New team in place at Mac­cles­field GC

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

MAC­CLES­FIELD Golf Club’s AGM saw the new of­fi­cers for 2016 in­stalled in of­fice as they look for­ward to a happy and suc­cess­ful year at their beloved club.

A Win­ter League Sta­ble­ford for Macc’s men was won by Ray Clay­ton with 41 points with Clive Howlett 40 and Alan Gaskell and Pete Ormesher, both 39, hot on his heels.

Mot­tram Hall’s men played a Four­ball BB Sta­ble­ford David Owen’s all star team led in with 88 points, two more than Andy Stubbens’ and Si­mon Truby’s teams.

Mot­tram Hall were great hosts for the lat­est Max­i­tours com­pe­ti­tion tak­ing over from Caldy and Ring­way who were closed for ac­tion.

For­mer Mot­tram pro Tim Maxwell was able to put out a strong field with the fab four of Gary Smith, Gary Con­roy, Alan Jones and Paul Kin­der post­ing 82 points to put them clear of Richard Black­well, Ron Jol­ley, Andy Ham­lett and Pat Keenan 61 and John Royle, John Stubbs, Dale Wal­lace and Paul Browne 77.

Shrigley Hall’s lat­est monthly Sta­ble­ford had Jack Gaskell in con­trol of divi­sion one with 37 points from Steve Marsh 34 and An­drew Ker­shaw 28.

In divi­sion two John Gaskell was a clear win­ner with 37 points seven more than Su­nil Me­hta and Richard Park.

Richard Bur­row won a Thurs­day Sta­ble­ford at Shrigley with 28 points from Rod­er­ick Scott 16 and Peter Car­tledge 15.

There was some tidy scor­ing in a Satur­day Sta­ble­ford at Styal led by Ged Stevens with 43 points from James Ben­nett 40 and Steve Weaver 39.

Mean­while, Ian Hales took over the role of hon sec­re­tary of the Manch­ester and District Al­liance in Au­gust 2015 and he has found it to be a very steep learn­ing curve.

Ian has been cap­tain and hon sec­re­tary at Chorl­ton Golf Club and played reg­u­larly in Al­liance events for sev­eral years be­fore tak­ing up the of­fer of suc­ceed­ing Doug Craig (Davy­hulme Park) who had been sec­re­tary for the pre­vi­ous five years and is now en­joy­ing a year as the Al­liance Cap­tain.

“I am in awe of the work Doug has done in or­gan­is­ing weekly com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the win­ter months for over 100 play­ers per event, in­clud­ing up to 40 pro­fes­sion­als, as well as the unique In­ter Club Knock Outs dur­ing the sum­mer months which get great sup­port from mem­ber clubs and have ter­rific pres­tige in the re­gion.

“I am hop­ing that I can fill Doug’s shoes in the role and there is never a dull mo­ment with such a va­ri­ety of com­pe­ti­tions to or­gan­ise through­out the year.

“The hard­est part

is find­ing places for all play­ers in the weekly com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the win­ter months as we get full fields, with great sup­port from the pro­fes­sion­als, with a wait­ing list.

“What is of­ten not re­alised is that play­ers from all of our mem­ber clubs can en­ter the com­pe­ti­tions and de­tails of how to do this are on our web­site www.mdga.org.uk.

“We also run two Mixed com­pe­ti­tions with the White Cup be­ing staged at my own club on March 30 and I would urge play­ers to book their slots early.

“We get ter­rific sup­port from spon­sors and clubs in pro­vid­ing great com­pe­ti­tions for which the Al­liance of­fi­cials are very grate­ful.

“The draws have been made for the In­ter Club Team Knock Outs- Dun­ham For­est Tro­phy, City Glass Men’s Four­somes, Archie Pre­ston Mixed Four­somes, Wil­liams BMW Ju­nior Chal­lenge and the new Se­niors KO which has gone from strength to strength in the two years since it was brought in.

“Also the ac­tion will be tak­ing place in the Scratch Knock Out with some top play­ers in the re­gion- both pros and am­a­teurs in the field.

“Af­ter a short mid­win­ter break the ac­tion be­gins again in our weekly com­pe­ti­tions at Tyther­ing­ton and fin­ishes on April 27 at Within­gon Golf Club on Pres­i­dent John Dowd’s day.”

●● New Mac­cles­field Golf Club cap­tain Neil Jack­son, lady cap­tain Joy Cle­ments and pres­i­dent Roy Flitt

●● Mac­cles­field Cricket Club pre­sen­ta­tion evening at Vic­to­ria Road

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