Mor­timer’s Tro­phy fin­ish among best

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GE­OFF GARNETT

THE Bunty Booth Tro­phy is one of the most pop­u­lar com­pe­ti­tions in the cal­en­dar of the Manch­ester and Dis­trict Ladies GA sea­son.

Seventy mem­ber clubs of the MDLGA hold qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tions in the year prior to the com­pe­ti­tion to pro­vide the fi­nal­ists for the com­pe­ti­tion which was be­gun fol­low­ing the MDLGA Cen­te­nary in mem­ory of one of their great mem­bers.

Pike Fold GC were the hosts for the 2017 com­pe­ti­tion and pro­vided an ex­cel­lent course – a true test of golf with plenty of wa­ter haz­ards and tricky pin po­si­tions and the weather was very kind on the day to see some very good scores posted.

Kevin White, the sec­re­tary of Pike Fold, along with staff and mem­bers en­sured that this pres­ti­gious event ran smoothly.

The win­ner with 36 points was 22-hand­i­cap­per An­gela Wilkin­son who made the short trip from Bury Golf Club and was de­lighted to be pre­sented with the tro­phy by the MDLGA Pres­i­dent Au­drey Bird – also a Bury mem­ber.

It needed a cpo on 34 points to sort out the next two places and it went in favour of Wendy Pol­lit from Den­ton play­ing off 11 from six hand­i­cap­per Kim Mor­timer of Tyther­ing­ton.

The So­ci­ety of Manch­ester and Dis­trict Cap­tains have en­joyed a re­cent busy sched­ule with three top fixtures with the ‘ma­jor’ one be­ing Cap­tain’s Day at Dun­ham For­est Golf Club, the home club of the M and D Cap­tain of Cap­tains Ge­off Sable.

A fine field of 84 en­joyed an im­mac­u­late course with im­pres­sive fast and true greens for the BB Sta­ble­ford com­pe­ti­tion.

Tak­ing top spot with a fine haul of 47 points were John Tay­lor (Leigh GC) and Stephen Tombs (Rochdale) af­ter a cpo from Tony Bowden and Roger Souter (both Bramhall GC) to tke the cov­eted Bish­opShad­bolt Tro­phy.

In third place with 44 points were Irvine Ca­plan (White­field) and John Plun­kett (Ellesmere).

Matches were played against Leeds Cap­tains at Lymm GC with Ge­off Sable de­lighted to lead the Manch­ester team to a 6.5-3.5 vic­tory.

Next up was a trip to Ch­ester­field Golf Club to play the Der­byshire Cap­tains in a very close con­test which ended locked at 5-5 which meant that the hosts re­tained the Don McFarlane Tro­phy.

Lead­ing the Manch­ester team was Vice Cap­tain Tony Gre­gory of Stock­port GC who thanked the hosts for their ex­cel­lent or­gan­i­sa­tion and all of the play­ers for con­tribut­ing to an en­joy­able oc­ca­sion.

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