Big thumbs up for new Styal
THE annual visit of the Alliance to Styal gave a full field a first chance to sample the changes to the course and Styal got the thumbs up from all of the players who felt that course was in the best condition ever.
There was some good scoring to reflect the quality on offer led by Ashtonon-Mersey assistant pro Olly Smith who enjoyed a great double success.
He posted the top individual score of 42 points in a round that contained eight birdies to finish ahead of Steve Parry (Hart Common) 41 and Andy Palmer (Chorley) 40.
The top assistant pro, not in the main prizes, was Bramall Park’s Liam Burgess with 39 points.
Then in a close finish for the pro am section Olly partnered John Davies (Sale) to 47 points and win a cpo from Steve Parry and Alliance treasurer Vinny Doyle (Leigh) with Chorlton’s dynamic duo of Adam Hodkinson and James Doodson next in with 43.
The am am section had Bolton Old Links stalwarts Brian Carroll and Mike Wallace showing their enduring class with a winning haul of 45 points taking them home from Terry Gilbert ( Davyhulme Park) and Marcus Corfield (William Wroe) 43 and the consistent Stamford pair of Danny Fox and Steve Finan 41.
A Thursday Stableford at Shrigley Hall was won by Roderick Scott after a cpo on 35 points with Janet Gates with Steve Wells a point off the pace.
Ron and Julie Ricketts won the Barbara Ames Mixed Knock Out at Alderley Edge beating Dave Lee and Lady President Gwyneth Holt in the final.
Ron was delighted as it sees his name go on an honours board for the first time since he joined the club.
The latest pro Challenge at Alderley Edge saw Nigel Pugh and Chris Edwards inflict defeat on pro Charles Le Sueur and the Vice Captain in the second round.
Sale Golf Club were again proud and excellent hosts for the 16th Joanne Morley Junior Challenge which had a full field of boys and girls aged under 16 years from across the region.
Joanne, who began her magnificent golfing career that has seen her win virtually all of the titles on offer as an amateur, including playing in a Curtis Cup win at Royal Liverpool, before joining the professional ranks with a handicap of +6.
She went on to play in the Solheim Cup and had regular success on the LET and LPGA Tours and on retirement from play- ing was the Solheim Cup vice captain for four years culminating in a memorable win for GB and I over the USA.
She has been a staunch supporter of junior golf in Cheshire over the years and has joined with WGTB Golf in promoting the Joanne Morley Junior Golf Challenge which has seen many of the players go on to achieve great success in golf over the years.
Joanne was again in attendance for a full day at Sale Golf Club along with Sale Lady Captain Maria Walmsley and other staunch Sale supporters as some terrific talent enjoyed a great competition for the many prizes on offer.
It went to wire of a cpo as three players ended locked on 37 points and taking the top spot was Sale’s Daniel O’Gorman whose better back nine of 19 points gave him the edge over Matthew Seasman (Withington) and nine-year-old Imogen Williamson (Vicars Cross) and a superb Odyssey putter.
Daniel also won the nearest the pin for boys prize on the 186-yard third hole and led his Sale team to victory in the top team prize..
Matthew won the Top Boy prize of a round for four at Marriott Worsley Park and Imogen was Top Girl taking a Callaway Golf Bag as her prize.
She also had a superb two on the difficult par three 15th hole and looks to be a great prospect for the future as she also won the prize for top score for 11 years and under.
Also in the prizes were James Hugall (Sale), Sam Higgins the newly appointed Junior Captain of Withington Golf Club, Amy Sarjantson (Didsbury) Beth Greenhalgh (Manchester), Siobhan Grayson (Ringway) and Carina-May Teirney (Crompton and Royton) who won the Nearest the Pin for Girls on the 17th.
Joanne was very impressed with the standard of golf by many young players and also for their conduct and etiquette both on and off the course which brought great credit to both themselves and their clubs.
Thanks from competition organisers WGTB Golf go to prize sponsorsThe Golf Foundation, Martin Wild of Callaway Golf, Pete Styles at the Trafford Driving Range, Marriott Worsley Park, Northenden Golf Club, Alderley Edge Golf Club, Danny Whittaker and Sale Golf Club for their hosting and support.
Pro-am winners Olly Smith and John Davies with sponsor Alan Bullock, right, and Styal ex-captain Ivan Bloor
Am-am winners Brian Carroll and Mike Wallace with Alliance President John Dowd