Vintage year in store for Peter
PRESTBURY Golf Club’s new captain Peter Atherton is looking forward to a great year.
“It looks like being an outstanding year ahead at Prestbury for in my 17 years at the club the course has never looked or played better thanks to head green keeper Mark Crossley and his team who are doing a fine job,” he said.
“The gentlemen’s section is nearly full and applications for membership are at an encouraging level.
“My own personal highlight was standing on the 16th tee at Prestbury in a major competition at one over par gross and finishing par, par birdie win the competition on a cpo and drop my handicap to five which had been a target for a few years – it is now seven.
“My favourite hole at Prestbury is the third – it is a challenging drive – either take on the bunker and try to hit a little draw or hit a three wood and then have a longer shot to the elevated green which must be hit perfectly to land and stay on the green.
“Carya in Turkey is my other favourite course and among my hobbies, other than golf, are skiing, going to the gym twice a week and looking for Liverpool FC’s results and I will be supporting the MS society as my charity.
“I think that many club golfers could learn a lot from watching lady pro golfers in action so I would love to play a mixed four ball with Ian Poulter (love the passion he has for the game) and two leading lady professionals like Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie.”
A Father and Son Greensome Stableford at Prestbury had Peter and his Will romping to an easy win with 38 points taking them well clear of Matthew and Russell Gardner 33 and Ian and Andrew Smith 32.
A singles Stableford for Prestbury’s men had Jonathan Park as a clear winner with 42 points, three more than Matthew Delany and John Ogden.
Prestbury ladies were in medal action and in division one Jillian Morris won a cpo on 73 from Nicky Markland two ahead of Jean Duncan.
Linda Worsley won division two with 73 from Margaret Woof and Elsa Andrew, both 75.
A Sunday ‘Open to All’ singles Stableford at Styal needed a cpo on 40 points to take Steve Ruta into top spot from Rick Halford with James Bennett a point back.
It was tight in division one in a ladies medal at Wilmslow with Judy Kennon winning a cpo on 74 from Dawn Wallwork and Lady Captain Elizabeth Black.
In division two Heather Coxson posted an impressive 69 to finish clear of Linda Tinkler 72 and Bridget Madden 73.
A medal for Wilmslow’s men was won by Peter Holt with 78, five less than William Warburton.
Alderley Edge’s ladies were in medal action with Jean Walker leading in with 77 from Sue Kendrick 79 and Gwyneth Holt 81.
At last a dry day - and on a great Bramall Park course there was some terrific scoring and hot competition as the final lap for the Order of Merit in the professional and amateur section is now firmly on.
Birchwood’s Phil Archer is on a great run of form and he followed up his win in the Stroke Play event at Denton two days earlier with a great double at Bramall Park to extend his lead at the top of the profession OoM.
He led in the individual pro section with a fourunder-par 40 points, ahead of Andy Palmer (Chorley) 39 and Scott Jackson (Disley) 38.
Archer made his a double as his Mere partner Anton Johnson helped him to a fine haul of 45 points top the pro am section ahead of Andy Palmer and Keith Ashton (Bolton) 43 and Dave Green and Gary Winston (Dukinfield) who won a cpo on 42 points from the solid team of Alliance Captain Dave Smith and his loyal and reliable Swinton Park partner Jimmy O’Reilly.
Alliance treasurer Vinny Doyle (Leigh) is leading the amateur OoM and he extended his lead as he partnered Darren Wood (Swinton Park) to 44 points and win a cpo from Stand duo Keith Dingley and Dave Eckersley with Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) and Dave Smith (Ellesmere) a point off the pace.
Prestbury captain Peter Atherton