New team in place at Macclesfield GC
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