2024 Fixtures

team match results

MENS MATCHES 2024

Fixture Date Venue Match Scores Result
Cheshire v Sandiway Sunday 7th April Sandiway - Cancelled
Cheshire v Army Sunday 21st April Wychwood Park Army Results Won 14 1/2 - 3 1/2
Cheshire v North Wales Counties Sunday 28th April Vale of Llangolen North Wales Results Won 10 1/2 - 7 1/2
Cheshire v Lancashire Sunday 12th May Hillside Lancashire Results Lost 8 - 10
Cheshire v Cumbria Sunday 16th June Reddish Vale
Cheshire v Northumberland Saturday 13th July Newcastle United
EGU Northern Group – ‘ Big 6’ Wednesday 7th August Ulverston
Cheshire v Yorkshire Saturday 17th August Eaton
Cheshire v Durham Saturday 7th September South Moor

MENS MATCHES 2023

 

Fixture Date Venue Result
Cheshire v Sandiway Sunday 26th March Sandiway Won 11½ to 6½
Cheshire v Army Sunday 16th April Shrigley Hall Won 13-5
Cheshire v North Wales Counties Sunday 23rd April Chester Won 13 ½ - 4 ½
Cheshire v Durham Sunday 14th May Warrington Won 10-8
Cheshire v Lancashire Sunday 18th June Bromborough Won 10-8
Cheshire v Cumbria Saturday 8th July Workington Won 9 1/2 - 8 1/2
EGU Northern Group – ‘ Big 6’ Wed 9th August Mount Murray, Isle of Man Runners Up
Cheshire v Northumberland Sunday 20th August Stockport Won 11 - 5
Cheshire v Yorkshire Saturday 9th September The Oaks Lost 12 1/2 - 5 1/2

Fixtures in bold signify Northern Counties League Matches

am – 18 holes foursomes, pm 18 holes singles. 12 golfers per team.

Away matches travel the day before for afternoon practice and overnight stay

Team Manager: Peter Barber

Team Captain: Jon Beesley

Cheshire Player of the Year

Player of The Year 2023 : Chris Chilton

Player of The Year 2024

Below are the leading standings after 2 friendlies and the Northern League fixture with Lancashire at Hillside. The next fixture is at home to Cumbria at Reddish Vale on Sunday 16 June.

Player of Year 2024

Name Played Foursomes Singles Bonus Total
Dan Hayes - Bramhall 3 6 12 10 28
Sam Prince - Ringway 3 4 12 12 28
Paul McFerren - Warrington 3 6 10 11 27
Joel Cann - Sandiway 3 2 10 7 19
Lews Gotteib - Mere 2 2 4 9 15
Aaron Mohun - Delamere Forest 1 2 4 9 15
Sam Burton - Prestbury 2 4 4 6 14

Player of the Year 2024

The ‘Player of the Year’ receives his award at the Annual Dinner.

The County has a ‘Player of the Year’ merit table the Men’s County Squad players. Points are awarded based on their own individual performances when playing in County matches including all Pre-Season and Northen League fixtures. No pints are awarded for selection.

Points are awarded as follows:

FormatWinHalvedLoss
Foursomes 2 10
Singles 4 20

In addition, bonus points are awarded based upon a player’s winning margin in Singles and Foursomes matches.

If a match is conceded before it starts the winning player will receive no bonus points.

If a match is conceded during the game, and the player were leading or tying when the concession occurred the winning player will receive the number of bonus points that the score would have allowed him.

If the player was losing when the concession occurred, then no bonus points will be awarded.

Bonus points are awarded as follows:

Winning MarginPoints
Halve0
1 Hole0
2 Holes1
3 Holes2
4 Holes3
5 Holes4
6 Holes5
7 Holes6
8 Holes7
9 Holes8
10 Holes9

cheshire order of merit

Order of Merit 2024

The Men’s Order of Merit is based on a combination of Cheshire County Championships and Northern Order of Merit Opens held within Cheshire.

The Cheshire County Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships attract a higher point waiting compared to the Opens. The Cheshire County Foursomes Championship will be included as an Open.

The current Northern Order of Merit Opens which will be included are:

  • Delamere Horn
  • Caldy Quart
  • Wallasey Stableford
  • Bromborough Bowl
  • Prestbury Open
  • Wilmslow Crow
  • Stockport Salver
  • Eaton Talbot
  • Mere Trophy

The Order of Merit is calculated on the current playing year with a cut-off of 31 August.

The winner will receive his award at the Annual Dinner.

The detail of the points allocation for each type of event is shown below.

The web site will be updated as soon as possible after each event.

Any queries should be addressed to the County Secretary.

