Watson turns back hands of time at Styal
A TOP class field, including Tour stars Tom Murray and Phil Archer, enjoyed the new course lay-out at Styal with some great greens for the time of the year.
The event was sponsored for the 17th year by Styal member Alan Bullock who was delighted to see some of the local stars among the prizes.
The top pro was John Watson of Styal who rolled back the clock to when he played in the Open Championship at St Andrews with the top individual score of the day.
John, who is also a respected coach with England, posted 39 points to lead in from Tom Bolton (Gatley) 38 and Graham Cox (Davenport) 37.
In the pro am section Mike Boyle (Ashtonunder-Lyne) steered Alliance debutant Martin Wild to 44 points to win from Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Steve Booth (Turton) who won a cpo on 43 points from Ollie Smith (Altrincham) and John Davies (Chorlton).
Next in were Steve Parry (Hart Common) and the punctual Vinny Doyle (Leigh) who came out on top of a cpo on 42 points from Graham Neville (Northenden) and Rob Mullaby (Ringway).
Local Styal heroes Harry Reid and Mike Burchell were able to celebrate long and hard as they led in the am am section with 43 points, winning a cpo from Leigh’s Dave Rowlands and Peter Cheswell with Dave Hughes and Barry Ogden (Haydock Park) completing the prize list with 41.
A Sunday Stableford at Styal had junior stars to the fore led by Jacob Oakley 38 points ahead of Sam McLeod and Stewart Godfrey, both 37.
Styal Seniors played their third Winter League Stableford and James Rymer was top of the shop with 40 points from Geoff Beardsell 39 and John Turtle, Mike Lasham, Ian Cole, John Parr and Dermot Clancy, all 38.
Styal’s young star Max Penney showed his class in a Wednesday Stableford with 40 points seeing him one clear of Mike Burchell.
Styal Lady Captain Aileen Holohan led from the front in a Sunday Stableford with 35 points, five more than Tracey Pogson and Claire Whitney.
A Roll-Up Stableford for Macclesfield ladies had Jill Higgins first past the post with 23 points ahead of Alycia Sutton 22, Wendy Higgins 21 and Sue Gibson 19.
A junior medal at Davenport saw Liam Campbell post an impressive 69 to finish six shots clear of Jared Merrygold.
Medal action at Shrigley Hall had Jack Gaskell top of division one with 67 from Neil Wrigley 71 and in division two Howard Rowley was top of the shop with 69, three clear of Jez Hancock and Mark Kleynhans.
Members of our local Cheshire Union clubs were out in force for the 64th Annual Dinner of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs was enjoyed by over 200 members, officials and guests at the always splendid venue of The Mere Resort and Spa.
The principal guests included local star Nigel Evans OBE, from Sandiway Golf Club, who is the President of England Golf, Gavin Caldwell the Captain of the R and A and another Cheshire star Roger Fielding (Ringway Golf Club) the Chairman of the Northern Counties.
Also present were representatives of the Northern Counties and Captain’s Associations, Past Cheshire Presidents, team members from the Cheshire team and the Cheshire Seniors team and members from many of the 100-plus clubs in the county.
Nigel Evans, who was Cheshire President in 1995, spoke affectionately about his long connection with the county and praised the officials and members on their progressive approach to golf in changing times.