6th December 2012
England Golf Gold Medal - Qualifying Rounds
For the last three years, in order to simplify the qualification process for the EG Gold Medal Final held at Woodhall Spa, the CUGC have organised a specific “County Qualifying Round”, which has run in conjunction with our “Handicap Trophy”. This arrangement has worked very well with our representatives performing creditably at Woodhall Spa, whilst enjoying a very pleasant weekend as the guests of England Golf (formerly the EGU).
Following a review of the event’s structure, EG have now decided that to increase their sponsor’s (Fullers London Pride) exposure, directly with our Clubs for 2013, a Club Qualifying Medal Round must be held. We are waiting to receive the final detailed Conditions and we will inform all Cheshire Clubs, as these become available early in the New Year. In the meantime we have to advise you that the County Union have reluctantly come to the conclusion that holding a subsequent County Qualifying stage will not in our view be a practical proposition. Our apologies therefore to anyone who has seen an early issue of the Entry Form for the County Handicap Trophy which included reference to the EG Gold Medal. We would particularly like to encourage as many of you as possible to play in the Handicap Trophy, which in 2013 will be held at Romiley GC on Wednesday 26th June, and would especially remind you that this historic County Tournament, is specifically intended for the Club Handicap Golfer. We will be delighted to see you at Romiley in June, the home course of 2013 Presidsent, Ron Harrison
3rd December 2012
Life Members Meetings - 2013
Entry forms for 2013 Life Members Meetings are now availble. Open to all Cheshire Life Members there are seven events played throughout the County during the playing season as listed below:
Entry fee is £34 per couple. Entries accepted on a first come basis.
27th November 2012
Junior News Letter
Cheshire County Junior Golf has had another exceptionally busy season. We would like to thank Junior Organisers across the County whose work and enthusiasm provides an essential and invaluable contribution to the success of our junior golfers. The various county junior sides have had a mixed season with regards to results but the enthusiasm of all the players has been outstanding. A review of the coaching programme has taken place and we aim to provide a much more intense programme during the winter and early season with a view to producing players of even better quality than previously. A comparison with the investment made by Yorkshire and Lancashire counties in their junior sections show that Cheshire have fallen some way behind in the amount we spend on junior coaching. We are addressing the situation with a programme that has been designed by our senior coaches Alan Thompson and Peter Barber. Read more...
Junior News Letter now available.
15th October 2012
Styal Juniors win Manchester & District Golf Alliance
Styal Golf Club’s junior section yet again made the headlines with another incredible achievement for Cheshire! Styal beat Leigh Golf Club in the final of the Manchester & District Golf Alliance Williams B.M.W Junior Trophy. Sixty golf clubs in the Manchester district entered the tournament.
The final was a nail biting, exciting finish that was a lot closer then the result states ending in a 5-2 Styal victory.
Led Junior Captain Charlie Fenn, Charlotte Leathem, Dan Benson, Will Dodds, Will Lucas, Ryan Nevins, Jacob Oakley and Hayden Hurley
Styal GC team celebrating victory.
12th October 2012
Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs Annual Dinner - The Mere
The Sixty First Annual Dinner of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs was held at The Mere. A total of 203 guests from Cheshire Clubs and neighbouring County Unions were welcomed by Cheshire President, Mike Jones, including 14 members of his home club of Chester. Also present was Mr Pierre Bechmann, Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Following the meal, the toast "The Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs" was proposed from Paul Baxter, Joint President, England Golf and responded to by Mike Jones who in turn toasted "Our Guests". In response, Mr Arthur Noble (Royal Liverpool Golf Club) provided an entertaining speech.
During the evening David Peel was presented with a salver for 150 County team appearances and Luke Burrows received an award as Player of the Year. Cameron Massey was introduced as Boys Captain for 2013.
The Captains of Gatley Golf Club, Chris Wood; Reddish Vale Golf Club, Paul Dineen and Werneth Low Golf Club, Tony Bacchus, received commemorative plates in recognition of their clubs' 100 years of existence from Paul Baxter.
The President introduced Colin Shadbolt (Bramall Park Golf Club) as Deputy President elect for 2013
Images courtesy of Geoff Garnett
The President and principle guests L to R: Paul Baxter, Pierre Bechmann, Mike Jones, Arthur Noble and John Sheffield, Chairman of EGU Northern Counties.
11th October 2012
Cheshire Player of the Year
Luke Burrows is Player of the Year.
Luke Burrows (Lymm GC) became the first winner of Cheshires' Player of the Year award. The award is based upon a County Players overall performance throughout the year whilst representing the County. Points are awarded on match results with bonus points awarded in addition to a players singles matchplay result. The larger the margin of victory scores more bonus points. Points are not awarded for appearances in the County side.
Burrows played nine times out of a possible ten for the County through 2012, including playing in the "Big Six" qualifying round at Ponteland, losing only one single match against Lancashire and a Foursomes match in a pre-season friendly against Cheshire Ladies. His match points tally for the year was 39 from a possible 45, Burrows was unable to play in the match against Cumbria. This consistent performance, together with 13 bonus points made him a clear winner from second place Oliver Carr (Heswall GC) on 43 points. Carr was only available for the County six times due to England commitments. In third place was County Captain, Dave Peel with 42 points from eight appearances. During the 2012 playing season, Captain Peel played his 150th time for the County.
