Hil­l­aby’s been mak­ing his Mark at Macc

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

MAC­CLES­FIELD Golf Club’s course man­ager Mark Hil­l­aby took up the role in 2015 af­ter en­joy­ing 12 years of great and in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing at at Wilm­slow Golf Club.

Since his ar­rival he has drawn nu­mer­ous re­marks from mem­bers and vis­i­tors whose com­ments and feed­back speak for them­selves – ‘great course’,’ fan­tas­tic greens’, ‘greens are bet­ter now (April) than ours at any time’, ‘what a treat to play’.

Macc cap­tain Neil Jack­son added: “Mark is a mas­sive as­set to our club, his work ethic is un­ques­tion­able and he con­tin­ues to present a fan­tas­tic course week af­ter week.”

Mark ex­plained the rea­sons for his suc­cess: “I started my green keep­ing ca­reer at Wilm­slow GC in 2001 work­ing un­der their well-known and re­spected course man­ager Steve Oul­tram and in the 12 years that I worked there it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence learn­ing all about what goes on in set­ting up a cham­pi­onship course – the at­ten­tion to de­tail and most of all the hard work that is re­quired.

“Wilm­slow was an out­stand­ing golf course for learn­ing all about tra­di­tional green-keep­ing meth­ods.

“I moved to Macc in April 2015 and this has been a very chal­leng­ing but very re­ward­ing time with the club be­ing very sup­port­ive along the way and I can­not thank them enough and we will as a team con­tinue to im­prove and move the course for­ward.

“Course im­prove­ments over the win­ter months were very chal­leng­ing with the wet weather but we man­aged to com­plete what we set out to achieve with the main project be­ing to re­solve the prob­lem we had on the 16th hole.

“A nat­u­ral spring had ap­peared on the bank on the right of the hole which was caus­ing huge prob­lems flood­ing the bank and the fair­way.

“The plan we came up with was to catch the wa­ter at its high­est point and then make a fea­ture out of it and we also needed to drain the bank us­ing more than 400 me­tres of pipe in the process.

“There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into the job but the end re­sult was very sat­is­fy­ing.

“Re­build­ing of sev­eral bunkers was also a main pri­or­ity which will be a huge part of the win­ter work over the next cou­ple of years. Some of the bunkers are look­ing a bit sorry for them­selves and we felt that they needed fresh­en­ing up and re­shap­ing.

“Work­ing closely with course ar­chi­tect and Euro­pean Tour star Jamie Don­ald­son some ex­cit­ing plans have been drawn up to change and move sev­eral of the bunkers around the course and re­design­ing some of the holes so it is very much a work in process.”

Mac­cles­field ju­niors played for the Cap­tain’s Cup and it was won by Thomas Kir­ton af­ter a cpo on 66 with Thomas Sil­cock, one less than Cal­lum Atkin­son.

Macc’s men played the Barn­aby Sta­ble­ford and in di­vi­sion one it was tight at the top with Chris Pat­ti­son post­ing 39 points, one more than Ni­cholas Jeav­ons, Stu­art Purves and Jake Bow­ers.

Brian Welch romped home in di­vi­sion two with his hot 43-pointer see­ing him three clear of Chris Fisher and Bob McGrouther.

A Sun­day Open to All Sta­ble­ford at Styal was won by Andy Clear with 39 points, one more than Mike Burchell and Vic­to­ria Parry.

Four Styal se­niors were locked on 68 in a se­niors medal and win­ning the cpo was John Folds from Harry Reid, Mike Moore and Michael Han­non.

Styal ladies were in Sta­ble­ford mode with Enid Laverty fi­rat past the post with 32 points from Jan­ice What­ley 29 and Diana Prow 28.

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