WITHINGTON Golf Club were superb hosts after taking on the popular Joanne Morley Junior Challenge competition following the earlier postponement of the competition at Sale Golf Club with the problems caused by Storm Brian.

A bright sunny day, good course conditions and a record entry of players from more than 20 clubs in the region saw some great golf played by boys and girls under 16 years old.

Golfing legend Joanne Morley, who has a fantastic record at amateur and professional level having played in the Curtis Cup and the Solheim Cup, was there to see off all of the players and present the prizes.

Due to light shortage the competition was reduced to 16 holes and there was the usual tight finish needing a card play-off on 36 points to decided the destiny of the coveted Joanne Morley Trophy, won in 2016 by Daniel O’Gorman of Sale Golf Club.

Sale junior captain Adam Carr won the card play-off from Daniel Beck (Styal), to take the trophy back to Sale, closely pursued by James Hobson (Sale) on 35 points with the other boys’ prizes being won by James Ashfield (Delamere Forest) and Ryan Anderton (Chorley), both on 34 points, and Henry Brogan (Delamere Forest) on 33.

Leading in the girls was Bronwyn Parker (Styal) on 35 from Josie Plowman (Manchester) with 32, Josie Cowap (Crewe) on 32, Amy Sarjantson (Didsbury) on 29 and Imogen Williamson (Delamere Forest) with 26 points.

Nearest-the-pin prizes went to Will Lord (Ringway) and Carina-May Teirney (Crompton and Royton) and the best u11s' prize was taken by Ben Brogan (Delamere Forest).

The final prizes on offer were the team prizes with the top team from Styal (Jack Muir, Bronwyn Parker and Daniel Beck) posting an impressive 103 points to lead in from Delamere Forest’s Henry and Ben Brogan and Oscar Doran on 94.

Thanks went to sponsors The Golf Foundation, Martin Wild from Callaway Golf, Marriott Worsley Park, Alderley Edge Golf Club, Sale Golf Club, Styal Golf Club, the Boomers and Swingers DR, the Trafford Golf Centre and The Aviary Golf in Timperley.