The County President will present both Luke Burrows and Dave Peel with awards at the County Dinner on Friday, 12th October at The Mere GC.
In addition to the Player of the Year, the Cheshire Order of Merit is played consisting of individual club events and three County events. Top of the Order was Henry Featherstone (Ringway GC) with Dominic Barnes (Caldy) and Mark Geddes (Prenton) tied on second.
Luke Burrows at the Matchplay Championship - Northenden GC
8th September 2012
Cheshire v Northumberland - The Northumberland Golf Club, Newcastle upon Tyne
Cheshire won their last match of the 2012 Northern League series against Northumberland, thereby avoiding the Wooden Spoon 12 months after winning the 2011 Northern League. A strong Cheshire team won the morning Foursomes 5 games to 1 and followed up in the Singles with a 7 games to 5 margin with an overall score of 12 games to 6.
County Captain, Dave Peel holed out in one during his singles match on the 14th hole. Dave has offered to by drinks at the County Dinner!
The County selectors are to reflect on this years' performance over the coming months with a planned reveiw of the talent spotting and coaching programme.
County president, Mike Jones with the Cheshire team at Northumberland GC.
2nd September 2012
Cheshire Foursomes Championship - Chester Golf Club, 2nd September 2012
Father and Son combination of Gareth & Charles Bradley (Bramhall Golf Club) won the Cheshire Foursomes Championship "Prestwich Trophy" at Chester Golf Club with a two round score of 75 & 71 = 146. Runners-up were Eaton pairing of Richard Howell & James Aistion with scores of 74 & 74 = 148.
Winners of the Victory Trophy, for the best nett score were Shaun Coppock & David Galletley (Upton-by-Chester Golf Club) with Nett scores of 73 & 72 = 145. Runnners-up, also on 145 nett were Richard Howell & James Aistion by virtue of a higher 2nd round score. Also on 145 nett were Deputy President, Ron Harrison (Romiley Golf Club) and County Secretary, Stephen Foster (Chester Golf Club) who came third on the card play-off, a result announced with much relish by Tournament Chairman, Colin Shadbolt.
Prestwich Trophy Winners Gareth (L) & Charles Bradley with County President, Mike Jones and Club captain, Iori Jones.
24th August 2012
Cheshire Foursomes Championship - Chester Golf Club, 2nd September 2012
The Draw for the 2012 Foursomes Championship has been made.
Chester Golf Club hosts the 2012 Cheshire Foursomes Championships. One of the largest entries for some years, 42 pairs, will play 36 holes to decide who will be the 2012 Champions. Two separate events are to be played for; the County Foursomes Championship is decided on Gross score with the Victory Trophy decided on the Nett score. Last year Prestbury pair, James Newton and Dan Young secured both titles at Romiley Golf Club.
Amongst the starters include current County team players, with current Matchplay Champion, Henry Featherstone (Ringway) and current Senior Champion, Dave Nelson (Northenden). Former Foursomes winners, Chris Harrison and Ashley Sage (Sandiway) are looking to win again, having won in 2007. Playing with his county player son, Josh Evans (Mere), is former British Amatuer Champion Duncan Evans (High Legh Park) with a combined handicap of plus three.
Chester GC have hosted this event in 1990 and 2001.
James Newton & Dan Young - 2011 Double Winners
10th August 2012
Cheshire Boys Championship - Delamere Forest Golf Club
James Newton (Prestbury GC) succesfully defended his Cheshire Boys Championship title at Delamere Forest Golf Club.Sixty boys from Cheshire clubs gathered at Delamere Forest for the start of the Championship only to be met by dense fog enveloping the course which resulted in a one and half hour delay. Once the fog lifted play was commenced over a two tee start which got the event back on time.
Leading the way in the morning was Josh Garside (Prestbury GC) with a splendid 67. Newton was two shots behind on 69, with Matt Taylor (Crewe GC) on 71. The second round was not kind to Garside, who faded away with a 78. Newton consolidated his lead with another 69 for a total of 138. Newton was pushed all the way by Taylor with a 68, the lowset score in the afternoon, to finsh in second place on 139. Home player, Lewis George, added a 69 to his morning 73 to secure third place on 142.
Best nett score was Ben Stanier (Wilmslow GC), 3 handicap with a nett 139.
James Newton with President's Trophy.
Wilmott Blockley (Club Captain), Matt Taylor, James Newton, Mike Jones (County President), Lewis George and Ben Stanier.
Images courtesy of Geoff Garnett.
6th August 2012
Cheshire Boys Championship - Delamere Forest Golf Club, Friday 10th August 2012
The draw for this event has been made. Play begins at 8.00am with 60 boys playing 36 holes.
5th August 2012
Cheshire v Cumbria - Sandiway Golf Club
The poor summer weather again played havoc with Cheshire golf. Heavy rain, thunder & lightning caused the afternoon singles matches of this match to be abandoned. This meant that Cumbria were winners by virture of their morning foursomes score of 3 1/2 points to Cheshires 2 1/2.
