Alderley frustrated as Bay notch the win
Golf lets you set your own pace. You can even drive a cart if you get tired and importantly you can keep up your technique and improve as you get older.
Golf has been linked to improving your physical and mental health. It can also increase your feelings of social satisfaction.
You’re not hemmed in by boundaries as you are with other sports; you also get the chance to visit some of the most beautiful parts of the country where golf courses are situated, and experience views of nature you rarely see anywhere else.
Anyone can play golf and it appeals to a wide age range. Golf may be difficult to learn at first, but I have witnessed many non-golfers start in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond and still achieve great enjoyment and satisfac-
Wilmslow Golf Club’s Matthew Gillingham is hoping to attract a wider audience to the game
tion from the sport.
Golf can bring families together, outside getting exercise. Golf can bring out friendly competition and importantly you get a chance to spend time together and experience something new and memorable.
Although the purists would say the real opponent is the golf course, you will experience competition between friends, work colleagues, family and fellow club members. The competitive edge can help spur you on to improve and develop your game.
Golf is often described as a ‘mini-holiday’ even if you’re in your home town, golf can make you feel more relaxed and help you get away from the stresses life can bring. Golfing breaks can open up a whole new dimension to holiday plans and offer new locations and destinations to visit.
Once you start playing golf you realise there is a whole new world that has just opened up to you. This will include clubs, trolleys and of course a new wardrobe! There’s nothing like having an excuse to buy new toys!
Golf is the perfect venue to make new friendships and strengthen old ones. When a golfer joins a friend for 18 holes she is guaranteed three to four hours with them. If you show up at the course alone you have the potential to meet someone new, share a tee time and spend an afternoon getting to know them.
Many business deals are completed on a golf course. I’ve taught many individuals who are starting the game as they know what a positive impact it can have on their business deals and connections. A round of golf can be a great substitute for a business meeting, a boardroom conference or even a letter of introduction.
Wilmslow Golf Club promotes golfing equality and is encouraging more women and families to get into golf.
One lady who was out on the course for the first time said: “I admit to finding golf challenging when I first started, but the encouragement from the Wilmslow ladies, plus expert tuition from Matthew and his team and advice about equipment, have made golf a great source of enjoyment.
“Added to which I’ve made some great new friends.”
For more information contact Matthew (left) on 01565 873620. ALDERLEY Edge hosted high-flying Whitley Bay this weekend looking to avenge defeat in the reverse fixture, where they were outplayed.
From the start Alderley set up to make use of the pace out wide. This nearly paid dividends as Sam Gregory broke away but was foiled by the keeper.
Ben Gregory was denied a clean shot at goal by the umpire awarding him a foul and Adam Wildig saw a shot go wide of the post.
Alderley Edge were made to rue these missed opportunities as, on the counter-attack the Whitley Bay forward broke into the D and finished.
Alderley had chances to equalise as Ciaran Sanders made room for himself but saw his shot cannon off the post, Frankie Bryant unable to finish the rebound.
Whitley Bay were more in the game and Edge keeper James Riley saved well from a penalty corner as chances began to even out. The Bay keeper thwarted a combination of Coxon and Wildig, but the latter did score with a decisive touch on Gregory’s shot.
But on the stroke of halftime Whitley Bay’s tidy penalty-corner routine saw them retake the lead.
The exertions of the first half seemed to knock the stuffing out of Alderley and despite the bright performance of Todd Leddy and good defensive work from Kay and Cresey, they were never really the dominant team.
Riley was by far the busier keeper and was called into action numerous times to sweep up behind the defence.
Whitley Bay scored a third when a bobbling ball was slapped into the bottom corner.
Alderley won a string of penalty corners but couldn’t find the target and the match finished 3-1.
Edge’s second team dominated hosts Northern, winning 4-0 with converted penalty corners by Andrew Wood, Joe Gregory and Nick Sims. Oli Wildig was also on target.
The thirds conceded in the last minute as they lost 3-2 to Triton.
The fourth team kept their promotion hopes alive with a 5-1 win over Deeside Ramblers.
The fifth string defeated Chester 3-2 but the sixths lost to Timperley fifths.
A season to remember for the talented seventh team continues. Their 9-0 win at Triton means they’ve scored 34 unopposed goals in three games.
Goalkeeper Martin Webb didn’t touch the ball as Sean Neary (3), Sam Buckingham (2), William Hedley (2), Morgan Jennings and Greg Johnson saw them coast to victory.