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Walmersley ladies make history

WALMERSLEY Golf Club ladies proved that even the smaller clubs can have success in prestigious external competitions when they won the Bell Cup for the first time in the club’s 115-year history.

Wilmslow Golf Club, the home club of MDLGA president Sue Milroy, were hosts for the final’s day of the prestigious event that is the biggest inter-club competition of its kind in the country.

As in all matchplay events there were swings and roundabouts throughout a long, dramatic and exciting day for the final four teams that played in a morning semi-final before the final in the afternoon.

To reach the last four out of more than 80 teams originally in the competition is a great achievement and the ladies from The Mere, Saddleworth, Walmersley and Leyland did their clubs proud with their excellent efforts on the day.

The semi-finals saw Walmersley beat The Mere and Leyland progressed with a close win against Saddleworth to take both teams to the final for the first time ever.

Leyland took an early 2-1 lead in the final but Walmersley showed their intent and fighting spirit to reach the coveted target of four wins to take the Bell Cup back to their club for the first time in its history and set up suitable scenes of celebration at Wilmslow then back at their home club.

Photo caption: The successful Walmersley team  with team captain Sue Appleby (left) and lady captain Dot Scholes holding the trophy.