Cheshire Strokeplay ChampionshipPoints
Winner150
Runner-up100
3rd80
4th70
5th60
6th50
7th45
8th40
9th35
10th30
11th20
12th10
Specified Cheshire Club EventsPoints
Winner100
Runner-up75
3rd60
4th50
5th45
6th40
7th35
8th30
9th25
10th20
11th15
12th10
Cheshire Matchplay ChampionshipPoints
Winner150
Runner-up100
Losing semi-finalists80
Losing quarter-finalists60
3rd round losers40
Cheshire Foursomes ChampionshipPoints
Winner100
Runner-up50
3rd50
4th40
5th30
6th20

Points will be divided between the two players,
eg the two winners will share 100 points, so 50 points each, and so on

Cheshire County Team Selection

First of all – let’s make one thing clear, the county are  always  on the lookout for talented golfers who can represent Cheshire.  

There are several common misconceptions about playing for the county:

Some golfers feel that there is some kind of ‘closed shop’ arrangement stopping golfers from breaking into the county team.

Other golfers have the impression that you have to play at a private club to get selected for the county and anyone who plays golf on the municipal courses won’t be considered.

 There are those golfers under the illusion that once a golfer achieves a particular level of handicap they would automatically be a good pick for the county.

Let us assure you all of these assumptions are flawed.

SO, HOW DO WE MAKE OUR SELECTIONS FOR THE COUNTY?

Firstly the golfer must be a member of an Affiliated Cheshire Golf Club – this does not prevent people who play at municipal clubs being selected, but they must have joined the club section of that establishment.

In the past, golf clubs would submit the names of golfers with category one handicaps to the county secretary at the beginning of the year and from those submissions we could see who had played well and should be considered for County selection.

Now the World Handicap Sysyem (WHS) allows us to do the same thing on line.

As a rule of thumb, we would begin to take notice of someone with a handicap of scratch and below.

There is also a close eye kept on the various ‘order of merit’ tables and Open results.

However, the low handicap is not of itself a sole guide. Far more important than the actual handicap figure is evidence that the players golf ‘travels well’. By this we mean that we look for evidence that the player enters a number of events away from his home club.

It would be fair to say that a player could have a plus handicap but with no evidence that he regularly plays in external events he would not be considered for county selection.

Conversely a player off a handicap of 1 or 2 who competes and finishes well in external events would certainly be considered.

The events that are of particular interest to the county selectors are those which attract order of merit points

There are 3 ‘orders of merit’ that we pay attention to

The  English Order of Merit
The Northern Order of Merit 
The Cheshire Order of Merit 

Any golfer playing regularly in these events and achieving a degree of success will attract the attention of the Cheshire selectors.

To identify which events attract order of merit points, the golfer should look at their various websites.

WHAT DOES PLAYING FOR THE COUNTY ENTAIL?

Most of the County Team Golf is match play.

Our main fixtures are 5 Northern Group fixtures against the 5 other Northern Counties – Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria. We play alternate year home and away against these counties. The format is a 12 man team with 6 morning foursomes and 12 afternoon singles.

In addition there is the Northern Group Qualifier or ‘Big 6’ – for the National County Finals – this is a 6 man team stroke play event, 36 holes each player, all scores to count.

The County Executive are extremely privileged and proud to be responsible for promoting elite amateur golf on behalf of the golfers of Cheshire.  We expect this pride to evident in anyone privileged enough to play for their county. We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our Cheshire players and make no apology for this. There is a Code of Conduct that was developed in conjunction with Cheshire players detailing the standards of behaviour we expect, and anyone selected will sign this document and adhere to the behaviour described in this document.

So – if you want to play for your county my advice is quite simple, – by all means play well at your own club, but more importantly, get out there and play golf at external events , put yourself about on the local  amateur circuit, and you may well have a county selector knocking on your door……..

MEN’S COUNTY COLOURS

County Colours are awarded to those players who have demonstrated a commitment to the county team over a number of years. More importantly it recognises their ability to win matches against the elite golfers from the other counties across the North of England.

The formula used to determine the players eligible to receive County Colours are:

  1. At least ten appearances for the County
  2. A total of at least 16 points with a minimum of six points in singles matches.
    1. 2 points for a single win
    2. 1 point for a singles half
    3. 1 point for a foursomes win
    4. ½ points for a foursomes half

Points will be awarded for Northern League Matches only. Players playing in the Northern League Qualifying Round (Big 6) will be awarded 2 points.

All other County Matches will count towards a Players appearance total only.

Players awarded their County Colours following the 2022/23 season:

Matthew Dodd-Berry (Royal Liverpool)