Bramhall Park boost Hos­pice

Stockport Express - - Sport - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

GOLFERS from Bra­mall Park Golf Club raised a bumper £16,250 for St Ann’s Hos­pice from its an­nual AM AM com­pe­ti­tion which at­tracted 200 golfers.

It brings the to­tal raised for the hos­pice since the event be­gan 13 years ago to more than £175,000.

The 50 teams in­cluded the club’s Cap­tain Si­mon Bed­ford and Lady Cap­tain Jo Coutts.

Or­gan­iser Jan Cowan said: “I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for their gen­eros­ity and kind­ness. It was an in­cred­i­ble day and peo­ple en­tered into the true spirit of the day from early in the morn­ing til late at night. The amount raised is ex­cep­tional.”

“I’m very pas­sion­ate about hos­pices and the at­mos­phere at the club that night showed our warm af­fec­tion for St Ann’s Hos­pice.”

“It’s a char­ity close to the hearts of our mem­bers who again gave us fan­tas­tic sup­port, along with our spon­sors and won­der­ful vol­un­teers.”

Af­ter the golf, a live band Clock­work pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment, there was a sum­mer siz­zling BBQ , a Grand raf­fle and auc­tion which was run by Daven­port pro Tony Stevens.

Main spon­sors were Wil­liams BMW, while jewellers Slacks and An­drews, Pre­stons and Har­vey’s the Jewellers kindly do­nated raf­fle and auc­tion items along with lo­cal busi­nesses in the area.

Ea­monn O’Neal, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of St Ann’s Hos­pice, said: “We can­not thank Bra­mall Park Golf Club enough for their amaz­ing sup­port. As a char­ity we only re­ceive about a third of our fund­ing from the NHS, so this gen­er­ous do­na­tion is a huge help fund­ing care for pa­tients with life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses, their fam­i­lies and car­ers.”

A Mid­week Stable­ford at AVRO was won by Chris Robin­son with 33 points, one more than Peter Atkin­son, Neil Flood and Michael Thorn­ber.

The top pair in the AVRO Cap­tain v Vice Cap­tain’s com­pe­ti­tion were Stephen Cal­laghan and Peter Walker with 35 points.

It was close for Cheadle’s men in the medal for the Robert Brown Tro­phy with Phil Carter win­ning a cpo on 61 from Tim Hal­lam, two less than Dun­can Clark­son.

Cheadle ladies played a sin­gles Stable­ford and Bev­er­ley VanRoss was out on her own with 36 points from Jac­quie Pop­plewell 31 and Brenda Peak 30.

The John Bul­lock Tro­phy par com­pe­ti­tion for Disley’s men pro­duced some great scores led in by club leg­end Tony Collinson on -9 from Paul Holtom and Phil Le­abt­ter. Both -7 and Neil O’Brien -6.

A ‘Third Time Lucky Mil­le­nium’ medal for Disley’s ladies was won by Jean Blackie on 70 from Lind­say Pul­ley 71 and Glo­ria Kee­ley 72.

Medal ac­tion for Gatley’s men saw Scott Kee­lan on top of di­vi­sion one with 66 from Matthew Milnes 69 and Richard Rood 72.

In di­vi­sion two Neil Paton was top of the shop with 73, one clear of Michael Coffey

A sin­gles Stable­ford for Gatley ladies had Younghee Che­ung on top with 28 points, four more than Pamela McKean.

Heaton Moor’s men played the first round of the Pro­fes­sional’s Bo­gey and cricket leg­end Ian Collins led in on +1 from judo starMartin McSor­ley level par and Stephen Lit­tle­wood and Dave Rod­den, both -1.

Stable­ford ac­tion for Mellor and Town­scliffe ladies had Eileen Lewis in charge with 35 points from Les­ley Parkin­son 33 and Pat Daniels and E Howard, both 29.

M and T’s men played a BB medal for the Whit­ting­ton Plate and L and T Con­way led in with 66.0 from M Pri­est­ley and B Gee 67.4,and K and S Con­way 69.2.

The clos­ing medal for New Mills men was won by Patrick Walker with 64 closely fol­lowed by Mark Brooks 65 and Steven Hall and Phil Ardern, both 66.

The Play­ers Prize for the best ag­gre­gate of the sea­son went to Ian Hard­ing with 265 from Gary Yates 265 and Robert Walsh, Ben Wil­liams and Keith Wright, all 267.