The match began in warm sunshine with Cheshire taking the first two foursomes matches. Cumbria then won the next three with the final match halved, which proved decisive for Cumbria.
This technical defeat for Cheshire in the Daily Telegraph Northern League was the fourth straight defeat for Cheshire who won the league in style in 2011. The final match for Cheshire is against Northumberland at the Northumberland Golf Club on 8th September 2012. It is hoped a victory will prevent a whitewash of defeats.
1st August 2012
Cheshire Junior Championship - Upton by Chester Golf Club
The Cheshire Junior Championship, for Boys aged 16 years and under on the 1st January each year, was played at Upton by Chester Golf Club. A total of 42 boys from throughout the County teed up in cool and windy conditions. Though the field was small compared to other years the quality of the golf was extremely high with 15 scores of below 80.
The overall Junior Champion was 16 years old, five handicapper, Ben Richards (Sandiway Golf Club) with a gross score of 71.
The under 14 years category was won by fellow club mate, Rhys Nevin-Wharton, aged 14 years with a handicap of 4. He returned a gross score of 72.
The best nett score was returned by 10 years old Nathan Newton (Upton by Chester) who scored a gross 89 off a handicap of 25 returning a Nett 64.
Cheshire President, Mike Jones, with Rhys Nevin-Wharton, Ben Richards, Club Captain, Chris Hornsey.
Front: Nathan Newton (Upton by Chester GC)
Ben Richards (Sandiway GC)
Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway GC)
28th July 2012
Cheshire Strokeplay Championship - Stockport Golf Club
James McCormick (Styal Golf Club) is the new 2012 Cheshire Strokeplay Champion. County team player McCormick, scored rounds of 70 - 67 - 68 - 74 for a five under par total of 279 some nine shots clear of runner-up, Luke Burrows (Lymm Golf Club) and third place Matt Taylor (Crewe Golf Club) who both recorded 288.
A field of 124 began the Championship at Stockport Golf Club on the Thursday in warm sunshine, a contrast to two weeks before when this event was postponed due to severe weather conditions and a water-logged course. Barry Barker (Reddish Vale) lead the way with an opening 68, with fellow club members, Ryan Jackson and Curtis Brokenbrow both returning 70's putting them in pole position for the Team Championship.
In the 2nd round McCormick lead the way with a solid 67. The Reddish Vale team, led by Barker with a 71 and Jackson with 79, secured the team Championship by two shots from the home club Stockport. Reddish Vale go forward to the National Club Final at Stoneham GC on 15th & 16th September.
The cut was made at 152 and 38 players contested the final two rounds on Saturday. The first round was played in warm sunshine once more. Jonathan Little (Heswall Golf Club) returned the lowest of the Championship with a 65, whilst McCormick consolidated his lead with another sub seventy round of 68. Second place Neil McQueen (Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club) faded with a 80. The weather for the fourth round changed becoming cooler with heavy prolonged showers. McCormick got off to a bad start with a plugged ball in the rough costing him a double bogey but held on to record a three over par 74 for a resounding victory. The battle for second place between Burrows and Taylor was not decided until the final holes. Taylor scored a disappointing double bogey on the 17th, but despite a final birdie his round of 73 was not good enough for second with Burrows final 70 securing 2nd place for the second year running.
McCormick swept the board also winning the leading qualifying trophy and the Leading Colt (Under 22) Trophy. Former champion, Gareth Bradley secured the mid-amateur prize (Over 35) with scores of 76 - 73 - 74 - 71 total of 292 finishing sixth overall.
By winning the Championship, McCormick will represent Cheshire at the County Champions Final at Woodhall Spa on 23rd September 2012 where he will hope to follow in former club member David Horsey who won in 2005.
James McCormick with Cheshire President, Mike Jones.
Reddish Vale players, Ryan Jackson (L) and Curtis Brokenbrow with Mike Jones.
Luke Burrows (L), Mike Jones, James McCormick, Ryan jackson & Curtis Brokenbrow.
19th July 2012
Cheshire Strokeplay Championship - Stockport Golf Club
All is now set for the Cheshire Strokeplay Championship with the new date of Thursday, 26th July 2012. A new draw has been made.
After withdrawals and new entrants 126 players will begin the Championship which begins next Thursday. Entries include the Holder, Fraser Macleod (Prestbury) who is drawn to play with former Champion Gordon Edwards (Bromborough) who is playing 50 years after his first win in 1962. Other former Champions are; Gareth Bradley (Bramhall); Craig Lewis (Prenton); and Iain Davie (Hazel Grove).
The Championship was first played in 1921 at Delamere Forest, won by G Tweedale.
The winner will represent Cheshire in the County Champions Final at Woodhall Spa on 23rd September 2012. First played in 1962, the joint winners were Gordon Edwards and Alan Thirlwell (Northumberland). The last Cheshire winner was David Horsey in 2005 with a record score of 134.27t
Fraser Macleod - 2011 Cheshire Champion
14th July 2012
Cheshire Strokeplay Championship - Stockport Golf Club
Entry has been re-opened.
