Cat presentation Reg Maddock, James Ashfield, Geoff Linnell (Stockport Captain)
|Crow presentation Alan Rutherford, Jamie Donald, Dominic Barron-Holden, Reg Maddock||Remy Miller||Sam Prince|
|Salver presentation James Ashfield and Geoff Linnell||James Ashfield||Ashley Siddle|
A few seasons ago Wilmslow and Stockport Golf Clubs combined forces with their top Wilmslow Crow and Stockport Salver competitions linking together to set up the national ranking Cheshire Cat.
It is played over four rounds, two at each club, and has gone from strength to strength attracting a stellar field of top players from the North West and across the country.
This year Wilmslow hosted the first two rounds with the winner taking the Wilmslow Crow Trophy.
It was played in superb weather over a perfect course which saw some top class golf from the talented field.
Leading the way and taking the Wilmslow Crow was Dominic Barron-Holden from Kendal GC who had a fantastic second round of 64 to give him a total of 134.
But it was only a shot clear of Julian Wood (Hallamshire) and hot on their heels were previous winner Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) and young Cheshire stars Jake Hibbert (Delamere Forest) 138 and club colleague James Ashfield 139.
James was on a hot streak after winning the Cheshire stroke-play championship at Delamere Forest a few days before with an incredible record-breaking 25 under par.
Next day the perfect conditions continued at Stockport Golf Club with the battle for the Stockport Salver and the final two rounds of the Cheshire Cat.
James Ashfield turned up the heat in round one with another great score of 65, including an eagle on the 17th hole, to take a big lead over Ryan Dixon (Castle Eden) 69, and Dominic Barron–Holden, Ian Kenwright, Ollie Brimfield (Burnham and Barrow) and home player Luke Yardley, all 70.
The top scores of 67 in round two came from Ollie Brimfield and Luke Yardley and Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 69 there was no stopping James Ashfield as he too posted 69 for a total score of 134 to take the Salver from Ollie Brimfield and Luke Yardley, both 137.
James Ashfield added more trophies to his growing collection as he won the Cheshire Cat with 273 from Ian Kenwright 277 and Dominic Barron-Holden 279.
The winners were presented with their trophies by officials and organisers from both clubs who were given deserving praise for their excellent work over four days to again make the Cheshire Cat a fantastic competition and a great advertisement for Cheshire golf.
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett