Baker takes on cap­tain’s role at Macc

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

MAC­CLES­FIELD Golf Club’s new cap­tain Mike Baker is well known at the club as part of the ‘Ant and Dec’ part­ner­ship to­gether with his best mate Tony Gosling.

Mike would choose Tony to play in his cho­sen four-ball along with Jamie Donaldson, the club’s most fa­mous player and his late fa­ther-in-law Ron Day, a 12-hand­i­cap mem­ber at Prest­bury who he never played with.

Mike, a mem­ber at Macc for 27 years and cur­rently play­ing off 25 hand­i­cap (best was 18), said: “We have a great course in su­perb con­di­tion and if there are golfers who have never played it be­fore I would urge them to give it a try.

“My favourite hole at Macc is the 16th Stroke Two In­dex which I usu­ally play well and my play­ing high­light was hol­ing a 165-yard shot dur­ing a Texas Scram­ble to se­cure an ea­gle on the stroke one eighth hole.

“I usu­ally play twice a week and my hob­bies other than golf are the Mac­cles­field Male Voice Choir, clas­sic cars and DIY and I also keep an eye on what Mac­cles­field Town are do­ing. My favourite course, other than Macc is Dunskey in Port­patrick and the char­ity I will be sup­port­ing in 2017 is the East Cheshire Hospice. Join­ing me in of­fice are Pres­i­dent Dave Br­ere­ton, Lady Cap­tain Mar­lene Con­nor and ju­nior Cap­tain Ol­lie Tovee and we are all look­ing for­ward to a great year at the club in 2017.”

Wilm­slow’s men were in medal mode and pro­duced some good scores led in Mark Starr with 64. Hot on his heels were Mike Gard­ner 67, Si­mon Perry 67 and Dan Fos­brook and Matthew Wood, both 68.

Daven­port ladies played an 11-hole Stable­ford and Made­laine King­ham was first past the post with 24 points from Dee Green and Danuta Silva both 23.

Shrigley Hall’s men pro­duced some solid scores in a Thurs­day Stable­ford led in by Richard Bur­row with a fine haul of 40 points see­ing him home from Nick Rain­ford 39 and Howard Stringer and Charles Green both 38.

The 11th Winter League Stable­ford at Shrigley had a clear win­ner in Steve Brooks as he posted 33 points to fin­ish with three more than Alex Mans­field and Char­lie Wood.

A Styal Satur­day Stable­ford had di­vi­sion one led in by Nick Edge with a for­mi­da­ble 44-pointer tak­ing him five points clear of Do­minic Tay­lor, Oliver Baker and Jef­frey Chadwick.

In di­vi­sion two Gavin Holmes was also a clear win­ner with 39 points see­ing him first past the post from James Brown 37 and Mike Wild 35.A Stayl ‘Open to All’ Sun­day Stable­ford was led in by Tony Nabarro with an im­pres­sive 43-point haul see­ing him well clear of Howard Rice and Do­minic Tay­lor, both 37.

Styal se­niors are near­ing the end of their long Winter League pro­gramme with the 16th com­pe­ti­tion be­ing won by David Ri­ley with 43 points ahead of Nick Gillings 42 and Den­nis Brown and Alan Lines, both 40

The main Styal Mens Winter League is also reach­ing its con­clu­sion and the lead­ers at present are Keith Daw­son 231, Mike Burchell 229, Ed­die Birchenough 227, Tom Bloor 226 and Jef­frey Chadwick 225.

Hough­wood is one of the newer golf clubs on the huge Manch­ester Al­liance cir­cuit but the club cer­tainly put on the style to pro­vide a great venue for the lat­est Al­liance fix­ture spon­sored by Mark Gregory of M-Pire Golf.

The chal­lenge of the Hough­wood course was re­flected in the low­er­ing of the re­cent high scores in the Al­liance fixtures but it did not pre­vent Knutsford pro Tim Maxwell show­ing his leg­endary class as he led in the in­di­vid­ual pro sec­tion with 41 points, one more than Colin Moroney and Dave Green (Duk­in­field).

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