Bees-y does it for top keeper
EDDIE Ainsworth the course manager at AVRO Golf Club, Woodford, has achieved a remarkable double in reaching the finals of the STRI national award for Conservation Green Keeper of the Year in 2015.
In 2014 Eddie won the BIGGA national award for Greenkeeping Achievement of the year and the latest honour recognises his dedicated work at the nine-hole club, which was established around 40 years ago adjacent to the former aerodrome site.
Victor Tarr, the Greens Chairman at AVRO, said: “Eddie’s enthusiasm for promoting natural habitats around the course in ‘out of play’ areas has made a positive impact on the numbers and varieties of insects, small mammals and birds seen on the course.
“He has also aroused the interest of members and other green keepers in the area as the club follows a three-year management plan provided by their course ecologist James Hutchinson and Eddie has more plans to keep up the exceptional work done so far.”
Sophie Vukelic, the ecology and environment consultant who recommended Eddie for his latest award, added: “Eddie is a firm believer of using what you have and that is exactly what the team at AVRO have done to create such great results.
“With Eddie’s enthusiasm and will power the management of AVRO golf course is in very capable hands. He communicates the conservation works at his club via Facebook (Nature on Course and personal account), articles in local media, Pitchcare and AVRO Greenkeepers.
“Using an array of platforms to spread information is great to reach a wider audience.
“As a keen bee enthusiast Eddie regularly holds seminars all over the UK encouraging people to do more for our native bees and the honey produced by the six beehives on the course provides income for the club projects.
“It is a great talking point for members and the general public and information boards are also installed in the vicinity of the hives.”
Prestbury’s talented teenager Bel Wardle will represent England in the French u21 Women’s championship at St Cloud Golf Club at the end of the month.
It is a step-up for the 16-year-old, who will be one of the youngest players in the competition and they will warm up for the challenge with a match against France.
Bel has previously represented England at u16 level and made the cut in the recent Portuguese women’s amateur championship.
Last season Bel was 10th in the British Women’s stroke play and fourth in both the Liphook Scratch Cup and the Pleasington Putter.
Prestbury Golf Club’s Cheshire star James Newton is hosting a fund-rais- ing day to support his playing ambitions at national and regional level in the coming season via a Trust Fund.
It is being held at his home club on Wednesday March 16 on a course which is in superb condition and a delight to play.
To book your slot or for more info contact James either on 07411 595494 or email jamesnewton100@ aol.com.
Prestbury ladies were in Par mode and in division one Deborah Baker was out on her own on +3 with her nearest challengers being Nicky Markland and Monica Brewers, both -6. In division two the only player to beat par was Caroline Harrison-Croft on +2 .
The Thursday Stableford at Shrigley Hall was won by Lynn Heathcote with 37 points, one more than Al Lloyd, Howard Stringer, Martin Jackson and Roderick Scott.
The 12th Winter League fixture at Shrigley had Richard Park winning a cpo on 38 points from Winston Dudley-Brown with Joe Cassidy two points off the pace.
A Sunday Stableford at Styal was won by Anthony Guy with a useful haul of 40 points taking him clear of Steve James 38 and Claire Whitney, Derek Lamb and Will Dodds, all 35.
Styal seniors played their 17th Winter League fixture and chalking up valuable points were Roger Rowland 45 and Paul Carr and Paul Lawday, both 44.
The Styal Saturday Stableford had the divisions topped by Jeffrey Chadwick 40 and Steve Weaver 38. companies to appear in the club’s fixtures handbook or acquire high impact advertisement opportunities at Victoria Road and/or on the club’s website. Maybe you have your own business which would benefit from being promoted across a 350+ membership with a booming academy section, or the wider exposure of travelling senior and junior teams and their spectators from across Cheshire.
“The club hosts 100+ matches and various training camps across the season which makes for a lot of visitors.
“The site is also home to sister clubs Macclesfield Hockey and Bowls. Meanwhile, the club has hundreds of hospital workers using the car park during the week, so there is significant footfall through the site annually.”
The cricket club play in the ECB Premier Division of the Cheshire County Cricket League – the top level of cricket in the County, a league in which several Lancashire CC players also play. hope for a prosperous campaign.
Meanwhile, the 2nd XI will be playing Alderley Edge away on the same date, while the 3rd XI will start a week earlier in their re-formatted league, away at Over Peover on Saturday 16th April.
The junior fixtures also start on the 23rd April, with the fourth team having to wait until Sunday 8th May to get under way.
For anyone interested in joining winter nets, Macclesfield’s senior section train at Tytherington High School on Sundays between 12 and 2pm. The session is £5 and caters for all abilities. If you are a junior the club has teams from Under 9s to Under 18s and these train on Saturdays at Tytherington High School during the winter. Contact macclesfieldcricketclub@ hotmail.co.uk to find out the specific time slot/ price of your age group.
The club looks forward to seeing you down at Victoria Road at some point during the 2016 season!
●● Eddie Ainsworth with his award flanked by Victor Tarr and assistant keeper Wayne Atkinson