SALE Golf Club’s new lady captain Yvonne Chadwick began her golf in Malaysia when she accompanied her husband Derek with his job there, which lasted nine years.
Yvonne said: “I was not allowed to work there so I took up golf to help occupy my spare time and on our return in 1990 I joined Sale to continue my enjoyment of the wonderful game.
“Dung our travels we have also played at Rotorua in New Zealand where I was fascinated with the steam from the geysers that appeared on the fairways “My best handicap was 14 and it is now 25 and after a great Centenary year in 2013 it is going to be very enjoyable and busy taking the club on the first part of its journey into the next 100 years.
“My chosen charity is the Wood Street Mission along with my captain Howard Johnston which helps local children and families and has been doing so since 1869 and they once sent my husband as a young boy to enjoy a trip to Lytham St Annes which he has never forgotten.
“Possibly my personal golfing highlight was playing the Old Course at St Andrews with Derek when we were second out at 6.15am and the course marshal told the group of Americans ahead of us ‘let these good golfers through’ and we were back ordering our second breakfast at a hotel overlooking the course at 9.30!
“If I had to play a four ball of my choice it would be with Luke Donald because he has a lovely swing and a sweet nature and Ian Poulter because he strikes me as a very kind person who does a lot for charity.
“He’s also a bit of a character so I’m sure it would be fun and finally I would add Derek as the fourth player as I don’t think that I could leave out of such a team.”
A Midweek medal at Sale was won by Malcolm MacKintosh with a neat 66 seeing him three shots clear of Richard Stewart and Anthony Stiles.
Didsbury’s first medal had the divisions topped by Neil Higgins 69, Kevin Pringle 69 after a cpo with John Robinson and Chas McPeake after a cpo on 71 with Ondrej Obeke with Ged Ford top vet with 72.
Midweek medal action at Didsbury had Nigel Hodson as top vet with 70 and the divisions were led in by Alex Wigley 69 and Leung Yu 66.
A Four Man team Stableford at Northenden was led in by the fab four of Simon Reynolds, Michael Liall, Adam Holliday and John Barkwith after a cpo on 86 points with Anthony and Monty Milner, Alex Hughes and Cammie Stewart.
Chorlton’s men played round one of the Wednesday Silver Plate and setting the pace in the three divisions were Mike Lynch after a cpo on 69 with James Cone and Trevor Golds, Eddie Fyans 68 and Eric Whittaker 67.
EWGA medal action for Chorlton’s ladies saw Jeanette Freeman win a cpo on 77 with Monica Parsonage.
Mike Casey showed his enduring class at Withington carding 66 to win a midweek medal from Michael Daggett 67 and Gary Dowens 68.
Withington ladies were also in medal mode with the divisions won by Chris Killeen 72 and Ma McNil 81.
The very popular Didsbury Ladies Open on Tuesday July 29 and the Mixed Open on Sunday September 7 have limited vacancies.
To enter or obtain more details contact the office on 0161 998 9278.
The draws for the Manchester Alliance Inter Club knock out competitions have been made after the preliminary round has reduced the competing clubs to 64.
The draws affecting our local clubs are: Dunham Forest Trophy- Hale v Marriott Worsley Park, Withington v Pleasington, Chorlton v Davyhulme Park, Ashton-on-Mersey v Rossendale, Sale v Shrigley Hall, Dunham Forest v Lymm, Ringway v Darwen, Werneth v Acregate, Hindley Hall v Didsbury and Cheadle v Northenden- City Glass Men’s Foursomes- Davyhulme Pak v Romiley, Sale v Werneth, Didsbury v Houghwood, Ashton-on-Mersey v Boysnope Park, Dunham Forest v Saddleworth, Withington v Pike Fold, Northenden v Bolton, Leyland v Chorlton.
Ashton-on-Mersey professional Kris Andrews, last season’s Manchester Alliance Captain, relived the form that won him his biggest prize in golf at a testing Worsley Marriott.
Kris has his victory in the James Brearley Lancashire Open, a PGA North Order of Merit at Blackpool North Shore, remembered with a special window at the front of his golf shop and he enjoyed posting 37 points to win the individual pro section.
Tony Cuppello was also inspired by his spectacular eagle at Davenport two days previously as the Pike Fold pro partnered Bookdale partner Steve Hamlett to 43 points and win the pro am section ahead of Jon Cheetham and John Riley (Swinton Park) 41 and Colin Moroney and Steve Williams (Bolton Old Links).
There were also new winners in the am am am section as Chris Lane and Brian Toft (Davyhulme Park) were top of the shop with 40 points from Dwayne Lloyd and Martin Dwyer (Stamford) 39 and Andy Hall and Mick Holmes (Cheadle).