Club cel­e­brat­ing its bright fu­ture

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - GOLF GE­OFF GARNETT

IT has been a lively and ac­tive sea­son for the ju­niors at Mac­cles­field Golf Club and they reaped their re­wards at the Ju­nior Pre­sen­ta­tion evening

All the year’s ju­nior prizes and tro­phies were awarded to their re­spec­tive re­cip­i­ents, the new Ju­nior Cap­tain for 2019 – Luke Stephens – was an­nounced and pre­sented with his Ju­nior Cap­tain’s blazer, and all the ju­niors golfers con­nected with Mac­cles­field Golf Club were pre­sented with their Golf Club Ju­nior polo shirts that were kindly sup­plied by Good­win’s Auto Sal­vage.

Spe­cial thanks were also ex­tended to the Ju­nior Com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing of Paul Tovee, Rick and Kerry Ward, and PGA Pro­fes­sional Dave My­ers.

One of the out­stand­ing stars of the evening was Austin O’Con­nor, eight, the son of golf shop man­ager Chris­tian O’Con­nor, who won five of the year’s ma­jor ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions, and con­se­quently won the ‘ Jamie Don­ald­son Or­der of Merit’ that is awarded to the ju­nior who won the most points as a re­sult of their po­si­tion­ing in the sea­son’s com­pe­ti­tions.

This was Austin’s first full sea­son com­pet­ing in the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tions, and his achieve­ments have low­ered his hand­i­cap from 54 at the start of the sea­son to 36 by Oc­to­ber.

THE list of win­ners: Bill Black­ledge Tro­phy: Austin O’Con­nor, Pro’s Cup Daisy Ward, Ju­nior 36 Hole - Round 1 Austin O’Con­nor, Round 2 Luke Stevens, Over­all Win­ner, Austin O’Con­nor, Spring Cup Tom Sil­cock, Golf and Greens Harry Clements, Cap­tain’s Cup Cal­lum Atkin­son, Lady Cap­tain’s Shield Austin O’Con­nor, Cen­te­nary Tro­phy Mitch Hodg­son, Jamie Don­ald­son Tro­phy Daisy Ward, Ju­nior Pres­i­dent’s Shield Austin O’Con­nor, P Walker Shield Harry Clements, John Dou­glas Tro­phy Austin O’Con­nor.

A Tur­key Trot for Avro’s men saw Rod Lam­bert in charge with 34 points from Barry Wil­son, 32, and Jack Leech and Vic Tarr, both 30.

The Fab Four in a Texas Scram­ble at Avro were Peter Walker, Ge­orge Mullins, Tony Mullins and Roger Tay­lor, with 56.5 from Michael Thorn­ber, Peter Med­dows, Phil Nor­man­ton and Leslie Towler 58.3.

DAVEN­PORT ladies played an 11-hole Stable­ford with five clubs and the adapt­able skills of Jane Sykes saw her in top spot with 22 points from Danuta Silva, 21, Lind­say Webb, 20, and Carol Clap­per­ton and Jacky Brod­er­ick, both 18.

MOTTRAM Hall’s men played a ‘Bring a Prize, Take a Prize’ stable­ford and Paul Dun­ford had first pick after post­ing 43 points to fin­ish ahead of Ajay Jain, and Ge­orge Swann, both 40 and Neil Grif­fiths, Naeem Mo­hamed, Jim McCauley and Damien Bloor, all 39.

A Tur­key Trot at Prest­bury was won by Peter Ather­ton after a cpo on 30 points with Vinod Dave and An­thony Wright, one more than Wil­liam Ather­ton, Paul War­dle, David Aitchi­son and Philip Nie­man.

A LADIES Sun­day Stable­ford at Prest­bury saw Ellen Cail in top spot with 21 points, one more than Josephine Har­ri­son and Caro­line Con­aghan.

The first round of the Win­ter League at Shrigley Hall was won by Gary Wood with 38 points from Jez Han­cock 36 and Richard Bur­row and Don Far­qurhar­son.

