Watson turns back hands of time at Styal

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

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.

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