Stockport Express

County fanatic John takes on Moor captaincy

- GOLF GEOFF GARNETT

HEATON Moor Golf Club’s new Captain John Wheeler has great affiliatio­n with Stockport County FC.

He is a lifelong supporter and in his younger days he played for Stockport Boys, Stockport FA and was signed by County as a 15-year-old schoolboy. He began his golf at Heaton Moor in 1989 for a brief spell then returned eight years ago and is ready to give his all for the club.

John said: “Heaton Moor is a very friendly golf club and is running a great Academy which is leading to an increase in membership and I will be doing all I can to support this.

“I was an aircraft planning engineer until my retirement and my best handicap was eight, now 13..

“My favourite hole at the club is the 18th – because it is the nearest to the bar!

“My favourite course, other than Heaton Moor, is Wallasey.

“As well as supporting Stockport County I enjoy holidaying and walking and my chosen charity is Alzheimers UK and I will be looking to play four times a week.

“My own golfing highlight is winning the President’s Prize at Mellor and Townscliff­e GC in their Centenary Year in 1994.

“Finally my chosen players to join me in a four-ball would be Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood and John Rahm three of the best Europe have produced!”

Hazel Grove ladies were in Stableford action and in division one Christine Jones won a cpo on 26 from Kate Wardle-Jones, three more than Hilary Hill.

Carole Starr lived up to her name as she topped division two with 26 well clear of Lindsey Withers 20 and Marilyn Webley 19.

Top of division three was Veronica Hall with a best-of-the day 27 from Maureen Silcock 24 and Angela Robertson 22.

The Fourth Spring Stableford at Grove was close in division one with Iain Cole winning a cpo on 31 from Simon Ashton, one more than Sam Morris and James Dunne.

It was just as tight in division two with David Broomfield winning a cpo on 31 from Robert Eccles, one more than Kevin Donnelly and Philip Withers.

Ian Tallents topped division three with 31 from Alex Longshaw 30, Steven Jones 29 and Bruce

Jordan 28.

Marple’s men played round eight of their Winter League and top of the shop with 57 were O Clayton and A Humphries one better than P Sutton and T Christie and S Bray and J Hayes.

It needed a cpo on 28 to see Martin Bradshaw win a Seniors Stableford at Marple from Peter Hodson and hot on their heels with 26 were David Robinson and Colin Fielden.

It was a close contest at Reddish Vale in their latest Winter Order of Merit BB Stableford won by M Walker and H Hayes after a cpo on 48 from I Hughes and P Reeves and B Fitzsimmon­s and T Arden, one more than D Bloor and D Falsey and D Hamilton and I Thomason.

A Midweek Stableford at Avro was won by Chris Hynes after a cpo on 36 with Stephen Callaghan and Neil Flood.

A singles Stableford at Stockport had Ivan Kennedy first past the post with 34, one more than

Garry Cash, Michael Rose and Alan Gee.

A midweek 12-hole Stableford at Stockport was won by Jon Worsnop 29, well clear of Mark Hampson 25 and David Ross 24.

Another midweek 12-hole Stableford at Stockport was very tight with David Storey winning a cpo on 27 from Ross Birch, one more than Daniel Procter and Mark Johnson with Grahame Bell and Stewart Mackinnon both in the frame with 25.

 ?? ?? ●●Heaton Moor Golf Club’s new captain John Wheeler
●●Heaton Moor Golf Club’s new captain John Wheeler

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