IN 1988 Martyn Grimley won a gold medal as part of the Great Britain men’s hockey team at the Seoul Olympics and he was a leading player for England and Brooklands for many years.

As well as hockey, Martyn’s sporting skills also extended to golf at Ringway with a long-held single-figure handicap, currently two.

It is his first year as a senior and he has also represented Cheshire during the season and was eligible to play in the County Seniors stroke-play championship at Bromborough.

With perfect weather and a magnificently presented and challenging course, Bromborough provided a great stage for an elite field including England international Dave Nelson (Northenden) and the county seniors matchplay champion, and ex-England and Cheshire legend, Roy Smethurst (Crewe).

Round one saw Grimley’s Ringway clubmate Tim Daggett set the pace with 73, one shot clear of him with several others in touching distance of the leaders.

Top scores of 73 in round two came from Ken Thomson (Bramall Park) and Gareth Bradley (Bramhall).

Daggett slipped out of contention with an 85 but Grimley kept his nerve and led by three shots going into the final hole.

An errant tee shot into trees on the left of the fairway put him under pressure but he finished with a double bogey – just enough to win with a total of 148 by a shot from Bradley, with Nelson (150) and Martin France (Lymm) on 151 as the nearest challengers.

Cheshire president Chris Moore gave out the top prizes and the various age-group gross and nett trophies, as well as a Cheshire plaque to Ray Newnes, the immediate past captain of Bromborough as a fitting tribute to the club’s excellent organisation and warm welcome both on and off their terrific course.

The age-group winners were: 55-59 years nett – Peter Young (Didsbury), gross – Martin France; 60-64 nett – Steve Foster (Chester), gross – Dave Nelson; 65-60 nett – Ray Leadbetter (Bromborough), gross – Ron Harrison (Ringway); 70-plus nett – David Kirkwood (Bromborough), gross – Ken Thomson.