Chilton holds nerve to land Cat crown

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GARNETT

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.

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