Tom’s targeting golf’s pro ranks
MACCLESFIELD Golf Club’s young star Tom Hollingworth has high ambitions to succeed in the professional golf world and is enjoying his move to join a top team at Bramall Park Golf Club.
Tom said: “Life couldn’t be better at Bramall Park Golf Club, it has lived up to my expectations and exceeded them. Since the second I started I have never had a dull moment, Craig Daggitt and Liam Burgess are more than just colleagues -they have become good friends and we have been out as a group for some curry nights already!
“They have already in the few months I have spent with them help me improve my knowledge, not only of the game of golf, but every aspect of the golfing community as well as business knowledge.
“A perfect example of this is that Craig invited me to come and help with his ladies group session that he provides every Saturday.
“He guides me on what I should be looking for in the swing and how to help improve the clients’ skills. As a consequence it improves my knowledge which I can then take forward into future lessons that I will provide.
“All the members have been very welcoming to me and many of them come to see me and check how I am getting on. “I am very grateful to my parents for providing me with the opportunity to play golf and then supporting me with everything that a golf career entails and also for helping me, as much as they can in giving me the best possible chance for me to follow my dreams and live a long and happy life.
A special thanks also to Christian O’Connor who runs the golf shop at Macclesfield Golf Club.
“He gave me my first job and in the three years I was with Christian he provided me with a basic knowledge of the life in a shop, selling golf products, club repairs, preparing merchandise, as well as competition organisation.
“My coach,Matt Dixon who has brought my golf on tremendously, in the last two years and is always pushing me to improve and push forward with my golf game.
“Also, I would like to thank all the members at Macclesfield Golf Club for looking after me as young junior and always having the time to speak to me, play with me and educate me about golf. “My Ambition since I stopped playing rugby at 13, after five successive Cheshire Cup wins, has always been to play on the European tour and play in Professional events all over the world and not only play in these tournaments but to win them as well. “This is the ultimate dream as I realise the difficulty to get to that level and then to also maintain it is extremely challenging.
“That is why I have my second dream which is potentially to teach golf all over the world and one day have my own school of golf whilst continuing to play in the local, national PGA and Professional Events. “My final thought is -Always believe in your dream, Mum & Dad have always told me that, if you want it enough and work hard enough you will achieve it. Jamie Donaldson at Macclesfield Golf Club showed what drive and focus can achieve.” Craig Daggitt added: “Tom recently joined the PGA and is now in his first year of training. He is the fifth member of our Professional team alongside myself, Liam Burgess, Olly Whiteley and Pascal Ogden.
“He is learning the trade by working full time in the shop, he has had club building training, custom fit training and is now teaching new lady golfers on a Saturday and junior groups on a Sunday afternoon. He is also representing the club in the MDGA so that he can keep his golf on track too!!!”
Plenty of Stableford action at Avro with Peter Walker ruling the roost in a midweek Stableford with 40 points from Ken Morrison 39 and Graham Turnock 36.
Peter Hale led in the second one with a hefty 39 points from Frank Mills 37 and Tony Mullin 36.
It was tight at Hazel Grove with four players locked on 33 points and getting the nod in the cpo was Iain Cole from Ralph Thorman, Phil Thorley and Richard Blain.
A Team of three Stableford for Grove’s ladies was tight with just a point separating the top four teams.
Winning a cpo on 44 to claim top spot were K Rodgers, C Buggy and S Hall from M Farrell, C Jones and A Walmsley.
In a cpo on 43 B Allen, L Enderby and W Milton took out D Wilson, V Waters and E Russell.
Pauline Davies was out on her own at Marple in a Winter Prize Stableford with 26 points seeing her home from Elizabeth Pierce 23, June Chadwick 21 and Sheila Leigh, Anthea Keelan, Joan Vaughan and Mary Gilbody, all 19.
Marple’s men played a bottle competition and in division one Dave Gillon led in with 28 points from Lee Clements 26 and Callum Breen and Chris Thomas, both 23.
Topping division two was Ian Richardson with 28 points, one clear of Craig Murray and Robert Wilkinson.
A reverse Trios Stableford at Reddish Vale was won by Graham Warburton, Neil Goddard and John Wright with 77 points well clear of John Ford, Sean Connell and Mike Short 73 and Phil Houghton, Paul Bruckshaw and Andy Humphrey 72.
Danny Wilkinson led in a Sunday Stableford at Valewith 40 points, one more than Paul Bruckshaw and David Pilling.
It needed a cpo on 38 points in a Wednesday Stableford at Vale to see Mike Radcliffe into top spot from Steve Bardsley.
Jeanne Bell has been one of the top team players in Cheshire Ladies golf for many years after several years in amateur golf around the UK and now she is looking forward to being the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association Captain in 2019
Jeanne is a member of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club and enjoyed her early years of golf in the south of England.
Jeanne said: “I have been involved with county golf since playing for Kent as a junior.
“I had two years in the Kent first team in 1979 and 1980 before I qualified. I then moved to Suffolk to do my GP training and I played for Suffolk for three years between 1982 and 1985.
“I was Suffolk Ladies Champion in 1984 and 1985 and I then moved to Scotland and had one season playing for Fife.
“Since moving to Cheshire in 1987 I have been involved with county golf here playing in the team from 1988 to 1995 and then again in 2008 and 2014-2016.
“My hope for my role this year is to take the County Association forward while respecting its history and traditions. I am looking forward to the challenge!
“I would like to thank Sybra Eardley and Judith Wainwright for a very enjoyable year as ViceCaptain before taking on my new role.
”There are plenty of competitions available for members of the Cheshire CLGA to enter in the coming season and for details check out the website www.cheshire ladiesgolf.org.”
●●Craig Daggitt welcomes Tom Hollingworth to Bramall Park GC