Championship place for Mellor
CALDY Golf Club combined an excellent course with a rich cocktail of April weather comprising sunshine, cold winds, snow, rain and hail as it hosted the 2016 Cheshire Ladies Championships over three days which produced some excellent golf.
The opening day featured a 36-hole strokeplay to decide the last 16 players for the matchplay KO rounds and it was led in by Jeanne Bell (Royal Liverpool) with a two-round total of 153 to win the Doris Brown Trophy.
In the main competition for the Championship Trophy the last four were Bell, who lost 4/2 to Heswall’s Lucy Jamieson and Prestbury’s senior ladies star Gill Mellor who beat Laura Jones 4/2.
The final was a close affair with Lucy always having a slight edge and she her talent going on to win by 2/1.
It was a day to remember for Lucy, one of the county’s top juniors, as next day she was able to celebrate her 16th birthday in style and it is believed that she is the youngest-ever winner of the Championship Trophy which she received from Cheshire Lady Captain Paula Latham (Royal Liverpool GC).
Gill Mellor was also delighted to win the Gladys Dobell Cup as the championship runner-up and book her place in the county team to play in the Northern County Championships
Back at Prestbury their ladies played a BB Stableford Ping qualifier and it was led in by Maura Delany and Lynne Cam- eron with 40 points, one more than Sheila Bowie and Carol Hulme.
They also played a singles medal for the Pierpoint Memorial and in a tight finish Josephine Harrison won a cpo on 74 from Jillian Morris and hot on their heels with 75 were Margaret Simons, Penny Smith, Jae Bowers and Elaine Fawkes.
Prestbury juniors were also in medal action with Josh Turnock on top with 70 from Hadley Jordan 71.
Prestbury’s men played for the Harry Pierpoint Memorial Trophy and Matthew Delany led in with 69, one less than Anthony Greensmith and Adam Cockerill.
A singles Stableford for Macclesfield’s men was won by Tom Hollingworth with 41 points from John Sherwood 40 and Stuart Gatward 39.
Alderley Edge’s men were in medal mode and David Snell was out on his own in division one with 62, six shots clear of Tom Troup.
It was much tighter in division two as Ben Gaunt won a cpo on 65 from Peter Wood.
Edge’s ladies were in Par action with Jean Walker leading in with +2 from Barbara Moss -3.
A Wednesday Stableford at Styal was led in by junior star Will Dodds with 39 points, four more than Jacob Oakley, John McBryer and Simon Tracey.
Styal seniors played a singles Stableford which was won by Steve Wild with 40 points, two more than Harry Wilks and David Bate.
The first Styal ladies medal of the new season had Claire Whitney showing her class as the four handicapper posted a nett 71 to lead Sue Grange by three shots.
A Golden medal at Shrigley Hall had a clear winner in Daniel Henshaw with his nett 65 taking six clear of Graeme Nimmo.
It was much closer in the Thursday Stableford at Shrigley with Alan Smith winning a cpo on 37 points from Martin Firth, Peter Duffy and Richard Burrow.
A Five Club Challenge at Mottram Hall had William Murphy showing his adaptable skills with a great haul of 40 points taking him four clear of Mark Green.
●● Gill Mellor with the Gladys Dobell Cup