Vin­tage year in store for Peter

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

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

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