Ringway Golf Club welcomed the Cheshire Golf Union to host both the Cheshire Matchplay and Cheshire Seniors Matchplay over the last 4 days. Thursday saw an 18 hole Strokeplay qualifier for the Seniors event with the top 8 gross scores advancing to the match play stage on Saturday and on Friday there was a 36 hole Strokeplay for the Cheshire Matchplay with the top 16 advancing to the match play stage, also commencing on Saturday morning.
Our congratulations to Martyn Grimley in winning the Seniors Cheshire Matchplay Championship with a 3 & 1 victory in the Final against Euan Dunbar from Vale Royal. This followed a tense Semi Final against John Williams from Prestatyn. 1 Down with 1 to play on Sunday morning, Martyn eked out the necessary win on the 18th before an excellent birdie 3 on the 19th secured victory. Martyn’s match play victory now complements his Cheshire Strokeplay win last year at Bromborough GC.
Our congratulations too, to Ron Harrison who also qualified for the Senior Matchplay stage, losing narrowly on Saturday in the quarter final.
Elsewhere in the Cheshire Matchplay, Mike Wallwork (72-68) and Henry Featherstone (74-75) both qualified for the last 16. Unfortunately, both Mike and Henry bowed out on Saturday morning, both narrowly losing their matches on the 18th green, Henry to the eventual champion Jack Brooks from Mere G&CC and Mike to James Kempster from Bramhall. A good showing nonetheless from our “less seniors” !
Finally, Tim Whitehead also qualified for the Matchplay Plate (the 8 best net scores not to have qualified for the gross event) with Tim eventually losing in the Semi Final to James Voce from Wychwood Park.
Our commiserations to Ben Greenhalgh and Neill Hickson (Cheshire Matchplay) and Neil Greenhalgh and Nigel Oakes (Seniors Cheshire Matchplay) who didn’t make it through to the match play stages.
All in all, an excellent showing from our home competitors on a course presented in excellent condition.
Congratulations again to Martyn and to all who represented Ringway Golf Club this weekend!