Mary takes on lead role at Prestbury
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