Win­ner Sam is on course with stars

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

WILM­SLOW Golf Club’s Ju­nior cap­tain Sam Proc­tor was a proud win­ner of the Robin­son Tro­phy in his club’s Ju­nior Open.

There were more than 50 qual­ity boy and girl ju­niors in the field from across the re­gion but five­hand­i­cap­per Sam posted a nett 66 to win from club mate Terry Macken­zie, 67, Ryan McCand­less (Crewe), 68, and Will Lu­cas (Styal) and Ed­ward Reed (Royal Birkdale), both on 70.

Sam made it a dou­ble as he also had the top gross score of 71 which saw him clear of Will Dodds (Styal) 73 and Will Lu­cas (Styal) 75.

In the U15 age group Ryan McCand­less led in with 68 from Will Lu­cas and Ed­ward Reed, both 70, and the top girl was Vic­to­ria Turner of De­lamere For­est with 73.

Some of the young­sters also had a chance to pose with the Ever­ton FC in­ter­na­tional quar­tet of Gareth Barry (a Wilm­slow mem­ber), Phil Jagielka, Tom Clev­er­ley and Stephen Nai­smith, who were en­joy­ing a round on the fab­u­lous Wilm­slow course af­ter the ju­niors had gone out.

Styal Golf Club ju­nior Daniel Hayes made his mark at the re­cent Cheshire Ju­nior Boys Cham­pi­onships at Wir­ral Ladies GC by be­com­ing the youngest-ever player to take part in this pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment at the age of eight.

His style, con­fi­dence and abil­ity brought great ad­mi­ra­tion from the Cheshire GA of­fi­cials and they re­warded him with some balls for his stylish round of 91-24-67.

But suc­cess at golf has long been a fea­ture of his sport­ing life to date for the pupil at Pow­nall Hall School.

His fa­ther Mike said: “Daniel started play­ing at the age of two – I know that this sounds re­ally young but he had a de­cent swing even back then.

“He used to hit plas­tic toy clubs around the house be­fore I got him some US Kids Clubs (small­est set) at the age of tow.

“We would then go to the driv­ing range and he would play small par three cour­ses at Adling­ton and Styal.

“I put a clip of him on You Tube play­ing at Brunt­wood pitch and putt course in Chea­dle still aged two which now has nearly 7,000 views.

“I no­ticed that he had great eye-hand co-or­di­na­tion when he used to hit his plas­tic clubs and as he en­joyed do­ing this we in­tro­duced him to golf.

“I used to play at Chea­dle GC and got down to a five hand­i­cap, how­ever I rarely play these days as I en­joy walk­ing round with Daniel and help­ing him with his golf.

“He won the Wee Won- ders Na­tional fi­nal (six and un­der age group) at St An­drews in 2013 and then had a top five fin­ish in the US Kids Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Scot­land in 2014 (seven and un­der group).

“This qual­i­fied him for the US Kids World Cham­pi­onships at Pine­hurst, North Carolina, where he is the only player from main­land UK in the u8 sec­tion with roughly 120 play­ers from 24 coun­tries play­ing in his age group.

“His cur­rent golf­ing idol is Jor­dan Spi­eth and he also ad­mires Tiger Woods and Rory McIl­roy and he man­aged to pick up Tiger’s ball af­ter the fourth round of the Open Cham­pi­onship at Royal Liver­pool GC last year.”

Styal ju­niors played for the Ralph Bul­lock Cup and it was won by Daniel Lynch with 66, two less than Sam Hall.

A Wed­nes­day medal at Styal was won by Lee Mayoh with 66 but he was chased all the way by Har­ri­son Peck and Ja­cob Oak­ley who fin­ished a shot off his hot pace.

The Pres­i­dent’s Prize at Alder­ley Edge saw a great re­turn of 61 from K Doyle se­cure a com­fort­able win by four shots from Chris Re­gan and Ben Gaunt.

Edge’s ladies played a sin­gles Sta­ble­ford with Ol­wen Davies first past the post with 39 points from Celia Ber­ent 37 and He­len Ed­wards 35.

Mac­cles­field ladies played a Flag com­pe­ti­tion won by Aly­cia Sut­ton who reached the 18th tee with Kath Brock­le­hurst next in on the 17th and the best score over 18 holes came from Jill Hunter-Blench.

A Sta­ble­ford for Macc’s men had Tom Holling­worth lead­ing in with 40 points, one more than Thomas Kir­ton.

A Thurs­day Sta­ble­ford at Shrigley Hall was won by Jez Han­cock with 38 points, one more than Howard Row­ley and Don Far­quhar­son.

It was close in the bat­tle for the Pres­i­dent’s Prize at Shrigley with Joe Cas­sidy win­ning a cpo on 67 from David Wells with Andy Barstow and Char­lie Wood next in with 69’s.

The Manch­ester and Dis­trict Golf Al­liance, the big­gest or­gan­i­sa­tion of its kind in the coun­try, be­gins its new win­ter sea­son on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 9, at Dun­ham For­est Golf Club with the Robert Wax Tro­phy be­ing played for.

The Al­liance win­ter sea­son runs through un­til April 27, next year, with the Pres­i­dent’s Day at Withing­ton Golf Club see­ing the Or­der of Merit prizes for pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs be­ing de­cided.

The cap­tain for the new sea­son is Doug Craig of Davy­hulme Park GC who has been the Al­liance sec­re­tary for a num­ber of years and he is suc­ceeded in his role by Ian Hales of Chorl­ton Golf Club.

Doug said: “It has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing the sec­re­tary of such a great golf­ing com­mu­nity with over 110 clubs within a 35-mile ra­dius of Manch­ester town hall be­ing mem­bers and I am hon­oured to be the Al­liance Cap­tain for the next year.

“We have seen in the re­gion of 40 pro­fes­sion­als and many am­a­teurs play in our weekly com­pe­ti­tions in re­cent sea­sons and all mem­bers of our mem­ber clubs are el­i­gi­ble to play in them plus two mixed com­pe­ti­tions and our sum­mer In­ter Club KO com­pe­ti­tions and join­ing the Al­liance spirit of friend­ship through golf.

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“Our other fix­tures in Septem­ber are at Dis­ley, Dids­bury for the new Bert Thompson Tro­phy, and Hay­dock Park plus the fi­nals for the Dun­ham For­est KO Tro­phy and the Archie Pre­ston Mixed KO Tro­phy at Houldsworth.” crowd was so loud you couldn’t hear your­self think,” she said.

“Train­ing was great and with the new rules we’ve all been learn­ing new tac­tics, which has been en­joy­able.

“We also had to work hard on our fit­ness as there was a lot more swimming in­volved, but it’s been great.”

Huck is trained on the GB squad by coach Theo Nousios, and he be­lieves Rosie and sev­eral other mem­bers of the side have a bright fu­ture ahead of them.

“The squad has a great mix of tal­ent and we have strength through­out the team,” he said.

“We have some stronger play­ers who can score from tight sit­u­a­tions more ef­fec­tively and play­ers who can ex­ploit the space bet­ter with their speed and abil­ity to turn quickly.

“With these type of play­ers we can adapt to any game sce­nario and find a so­lu­tion to what­ever is put in front of us.”

●● Wilm­slow Golf Club ju­nior cap­tain Sam Proc­tor and two other junoir golfers with Ever­ton play­ers Gareth Barry, Phil Jagielka, Tom Clev­er­ley and Stephen Nai­smith

●● Styal Golf Club young­ster Daniel Hayes

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