Chilton holds nerve to land Cat crown
MANY of the top players in the region enjoyed two terrific days of competition in the World Ranking Cheshire Cat competition staged at the superb venues of Stockport and Wilmslow Golf Clubs.
This was the third year of the competition which saw the Stockport Salver and Wilmslow Crow Scratch competitions combine for the Cheshire Cat Trophy with 36 holes played at each venue on successive days.
Stockport Golf Club set the standard for the Cheshire Cat as it produced a nervejangling finish with three players Chris Chilton (High Legh Park), Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) the Cheshire Cat defending champion and James Newton (Prestbury) level on -4.
The second round of 68 gave Chilton, the Cheshire match play champion, victory with Kenwright on 69 and Newton on 70 and the lead going into Day Two.
Wilmslow had the course in top class condition but strong winds saw sub-par scores at a premium. Sandiway star Rhys Nevin-Wharton was unable to play at Stockport due to another playing commitment but he showed his intent with a best opening round of 68 from Jack Nicholson (Vale of Llangollen) and David Peel (Stockport) both 69 with several other players in close contact to battle out the decisive second round.
Leading the way with 69’s were Cameron Massey (Northenden) and Chris Harrison (Sandiway) as conditions became more difficult.
Chris Chilton posted a steady 71 to secure top place in the battle for the Cheshire Cat Trophy as he finished on 144 level with Ben Hallam (Wychwood Park), Jack Brooks (Didsbury) and David Peel.
But there was no denying Rhys NevinWharton the Wilmslow Crow as his second round of 73 saw him into top spot on 141 from Jack Nicholson 143.
Presenting the trophies were Wilmslow and Stockport Captains Pep Smith and John Ainley who gave fulsome and well deserved praise to all of the players and officials for a terrific two days of top class golf.
It was the Captain’s Weekend at Alderley Edge and on day one the pace was set by Andy Wells 65 and Gary Olson 66 and hot on their heels with 67 were Paul Ellis, Andrew Hogg, Gary Johnstone, Philip Mason and Mike Easton.
Day two was equally tight as Ben Gaunt led in after a cpo on 66 with Jan Cichoki and one shot back were Craig Aston, Stephen Lomas and Mike Easton.
Mike Easton emerged as the winner with 133 from Philip Mason 134 and Matt Spiller 138.
Edge’s ladies played a Ping Stableford won by G Hall and Y Grundy with 40 points, one more than B Evans and M Monk and A Atkinson and L Gardner.
Styal’s men played athe David Horsey medal and Simon Geddis was unstoppable with 62 from Sam hall 65 and Ben Tomlinson and Jacob Oakley both 66 with Jacob having the lowest gross of 65.
A Styal Seniors White Tee medal David Jones won a cpo on 65 from Jim Stokoe with Terry Hanna 66 and Alan Beckett 67 also in the frame.
A Wednesday Stableford at Styal was won by junior star Will Dodds with his fine 40-pointer taking him clear of Mark Emms 36 and Arthur Jowle 35.
Styal ladies played for the Holohan Trophy in a BB Stableford and it was won by Olivia Brewster and K Hobbs with 43 points, three more than M Hill and Joan McPherson (who retired injured) and C Pogson and L Dabrowski.
Macclesfield ladies were in Stableford action and Kath Brocklehurst led in with 35 points from Sheila Greenwood 34 and June Sumner 29.
It was President’s Weekend at Davenport and in round one Dave Walddron-Kelly set the pace with 64, three less than John Sturmey, Stuart Davenport, Graham Lake and Mark Bryning.
Day two star was Andy Milne with 65 from Liam Glennon 66 and Graham Boon led in a clutch of players on 68.
The overall winner with 133 was Dave WaldronKelly from Arny Anderson 136 and Liam Glennon 137.