Cheshire’s changes

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THE Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs have an­nounced rad­i­cal changes to their Match­play Cham­pi­onship.

One of the County’s ma­jor cham­pi­onships, last year the win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion, staged at War­ring­ton GC, was Jon Beesley of Mere GC who beat Cur­tis Bro­ken­brow (Red­dish Vale and Stock­port) in a closely con­tested fi­nal.

Re­cently, en­try for this event has fallen from a fre­quently over­sub­scribed en­try to a field of 53 out of 64 in 2015. In an ef­fort to in­crease num­bers the County have in­tro­duced a 36-hole Stroke­play qual­i­fy­ing round to de­cide who moves to the knock­out stages.

The 16 play­ers with the low­est ag­gre­gate scratch scores will qual­ify to play for the Cheshire Match­play Cham­pi­onship by scratch match play.

In ad­di­tion, the eight play­ers with the low­est ag­gre­gate nett scores fail­ing to qual­ify for the Cheshire Match­play Cham­pi­onship will play for the Cheshire Match­play Plate by hand­i­cap match play off full hand­i­cap al­lowance.

A fur­ther ad­di­tion will be a Se­niors Match­play. Eight se­nior golfers (over 55) who have pre­vi­ously pre-qual­i­fied, will play for the Cheshire Se­niors Match­play Cham­pi­onship by scratch match play.

The 2016 event is to be played at Caldy Golf Club over Fri­day to Sun­day, 20th, 21st & 22nd May. On-line en­tries open Fe­bru­ary 3 2016.

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