness,” he said.

“That’s why we’ve got the pre-sea­son games lined up. By the time it comes to Stour­bridge in Septem­ber, we’ll be ready to fly out of the blocks.”

The Blues have a num­ber of pre-sea­son matches sched­uled, in­clud­ing home matches with Nuneaton, North­wich, and Wilm­slow over the com­ing weeks. Mac­cles­field will also travel to Wir­ral at the end of the month for a Cheshire Cup match.

Jones hopes this big pre-sea­son ef­fort from his team can lead into a suc­cess­ful sea­son, and ad­mit­ted it would be wrong to set any­thing other than the high­est goal pos­si­ble.

“Our aim is pro­mo­tion. It would be foolish to want any­thing else,” he said.

“We en­joyed play­ing in Na­tional One, it might not have been the best of sea­sons but we want to play at the best level we can and we will en­able our­selves to do that by gain­ing pro­mo­tion.”

●● Stock­port Golf Club’s David Peel and (inset) Grace Hick­son

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