The fi­nal medal for Romiley’s men was won by An­drew Jack­son with 68 from Mark James 69 and Andy Smith, AS Mar­tin and Gary Wil­liams, all 70.

It needed a cpo on 34 points to see Heather Den­ton on top in a ladies Stable­ford at Romiley from Anne Har­ri­son and juts a point off the pace were Pam San­topaolo, Jackie Purcer and An­gela Slate.

The switch of the lat­est Manch­ester Al­liance fix­ture to Bolton Old Links Golf Club proved to be a great suc­cess as a full field of play­ers en­joyed a chal­leng­ing course in pris­tine con­di­tion with ter­rific greens.

There was a close con­test in the in­di­vid­ual pro sec­tion with Phil Archer shar­ing top spot with Scott Howarth (Daven­port) with 39 points ahead of Sean Blinkhorn (Leigh) 38 and Jamie Howarth (Daven­port) 37.

For­mer Al­liance Cap­tain Mark Smith, the pro­fes­sional at Stam­ford Golf Club, got ter­rific sup­port from his young part­ner Josh Ain­scough as they amassed a huge haul of 47 points to fin­ish well clear of Sean Blinkhorn and his Leigh part­ner Dan Crook 44 and Ol­lie Pan­toja (Ash­ton-on-Mersey) and his part­ner Stephen Ha­zlitt, the home club Cap­tain 41.

The top am am pair were Brett Col­lier and Ian Red­mayne (Prest­wich) with 44 points, three more than Alan Schofield and Steve Jack­son (Bolton Old Links) who won a cpo from an­other home pair Dean Hib­bert and Jim O’Gara.

The Manch­ester and District Golf Al­liance is the big­gest and most ac­tive of its kind in the coun­try with over 110 clubs, in­clud­ing all of our lo­cal ones, and each year they se­lect a Cap­tain with the role al­ter­nat­ing be­tween ama­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als.

The 2018/19 sea­son sees Duk­in­field pro­fes­sional Dave Green in the role which he is rel­ish­ing hav­ing played in the Al­liance for many years with plenty of play­ing suc­cess.

Dave said: “I was a ju­nior mem­ber of Den­ton Golf Club and then moved into the pro­fes­sional ranks with their pro­fes­sional Mike Holling­worth and did my PGA train­ing with him.

“I got the job as suc­cess­fully Duk­in­field pro­fes­sional in 2004 so I will have been at the club for 15 years in Feb­ru­ary 2019.

“Among my ma­jor play­ing suc­cesses are win­ning the PGA Cap­tain and pro­fes­sional in Turkey with Steve War­bur­ton in 2011.

“Just re­cently I fin­ished fifth in Por­tu­gal in the PGA Lom­bard tro­phy with a Duk­in­field mem­ber mem­ber Andy Nolan and twice in Al­liance com­pe­ti­tions. I have played in the MDGA since I was 18 as an as­sis­tant to Mike - only when he wasn’t play­ing as he played most weeks.

“I am very happy to fol­low in Mike’s foot­steps as he was a pre­vi­ous Al­liance Cap­tain 10years ago.

“The Al­liance has been made so suc­cess­ful by the or­gan­i­sa­tion that’s been in­volved over the, I started play­ing when Bert Thomp­son and Ge­orge Hill were the or­gan­is­ers and through­out Pres­i­dent John Dowd’s in­volve­ment with the spon­sors has con­trib­uted mas­sively to the on­go­ing suc­cess and stands out as the best Al­liance in the coun­try

“It is a priv­i­lege and an hon­our to be Pres­i­dent of such a fan­tas­tic golf­ing com­mu­nity that lives up to its motto of ‘Friend­ship through Golf’ in its weekly win­ter com­pe­ti­tions and the unique In­ter Club Knock Out sum­mer com­pe­ti­tions.

“The suc­cess of the Al­liance is shown by the num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als who sup­port the Al­liance win­ter com­pe­ti­tions, which in­clude a match play knock out and the Or­der of Merit.

“Mem­bers of Al­liance clubs can en­ter the weekly com­pe­ti­tions and find out more about the Al­liance ac­tiv­i­ties on the web­site www.mdga.org.uk.”

●●Char­ity AM AM or­gan­iser Jan Cowan, Bra­mall Park Lady Cap­tain Jo Coutts, Men’s Cap­tain Si­mon Bed­ford, Pres­i­dent Janet Bri­er­ley and Ea­monn O’Neal, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of St Ann’s Hos­pice

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