The postponement of the Cheshire Strokeplay Championship has resulted in a significant number of withdrawals due to other commitments. Therefore, the entry to this event has been re-opened to new applicants. Entrants will be limited to a maximum of 132 players with all original entrants guaranteed their start time. Should entries exceed 132, a ballot will occur from new entrants only.
It is hoped to keep the timings of the draw as near as possible to the original draw, with new entrants filling gaps. It is inevitable there will be minor changes but every effort will be taken to ensure the minimum disruption from original draw times.
Entry to the event is available on line.
11th July 2012
Cheshire Strokeplay Championship - Stockport Golf Club
Cancellation of theCheshire Strokeplay Championship 2012
The continuing bad weather affecting the country has hit the Cheshire Strokeplay Championship due to be played at Stockport Golf Club commencing Thursday, 12 th July. Persistent rain had saturated the course which was just playable by last Monday but torrential rain overnight saw large parts of the course under water and the majority of the bunkers completely waterlogged. It was obvious the course would not be brought to Championship standard by Wednesday evening and with heavy rain forecast for Thursday and Friday it was decided to postpone the event.
Stockport Golf Club has been able to offer a new date commencing Thursday, 26 th July 2012.
CountySecretary, Stephen Foster said “It is very disappointing that we have had to postpone the event, but in light of the course conditions and weather forecast, we felt there was no other option available to us”
He continued “We are grateful to Stockport in providing alternative dates though this in itself does create problems. I have already received notice of several withdrawals due entirely to the change of dates. In addition, there is a clash with the Wilmslow Crow which is bound to impact on entries there. We offer our apologies to Wilmslow and hope they understand this was beyond our control. Our Championship provides our entries to the Mens and Club national championships, if we do not have this eventCheshirewould not have any representatives for those events.”
A new draw will be posted on the Cheshirewebsite www.cheshiregolf.org.uk sometime during the week commencing 16 th July. In addition, because of the many withdrawals sign up to this event will be re-opened to new entries.
7th July 2012
Cheshire v Lancashire - Hesketh Golf Club
Cheshire suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Lancashire.
3rd July 2012
Cheshire Strokeplay Championship - Stockport Golf Club
The full draw for the first two days is now available.
27th June 2012
County Handicap Trophy - Warrington Golf Club
Sixty players from throughout the County played in the Handicap Trophy at Warrington Golf Club. Played in rare warm sunshine, the Warrington course proved an exacting test for the players. The eventual winner was local member, John Arber, with score of 70 - 4 Nett 66 to win by 3 shots from Iain Cole (Hazel Grove GC) on 75 - 6 Nett 69.
The best Gross score was won by Daniel Swales (Sandiway GC) with a score of 74 by virtue of Arber having won the Handicap Trophy.
In addition, this event was used as the County Qualifier for the EGU Golf Medal to be played at Woodhall Spa on 18th & 19th August 2012. Cheshire have 5 allocated spots, with the top five going forward (Results) .
This is the last time the qualifying process will be in this format. For 2013, clubs will be responsible for holding a qualifier with thier winner going forward to the final selection stage. It is unclear at this moment whether Cheshire Union will be holding a County Qualifier event to decide who will go forward to Woodhall Spa.
The five leading Nett scores as listed will represent Cheshire in the final.
John Arber (Warrington GC) & Mike Jones, County President.
21st June 2012
County President's Day - Chester Golf Club
Cheshire President, Mike Jones held his President's Day at his home club of Chester. Despite being held on the longest day of the year, the sun was not seen all day through dark clouds and at times, heavy rain. Once again, the winner of the President's Putter was Gordon Edwards of Bromborough Golf Club with 36 points, equating to a 78 gross seeing Edwards beating his age by one shot.
Second was Deputy President, Ron Harrison of Romiley Golf Club with Roy Smethurst, Crewe Golf Club third.
The guest prize was won by Dave Heaton of Delamere Forest Golf Club.
L to R: Iori Jones (Captain, Chester), Mike Jones, Gordon Edwards & Mike Foster (President, Chester GC)
14th June 2012
Cheshire Senior Championship - Reddish Vale Golf Club
Dave Nelson wins 2012 Seniors Championship
Dave Nelson (Northenden GC) won his first Cheshire Seniors Championship with socres of 69 & 72 for a total of 141 over a tough Reddish Vale course. Improving on his runner-up position in 2011, the left handed, former Reddish Vale member said "As a former member for 8 years I have never seen the course as well presented as today, it is a credit to all members of the club, especially the head greenkeeper and his staff".
Runner-up was Richard Mallard (Chorlton cum Hardy GC) on 147, whilst in 3rd place was Gordon Broster (Wallasey GC) also on 147 but lost out due to a higher second round score. Previous champion, Roy Smethhurst (Crewe GC) finished 4th on 149 with County Secetary, Stephen Foster (Chester GC) 5th on 153.
