Stockport Express

Bridging the changes for captain Barrie


GATLEY Golf Club president Barrie Uttley is delighted with the course improvemen­ts he has instigated in recent months.

Barrie said: “One of the main features is the new bridge over the eighth fairway stream which has been fitted with new sleepers and run off areas.

“In addition the extensive pruning of the trees on the second and eighth fairways and the drainage work on the first and seventh fairways have also been completed.

“All of the work has been carried out with great profession­alism and skill by head green keeper Mark Ashlelby and his assistant Martin Wright.

“We have an extensive planning programme in place for the rest of the course and we have great hopes for the rest of the season and coming years.”

A singles Stableford at Gatley had Dominic Kinsella out on his own with 40 points, six more than Scott Keelan and Brian Browett.

Reddish Vale seniors played round one of the Joey Jones Trophy and setting the pace was Patrick Coll with 38 points, one more than Neil Crewdson.

John Schofield went clickety click to win the Past Captain’s Trophy at Reddish finishing one ahead of Andrew Covell and Alan Finney.

The Treasurer’s Millenium Bowl at Cheadle was won by S Whitby with 39 points seeing him home from Mike Fenton and Mike Westbrook, both 38.

Stockport’s men played 36 holes in the Spring medal and round one had Ben Kay, John Ainley, Sam Turner, Dean Brady and Andrew Smith all setting the pace on 72.

In round two Rajesh Desai was the main man with 68, one less than Andrew Smith who was a clear overall winner with 141 from Tim Green and John Ainley both 143.

Stockport ladies played for the Jean Turner Friendship Trophy and Irene Ferris was a proud winner with 34 points from Laura Stewart and Mary Williamson, both 33.

Stableford action for Hazel Grove’s men had Vince Coombs first past the post with 41 points, three more than Steve Volp with Haydn beech next in with 36.

Grove’s ladies were in medal mode with Sarah Beard leading in division one with 72, two less than Ann Walmsley.

Top of the other divisions were Loranne Harrison 74 and Elaine Beswick with a sizzling 66.

Gordon Mutch was the main man in a Wednesday Stableford at Marple with 35 points seeing him home from Ted Hobbs 34 and Paul Sutton 33.

Another Stableford at Marple had Keith Grham in charge of division one with 38 points, one more than Paul Jenkison, Keith Sumner and Craig Frisby.

Bill Jones took the honours in division two after a cpo on 34 points with Sam Thorneycro­ft.

Karen Graham kept up the family success winning a ladies medal at Marple after a cpo on 76 with Jean Colclough.

Bel Wardle showed the class that has seen her into the England junior ranks by retaining her Cheshire Girls championsh­ip at Stockport.

Wet conditions prior to the start of play then cold winds made scoring difficult and Bel dropped shots on the first nine holes including a triple bogey.

But four birdies on the back nine saw the 15-year-old scratch handicappe­r battle back to post a gross 75 to win to spot by four shots from Heswall’s four handicappe­r Lucy Jamieson.

The same pair also took the top two spots in the U16 Scratch Trophy and after the presentati­on Bel left with her mum and dad to play in a junior competitio­n at St Andrews.

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