Prest­bury pipped in bid for Bell Cup

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

THE Manch­ester and Dis­trict Ladies Golf As­so­ci­a­tion was founded in 1902 and com­pe­ti­tion for the Bell Cup be­gan in 2011.

Since then it has grown into prob­a­bly the big­gest in­ter club ladies knock out com­pe­ti­tion of its kind in the coun­try and this year there was a ter­rific en­try of 84 clubs field­ing their top seven play­ers in the sin­gles match play for­mat.

The com­pe­ti­tion be­gan in March and reached its con­clu­sion at Rochdale GC, the home club of MDLGA Pres­i­dent Janet Collins.

The club, its mem­bers and staff, helped to make this a great day on an ex­cel­lent course for the four teams com­pet­ing in the morn­ing semi-fi­nal and the af­ter­noon fi­nal.

The semi-fi­nals saw re­cent win­ners Prest­bury and Sale go through as they beat Hind­ley Hall and Swin­ton Park re­spec­tively once they had chalked up four wins.

Tak­ing Sale through with vic­to­ries were Hi­lary Tar­leton 3/2, Caro­line Crox­ton 4/3, Moira Forster 3/2 and Sophia Casey also 3/2.

Win­ners for Prest­bury were Gill Mel­lor 2/1, Josephine Har­ri­son at the 19th, Tricia Hunt 5/4 and Mon­ica Brew­ers 4/3.

The fi­nal has in re­cent years pro­duced some dra­matic fin­ishes go­ing right to the wire and this was no ex­cep­tion in a mem­o­rable com­pe­ti­tion which went to the 19th hole be­fore vic­tory was de­cided with a nerve­jan­gling 4/3 win to Sale.

At the mid-point Prest­bury looked to have the edge and were given an early boost with a win for their team cap­tain Gill Mel­lor.

The Caro­line Crox­ton showed the fa­mous Sale fight­ing spirit as she re­cov­ered from three down to level for Sale with a 3/2 win.

The lead was dou­bled with an im­pres­sive 7/6 win for Sophia Casey only for Ellen Cail to level the match with a 7/5 suc­cess and Lynn Cameron took Prest­bury ahead with another con­vinc­ing 6/4 vic­tory.

So it was all eyes on the two re­main­ing matches on the course and with Sale’s Tricia Al­ston win­ning 3/1 on the 17th it was over to the 19th af­ter Sale’s Moira Forster and Jean Dun­can had ended level on the 18th.

Af­ter Jean had posted a bo­gey five Moira was left with a tricky six-foot putt to hole for the match and she kept her nerve to hole it to the de­light of the Sale team and their large band of sup­port­ers.

Sale had won the Bell Cup in 2005 in sim­i­lar style on the 18th at Houldsworth and were ready for some great cel­e­bra­tions af­ter their Lady Cap­tain Linda Jenk­in­son was pre­sented with the tro­phy by Janet Collins.

Janet thanked both teams for their ter­rific play and sports­man­ship, all the helpers at Rochdale Golf Club for their hard work and paid a spe­cial trib­ute to Davy­hulme Park stal­wart Jackie Foy who is re­tir­ing from of­fice af­ter run­ning the Bell cup for the past ten years.

Prest­bury ladies played a Par com­pe­ti­tion for the Fer­gu­son Bowl and Jen­nifer Purves waa a clear win­ner on +3 from Deb­bie Baker level par and Mary Sta­ton -1.

Styal se­niors were blow­ing hot in a sin­gles Sta­ble­ford led in with stun­ning scores by Robert Blower 45 points and Terry Ja­cobs 44.

A Wed­nes­day medal at Styal had Mike Burchell first past the post with 63 from Max Pen­ney 65 (gross 64) and Har­ri­son Peck 66.

The Colin Richards Me­mo­rial prize at Styal was won by Sam How­ell with 64 from Ryan Nevins 65 and Ian Thomason and Will Dodds, both 66.

Medal play for Styal ladies had Joan An­drews in charge with 68, five clear of Nancy Chorl­ton.

A Thurs­day Sta­ble­ford at Shrigley Hall had a clear win­ner in Richard Bur­row who carded 40 points to fin­ish five ahead of Brian Wilkes.

The monthly Sta­ble­ford at Shrigley had di­vi­sion one led in by Ian Wadsworth with 39 points and in di­vi­sion two Ea­mon McGeady was out on his own with 38.

Mac­cles­field ladies played for the Pres­i­dent’s Prize and it was won by Myra Clark af­ter a cpo on 75 with Wendy Higgins. Mar­garet Bray was next in on 76 and the Lady Cap­tain had the best gross of 98.


Zac Box (5), Josh Atkin (3), Alex Ty­nas (3), Ben Sned­don

Zac Box



Joe Cobey (2), Rhyce Mal­lard,

●● Prest­bury Cricket Club ahead of the tour win at Alvechurch and Hop­wood CC

●● Prest­bury with the Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne run­ners-up tro­phy

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