Leading Scores Full Scores
Age Category Winners
Cat. A (55-59yrs) Gross: Stephen Foster (Chester GC) 153
Nett: Dave Sanders (Reddish Vale GC) 144
Cat. B (60-64yrs) Gross: Ron Harrison (Romiley GC) 159
Nett: Eric Roylance (Stockport GC) 148
Cat. C (65-69yrs) Gross: Gordon Broster (Wallasey GC) 147
Nett: Roy Smethurst (Crewe GC) 147
Cat. D (70yrs +) Gross: Gordon Edwards (Bromborough GC) 163
Nett: Peter Mitchell (Mottram Hall) 142
Stockport GC won the team prize represented by Ian Gemmell, Eric Roylance & Ray Leadbetter
Dave Nelson - 2012 Seniors Champion
Various Winners L to R: Ron Harrison, Gordon Edwards, Richard Mallard, Mike Jones, County President, Dave Nelson, Paul Dineen, Captain, RVGC, Stephen Foster, County Secretary, Ian Gemmell, Dave Sanders, Eric Roylance & Peter Mitchell.
More Images Couresty of Geoff Garnett
8th June 2012
Junior Team Championship - Stockport Golf Club
Despite some fairly filthy weather the Junior Club Team Championship was successfully completed at Stockport yesterday. Thirty Clubs entered their teams of three; the course was agreed by all to be magnificent and held up surprisingly well to the rain, with a very good number of excellent scores being returned from the full championship length course. The host Club; Stockport were the overall winners by a two point margin from Sandiway; Stockport received the Uren Trophy and will represent the County at Woodhall Spa in August for the National Finals. Prestbury took the Gross Team Prize with the Meston Cup. Individual best nett was won by Harry Livingstone from Alsager with 41 points and Matt Taylor from Crewe had the best individual gross with 37 points.
Winning Stockport Team L to R: Stephen Warhurst, Oliver Brady and Erica Sanders with County President, Mike Jones
7th June 2012
Cheshire Seniors Championship - Reddish Vale Golf Club, Wednesday & Thursday, 13th & 14th June 2012
Roy Smethurst is set to defend his Cheshire Seniors Champinship once again at Reddish Vale Golf Club. A smaller than usual field will play 36 holes over the two days of the Championship.
This year a new 2nd round draw will have the leading players tee of last, hopefully producing an exciting finish of the Championship with potential winners playing together in the style of the Open Championship.
In addition to the overall championship, prizes will be awarded according to age category for best gross and nett scores.
Category A: 55 - 59 years
Caetgory B: 60 - 64 years.
Category C: 65 - 70 years
Category D: Over 70 years.
A team prize will also be awarded to the leading club with 3 or more players in the Championship.
Live scoring for this event will be available throughout the Championship.
2011 Seniors Championship Winner - Roy Smethurst
6th June 2012
EGU Northern Counties Qualifying Round - Ponteland Golf Club, Northumberland.
Cheshire came a disappointing 5th in this years Big Six.
2nd June 2012
Cheshire County Junior Club Team Championship - Stockport Golf Club, Friday 8th June 2012
The draw for the Cheshire Junior Club Team Championship has been made. Thirty clubs have entered a team of three, played over Stockport Golf Club, hoping to represent Cheshire in the English Junior Champion Club Tournament at Woodhall Spa on 25th & 26th August 2012.
27th May 2012
Cheshire County Acamedy Assessment Days
The search is on for the next generation of golfing talent in Cheshire. Two free assessment days are to be held in the summer to find boys and girls suitable for a place on the Cheshire County Academy programme. Successful players will receive 12 weeks expert coaching from PGA professionals at one of 11 centres across Cheshire. The Academy serves as a stepping stone towards the full Cheshire county teams or helps provide a coaching framework for the future for players who show the potential and determination to improve their golf. The assessment days are open to boys and girls between the ages of nine and 15, who do not need to be a member of a golf club or even have an official golf handicap.
They take place at
DeVere Mottram Hall Golf Club on June 17
DeVere Carden Park Golf Club on July 1
Further information is available at the website www.cheshiregolfpartnership.com
The Academy is now in its third year, having helped more than 250 youngsters improve their golf. It is run under the umbrella of the Cheshire County Golf Partnership. The Academy centres are based at Astbury GC, DeVere Carden Park GC, Styal GC, Prestbury GC, The Tytherington GC, Eaton GC, De Vere Mottram Hall GC, Moreton Hills Driving Range, Drive Time Golf Centre (Warrington), Heswall GC and Warrington GC.
Cheshire CGP development officer Craig Thomas says: “This is an ideal opportunity for young golfers who want to improve their game to benefit from the expertise of Cheshire’s PGA professionals on a specially-designed course that will give them the right skills and habits to enjoy their golf as they get older. For some players that might mean taking their golf to a higher level with the Cheshire county squads, but for others it can provide the right kind of guidance to develop their golfing game over the years ahead. The coaching does not just cover on course skills, but areas like nutrition, lifestyle management and physical training. The aim is to help young golfers be as good as they can.”
Coaches and players who took part in last year’s Cheshire County Academy programme
26th May 2012
Cheshire v Durham - South Shields Golf Club
Cheshire lost by the narrowest of margins in their second Daily Telegraph Northern League match against Durham. Played in glorious sunshine at South Shields, Cheshire edged the morning foursomes, 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 only to lose the afternoon singles by a single point. With scores all square and the last single match going down the 18th all sqaure a win for either player would secure the match. Chris Hewitt (Beamish Park) secured the hole over Dominic Barnes (Caldy) in front of a large crowd of spectators.
