David has a good reason to Crow
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 email@example.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.
RUGBY UNION SHELDAN KEAY
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