Ladies on course for golf fun with away day

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - GOLF GEOFF GAR­NETT

STYAL Golf Club were ex­cel­lent hosts for the first Academy Away Day launched in Cheshire which was de­signed for ladies who have taken part in Get Into Golf and Be­gin­ner pro­grammes at clubs across the county.

Cheshire Club Sup­port Of­fi­cers Sean Ham­mill (Prest­bury Golf Club) and Alison Lysons launched the day and they were de­lighted with the pos­i­tive re­sponse from the ladies who at­tended.

Sean said: “For most of the 29 ladies who took part this was their first time to play on a golf course – as we played on the ex­cel­lent par three course at Styal

“Most were very ner­vous at the start but with ev­ery­body at the same level the nerves dis­ap­peared quickly and ev­ery­body had loads of fun.

“The ladies were set chal­lenges to achieve over nine holes – this in­cluded a dou­ble bo­gey, tak­ing two putts, re­pair­ing pitch marks, rak­ing bunkers and com­plet­ing a score­card.

“Vol­un­teers and the pro­fes­sion­als from Styal ac­com­pa­nied the ladies to pro­vide tips and guid­ance and the shot gun start meant that ev­ery­body fin­ished at the same time and came to­gether for a glass of bub­bly at the end of play.

“The Academy Away days are per­fect for any lady start­ing to play golf and they only need 5-8 lessons be­fore­hand.

“We have other events in the county in the com­ing months at Por­tal GC, Wood­side GC and War­ren GC and to book and get more de­tails visit Get­into- and search Academy Away Days.” for

A Wed­nes­day Stable­ford at Styal had a con­vinc­ing win­ner in Jonathan Cos­grove who posted 40 points to fin­ish ahead of Ivan Bloor 38 and Joe Brad­shaw, Tom Bloor and Khalil Musa, all 35.

A Styal Se­niors Stable­ford over the Par Three couse had Neil Ap­pleby show­ing his short game skills with 41 points, one more than Les Rim­mer and Daniel Tuohy.

The Aquilla Tro­phy Four­somes at Styal had C Hart and M Mynes in the pole po­si­tion with 70.0 from B and N Ap­pleby 71 and H Billing­ton and J Mol­loy 74.0.

Styal ju­niors played their May Stable­ford and Daniel Hayes led in with 41 points from Will Lu­cas 40 and Bron­wyn Parker 36.

The lat­est round of the Sum­mer Cup for Styal ladies was won at a can­ter by Olivia Brew­ster with 19 points from Sue Forster 14 and Pat Mil­latt 12.

Wilm­slow’s men played their sec­ond Spring Meet­ing and in di­vi­sion one Ian Clarke won a cpo on 70 from Gre­gor Dob­bie, one less than Hy­wel Shaw.

The ju­nior Masters Tro­phy at Wilm­slow was won by Dan Fos­brook with 68, well clear of Will Lu­cas 72 and Hy­wel Shaw 80.

The ladies Spring Meet­ing at Wilm­slow had di­vi­sion one topped by Hazel Baker with 71, just a shot less than Lucinda Har­ris and Julie Postleth­waite.

In di­vi­sion two Fiona Wool­ley posted 74 to win by a shot fromJill Dod­son and Moira Camp­bell. Alder­ley Edge’s men played the sec­ond round of the Hos­pi­tal Tro­phy and David Snell raced to vic­tory with 62, four clear of Ron Rick­etts, Bill Fisher and Philip Ma­son.

Added to round one the tro­phy was won by Nigel Feather­stone with his 129 to­tal tak­ing him clear of Gary Johnstone and An­drew Boyle both 133 and Dan Feather­stone 134.

Edge’s ladies were also in ‘ma­jor’ ac­tion for the Mil­le­nium Tro­phy and in a tight fin­ish Gwyneth Holt took top spot with 34 points, one more than Karen Pen­ning­ton, Alison Roberts and Julie Rick­etts.

The May medal for Mac­cles­field’s men was won by Mark Jack­son with his 63 see­ing him clear of the click­ety clicks from Paul Tom­lin­son, Gareth Robin­son, Paul Burgess, Kevin Hodg­son and Roger Kirby.

Prest­bury’s men played a medal for the PGA National Pro Am qual­i­fier and top of the shop was Gor­don Te­bay with 67 from Adam Bunt 68 and Cur­tis Hughes 70.

A ladies Stable­ford at Prest­bury was won by Mar­garet Si­mons with 33 points, one more than Moira McGrath and Emme-Jayne Bol­shaw.

Mar­riott Wors­ley Park were great late hosts for the Al­liance Pres­i­dent’s Day which is the tra­di­tional fi­nale to the long win­ter sea­son.

