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Cheshire golf stories - October 2012

PUBLISHED: 17:49 28 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:58 20 February 2013

Pictured with the winning team and David and Cathy

Pictured with the winning team and David and Cathy

Cheshire golf stories - October 2012

High Legh captains support the Christie

DAVID Thompson and Cathy Lees the Captain and Lady Captain of High Legh Park Golf Club were a perfect team as they joined forces for a superb Team Charity Day supporting The Christie.

The shotgun start was followed by some innovative action on the course including putting out with hockey sticks on one hole.

The winners on the day with 109 points were the fab four led by Brendan Byrne of Dave Orritt, Steve Mooney and Holman Ma with a great haul of 109 points one more than the team led by Gordon Kerr.

But the main objective of the day with raffles and auctions taking the total raised for The Christie to over 3,000.

Cathy Lees said: The amount raised exceeded our expectations and I would like to thank all who played and contributed generously along with several members at the club who put in a great deal of voluntary effort.

We were also pleased to welcome Stephen Anderson of the Christie who gave all of the diners a vivid insight into the superb work done at the hospital.



James completes great double Cheshire Boys Championship

DELAMERE Forest provided a superb and challenging course as it hosted the Cheshire Boys Championships for the 28th time in succession.

Early morning mist delayed the start but some swift reorganisation got the 36-hole competition back on track for the 58 players and provided another close contest.

Prestburys Josh Garside set the early pace with a superb five-under-par round of 67 leaving him ahead of title holder and club mate James Newton -3 and Crewes consistent Matt Taylor -1.

But as Garside fell away in the second round Newton and Taylor, playing together, were soon contesting the top spot with Newton always having a slight edge after birdies on the opening nine holes.

Matt Taylor had the best second round of 68 for a 139 total but Newton retained his title with another 69 for a winning 138.

Coming up into third place with 69 was home player Lewis George to pick up the last gross prize.

It was close in the battle for the best nett trophy with three players locked on 139.

The second round of 66 from Wilmslows Ben Stanier gave him the edge over Tom Sherlock (Lymm) and Tom Lawton (Alsager).

James Newtons win was only the fourth back-to-back win in the championship since it has been played at Delamere Forest and he follows in the footsteps of David Bathgate (Astbury), James Curtis and Danny Wardrop (both Didsbury).

For both James Newton and Matt Taylor it was a fond farewell to Cheshire golf as James jets off to the USA to begin a golf scholarship next week and Matt takes up a PGA role at his home club in a few weeks.

It was a proud moment for both of their fathers who have put so much time, effort and encouragement to take them to the high levels they have both achieved in their promising careers.



Bronte earns another big call

BRAMHALL Golf Clubs England ladies star Bronte Law continues her great year by earning selection for the European Junior Ryder Cup team to take on the USA at Olympia Fields, Illinois.

The squad which contains two u16 girls, two u16 boys, four u18 boys and four u18 girls will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13-10.5 defeat at Gleneagles in 2010.

Bronte, 17, now a regular at full international level, played a full part in the GB and I team in winning the Curtis Cup from the USA for the first time in 16 years at Nairn earlier in the summer.

During this season she has been runner-up in the French Lady Junior Championships, tied fourth in the British Womens stroke-play and was third in the English Girls championship at Sandiway and she now plays off plus three handicap.

Her busy schedule also included playing for Cheshire in the Northern Counties championship at Ganton a few days after the Curtis Cup triumph.

The Junior Ryder Cup celebrates the progress and hard work taking place at grass roots level of golf, which helps talented young players develop into national team amateurs.

It also promotes friendship and good sportsmanship between the best junior golfers from the USA and Europe and past players who have appeared in the team include Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Suzanne Pettersen and Hunter Mahan.


Edge stars meet the Three Countries Challenge

RICK Ford, the Captain of Alderley Edge Golf Club, has been raising funds throughout the year for his chosen charity of the East Cheshire Hospice.

The fund was boosted to 6,500 after Rick and seven members of the club took part in a Three Countries Challenge which saw them play three rounds of golf in three counties in one day.

The players were given vital assistance by Edge President Brian Foden and Vice President Keith Cooney who acted as their drivers.

The Challenge began at 4.30am at Lockerbie Golf Club in Scotland and after completing the round they then set off for Mold GC in North Wales beginning their round there at 11am.

Then it was back home to Alderley Edge where they were given a great welcome by members before completing the marathon at 8pm followed by a very welcome and well deserved BBQ.

Rick said: We had a tremendous but tiring day and Id just like to thank all of those who made the Three Countries Challenge possible.

These included the Lady Captain at Lockerbie, the secretary at Mold, all supporters at Alderley Edge and to all of the players who took part and if anyone wishes to add to the fund visit my JustGiving Page on www.justgiving.com/Rick-Ford.


Stockport provide the sting in the tail

MARPLE Golf Club provided a day to remember both on and off the course for a big field of Mixed Pairs competing in The Valley Classic.

The American Foursomes format again proved to be a big hit as the Marple course provided an all-round challenge with sound putting being the key to success on some slick and subtle greens.

Early starters Peter Davies and Kate Howarth of Tytherington set the benchmark with a fine score of 41 points and it was not until much later in the day, blessed by good weather, that it was overtaken.

A fine chip in on the 16th stroke one index hole saw Vicars Cross star Kathryn Hennessey get a birdie three and five points to take her and club partner Ian Matthews to 43 points.

But as so often happens in competitions there was a real sting in the tail from Stockports Tony and Linda Gregory who added 21 points to their opening blistering round of 23 points to book their break at the superb Valley Resort in Cornwall.

Ian Matthews and Kathryn Hennessey were delighted to win some superb prizes from Michelle Goodrich of Golfino while Peter Davies and Kate Howarth won the tasty treat of a stay and golf at Marriott Breadsall Priory.

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