Ju­niors miss out on Home Na­tions

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

STYAL Golf Club ju­niors have en­joyed a great sea­son with their play­ers and teams en­joy­ing suc­cess at lo­cal and re­gional level.

They won the Cheshire Ju­nior team cham­pi­onships to qual­ify for the Eng­land North West semi­fi­nal at Clitheroe GC with the op­por­tu­nity to make it through to the Ju­nior Team Golf Home Na­tions Inter Club Cham­pi­onship.

At Clitheroe they took on the cham­pi­ons from Shrop­shire, Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land and South Lancs.

Styal had Ja­cob Oak­ley hav­ing the best gross of 69 (nett 68) and he was given good back­ing by Will Dodds 71, Jack Muir 72, Jack McLeod 77 and Will Lu­cas 78.

But it left them seven shots adrift of Horse­hay GC, the Shrop­shire cham­pi­ons, who go on to the next stage.

Styal had, a few days pre­vi­ously, won the Manch­ester Al­liance’s Wil­liams BMW Ju­nior Chal­lenge KO fi­nal in a thriller at Lowes Park.

They took on Bolton Old Links with both teams hav­ing come through sev­eral rounds to reach the fi­nal.

The match went right to the wire with Styal just se­cur­ing a win by 4-3 to take the cov­eted tro­phy from Wil­liams BMW’s Nick Cook, who has kindly spon­sored the com­pe­ti­tion for many years. Sale Golf Club were once more proud an­nual hosts for the Joanne Mor­ley Ju­nior Chal­lenge which again at­tracted a qual­ity en­try of u16 ju­niors from around the re­gion.

The com­pe­ti­tion has run for the best part of 20 years and Sale Golf Club pro­vided its typ­i­cal warm and friendly wel­come from all of its mem­bers, of­fi­cials and staff to back a chal­leng­ing course in great con­di­tion with the ad­di­tion of ex­cel­lent weather.

Over the years the com­pe­ti­tion has at­tracted some star ju­niors and over 30 of them have gone on to win in­ter­na­tional hon­ours and make their mark in the game at both ama­teur and pro­fes­sional level.

With Joanne un­able to at­tend as she was work­ing in In­dia Gemma Clews a for­mer top girl in the Chal­lenge and now an Eng­land reg­u­lar on the ladies team came along to present the prizes, with the Sale of­fi­cials, and pro­vide in­spira- tion for the am­bi­tions of the play­ers.

Josh Cur­tis for Ring­way GC and Cheshire ju­niors set the tone for some fine re­turns as he posted six birdies in his 36-point haul.

But edg­ing ahead of him were team mates Luke Don­nelly, also a mem­ber at Ashton-on-Mersey, with 38 points and Har­ri­son Job with 37.

There were some near misses for top spot from Corey Pear­son (Cromp­ton and Roy­ton) with 37 and Ben Cur­rie (Withing­ton) who led in a clutch of 36-point­ers from Jack Muir (Styal), Dan Morrow (Withing­ton) Ryan Nevins (Styal), and Josh Cur­tis.

Luke Don­nelly was the win­ner of the Joanne Mor­ley Tro­phy with Har­ri­son Job as the top boy.

In the girls sec­tion Ca­rina May Teir­ney set the early mark of 31 points but it was over­taken at the death by 11-year-old Holly Lee (Vic­ars Cross) to win the top girls slot.

Also in the prizes was Amy McGee (Ash­to­nun­der-Lyne) af­ter a cpo on 28 with Beth Greenhalgh (Manch­ester).

Near­est the pin prizes went to Ryan Nevins and Holly Lee and top team were Ring­way with their trio of Luke Don­nelly, Har­ri­son Job and Josh Cur­tis rack­ing up a great score of 111 points.

There was a good en­try of 11 years and un­der with Cole Self of Dids­bury set­ting a new record by play­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion at the age of seven but Holly Lee com­pleted her prize hat-trick by win­ning the prize for 11 and un­der with her 33-pointer.

Many thanks to prize providers The Golf Foun­da­tion, Mar­riott Wors­ley Park Shrigley Hall, An­drew McKen­zie at High Legh, Chorl­ton GC, Burn­ley GC and Alder­ley Edge GC.

●● Lin­ing up with Nick Cook are, ltr Will Dodds, Ja­cob Oak­ley, Will Lu­cas (Ju­nior Cap­tain), Jack McLeod, Sam McLeod, Ryan Nevins and Jack Muir

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