Juniors miss out on Home Nations
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