|Matchplay Champion: Jack Brooks||Matchplay Handicap Plate: Matt Birch||Matchplay Seniors Champion: Martyn Grimley|
Ringway Golf Club were superb hosts both on and off the course as they hosted the Cheshire Matchplay championships over three busy days with three top county trophies at stake.
The Ringway course was in excellent condition and it inspired some top class golf and a number of terrific and tense matches.
This was typified in the County Championship final with leading qualifier Jack Brooks (Mere) eventually claiming the title for the first time with a one-hole victory over Delamere Forest’s young star Oscar Doran. Oscar had demonstrated his cool nerves in a close semi-final where he beat Rob Cull (Bromborough) on the 19th with Jack beating Crewe’s Harry Bevan in the other semi-final with a run of five birdies helping his cause!
In the Seniors competition Martyn Grimley used his local knowledge to good effect as the Ringway hockey legend won his semi-final against leading qualifier John Williams (Prestatyn) with a cool putt on the 19th and then beat Euan Dunbar (Vale Royal Abbey) by 3/1 in the final after Euan had won his semi-final against Steve Blakeway (Heyrose).
The competition for the Handicap Plate saw Matt Birch (Wilmslow) and James Voce (Wychwood Park) contest the final after respective semi-final wins over Lewis McNicholas (Crewe) and Tim Whitehead (Ringway) and Matt emerged with a 3/1 victory.
Cheshire President Andrew Henshall (Wilmslow GC) saw off all of the players on the first tee and was delighted to present the trophies and a county plaque to Ringway Golf Club in appreciation of their impeccable organisation and also thanked the CUGC officials in helping to make this an excellent county championship in all aspects.
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett