Ryder Cup star’s helping hand at Macc
EUROPEAN Tour star and Ryder Cup legend Jamie Donaldson began his golfing years as a junior at Macclesfield Golf Club and has never forgotten his roots with the club.
He is still a regular visitor and has supported the junior section with a trophy and attendance at Presentation Evenings for many years.
The club has recognised his enduring support for the club by making him an Honorary Life President.
Jamie has recently spent a few days at the club with a course architect friend of his and they did a lot of work on the course layout, shaping fairways to improve the course – a gesture much appreciated by head green keeper Mark Hillaby and his staff who will be looking to work on their suggestions in the coming months.
Mark said: “The help and advice I have had from Jamie and James has been invaluable and now my team and myself will be working hard to ensure their ideas are put into place and the club members and visitors will reap the benefits going forward.”
Macclesfield’s men played a team of four am am and leading in with 88 points were Kevin Barnshaw, Mark Warren, Garry Tomlinson and Manfred Dalboth.
There finished a point ahead of Keith Griffith, Dave Clewley, Andy Grist and Rick Cartledge who won a cpo from Neil Johnson, Paul Barber, Dave Young and John Poole.
The Macc Men’s long-running Winter League has reached its conclusion and Mark Findlow finished in top spot ahead of Mark Harbord, Steve Clare and Chris Bowden.
A singles Stableford for Alderley Edge’s men was won by Luke Foden with a fine score of 38 points seeing him home from Mike Easton and Andy Wells, both 37.
It was the sixth qualifier for the Simister Cup and qualifies Luke for the final along with Mike Easton, Tom Toup and Bob Anderson.
Edge’s Lady President Gwyneth Holt won a ladies singles Stableford with 36 points from Julie Ricketts 32.
A Wednesday Roll Up at Shrigley Hall had Neil Worthington in charge with 22 points, two more than Jez Hancock.
It was closer in a Thursday Stableford at Shrigley with Howard Rowley needing a cpo on 39 points to shake off Martin Jackson and Peter Whitehurst was only a point off the pace.
The Captain’s Charity medal at Shrigley saw Lee Barnard in smart form winning with a nett 67 from Ian Roebuck 59 and Richard Burrow 71.
A Seniors Stableford at Styal was won by Les Rimmer after a cpo on 36 points with Paul Lawday and John Taylor and Terry Jacobs were hot on their heels with 35.
At the other end of the age scale Styal juniors were in Stableford action with Finn Manning posting a superb card for 43 points, three more than Sam Hall and Erin Parker.
There was more good scoring in a Saturday Stableford at Styal with division one won by Khalil Musa after a cpo on 42 points with Mike Burchell and junior star Will Dodds was only a point off the pace.
In division two Richard Baldwin was the main man with 39 points, one more than Steve Weaver.
Styal ladies played a singles Stableford and in a tight finish Liz Dabrowski won a cpo on 30 points from Chris Pogson.
Davenport ladies enjoyed an 18-hole Greensome and none more than Muriel Shaw and Gwyneth Fielding who led in with 67.4 ahead of Irene Hancock and Jane Sopala 67.6 and Jane Bamford and Gillian Garbett 68.4.