22nd May 2012
2nd Spring Life Members Meeting - Wilmslow Golf Club
Over two hundred Life Members enjoyed the rare spring sunshine and warm temperatures over the excellent Wilmslow golf course. The eventual winners Mike Dykes Frodsham Golf Club & Malcolm Galley Frodsham Golf Club carded 43 points from 2nd place Brian Ankers Lymm Golf Club & Peter Heald Lymm Golf Club with 42 points.
Pictured Left is Cheshire President, Mike Jones (Chester GC) Mike Dykes & Malcolm Galley with the Captain of Wlmslow GC.
20th May 2012
Cheshire Matchplay Championship - Northenden Golf Club
Northenden Golf Club were the host’s for the 2012 Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs Matchplay Championship played over the weekend of 18 th , 19 th & 20 th May.
A very warm welcome was received from the members Northenden to the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs and players, who were provided with a golf course exceptionally well presented and with lightening fast greens and interesting pin positions.
The maximum of Sixty-four players took part in a competition which produced some early shocks.
The first round saw county player, Barry Barker (Reddish Vale) dispatched by Bramall Park youngster, George Seed at the 19 th hole. Two local players, Dave Nelson and Joe York beat county players Cameron Massey (Chorlton-cum-Hardy) and Jonathan Little (Heswall) respectively, whilst club mates James Newton and Josh Garside , both of Prestbury, faced each other with Newton emerging as winner by 6 & 5.
The biggest upset of the second round was the defeat of county player and Walker Cup hopeful Oliver Carr (Heswall) beaten by eventual quarter-finalist, Alex Pritchard (Wallasey) 3 & 2
In the third round, two former champions, County Captain Dave Peel (Stockport) and Gareth Bradley (Bramhall) were beaten by Robert Hart (Mere) and James Newton (Prestbury) respectively..
The final match of the 4 th Round between Luke Burrows (Lymm) and Dominic Barnes (Caldy) went to the 19 th hole. Both players hit their second shot close to the hole with Burrows holing his putt of less then 3 feet to win.
Sunday was semi-final and final day which went to form. Henry Featherstone (Ringway) beat Matt Taylor (Crewe) 3 & 2 in the first match; Newton beat Burrows 5 & 3 in the second.
The final saw holes exchanged over the first 9 holes with the match All Square on the 10 th tee. Featherstone then began to assert his authority from the 11 th with four straight birdies to gain a three hole advantage. Newton conceded the match on the 16 th hole giving Featherstone a 4 & 2 victory.
Champion Henry Featherstone (C) with Northenden captain, Bernard Scott (L) and County President, Mike Jones (R).
12th May 2012
Cheshire v Yorkshire - Wallasey Golf Club
Cheshire got off to a disappointing start in their opening Daily Telegraph Northern League match by losing heavily to Yorkshire. Despite a promising start in the morning foursomes, Yorkshire fought back to finish the morning session three points each.
Cheshire got off to the worst possible start in the afternoon by losing the first five singles by large margins. A spirited fight back by the tail produced only 3 1/2 points, the highlight being a hole in one by James Newton (Prestbury) on the 16th hole in his 1 Hole win over Martin Brown (Pike Hills).
Cheshire hope to achieve their first win for 2012 at South Shields on 26th May when they play Durham.
The draw for this Championship has now been made.
2012 Champion Mark Geddes of Prenton GC.
64 players will contend for the 2012 Matchplay Championship at Northenden GC over the weekend of 18th, 19th and 20th May.
Defending Champion, Mark Geddes, will be unable to defend his title due to academic commitments in the USA.
A strong field, which includes many of the current County Squad, will begin play at 8.00am on Friday, 18th May.
Printable version with Match times.
This match was abandoned due to severe weather conditions and flooding of the course.
Bromborough Golf Club were hosts to the first Cheshire Life Members Meeting of 2012. Played in horrendous weather conditions, 186 players braved the elements to compete. Only superb drainage of Bromborough's greens, tees and fairways made the event possible. The weather impacted on the scoring, which was inevitably lower than normal. The eventual winners were Cheshire Deputy President, Ron Harrison (Romiley Golf Club) and County Secretary, Stephen Foster (Chester Golf Club) with 37 points.
|1st||Stephen Foster Chester Golf Club (4) & Ron Harrison Romiley Golf Club (3)||37|
|2nd||Mark Eden The Tytherington Club (14) & Peter Ware The Tytherington Club (16)||36|
|3rd||Keith Barrett Lymm Golf Club (8) & Sam Leach Lymm Golf Club (7)||36|
|4th||R Deconnick Alsager Golf & Country Club (11) & M J Palser Alsager Golf & Country Club (13)||36|
The Cheshire team played two fixtures over the weekend of 14th & 15th April.
