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Chris Takes The Hot Seat At Popular Golf Club
Wednesday 23rd March 2016 @ 16:05 by Mark Phillip

Article: Geoff Garnett

There were some busy times at our local golf clubs last week.

A 15-hole Wednesday Stableford for Denton’s men was won by W Lord with a massive 44 points seeing him well clear of D Watson 40 and J Stapleton 37.

In a Saturday Two From Four Stableford at Denton, the Captain was in charge as he led in his team of P Beard, P Coulter and C Powers to top spot ahead of P Taylor, J Smith, S Dugdale and A Jones.

A Sunday 15-hole Stableford was won by K McCannon with 35 points from J Stapleton 34 and A Worswick 33.

A tense local derby in the national Mail on Sunday team competition saw Stamford travel to Ashton with the home team keen to avenge the drubbing they suffered in the Dunham Forest Trophy KO in 2015.

But Stamford again stood tall to win 4-1 to progress into the next round with their winning team of Rick Irving, Kev Duffy, Chris Houfe, Martin Dwyer and James Woodcock.

Oldham GEMS played a BB Stableford and it was won by Charlie Middlewood and John Smith with 24 points, three more than Ken Sharp and John Wood with Brian Best and Trevor Cash in third spot with 20.

The latest ‘Race to the Strat’ at Brookdale was won by Dave Taylor with 38 points, chased all the way by David Jackson 37 and Tom Barlow 36.

The Manchester and District Ladies Golf Association (MDLGA) was formed in 1902 and over the years has gone from strength to strength organising top competitions for over 90 clubs within a radius of 25 miles from Manchester Town Hall.

Each year they appoint a Lady President who has served on the MDLGA committee and Bramhall Golf Club’s Chris Kelly (pictured) is very proud to be this year’s president.

Chris said: “I joined Chorlton Golf Club as a beginner in 1993 and spent enjoyable years there before moving to Bramhall GC, which is in the area where I live.

“I have been a member of Bramhall for the past 18 years and had the pleasure of being Lady Captain in 2003.

“I joined the MDLGA committee in 2006 and served for three years, learning to be a competitions organiser in my first year, running competitions in my second year and training a new committee member in my third year and in addition I helped and joined in with various other activities.

“I am proud to represent Bramhall Golf Club as president of MDLGA and hope this brings honour to my golf club which will host the prestigious Bell Cup final and I will look forward to upholding the traditions of MDLGA throughout the year.

“At the start of my golf, I met Jackie Foy playing in a competition at Davyhulme Park and it was Jackie who encouraged me to be part of MDLGA which I have thoroughly enjoyed and am now proud to be President of. The courses MDLGA offer for their competitions in the north and south of Manchester are first class and we are pleased to organise the competitions for fellow golfers to enjoy.”

The MDLGA competitions for 2016 are: Bunty Booth final at Denton Golf Club on June 3, Challenge Cup/Lloyd Jones Scratch Trophy at Rochdale Golf Club on July 15, team event at Chorley Golf Club on July 29, Bell Cup final at Bramhall Golf Club on September 2 and Greensome Stableford at Wilmslow Golf Club on September 9. For more details on how to enter check out the website

The Balfour and Houldsworth Golf Committee has been organising top events for golfers within a 25-mile radius of Manchester Town Hall since 1897.

In recent years numbers entering the competitions have risen dramatically and organisers of their five competitions are urging players to book early to ensure their places.

The dates for 2016 are May 22 the Balfour Cup (gents singles medal) at Northenden GC, June 19 the Houldsworth Cup (Mens BB Bogey) at Bury Golf Club, July 24, the GS Lancashire Cup (Mixed BB Stableford) at Chorlton Golf Club, August 10 the Men’s Seniors Balfour Cup (Men’s Pairs BB Stableford) at Stand Golf Club, September 11, at Junior Balfour (Boys and Girls medal) at Worsley Golf Club.

To find out more and book on-line check out the website