Cross­ley out to im­prove Prest­bury

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

PREST­BURY Golf Club has a proud rep­u­ta­tion of hav­ing one of the top cour­ses in Cheshire and the North Re­gion hav­ing staged top County and Open Re­gional Qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tions for many years.

They re­cently ap­pointed a course man­ager in Mark Cross­ley and he is de­lighted to be given the op­por­tu­nity to work at Prest­bury and will look to im­prove the course even more. Mark said: “I got into golf as a ju­nior play­ing with my fa­ther but football and cricket al­ways came first.

“My fa­ther owned a land­scap­ing busi­ness and this got me used to work­ing out­side as I worked for the busi­ness from the age of 13 dur­ing school hol­i­days and week­ends.

“I be­gan green keep­ing as a sum­mer worker at Skip­ton GC and this led to a role in the fol­low­ing sum­mer closer to home at Nel­son GC in 1999.

“Dur­ing that year I joined My­er­scough Col­lege where I com­pleted my Foun­da­tion De­gree in Turf Science and Golf Course Man­age­ment which in­cluded a work place­ment in the sun­shine of Tener­ife.

“Dur­ing my fi­nal year I was of­fered a first as­sis­tant’s po­si­tion back at Nel­son GC where I spent two years be­fore mov­ing to Stock­port GC where I had pre­vi­ously vol­un­teered to help in course prepa­ra­tion for the Re­gional Open Qual­i­fy­ing.

“At Stock­port I re­ally learned a keen eye for de­tail that is es­sen­tial to man­age any golf course.

“Af­ter three years at Stock­port I was of­fered the chance to be­come course man­ager at Mick­leover GC and I will al­ways be grate­ful to them for giv­ing a 24-year-old a chance to make a name for him­self and five years on I found my­self at Ch­ester­field GC where we held many county and Mid­land events.

“Not only did we im­prove the qual­ity of the course but also wrote the club’s first Course Pol­icy Doc­u­ment, up­graded all the ma­chin­ery and in­stalled a state-of-the-art £250,000 ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.

“I greatly en­joyed my time at the two Der­byshire clubs and will al­ways be grate­ful to them for the help, guid­ance and sup­port they of­fered me.

“In or­der to keep pro­gress­ing my ca­reer I knew that I had to ap­ply for the po­si­tion at Prest­bury when it came up and for some rea­son the club de­cided to ap­point me and three months on I could not be hap­pier. “I have had a won­der­ful re­cep­tion by mem­bers and staff, the kind you hope for but never re­ally know un­til you get there.

“Prest­bury has a stun­ning course and it is all about im­prov­ing it fur­ther.

“We are plan­ning to re­de­velop all the bunkers on the course, more in tune with the orig­i­nal Harry Colt style bunkers as well as the tee­ing ar­eas, two prob­lem greens as well as much agron­omy work such as chang­ing the com­po­si­tion of the grasses on the greens.”

Prest­bury man­ager Neville Young added: “Mark has made an im­me­di­ate im­pact on the course and all at the club are look­ing for­ward to him and his team con­tin­u­ing their good work in the com­ing years ahead to make the course one of the best in the North of Eng­land.”

James Rob­son cer­tainly found the Prest­bury course in great con­di­tion as he posted a mas­sive 46 points to win a mid­week Sta­ble­ford by seven points from Matthew De­lany.

It was closer in a medal on Pres­i­dent’s Day at Prest­bury with Martin Con­sta­ble win­ning a cpo on 69 from Carl Phelan with Mark Mel­lor two shots off the pace.

Par ac­tion for Prest­bury ladies saw Deb­bie Baker win di­vi­sion one on +1 from Jil­lian Mor­ris level par.

In di­vi­sion two Mar­garet Si­mons won a cpo on +1 from Gill Usher.

Alder­ley Edge’s men played over two days for the Cap­tain’s Prize and in round one the pace was set by Luke Fo­den with a stun­ning nett 58 see­ing him five clear of Tom Troup.

Round two was won by S Ed­wards with 65 but hot on his heels and main­tain­ing his mo­men­tum with 66 was Luke Fo­den to win at a can­ter with a to­tal of 124 see­ing him ahead of S Ed­wards 133 and M Fox 134.

Alex Weare was a top ju­nior at Tyther­ing­ton reach­ing a scratch hand­i­cap be­fore tak­ing on a Golf Schol­ar­ship in the USA for three years.

On his re­turn he re­joined Tyther­ing­ton af­ter fin­ish­ing his stud­ies this sum­mer and quickly made an im­pact by win­ning the club cham­pi­onship.

Alex was joined by Ca­role Ry­der who won the Ladies Scratch cham­pi­onship which she had not won for seven years.

The other win­ners were Ian Mathers, who took the Se­niors cham­pi­onship for the fourth suc­ces­sive year and Eileen Jones won the Ladies Se­niors ti­tle – a great achieve­ment af­ter only play­ing for three years and get­ting down to a fine nine hand­i­cap.

The best nett scores were posted by Tom Hulme, Jane Am­bler, Neil Macleod and Jean McKil­lop.

●● Prest­bury course man­ager Mark Cross­ley

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