On Saturday, Cheshire entertained Lancashire in a pre-season friendly fixture prior to the Northern Counties league. Both Counties fielded teams of experience and youth with the forthcoming season in mind. Played on a cold day with a stiff breeze Cheshire edged the morning Foursomes by one game. The afternoon singles were even with six games apiece. Result
On Sunday, Cheshire were the visitors to the Cheshire County Ladies at Heswall Golf Club. The morning Foursomes were shared two games apiece. In the afternoon Singles Cheshire men romped to a 7 1/2 to 1/2 result.
Mike Jones, President of Cheshire with Alex Gallacher, Captain of Withington GC, Les Wilson, President of Lancashire and Judith Quine, President of Withington GC.
The final day of the Four Counties produced the usual excitment. With three Counties able to win the tournament, the final positions depending on match results and individual games won, all was to play for. Lancashire, who were undefeated needed only to half their match with Nottinghamshire to win the trophy. For added excitement, Lancashire would also win if they were to be defeated by 4 games to 3 by Nottinghamshire. Cheshire could win the trophy if they could overcome Shropshire & Herefordshire with a clean sweep of 7 games to zero, provided Nottinghamshire only beat Lancashire by 5 games to 2, if Nottinghamshire were to win by 6 games to 1, they would be the winners.
Cheshire made for great exicitement by easily beating Shropshire & Herefordshire by the required 7 games with three matches betweeen Lancashire & Nottinghamshire still on the course. However, the final two Lancashire players managed a win in the sixth game and a half in the final to win the Four Counties Trophy outright.
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In their second match against Nottinghamshire, Cheshire won by 4 games to 3.
Cheshire lost heavily to neighbours Lancashire (5 1/2 - 1 1/2) in the first round of the Four Counties Tournament at West Lancashire. Only Boys Captain, James Newton, won with Freddie Williams (Prenton) gaining the other half a point. With two matches remaining, against Nottinghamshire and Shropshire & Herefordshire, cheshire face a uphill struggle to retain the trophy which they won at Crewe in 2010.
Cheshire Four Counties Team 2012 L to R (Back) Daniel Chapman, Cameron Massey, Mike Jones (President CUGC) Matt Taylor
Josh Garside, Lewis George, Freddie Willaims. (Front) James Newton, John Slater (Team Manager) & Jordan Jones.
Monday 18th December 2017 Cheshire short listed for County of the Year. Sunday 15th October 2017 Stars shine at The Mere Sunday 8th October 2017 Lymm pair win at Vale Royal Abbey Monday 18th September 2017 Close call in excellent game Monday 28th August 2017 Beesley & Chilton win County Foursomes Thursday 17th August 2017 Cheshire juniors show their strength in depth Saturday 29th July 2017 Matt keeps his cool on a difficult day Friday 21st July 2017 Hat-trick for Dave in dramatic finale at Ringway Thursday 6th July 2017 Wonderful Warrington for White Rose team Saturday 1st July 2017 Fraser keeps his cool at stunning Bromborough Monday 22nd May 2017 Chilton is new champion at Northenden Tuesday 21st February 2017 Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club, near Northwich, is launching a new Junior Golf Academy Thursday 13th October 2016 A centenary 2020 website has been created to mark the occasion Saturday 3rd September 2016 Cheshire finish third in Northern Counties League Monday 22nd August 2016 Dave Nelson (Northenden) selected for England with Roy Smethurst (Crewe) as team captain. Saturday 6th August 2016 Cheshire show their fighting spirit Saturday 30th July 2016 Rhys wins another thriller at Delamere Forest Thursday 28th July 2016 Forest stars rule the roost at Chorlton Tuesday 26th July 2016 Cheshire Boys 14.5 - North Wales Boys 3.5 Thursday 21st July 2016 Ron is a star as he rolls back the years Saturday 2nd July 2016 James is a convincing winner on home turf Saturday 4th June 2016 Northern Counties Golf Union
Daily Telegraph League
Cheshire v Yorkshire at Sandiway Golf Club
Cheshire win a sun-drenched thriller
Wednesday 6th April 2016 More disappointment for Cheshire Monday 22nd February 2016 Friday 15th January 2016 The Cheshire Union have made several radical changes to the Matchplay Championship to boost entries. Sunday 22nd November 2015 Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) has been selected for the 2015/2016 England boys squad Saturday 10th October 2015 Cheshire dinner is another big hit
Revealed! The finalists for the England Golf Awards 2018
Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs - 66th Annual Dinner
Cheshire Mixed Championship 2017
Cheshire v Lancashire u16 Boys at Didsbury GC
Cheshire Foursome Championship 2017
Cheshire Boys Junior Championships at Helsby Golf Club
Cheshire Boys Championship
Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs Seniors Championship
Northern Counties Golf Union Boys Championships
Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs Strokeplay Championship
Cheshire Matchplay Championship
Get into Golf with new Junior Golf Academy at Vale Royal Abbey GC
Centenary 2020 Website
Cheshire v Cumbria
Leading seniors selected for England teams
Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League
Cheshire Boys Championships 2016
Cheshire Junior Boys Championshi
Cheshire Boys retain top trophy
Cheshire Seniors Championships
Cheshire Strokeplay Championships 2016
Northern Counties Golf Union- Daily Telegraph League
More disappointment for Cheshire
The Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A are to proceed with a merger of the two organisations.
