Styal trio capture Challenge crown
STYAL’S team of Charlie Hayton 40, Dan Beck 34 and Sam McLeod 34 racked up 108 points to claim the top team title at the Joanne Morley Junior Challenge.
They finished one clear of Sale’s Will Hobson 38, Adam Carr 35 and Ellis Courtnell 34.
Sale Golf Club has proudly hosted the competition for more than 20 years, an event that has seen many of the players who have taken part go on to high levels of success in the amateur and professional games.
Joanne began her golf at Sale and went on to a stellar career winning numerous championships at international level including the Curtis Cup and then enjoyed great success in the professional game playing for ten years on the LPGA as well as the LET, being a member of the winning Solheim Cup team and she was also Vice Captain of the Solheim Cup for four years that included a memorable win for Europe over the USA in Ireland.
Joanne has never forgotten her golfing roots and has been a staunch supporter of the Joanne Morley Junior Challenge, linking with WGTB Golf Competitions, as well as junior golfers in the region.
Sale Golf Club did her proud by providing a course in superb condition with the pins in challenging positions on the green for over 40 entrants, boys and girls under 16 years at the start of 2018, from across the region.
They also gave great support in the welcoming clubhouse and the Cap- tain David Carlile and Lady Captain Christine Johnson and several other top club personnel were on hand all days giving support to the organisers and the players.
On the course the defending champion Adam Carr (Sale) led out the players and set an early pace with a solid round of 35 points which was overtaken by Ella Maxwell (Knutsford) with 36 points.
Also posting 35 points were Oliver Johnson (Delamere Forest) and Daniel Myers (Reddish Vale) Freddie Fairhurst (Lymm)and Henry Brogan (Delamere Forest).
Just a point behind were Cole Self (Ringway), Sam McLeod (Styal), Nathan Renhorn (Vicars Cross), Ellis Courtnell (Sale), Dan Beck (Sale), before a late flurry saw the leaderboard change.
In with 38 points were Aaron Lavelle (Ringway) and Will Hobson (Sale) but the eventual winner with a fine haul of points was Styal 11-handicapper Charlie Hayton to become the proud winner of the Joanne Morley Challenge Trophy and Will Hobson was top boy.
Ella Maxwell was the top girl ahead of Sophie Mullarkey (Lymm) 33 and Imogen Marsland (Lymm) 32.
Henry Brogan had the best gross score of 73 that included an eagle two on the seventh hole and also claiming balls for Twos were Jack Muir (Styal) and Will Lord (Ringway)
Nearest the pin prizes went to Jack Malpass (Crewe) and Sophie Mullarkey.
All of the players, their organiser and supporters deserve great credit for the exemplary conduct on and off the course and also their excellent speed of play to make this a memorable day for them.
A Saturday Stableford at Styal had division one led in by David Murray with 38 points, three more than the consistent Harry Reid and David Campbell.
In division two David Offland was the main man with 35 points one more than John Surtees
A Mixed Turkey Trot at Styal had E Rae and Harry Reid stocking up their festive larder as they were first past the post with 43 points ahead of Helen Billington and Jeff Chadwick 40 and Mel and P Hill 38.
The latest round of the Seniors Winter League at Styal was a close affair with Alan Carroll winning a cpo on 38 points from Roger McCabe.
Two points off the pace were Alan Townsend, Colin Fellowes. Ted Mars- den and Dennis Brown.
Avro’s men played a singles Stableford for the Captain’s Charity and Derek Bell was in a league of his own with 38 points from Michael Thornber, Chris Robinson and Ian Hallworth, all 40.
Roy Whalley was also a clear winner in a singles Stableford at Avro with 36 points, five more than Ian Hallworth and Michael Thornber.
A 9-hole Stableford at Alderley Edge had division one led in by club legend Bill Fisher with 22 points and Derek Shenton topped division two with 18.
Macclesfield ladies played their first winter competition – a Stableford over 11 holes and it was won by a new player.
Heidi Worthington posted 20 points to lead in from Marlene Connor 19 and Kay Atkin and Georgina Whalley, both 18.
The winning Styal team of Charlie Hayton, Dan Beck and Sam McLeod among the winners at the Joanne Morley Junior Challenge