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Cheshire stars show their class

By Geoff Garnett

CHESHIRE stars have shown their class across the age range with success in a variety of competitions recently.

They were led by Cheshire Seniors’ champion Dave Nelson (Northenden) who showed his intent for another successful season with a great win in the West of England Senior Scratch Open played at Burnham and Berrow, which should set him up well for the England Seniors’ Championship.

He posted rounds of 74 and 69 for a 143 total (one-over-par), which left him three shots clear of England international David Niven and received deserved congratulations from Cheshire president Roy Smethurst (no stranger to outstanding success at this level).

Cheshire team star Matt Jordan (Royal Liverpool) was also a big winner as he took top spot in the Hampshire Hog winning by four shots with rounds of 67 and 68 for a five-under-par return.

Also featuring well in the same competition were Dom Barnes, Josh McMahon, Tom Dolan and Oliver Carr.

In the West of England Championships at the Royal Devon were Prestbury’s James Newton who finished third along with Josh McMahon (fifth), and Dolan (19th).

Finally it was the younger end who showed that there are good foundations in place as the Mixed Age (U14 and U16) team took on Shropshire and Herefordshire at a cold and wet Eaton and posted an impressive 13-5 win.

Junior organiser Mike Jones said: “After a slow start in the morning foursomes they recovered well to post a 5-1 lead with four wins and two halves.

“They continued their dominance in the singles winning eight of the 12 games and in the four losses the matches went to the 18th green.

“There were some excellent performances from the county’s most promising u14 and u16’s in testing weather conditions.”

The Cheshire team was: Luke Donnelly (Ashton-on-Mersey), James Ashfield (Eaton), Sam Long (Delamere Forest), Tom Doran (Delamere Forest), Jake Hibbert (Warrington), Hywel Shaw (Wilmslow), Jack McLeod (Styal), James Dewhurst (Upton), Remy Miller (Tytherington), Oscar Doran (Delamere Forest). Liam Mann (Hazel Grove), Jack Muir (Styal).

Pictured are the Cheshire junior boys team at Eaton.