RINGWAY Golf Club were great hosts to 36 ladies, new to golf, from a variety of Cheshire clubs as they enjoyed the latest session of the England Golf ‘Women on Par’ initiative.

The day provided the ladies with a fun and social way to grow their confidence on the golf course with other women beginners.

A team of Ringway lady members, many of whom were graduates of the Ringway ‘Get into Golf coaching courses’ walked round the specially designed ‘orange’ course offering advice and encouragement to help them complete their special golfing challenges that included iron play, short game, putting and etiquette.

The ladies were welcomed to Ringway by president Judith Wainwright (also president of the Cheshire Ladies' Golf Association) and Sean Hammill and Alison Lysons, the Cheshire support officers from England Golf.

After the prizes had been handed out all of the players were given a bag containing some special Ringway goodies to round off a terrific day which drew thanks for the special efforts made by the club volunteer members, officials and staff and the England Golf duo.

Meanwhile, the Manchester and District Golf Alliance, the biggest in the country, teed off its new winter season in idyllic conditions at Romiley Golf Club to the delight of new Alliance captain, Dave Green – the Dukinfield GC professional, with the coveted Robert Wax Trophy at stake.

Wax was a member of Dunham Forest GC where he gave great service and also support to the Alliance.

The superb weather and well-conditioned course inspired a full field of players to produce a string of hot scores.

But undoubtedly the star of the day was Alliance stalwart Craig Corrigan who posted a scorching round of 47 points to romp to victory in the individual pro section and finish well clear of Alistair Waddell (Chorlton), on 40, and Jamie Howarth (Davenport) and Mark Hancock (Stand), both on 38.

Corrigan’s huge points haul could be a record score for the Alliance and their archivists are scouring their records to see if he has set a new mark.

He also topped the pro-am section partnering Mark Riley (Leigh) to 49 points ahead of Andy Palmer and Gary Wood (Chorley), who won a card play-off on 45 from Jamie Howarth and Mike Lamb (Bramhall).

Andy Palmer and Gary Wood were the winners of the Robert Wax Trophy as the players with the highest score on the day have to be from the same golf club and they were presented with the trophy by Alliance president John Dowd.

There were also convincing winners in the am-am section with sponsor Paul Dalby’s guests Phil Vokes (Wilmslow) and Chris Cyprus (Didsbury) cruising to victory with 46 points, four more than Mark Window (Styal) and Gary Boott (Denton) who won a card play-off from John Kilner and Terry O’Mara (Ellesmere).