Cap­tain Pep keeps up sport­ing ties

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GEOFF GARNETT

PETER ‘Pep’ Smith has a long sport­ing af­fil­i­a­tion in Wilm­slow hav­ing been in­volved with Wilm­slow Cricket Club for 46 years, Wilm­slow Hockey Club for 41 years and Alder­ley Edge Cricket Club for 38 years.

He was a rel­a­tive late­comer to golf only join­ing The Wilm­slow Golf Club in 2005 and un­doubt­edly the high­light of his golf­ing life was to be­come cap­tain of the club.

Pep, who plays off 17, said: “The Wilm­slow Golf Club is a very friendly and tra­di­tional mem­bers club and we are lucky to have such a top qual­ity staff.

“These in­clude Ged Heaslip, our very knowl­edge­able and af­fa­ble gen­eral man­ager, Si­mon and Karen Ward win­ners of the National Golf Club Stew­ards of the year in 2013 and re­gional win­ners and fi­nal­ists on numer­ous other oc­ca­sions, Matt Gilling­ham win­ner of the Club Golf Pro­fes­sional of the Year in 2009 and Steve Oul­tram our course man­ager who has been with the club for 25 years and keeps our course in such tremen­dous con­di­tion.

“My favourite hole at Wilm­slow is the 440-yard par four 16th as it is both tricky and pic­turesque - you need to hit and long and pre­cise drive down the left side of the fair­way leav­ing about 160 yards slightly down­hill to a green with bunkers left and right and sur­rounded by ma­ture trees. In sum­mer the sec­ond shot to the green is one that all golfers would savour.”

Alder­ley Edge’s men played round four of the Simister Cup and it was won by Alex Campbell with 23 points, three more than John New­sham.

Edge pro­fes­sional Charle le Sueur and the Cap­tain played a thriller in the Win­ter League against Ken Hall and Tom Rick­etts.

It went to the fi­nal hole which Charles birdied to halve the macth and take them into a fi­nal sec­ond place in the league.

The win­ners were the combo of Feather­stone/Wood/ Broughton and Yakub.

South Manch­ester golfers dom­i­nated the day as the Al­liance be­gan the sec­ond half of its busy win­ter sea­son at the fine venue of Tyther­ing­ton Golf Club.

Lead­ing the way was Chorl­ton as­sis­tant pro Adam Hod­kin­son who looks in good shape as he pre­pares for a full sea­son on the EuroPro Tour.

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