The Al­liance, which was formed in 1924, is now the biggest and most ac­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion of its kind in the coun­try with over 100 clubs in its mem­ber­ship and they get an av­er­age of 45 pro­fes­sion­als play­ing in their weekly win­ter com­pe­ti­tions which al­ways have a full field with a wait­ing list. Bramhall Golf Club was booked to be the hosts for Pres­i­dent’s Day but build­ing work pre­vented this and Mar­riott Wors­ley Park kindly stepped in to host the event and pro­vided a great course and ex­cel­lent hos­pi­tal­ity on a day blessed by sunny weather.

There was plenty at stake with day prizes and the Or­der of Merit prizes for pro­fes­sion­als, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs as the main fea­tures of a busy day.

But it was also a spe­cial day for long-serv­ing Al­liance Pres­i­dent John Dowd who com­pleted 25 years in the role and he was de­lighted to be pre­sented with a high qual­ity watch by Al­liance life mem­ber Peter Bar­ber (Dids­bury GC) in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing ser­vices to golf and the Manch­ester Al­liance.

The Pres­i­dent’s Tro­phy for the best score of the day (ama­teur or pro­fes­sional) was won in style by Grant Hamer­ton (Pike Fold) with a stun­ning 66 keep­ing up his great run of success at his favourite lo­cal course.

He fin­ished four shots clear of Colin Maroney and Ian Ridg­way (Dis­ley) and the top ama­teur re­turn came from Jimmy O’Reilly (Swin­ton Park) with nett 71 from Paul Crisp (Ash­ton-on-Mersey 72.

The pro­fes­sional Or­der of Merit was won at a can­ter by Birch­wood’s former Euro­pean star Phil Archer with a to­tal of 705 points see­ing him well clear of Andy Palmer (Chor­ley) 482 and Gra­ham Cox (Lymm) 304.

Andy Palmer was the win­ner of the As­sis­tant Pro’s OoM from Jamie Howarth (Daven­port) 291 and Adam Hod­kin­son (Chorl­ton) 261.

Al­liance trea­surer Vinny Doyle (Leigh GC) was also a run­away win­ner in the ama­teur OoM with 83 points from Jimmy O’Reilly 68 and Mar­cus Cor­field (Swin­ton Park) 66.

The fi­nal prize for the best guest score of the day was taken by Steve ‘Ma­jes­tic’ Moores (Stam­ford GC) with 71 ahead of Steve Hin­dle (Mar­riott Wors­ley Park) 72 and Keith Ash­ton (Bolton) 75.

John Dowd paid tribute to all of the reg­u­lar play­ers in Al­liance events, the tire­less or­gan­is­ers, spon­sors and clubs who have his time as Al­liance Pres­i­dent so re­ward­ing over the past 25 years and made it such a top golf or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Knutsford Golf Club were again su­perb hosts for the So­ci­ety of Manch­ester and District Cap­tains’ An­nual In­tro­duc­tory Meet­ing for new Cap­tains

There were 25 new Cap­tains along with 12 mem­bers of the Ex­ec­u­tive of The As­so­ci­a­tion were treated to nine holes of golf in the de­light­ful set­ting of Knutsford Golf Club in Tat­ton Park.

The com­pe­ti­tion was a Team Stable­ford – best 2 scores from 4 to count off 90 per cent hand­i­cap.

The Cap­tain of Knutsford, Bob Sut­ton wel­comed the gath­er­ing to this an­nual event which Knutsford were de­lighted to host on be­half of The So­ci­ety.

He was very proud that Knutsford had again been cho­sen to host this an­nual event and looked for­ward to see­ing the So­ci­ety again at Knutsford in the fu­ture.

The Cap­tain of The So­ci­ety Brian Ash­field again wel­comed the guests and thanked The Cap­tain and Coun­cil of Knutsford Golf Club for again host­ing this an­nual event.

He ex­plained the aims and ethos of The As­so­ci­a­tion.

He in­vited the new Cap­tains to play in as many of the So­ci­ety events as they could man­age in their heavy sched­ule.

He then thanked Ian Michael for or­gan­is­ing the day and also thanked the starter Terry Jowett and the cater­ing staff for the ex­cel­lent food served.

The com­pe­ti­tion saw the new Cap­tains from three Mersey Val­ley clubs join forces with MDGC sec­re­tary John Camp­bell for a great win­ning haul of 46 points.

Next in with 43 points were Dave San­ders - MDGC, Barry Cook­sey – Red­dish Vale, Adrian Yeard­ley- Stam­ford and Bernard Stone – MDGC.

The third spot went to the fab four of Ger­ard Gaf­fey – MDGC, Derek Scoular – Bolton, Barry Wil­son – Birch­wood and Adrian McC­reavey – Stand

There was only one two recorded Adrian Hodges – Boysnope -re­ceiv­ing six SMDGC Logo Golf Balls

Ian Michael fin­ished off the event by wish­ing all the new Cap­tains a happy and suc­cess­ful year of of­fice and hoped the see them join­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion and play­ing in the many events or­gan­ised.

The group in ac­tion on the course

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