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Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs

Captain Jon ready for another great year in 2022

    

Photos: Jon receives his Golfer of the Year award from Cheshire President David Durling, Cheshire Foursomes win with Mike Downes, and Jon in action for Cheshire

Cheshire Men’s Team Captain Jon Beesley (The Mere) enjoyed a great season in 2021 culminating in him winning the County’s Golfer of the Year award.

Jon has experienced many highs and lows in the game since he began playing golf over 25 years ago and he sets a great role model for the younger players coming through the county ranks.

Jon outlined his career to date and his ambitions for the coming year: “I started playing golf at the age of 14 with a handicap of 28 which soon came down to scratch by the time I was 17, +2 at 18 and currently playing off +6.

“I had early success in junior competitions around the region and nationally earning myself a pick for the Cheshire boys team at 17 progressing to the men’s team at 19

“Soon after turning professional at the age of 20 I was heading over to the Sunshine Tour in South Africa with my good friend Mike Williams caddying for me.

“We had a ball playing alongside the talented duo of Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.

“This was an amazing time in my life living the dream.  I returned home to earn my playing rights on the EuroPro tour and Challenge Tour until I decided to call it a day a year later to spend more time at home with my son.

“I got my amateur status back at the age of 24 playing my golf at The Mere where I have been a member for 26 years.

“I started getting back into county golf again in my early 30’s where I started to play and have success in the Northern Order of Merit events.

“I have more recently won two Cheshire match-play championships and was runner up in 2021 as well as winning the Cheshire Foursomes with Mike Downes from The Mere and was fourth in the county stroke-play event, and winning Player of the Year for Cheshire was the icing on the cake for my first year as Cheshire Captain.

“People I would like to thank over the years include my father Alan who was a massive influence in getting me involved in golf. Although he lives in Australia now he still calls every day asking how my golf is and talking me through his rounds from Down Under.

“In recent times the biggest influence on my golf has been Oliver Barnes PGA golf professional at The Mere who has also had a great effect on my golf for the last seven years.

“Oliver approached me and asked if he could do some tests on a +2 golfer on the range for a study he was doing this turned into a great relationship to better my golf and form a close friendship and his knowledge of the golf swing is unbelievable.

“Oliver has taken great pride in changing my swing to push me to improve my game to where it is today. I’ve just turned 40 and playing the best golf of my life with his guidance.

“I see Oliver at The Mere every week which has made a massive difference to the consistency of my game, and I still look forward to every lesson, especially at the moment as we’re trying the Bryson speed training right now so I can keep up with these young lads who hit it miles. He has put a lot of time and effort into my golf game so I’d like to say a massive thank you to him.

“My biggest setback came in 2018 when I snapped my tendon in my right wrist playing golf.

“I was out of golf for 18 months and didn’t think I would play again it was a long road back to getting on the golf course with a lot of physiotherapy. I was at a low point with my golf as I couldn’t play as my wrist was too sore to rotate.

“I met with a wrist specialist Mike Hayton at Wrightington Hospital and we got chatting about golf as him and his sons were keen golfers.

“If it wasn’t for Mike and him performing two surgeries on my wrist I would have never been able to play again, he was amazing from start to finish and we still keep in touch.

“Getting back into golf after 18 months out was tough, Oliver was more a psychologist to me than a golf coach but within six months he got me back playing to my best and my wrist is thankfully fully recovered and we’ve not looked back working on new swing thoughts all the time to improve. 

“My first year as Cheshire county captain has been amazing. I’ve had an absolute ball out there on the fairways with all the other lads who are part of the county set up.

“We have a fantastic squad of players and the executives behind the scenes are spot on!

“We have included a lot of younger lads into the team the second half of the year and the team morale has been phenomenal with everyone wanting to play and win points for the team.

“This showed in our last two performances versus Cumbria and Northumberland - with convincing wins we have a lot of confidence to take into 2022.

“I can’t wait to kick the 2022 season off, With Cheshire finishing runners up in the Big Six in the last four years I’m hoping for one better this year.

“Also a win in the Northern League while being Captain is a goal of mine we have a great squad of players. But if anyone is interested in getting involved in county golf team matches you need to get playing in our county tournaments, Northern O-o-M events or national events as our chief selector Chris Peterson is always looking for new talented players to join our squad. I think we have had over 10 new players played for the county in 2021. 

“Just to finish off at recently turning 40 I’m in a great place in my life to enjoy playing golf and honoured to be county captain… I have a busy life with three young kids at home and a very understanding wife !

“I have my own blinds and shutters business and I am fortunate to have a loving family and amazing friends around me. This all helps to keep playing the game we all love playing.”

Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett


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