Bees-y does it for top keeper

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - GOLF GE­OFF GARNETT

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

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