County announce changes to Matchplay Championship
Rhys Selected for England Boys' Squad
Cheshire Annual Dinner 2015
Monday 18th December 2017
Cheshire short listed for County of the Year.
Sunday 15th October 2017
Stars shine at The Mere
Sunday 8th October 2017
Lymm pair win at Vale Royal Abbey
Monday 18th September 2017
Close call in excellent game
Monday 28th August 2017
Beesley & Chilton win County Foursomes
Thursday 17th August 2017
Cheshire juniors show their strength in depth
Saturday 29th July 2017
Matt keeps his cool on a difficult day
Friday 21st July 2017
Hat-trick for Dave in dramatic finale at Ringway
Thursday 6th July 2017
Wonderful Warrington for White Rose team
Saturday 1st July 2017
Fraser keeps his cool at stunning Bromborough
Monday 22nd May 2017
Chilton is new champion at Northenden
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Vale Royal Abbey Golf Club, near Northwich, is launching a new Junior Golf Academy
Thursday 13th October 2016
A centenary 2020 website has been created to mark the occasion
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Cheshire finish third in Northern Counties League
Monday 22nd August 2016
Dave Nelson (Northenden) selected for England with Roy Smethurst (Crewe) as team captain.
Saturday 6th August 2016
Cheshire show their fighting spirit
Saturday 30th July 2016
Rhys wins another thriller at Delamere Forest
Thursday 28th July 2016
Forest stars rule the roost at Chorlton
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Cheshire Boys 14.5 - North Wales Boys 3.5
Thursday 21st July 2016
Ron is a star as he rolls back the years
Saturday 2nd July 2016
James is a convincing winner on home turf
Saturday 4th June 2016
Northern Counties Golf Union
Daily Telegraph League
Cheshire v Yorkshire at Sandiway Golf Club
Cheshire win a sun-drenched thriller
Wednesday 6th April 2016
More disappointment for Cheshire
Monday 22nd February 2016
Friday 15th January 2016
The Cheshire Union have made several radical changes to the Matchplay Championship to boost entries.
Sunday 22nd November 2015
Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway) has been selected for the 2015/2016 England boys squad
Saturday 10th October 2015
Cheshire dinner is another big hit
A PLAYER’S GUIDE TO THE 32nd EDITION OF THE RULES OF GOLF
EFFECTIVE 1st January 2012
The Rules of Golf are controlled by a Joint Working Committee of the R&A and the USGA, the Rules are subject to a four year cycle of revision, the 32nd Edition covering 2012 through 2015 has recently been published and widely distributed to Affiliated Golf Clubs. Further important guidance on the interpretation of many Rules is given in the “Decisions Book”, this publication is reviewed every two years, a new issue for 2012 – 2013 is also now available.
Colin Shadbolt, Chairman of CUGC Tournaments and England Golf referee has published a short and easy to read guide to the latest changes and new Rules additions for use by Club competition committes and other interested parties.
England Golf County Rules Schools heading to the North and South of England
England Golf has announced that it will be running another two County Rules Schools this spring, at venues in Cheshire and Devon.
Following the success of seven County Rules Schools in 2011 which proved to be very popular, attracting over 200 delegates, England Golf are delighted to be offering the chance for more people to participate in Rules education.
To date, 67 of those delegates who sat the County Rules exam last year achieved a distinction. This in turn has provided their respective County Unions with a potential new source of qualified ‘County Referees’ to assist at county tournaments. Barry Morgan, Secretary of Hampshire County Golf Union, who hosted a Rules School at Basingstoke golf club last year said, “The England Golf County Rules School has proved to be an invaluable tool, enabling Hampshire Golf Union to formulate the nucleus of a tournament panel for our County events. Those that attended are now much more confident in their knowledge of the Rules and the School has given them the confidence and self belief to be able to deal with Rules situations on and off the golf course”.
Toby Thorne, England Golf Deputy Championship Manager says, “The Schools cater for all levels of Rules knowledge, endorsed by the wide variety of delegates who have attended and the feedback that we have received. There is something for everyone to learn about the Rules and with the new changes in effect from January 1 st , it will be important to ensure all delegates are aware of and well informed about these changes. The format of the School, with a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials, keeps everyone interested and on their toes throughout the day”.
Delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending the School, although advice will be given on how to prepare for the exam which is several weeks after the first day of practical tuition.
The following dates and venues are finalised for spring 2012:
Cheshire: Day 1: Wed 28 th March Day 2 (inc. Exam): Thu 3 rd May
(North) Entry deadline: Fri 9 th March Venue: Sandiway Golf Club, Northwich
Devon: Day 1: Thu 26 th April Day 2 (inc. Exam): Thu 7 th June
(South West) Entry deadline: Fri 30 th March Venue: Exeter Golf & Country Club, Exeter
The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes all tuition, lunches, teas and coffees on both days. Although hosted in a particular county, delegates from other counties will also be welcome.
Further Schools are being scheduled for Autumn 2012 and will be announced in due course. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register for an event, visit www.englishgolfunion.org/rulesschool