Ain­ley departs Stock­port post

Stockport Express - - Sport - GOLF GEOFF GAR­NETT

AT Stock­port Golf Club’s An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing the re­tir­ing cap­tain John Ain­ley ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the mem­bers for help­ing him and his wife Ali­son have such an en­joy­able year.

He thanked re­tir­ing pres­i­dent, Peter Ben­nett, and mem­bers of the Com­mit­tee for their sup­port through­out the year and re­ported that the Club finds it­self in a healthy fi­nan­cial po­si­tion with a clear plan to main­tain its rep­u­ta­tion as one of Cheshire’s pre­mier golf clubs.

Mem­ber­ship lev­els and vis­i­tor num­bers re­main high, ca­ter­ing main­tains its ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion, but the on­go­ing pro­gramme of drainage works con­tin­ues to be chal­lenged by the re­cent down­pours thrown at it by Mother Na­ture.

The new Club Cap­tain for 2017/18 is Les Jowsey, who has been a mem­ber for sev­en­teen years.

He has pre­vi­ously been a mem­ber at Ar­cot Hall GC, Robin Hood GC and Hazel Grove GC, where he was Cap­tain in 1990/91.

He re­tired some years ago from fi­nan­cial ser­vices to spend more time with his wife Diane, the Re­tir­ing Lady Cap­tain!

She en­joyed her­self so much, both so­cially and on the course in her year of of­fice that she was keen to carry on the life­style by supporting the new Cap­tain dur­ing his year.

Mar­i­tal equal­ity and har­mony (!) is be­ing fos­tered fur­ther this year with the ap­point­ment of the new Lady Cap­tain Irene He­garty and her husband Bren­dan who be­comes the Club Pres­i­dent. Bren­dan’s for­ma­tive golf­ing years were spent at Shaw Hill Golf Club, where his fa­ther was both Cap­tain and Pres­i­dent and his mother Lady Cap­tain.

He met Irene, whose fa­ther was a mem­ber at Kings Nor­ton Golf Club, at Manch­ester Univer­sity and they have brought their fam­ily up in the Stock­port area, be­gin­ning their as­so­ci­a­tion with the Club in the early 90’s. Bren­dan was ap­pointed a Queens Coun­sel in 1992 and be­fore re­tir­ing, he was a Spe­cial­ist Se­nior Cir­cuit Judge (Mer­can­tile). He was also the Pres­i­dent of the Manch­ester Ten­nis and Rac­quet Club from 2013-16.

The new Cap­tain, with­out giv­ing his age away to the meet­ing, ex­plained that as one of the old­est Cap­tains of the Club, he felt he should visit the doc­tor to check his health be­fore ac­cept­ing the nom­i­na­tion.

He was pleased to re­port that most things were OK phys­i­cally, but that there were one or two out­stand­ing ques­tions re­gard­ing his san­ity! At the end of the meet­ing, Les in­sured his early pop­u­lar­ity by buy­ing all those present his first (of many) rounds of drinks as Cap­tain.

Bra­mall Park’s men played a Par com­pe­ti­tion for the Pres­i­dent’s Prize and Alan Tat­tler claimed top spot with +4 from Jonathan Hud­son and Ian Fen­som, both +3.

Park’s ju­niors played a Sta­ble­ford for the McIn­tosh Tro­phy and it was won by Ge­orge Bell with 34 points, nine clear of Nathan Ho­p­ley and T Hen­der­son.

Park’s ladies were also in Sta­ble­ford ac­tion with Donna McIn­tosh lead­ing in with 34 points from Pa­tri­cia Philip 30 and D Gar­rett 28.

A sin­gles Sta­ble­ford for Bramhall’s men was a close af­fair with Robert Kenyon win­ning a cpo on 37 points from Charles Bea­dle, one more than Phillip Gray and Stephen Ellis.

Bramhall ladies played a sin­gles Sta­ble­ford in four di­vi­sions and top­ping the di­vi­sions were Katie Mar­riott with 33 points, Dianne O’Brien 26, Carolyn Eads­forth 29 and Rosa Sheard 33.

Hazel Grove’s men showed their adapt­able skills in a Three Clubs and a Put­ter Sta­ble­ford led in by An­thony Peel with 36 points ahead of Michael Wilkin­son 34 and Trevor Davies 33.

A sin­gles Sta­belford for Grove’s ladies had di­vi­sion one topped by Vivi­enne Hud­son with 24 points, one more than June Daw­son and Va­lerie Wal­ters.

Mar­garet Mor­ley was the star turn in di­vi­sion two with 25 points and in di­vi­sion three Lind­sey With­ers had the top sore of the day post­ing an im­pres­sive 28 points.

The Ju­bilee Put­ter at Houldsworth was won by Roger berry with his nett 65 tak­ing him four shots clear of Danny McCoy.

Houldsworth Cap­tain Dave Raynor won a medal af­ter a cpo on 67 with David Flint and The Webb Cup was won by Mark Mer­i­field with a 36-hole to­tal of 135 from Philip Armstrong 138.

Re­cent com­pe­ti­tions for Red­dish Vale ladies saw Mr Cap­tain’s Prize won by Anne Gosling with 37 points and the Friend­ship Day with Heaton Moor and Houldsworth won by the top trio of Lynsey War­bur­ton, Mar­garet Wor­rall and Ann Somers with 39 points.

Mike Rad­cliffe was an em­phatic vic­tor in a Wed­nes­day Sta­ble­ford for Vale’s men post­ing 40 points to fin­ish ahead of Frank Frost 37 and Ja­son Leech 35.

Marple’s men played the first round of the Win­ter League and set­ting the early pace were M Burke and C Os­borne with 29 from S Sim­posn and P Clarke 28 and S Jeffs and soc­cer leg­end Craig Frisby who led in five pairs on 27 points.

A sin­gles Sta­ble­ford for Marple ladies was a tight con­test with Mary Gil­body win­ning a cpo on 25 points from Pat Owens and hot on their heels with 24 were Karen Buchanan and Janet Sin­gle­ton.

●●Ac­tion from Traf­ford United’s game against Mil­ton (in green)

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