Joe is the champ

Messenger Newspapers: Joe (with trophy) and his group with coaches Dan Whittaker (left) and Graham Neville) Joe (with trophy) and his group with coaches Dan Whittaker (left) and Graham Neville)

YOUNG golfers are getting great coaching at Altrincham Driving Range in the expert hands of PGA pro Graham Neville who began his own golf at Altrincham as a youngster.

Graham runs group sessions for young golfers on Saturdays and Sundays and the culmination of the sessions is to choose a champion from the group after a skills test session.

Graham said: “We work on different aspects each week including driving, fairway woods, irons, short pitching, long pitching and putting.

“The champion golfer is the junior who wins most points in the skills test, has been most attentive and also has good etiquette.

“In a very close contest the winner was eight-year-old Joe Kelly from Elmridge Primary School in Hale Barns and he was delighted to win the trophy.

“We also host supervised practice sessions on Thursday evenings after school to help the juniors continue to improve their game and for more info contact me on 07957 309547.”

The draw has been made for the MDLGA Bell Cup 2014 with nearly 90 clubs looking to make the last four on finals day in September at Astbury GC, the home club of MDLGA President Eileen Murphy.

The format sees the best seven players from each club playing a fierce match-play competition.

In the preliminary round the draw sees the following local team looking to make the last 64: Davyhulme Park v Cavendish.

Through to round one with byes are: Antrobus v Dunham Forest; High Legh Park v Sale; Houlsdworth v Ringway and Hale v Houghwood.

There is a bonus for all of the members of our Cheshire Union affiliated clubs in 2014.

Every member of a Cheshire club, male or female, will be entitled to a Cheshire County card as part of their annual subscription to the Union County secretary Steve Foster said: “Our members will now be receiving something really tangible and valuable for their £5 annual subscription.

“The card can be used throughout Cheshire and England at over 1,300 courses.

“The holder will be entitled to one round of golf at a discounted fee, generally up to half the normal one and they will be available in clubs from April 1for collection.

“It will be a great benefit for clubs looking to recruit new members and will encourage golfers to join a Cheshire club.”

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