Chester Junior Champion 2017

Sophie Lee

The Chester Junior Championship was fought out between the four Chester clubs on the 2nd July.

A very good result for Vicars Cross Golf Club with Sophie Lee taking the gross prize and Imogen Williamson taking the nett trophy.

Pictured with Sophie is from the left, Lady Vice Captain Pauline Close, Lady Captain Laura Markham and Madam President Wendy Lewis.

Well done.

Sammy Cameron

Hole in one

Congratulations to Sammy Cameron for his hole in one on the 200 yard 15th in the Arthur Nickell's Trophy Competition on the 22nd July 2017.

A smiling Sammy is pictured showing all the pleasure that a hole in one gives.

Captains Day

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Captain & Steve Kelly

This year on Tuesday 20th June the Cheshire Golf Union held their 'Cheshire Handicap Pairs Trophy' competition at Vicars Cross Golf Club. 36 pairs entered from throughout the county and the winners were Neil Waite & Steve Kelly from Vicars Cross with a score of 47 points. Neil is currently Club Captain and both are retired chemical engineers. They are pictured above after receiving their trophy.

Hole in One

After more than 30 years of playing golf Bryan Osborne got his first 'hole-in-one' on Monday 27th March 2017 while playing in the Seniors Stableford competition at Vicars Cross. His 'ace' came at the par 3 13th hole and earned him 5 points. He continued his round in good form and came first in the 1st division with a score of 40 points. A day to remember.
Bryan, who lives in Ellesmere Port, plays off 15 and has been a club member for 25 years, his 2 sons Carl and Daniel and also his cousin Gary are all members.

Captains Drive in

The Mens Captain of Vicars Cross Golf Club, Neil Waite, drove into office on Saturday 11th March 2017.

Pictured with him are: Club Professional Martin O'Connor, Neil, Club Champion Nick Tomlinson, Vice Captain Peter Scullion and Lady Captain Laura Markham.

Neil has been a member of the club for 35 years, lives in Mollington and is a retired chemical engineer. He is father of 3 sons and a daughter, his sons are all club members. Neil and Laura have jointly chosen the 'Baby Unit' at The Countess of Chester Hospital as their charity for the year.

Barbara Baird - County Captain 2017

Click here to read the story

Captain Neil Waite takes over the chair

On 10th January 2017, Captain Kenny Close handed over control to Neil Waite - our Captain for 2017.

Peter Scullion took over the role of Vice Captain.

Well done Neil and here is hoping for a really good 2017.

Hole in one for Teddy

Teddy Birkett, a member for 39 years, got his first 'hole-in-one' on Monday 17th October in the Seniors Stableford competition. Teddy, aged 73, a grandfather of 5, who lives in Upton was playing the 8th hole and he is pictured, centre, with partners Duncan Edmunds (left) and Mike Foley. (right)

Top result for the Club

The Captain and Professional represent the Club in Spain

The PGA website article reads:- Kneesy does it!

Vicars Cross captain Kenny Close clinched a place in the Golfplan Insurance PGA Pro-Captain Challenge final just six months after undergoing knee surgery.

Kenny teamed up with PGA Professional Martin O’Connor to win the North qualifying event held at Dunham Forest Golf Club.

The Cheshire duo carded a 10-under-par round of 62 to win by one shot ahead of Freddy Valenti and David McIntyre, of Warrington’s Poulton Park Golf Club, Richard Reed and Robert Blair from Glen Gorse Golf Club, Leicestershire, and Kieron Gaskell and Mark Ord from Bolton’s Westhoughton Golf Club.

The Captain and Martin will now play in the £25,000 final at Lumine Mediterranea Beach & Golf Community in Spain at the end of November.

As far as the 59-year-old Kenny was concerned, the result was a personal triumph as he could barely hit a ball earlier this year following knee surgery.

The retired builder from Eastham on the Wirral explained: “I needed a new knee and went into hospital back in February.

“It meant I was on walking sticks for a while but I was back playing again by the middle of May.

“I couldn’t do much at first but now it feels as good as new.

“So to win this with Martin is fantastic and the trip to Spain to play in the final is a great prize.”

Kenny, who plays off 11, admitted it was a tense wait before knowing he and Martin had won.

“When we came in ahead of teams who’d made nine under par, so we knew we had a chance,” he added.

“But you always wonder if someone’s going to come and beat you at the end - thankfully they didn’t.”

Martin admitted the win made up for missing out on the Lombard Trophy PGA National Pro-am Championship Final at the same venue in June.

He was joint second then but Martin made no mistake this time.

“We were seven-under after the front nine and picked up our only dropped shot at the 10th, but then we made four birdies in a row,” he said.

“And we divided the birdies up between us, Kenny made five and I made six, so if your captain’s playing well then you stand a good chance of winning.

"But that was actually the first time we'd played alongside each other in a competition so we did well!" (Click here to visit the page on the PGA website)

Ladies Section

Trophy Winners 2015

The photograph shows the Ladies Trophy winners after being presented with their awards by the Lady Captain Maureen Scott.

From left to right

Barbara Baird. Lady Captains prize
Liz Ruscoe. Jubilee Vase & Vicars Cross Rosebowl
Jenny Herbert. Redfern Brooch
Jenny Hunt. Foursomes K.o.
Pat Cunningham. Foursomes K.O. & Ros Matthews Trophy
Margaret Glaister. Bunny Salver
Geraldine Allen. V X Vase
Jen Leech. Ros Matthews Trophy
Barbara Gladders. