Cheshire Golf round up - October 2016

Golfing round-up

Golfing round-up - Credit: Not Archant

Geoff Garnett rounds up the golfing news in and around Cheshire.

Colin Shadbolt, Jack Kendall, Robert Reid, Stephen Williams

Colin Shadbolt, Jack Kendall, Robert Reid, Stephen Williams - Credit: Archant

BRAMALL Park Golf Club was in magnificent condition to stage the second oldest competition in the Cheshire calendar as 60 players battled for the Cheshire Foursomes Trophy for the best gross score over 36 holes and the Victory Trophy for the best nett score.

Round one saw the hot favourites Josh McMahon (Wallasey) and Sam Prince (Northenden) post 66, a score matched by Cheshire team Captain Chris Harrison (Sandiway) and Chris Chilton (High Legh Park) with home pair George Seed and Chris Murthi two shots off their hot pace. But the second round saw the tables tilt in favour of the consistent Crewe pair of John Kendall, a recent recruit for Staffordshire, and Robert Reid who added 67 to their opening 69 for what proved to be a winning score of 136, two shots clear of Michael Harrington (Mottram Hall) and Ashley Sage (Sandiway) and Sam Prince and Josh McMahon.

The Victory Cup for the best nett score was also won by the dynamic Crewe duo with their 135 haul taking them two shots clear of father and son pair Alan and Jon Beesley (Mere) and Colin and Kevin Brown (Bromborough). The trophies were presented by former Cheshire President Colin Shadbolt, from the host club, and he also presented a county plaque to Bramall Park Captain Stephen Williams in recognition of his club hosting the competition which was first played for in 1923 at Delamere Forest GC.

Peter retrieves his ace ball.

Peter retrieves his ace ball. - Credit: Archant

PETER Gill has been a loyal member of Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club for 25 years and chose an ideal partner in club photographer Colin Hughes for his partner in a club Stableford.

Playing the 110-yard 11th par three Peter hit an 8-iron which went well left of the hole but was seen to bounce back off the bank towards the green. When Peter reached the green the ball was nowhere to be seen and his other playing partner Dexter Moult said: “I’ll look in the hole--- and here’s the ball!!”

As usual Colin carries his camera with him around the course to record such golfing achievements and he duly snapped Peter retrieving his ball for his first-ever ace and there was certainly plenty of amber nectar flowing in the bar afterwards.

Maurice Pitcher and Peter Wood meet up at Alderley Edge,

Maurice Pitcher and Peter Wood meet up at Alderley Edge, - Credit: Archant

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TWO of Cheshire’s oldest golf clubs, Alderley Edge and Congleton, have entered into a unique agreement for the benefit of their members. The affiliation was agreed a few months ago and has allowed their members to play complimentary golf at each other’s clubs.

The two clubs had looked at a number of ways of working together so that members get value for their membership and the arrangement works where any playing member can play each other’s clubs completely free of charge subject to a few restrictions.

In addition to this arrangement the two clubs are looking at staging some inter-club competitions across all sectors so that a friendly rivalry can be fostered.

Congleton Captain Maurice Pitcher and Alderley Edge Captain Peter Wood met up to cement the affiliation and many members have taken advantage of this great offer.

The first ladies from Congleton who played Alderley were Debbie Lees and Kath Roberts who enjoyed the opportunity and really liked the warm welcome they were given.

Congleton Golf Club was formed in 1898 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and the club offers a warm welcome to members, visitors, societies and corporate clients.

It is probably the most picturesque course in the region with stunning views towards Bosley Cloud and the Pennines set off in the foreground by handsome woods.

The parkland course is generous in character, offering a challenge to all golfers regardless of ability.

Alderley Edge GC has a proud history dating back to 1907 and is oocated between the fashionable Cheshire villages of Alderley Edge and Wilmslow.

The club is recognised for its friendly welcome and the challenge of its attractive, undulating nine-hole course.

With a modern comfortable club house they pride themselves on the quality of service provided to members and visitors alike.

For more information the club contact numbers are Congleton on 01260 273540 and Alderley Edge 01625 586200.