Majors tee off at Stamford

TEENAGER Freya Moores literally hit the opposition for six to win a major at Stamford Golf Club.

The 16-year-old from Springhead, a rising star at Stamford, had an emphatic six shot margin of victory in the Centenary Trophy, the opening women’s major of the season.And in less than two years of playing senior golf, this was already Freya’s fourth victory in a major.

She has twice won the club’s mixed pairs knockout, once partnering her father Steve, and been victor in President’s Prize.

In her latest success, Freya had a return of 94-25-69 to finish well clear of runner-up Kathleen Barry whose score was 101-26-75.

Third, fourth and fifth places went to Judith Whitehead (108-32-76), Nikki Pimlott (113-36-77) and Joanne Akers (90-11-79).

Freya began playing briefly aged nine at Crompton and Royton, where her father was a member.

But the former Saddleworth School pupil only resumed playing when she needed to take up a sport for her GCSE exams.

Freya, who is in the sixth form at Crompton House, has also joined the junior section at Manchester Golf Club.

DAVE Cheadle is no longer a nearly man after landing a major at Stamford.

Having previously finished runner-up twice, the 45-year-old gas service fitter triumphed in the Lowe Trophy, the opening major of the season.And he puts some of his success from picking up tips watching golf videos during lockdown when he was unable to play.

“If you try to change too much it can be a mistake, but I spotted a few things I could do better,” he explained.

Dave posted a score of 83-18-65. He finished one shot clear of four players in a congested finish.

Runner-up was Simon Reynolds (71-5-66) while third place went to William Corless (73-7-66).

Third was Anthony Healey (88-22-66) and fourth was Stephen Tither (78-12-66).

When Dave came off the course, he knew he was in the lead but had an anxious two-hour wait for it to be confirmed after the last players finished.

He said: “I knew I was on for a good score and my playing partners told me to forget it and just play hole by hole.

“As an 18-handicapper, I concentrated on playing bogey golf and managed to record five pars. I played solidly,” he explained.

Dave, who lives on Ridge Hill, Stalybridge, has been a member at Stamford for five years and previously played football for Ridge Hill Celtic and the Fox Tavern.

He took up golf after hanging up his boots as he wanted a new sport to enable him to get out of the house.

Stamford’s monthly medal saw Daniel Thistleton top the first division with 72-7-65 from second-placed Kevin Duffy (71-5-66).

Division two was headed by David Furness (82-15-67) on the card from Regan Glaister (81-14-67).

Ian Godfrey (87-19-68) was the victor in the third division from nearest challenger David Thurstan (91-21-70).

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