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RESULTS FROM THE PARACETAMOL TROPHY MONDAY 1st JANUARY 2018

A cold but sunny day to start ending with pouring rain provided the setting for the first mixed competition of the year, the Paracetamol Trophy, played over 11 holes. Many thanks to everyone who took part in this fun start to the golfing year.


WINNER - BEST LADY

JUNE SUMNER
H/CP: 29 - 16 POINTS

WINNER - BEST MAN

TOM HOLLINGWORTH
H/CP: 4 - 23 POINTS (CPO)


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TOM HOLLINGWORTH 15'11"

Captain's Message

Dear Member,

We are both extremely honoured to be your Captains for 2018 and we have thoroughly enjoyed our first couple of weeks which have included the Captain's Drive In, the Senior's Christmas Party and also the Member's Christmas Party.

We are looking forward to playing with as many of you as possible during the coming year.

This year we have chosen Alder Hey Children's Hospital as our charity.

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and to wish you all the very best for 2018.

With best wishes

Mark and Margaret 
Captain and Lady Captain 2018

MGC Junior Presentation Evening

Our junior golfers took centre stage on Friday 3rd November
for their annual presentation evening.

The clubhouse welcomed friends and family and guest of honour
Jamie Donaldson presented the runners up and winners with their
prizes.

The winner of the Jamie Donaldson Merit Table and Champion
Junior of The Year was awarded to Junior Captain - Ollie Tovee
with Daisy Ward coming close runner up.

Junior Captain Elect Tom Silcock also received his Captain's jacket.

Many thanks to all who attended and to all the sponsors and
supporters of our junior section.

MATCHPLAY RESULTS 2017

Seniors 4BBB - Winners - Mr Captain & Rod Price 5 & 4
                           Runners Up - Jimmy Jones & BillBarclay

Mens 4BBB - Still to Play

Mens Foursomes - Winners - Ed Gearey & Simon Gearey - 1 Up
                                  Runner Up - Chris Massey & Paul Bowden

Mixed Foursomes - Winners - Greg Brown & Alycia Sutton - 2 Up
                                   Runner Up - David Jones & Greeba Jones

Ladies Foursomes - Winners - Catherine Atkin & Joyce Riley - 2 Up
                                   Runner Up - Georgina Whalley & June Sumner

Seniors Singles - Winner - Andy Hollingworth - On the 20th Hole
                              Runner Up - Neil Jackson

Ladies Individual - Winner - Catherine Atkin - 1 Up
                                 Runner Up - Alycia Sutton

Mens Individual - Winner - Tom Hollingworth - On the 19th Hole
                                Runner Up - Jamie Robinson


Thanks to referees & organisers Richard Doncom, Judy Mutter & Ivor Williams.
        

CAPTAINS ELECT 2019

In time honoured tradition Macclesfield Golf Club announced
the nominations for the Captains Elect on President's Day.

Rod Price and Myra Clarke are the nominated Captain's for 2019
pictured alongside the Club President for 2019 - Neil Mutter.

The Men's City Glass Team Beaten by Didsbury

Macclesfield's men progressed through to the last sixteen
of the Manchester & District Golf Alliance City Glass Foursomes
Team Chamionship.

The Manchester and District Golf Alliance was formed in 1924
and is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Country.
In the current year there are 114 affiliated clubs.

Our men reached this stage in the competition by beating
Bramhall and former winners Helbsby with a whitewash
victory at home.

The team played away at Didsbury on Friday evening 4th August
but sadly the home team were just too strong and with home
advantage the eventual result was 6 matches to 1.

A valiant effort by the Macclesfield men, the furthest we have
reached in this competition.

Good luck to Didsbury in the last 8.

JUNIOR COACHING AND ACADEMY

The Juniors are getting going at Macclesfield Golf Club.

We have welcomed 23 new junior members and the
Junior Academy launched last week which will provide our
junior golfers with a structured course of tuition, fun
competitions, days out and fun evening and weekend events
between now and March 2018.

Our PGA coach David Myers is doing a great job providing
fun, practical sessions for the juniors and this Wednesday we
start the next series of coaching.

For more information and to take part please contact
David Myers PGA or Paul Tovee our junior organiser.

dmyersprogolfer@aol.com

paultovee@mac.com
Portpatrick 2017
Another great trip was enjoyed this year to Portpatrick in Scotland where all golfers enjoyed some unbelievable weather and the usual fantatstic hospitality with a great matchplay challenge by our Irish opponents.

Unfortunately MGC were unable to beat the Irish team on this occasion but it was very close indeed losing by just one match over the two rounds.

Rookie Paul Tovee took the individual Prize for Macclesfield Golf Club with a two round stableford score of 71.
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Lights, Camera, Action
Some of Macclesfield Golf Club's juniors were out on the course this week, but not just to play golf, they were also taking centre stage to star in a film to help promote junior golf at the club.

We hope you enjoy the film - for more information about junior golf please email our Junior Organiser - Paul Tovee.
PGA Award for Jamie
Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson received a PGA Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to golf at a PGA fundraising lunch in
Manchester.


The 41 year old, who claimed the winning point for Europe in the 2014 matches against the United States, was the guest of honour in the annual event at the Midland Hotel which raises money for the PGA Benevolent Fund.

Donaldson will be forever remembered for sparking jubilant celebrations with a sublime nine iron to within inches of the flag on the 15th of the PGA Centenary Course to defeat Keegan Bradley 4&3 in the singles at Gleneagles two years ago.

It capped a career highlight to date for the Welshman who was playing off a seven handicap at aged 16 but climbed through the amateur and professional ranks on the back of hard work and dedication.

Along the way he has overcome a career threatening injury and landed the biggest win of his career at the 2013 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, holding off Justin Rose and Thorbjørn Olesen to win by one shot.
The Abu Dhabi triumph came only six months after he broke his European Tour duck with victory in the 2012 Irish Open, where he fired a stunning 66 to win by four strokes at Royal Portrush.
He also won the Thailand Golf Championship at the end of 2014 while he notched three Challenge Tour victories to his name as he was coming through the ranks.

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said: “Few people will forget that winning shot to clinch the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It was a fantastic moment but was richly deserved for all the hard work and dedication Jamie has shown over the years which has seen him rise to the highest levels of the game both as a top amateur and professional.

“We are delighted to present the PGA Recognition Award to Jamie at this annual Manchester lunch which helps raise money for the PGA Benevolent Fund.”
Lovely Day for the Ladies Coaching
Dave Myers PGA Professional and England Golf provide ladies golf taster sessions.

Macclesfield GC hosted an England Golf - Get into Golf taster session for ladies on Wednesday 31st August.

PGA professional Dave Myers provided his expert coaching to the ladies with chipping and bunker sessions.

The ladies then relaxed in the clubhouse with tea and cake and discussed what they had learnt in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Dave will be running more free session on Tuesday 6th September 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm and Saturday 17th September 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm. For more information please email dmyersprogolfer@aol.com

Up, Up, And Away
The drone filming of the course is now up live on our website.

Each hole has it's own flyover and from the air the course looks fantastic. All the great work Mark and his team have been putting in can be really appreciated.

A massive thanks to Greg, Jinny and the team at Lunar Aerial Imaging for providing us with such a fantastic product and service. More of their work can be viewed on their website:

www.lunar-ai.com

The intro video can be viewed by clicking this link .

Big Ronnie's Making His Mark
Macclesfield Golf Club had a recent visit by journalist Geoff Garnett.

Geoff Garnett from The Golfers Weekly & Macclesfield Express came
up to the club to meet our Head Greenkeeper Mark 'Ronnie' Hillaby and Rod Price.

Geoff had heard on the grapevine about the wonderful condition of the course and about all the hard work Mark and his team have been doing.

Geoff inteviewed Mark about the work going on and the improvements being made, following consultation with Jamie Donaldson and course achitect James Edwards.

We have had many visitng clubs recently in the mens, seniors, ladies
and junior sections and the feedback the club has received has been excellent. Everyone has all been extremely impressed with the condition of the course and the warm welcome they have received.

Very many thanks to Mark and his team for all their efforts, the course is in fantastic condition and we are very lucky to have such a dedicated and talented greens staff.

Look out for this story - coming soon.

Spring Cup Has a Last Minute Visitor
Someone familiar turned up for a round on Saturday for our first major of the year - The Jamie Donaldson Spring Cup.

Honourary Life Vice President, Jamie Donaldson, enjoyed an afternoon round with club members in the glorious sunshine.

The course was in fantastic condition, with some challenging pin positions but this didn't faze Ryder Cup winner Jamie who finished his round with a respectable 4 under par.

Jamie was also on hand to chat with members after his round and present The Spring Cup to this years winner Gareth Robinson.


There's Something In The Air
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it's Greg with his drone!

For those who have played this week you may have seen something a little strange in the skies above the golf course. Local drone pilot and owner of Lunar Aerial Imaging, Greg Chivers, has been out filming some quite stunning footage of the course with his state of the art drone.

To see more of Greg's work visit his website - www.lunar-ai.com

The filming is still ongoing but here are a few images to help whet the appetite.
Design by Donaldson
Jamie recently walked the course with our head green keeper and course architect James Edwards.
They looked at what further enhancements can be made to the course such as fairway and green shaping.
Jamie drawing on his experiences of playing some of the best golf courses in the World.
Work On The 16th Hole
This is a short video showing the fantastic work our head greenkeeper and his team are doing to address the drainage requirements on the 16th hole.