Fran in line for San Diego trip

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GARNETT

CHESHIRE’S Frank Kennedy moved a step closer to the 2018 IMG Acad­emy Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships in San Diego, USA af­ter win­ning his age cat­e­gory in a Bri­tish Ju­nior Golf Tour re­gional qual­i­fier at Bran­don Wood GC on Sun­day.

With World Cham­pi­onship places at stake in the BJGT Na­tional Fi­nals at Park Hill GC in Le­ices­ter­shire on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8th, the Prest­bury mem­ber cov­ered the back nine in gross level par on his way to win­ning the Boys Age 11-12 event.

Kennedy’s strong fin­ish in an ex­cel­lent round of 77 meant he fin­ished three shots ahead Teddy Crooke (Burgh­ley Park), with Sa­muel Epstein (Ep­ping) in third.

Two other re­gional qual­i­fiers for the IMG Acad­emy Ju­nior World Cham­pi­onships, whose pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clude Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, take place at Lit­tle­stone War­ren GC in Kent on Au­gust 6th and Wy­combe Heights GC in Buck­ing­hamshire on Septem­ber 10th.

Bri­tish Ju­nior Golf Tour are also run­ning a col­lec­tion of Ju­nior Opens over the com­ing weeks, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious events at John O’Gaunt GC on Mon­day, July 24th and Ox­ford GC on Wed­nes­day, July 26th.

For more de­tails of how to take part in any Bri­tish Ju­nior Golf Tour com­pe­ti­tion, please visit www. ju­nior­golf­tour.co.uk.

Styal Lady Cap­tain Frances Purdy has been a mem­ber of the club for the past 20 years and she is en­joy­ing a great year at her beloved club.

Frances said: “We have a course in great con­di­tion and the ground staff do a won­der­ful job, the driv­ing range is ter­rific, the pro­fes­sional teach­ing staff are re­ally good and I would rec­om­mend lessons from any of them.

“The ladies sec­tion is grow­ing and there are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties in the week and at week­ends to play.

“I am now re­tired but do a lit­tle floristry work and my hob­bies other than golf are en­ter­tain­ing, cook­ing, gar­den­ing, floristry, bird watch­ing, walk­ing and travel as well as watch­ing Stoke City with a keen eye as my grand­son, aged 12, plays for the Stoke Acad­emy.

“I play golf two-three times a week and my best hand­i­cap was 28 and is now 30 and my per­sonal golf­ing high­light was to drop my hand­i­cap from 31-18 in one game – never likely to hap­pen again!

“My favourite course, other than Styal is Dun­ham For­est and my favourite hole at Styal is the par five ninth and by the time I have reached it I have usu­ally set­tled down.

“My cho­sen char­ity is the East Cheshire Hospice and my cho­sen four ball to play with would be Pat Chad­wick, Sue Grange and my Vice Cap­tain Mel Hill be­cause they are all very pos­i­tive and en­cour­ag­ing.”

Styal ladies were in medal mode with Pat Chad­wick tak­ing top spot with her 73 see­ing her home from Caro­line Ge­orge 76, He­len Billing­ton 78 and Sue Grange 81.

The Terry Evans Me­mo­rial medal at Styal was won by Martin Mullin with 67, from David Of­fland and Finn Man­ning, both 68.

Ryan Owen was next in with 69 and he had the best gross of 72.

The Me­mo­rial Tro­phy medal at Styal was won by David Green­wood with his 67 tak­ing him two shots clear of Paul Su­cho­parek, Brian Ap­pleby and the ever-con­sis­tent Harry Reid.

A Styal Se­niors Sta­ble- ford was won by John Folds with 42 points chased home by Brian Dono­hue 41 and Gor­don Hamil­ton 40.

There was a tight fin­ish to the Pres­i­dent’s Prize at Wilm­slow with a cpo on 41 points go­ing in favour of Alun Wil­liams from Robert Bai­ley, Robert Bul­lock and Nor­man Doo­ley.

Medal ac­tion for Alder­ley Edge’s men had Robert Pin­dar on fire as he took di­vi­sion one with 61 from Dan Feather­stone 64 and Stephen Lo­mas and Matt Spiller, both 65.

In di­vi­sion two it was much closer with Ian Pearce on top with 67, one less than Paul Grundy and Dou­glas Burns.

Medal ac­tion for Edge’s ladies saw in-form Karen Pen­ning­ton as a clear win­ner with her ter­rific 65 see­ing her home from He­len Thom­son 71, Julie Rick­etts 72 and Liz McGuire 73.

A two di­vi­sion medal at Shrigley Hall had An­drew El­lis win­ning di­vi­sion one with 65 from Mike Pow­ell 67 and Jack Gaskell 69.

In di­vi­sion two it was a tighter fin­ish with Tony Luck win­ning a cpo on 71 from Su­nil Mehta with Tim Wrigley a shot off the pace.

A mid­week Sta­ble­ford for Prest­bury’s men saw Ian Hayes win a cpo on 34 points from Rob Thor­n­ey­croft with Matthew De­lany next in with 33.

Prest­bury ladies played a par com­pe­ti­tion and beat­ing par in di­vi­sion one were Emma-Jayne Bol­shaw and Nicky Mark­land both +2 and Gill Mel­lor and Ju­dith Dur­rant, both +1.

In di­vi­sion two Kirsten Forbes won a cpo on +2 from Gil­lian Bux­ton with Mar­garet Fairhurst next in with +1.

Mac­cles­field’s Sue Law­ton was cel­e­brat­ing well af­ter grab­bing an ace in the Prest­bry Ladies In­vi­ta­tion Day.

Back at Macc the ladies staged their own In­vi­ta­tion day and lead­ing in with 41 points were Lady Cap­tain Mar­lene Con­nor and An­drea Cheetham.

Also in the prizes were Gill Evans and Kim Blake 40 and Chris Gleaves and Hazel Bald­ing 39.

Prest­bury mem­ber Frank Kennedy

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