Mary takes on lead role at Prest­bury

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

THE ladies sec­tion at Prest­bury Golf Club is one of the strong­est in the county and they have en­joyed team and in­di­vid­ual suc­cess in top com­pe­ti­tions over re­cent years.

Among their top play­ers are Eng­land un­der 18 star Bel War­dle, Jae Bow­ers a Cheshire reg­u­lar and Gill Mel­lor one of Cheshire’s top se­nior golfers.

The teams have en­joyed win­ning East Cheshire League com­pe­ti­tions in the A, B and Plate com­pe­ti­tions and have won the MDLGA Bell Cup in re­cent years.

Mary Sta­ton, the new Lady Cap­tain, is de­lighted to take on the role in 2017 af­ter be­ing a mem­ber for eight years and the ‘ma­jor’ play­ing suc­cess for 18-hand­i­cap Mary was to win the ‘Granny’s Tro­phy’ with 49 points in her first year of grand­moth­er­hood.

Mary said: “It is a great hon­our to be the Lady Cap­tain to such a strong ladies sec­tion at a won­der­ful course with a scenic view on ev­ery hole and a very friendly club with ex­cel­lent cater­ers who pro­vide first class meals.

“The sec­tion has good op­por­tu­nity for match­play at all lev­els and we also have good par­tic­i­pa­tion in our reg­u­lar Tuesday morn­ing com­pe­ti­tions and it is good to re­port the ex­cel­lent feed­back we have from vis­i­tors and mem­bers alike with re­gard to the qual­ity of the course and hos­pi­tal­ity of­fered.

“My hob­bies other than golf are walk­ing, sewing and read­ing and I also sup­port Le­ices­ter Tigers Rugby Union team.

“My favourite hole at Prest­bury is the 11th as it is a chal­lenge to reach the top of the hill and my favourite course other than Prest­bury is St Davids, Har­lech.

“My cho­sen char­ity is the Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion and I am sure that I will re­ceive great sup­port from the won­der­ful mem­bers of the club.”

A Thurs­day Sta­ble­ford at Shrigley Hall was led in by Brian Wil­liams with 34 points ahead of Steve Wells 32, Peter Duffy 31 and Mike Gates 28.

The lat­est Win­ter League com­pe­ti­tion at Shrigley needed a cpo on 38 points to see Peter Duffy across the line from Thomas Gaskell, four points clear of John Ste­wart.

It was a fam­ily af­fair in a Wed­nes­day Sta­ble­ford at Styal with the per­sis­tent skills of for­mer Cap­tain Ivan Bloor yield­ing 20 points to see him clear of Tom Bloor 19 and Peter Cord­well and Khalil Musa. both 18.

Styal’s ever-busy se­niors played their lat­est Win­ter League round and David Hol­lick posted an im­pres­sive 42 points to lead in from Neil Ap­pleby 41 and Kevin Bo­quet and Daniel Tuohy, both 40.

Styal ladies played a Texas Scram­ble and the hot trio of O Brew­ster, He­len Billing­ton and Nancy Chorl­ton led in with 51.4 from Frances Purdy, Mel Hill and Lynn Guy 54.8 and Enid Laverty, Jenny Mer­ren and a ‘Ghost’ 61.3.

The draws have been made for the In­ter Club Knock Out com­pe­ti­tions or­gan­ised by the Manch­ester and District Golf Al­liance which are the big­gest com­pe­ti­tions of their kind in the coun­try.

The pre­mier com­pe­ti­tion is the Dun­ham For­est Tro­phy which fea­tures the club pro­fes­sional and the six top am­a­teurs in a sin­gles match-play for­mat with over 90 clubs in the mix look­ing to make fi­nals day at Dun­ham For­est Golf Club in Septem­ber.

In 2016 Leigh Golf Club set a new record of five wins in the long-run­ning com­pe­ti­tion and two in a row.

They will be look­ing to make it a hat-trick in 2017 and have been drawn in the pre­lim­i­nary round at home against Wilp­shire look­ing to make the last 64.

MATCHES IN­VOLV­ING OUR LO­CAL TEAMS ARE:

Manch­ester v Mot­tram Hall, Styal v Crewe, Wilm­slow v Whit­taker.

THROUGH WITH BYES INTO ROUND ONE ARE:

Tyther­ing­ton. Dav­en­port and

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