Big thumbs up for new Styal

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - GOLF GE­OFF GARNETT

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

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