A LADIES stable­ford at Shrigley was won by Lynn Heath­cote with 17 points, four more than Janet Gates.

MAC­CLES­FIELD ladies played a Win­ter League roll up and the win­ner with 22 points from 11 holes was Ge­orgina Whal­ley from Sue Or­win, 21, and Sue Law­ton, 20.

The Mac­cles­field Lady Cap­tain v Lady Sec­re­tary Team match saw the Lady Cap­tain rely on a win for Ge­orgina Whal­ley (with­out a part­ner)in the fi­nal group to se­cure vic­tory.

A WEDNESDAY Stable­ford at Styal over 9 holes was won by Frank Wil­son with 19 points ahead of Nigel Hinds 18 and Jerry Chalmers 17.

A Pro­gres­sive Team Stable­ford for Styal Se­niors needed a cpo on 77 points to see the hot trio of D Green­wood, G Hamil­ton and B Ap­pleby to vic­tory over S Weaver, Harry Reid and T Ghost, two more than J Jones, J Hep­ple­stone and P Carr.

The Fri­day Frolics at Styal was led in by Frank Wil­son with 20 points from Jeffrey Chad­wick,19, and Jerry Chalmers and Peter Davies, both 18.

DI­VI­SION one in a Satur­day Stable­ford at Styal was led in by Gio­vanni Porro with 39 points, one more than Jeffrey Chad­wick and Rob San­der­son.

In Di­vi­sion two Wil­liam Ged­dis was out on his own with 42 points, three more than Pa­trick Shar­rocks and Ian Bar­ber.

WAR­RING­TON Golf Club pro­vided a stun­ning course for the an­nual visit of the Manch­ester and District Golf Al­liance.

Lymm as­sis­tant pro­fes­sional Gra­ham Cox topped the in­di­vid­ual pro­fes­sional sec­tion with 41 points, one more than Phil Archer (Poul­ton Park), and Andy Palmer (Chor­ley).

The top as­sis­tant pro prize was taken by Jamie Howarth (Daven­port) with 39 points.

Cox was also in the mix for the pro-am sec­tion post­ing 43 points part­ner­ing home star Russ John­son, the fa­ther of spon­sor An­ton John­son.

But the cpo on 43 went in favour of Ryan O’Neill (Pen­wortham) and Steve ‘Ma­jes­tic’ Moores (Stam­ford) and Phil Archer and his Leigh part­ner Mark Pasquill.

Stam­ford have been dom­i­nat­ing the am sec­tion in re­cent weeks and their tried and trusted duo of Dan Fox and Steve Fi­nan did the busi­ness again with their 43-point haul tak­ing them clear of John Aiken­head (Ashtono-Mersey) and John Rus­sell (Sale) 42 and Mike Jones and Archie Palmer (Daven­port) 41.

THE So­ci­ety of Manch­ester and District Golf Cap­tains en­joyed a splen­did oc­ca­sion at the 63rd An­nual Din­ner at the im­pres­sive venue of The Mere Golf Re­sort.

There were more than 120 mem­bers and guests with the prin­ci­pal guests be­ing led in by So­ci­ety Cap­tain Tony Gre­gory.

They in­cluded the Pres­i­dent of Eng­land Golf Des­mond Duffy, who pro­posed the toast to the so­ci­ety and out­lined the de­tails of the in­com­ing new rules of golf in 2019.

Tony Gre­gory re­sponded and thanked all of those who had worked so hard.

Tony wished his suc­ces­sor Daniel Stone and new Pres­i­dent Mike Rhodes (Styal), suc­ceed­ing cur­rent Pres­i­dent Ian Brooks (Bolton Old Links), ev­ery suc­cess in 2019 and he an­nounced that next year’s Vice Cap­tain and Cap­tain in 2020 would be Ian Michael (Ellesmere).

The evening was brought to a close by Jim Robert­son, a Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal from Scot­land. 2 S t P

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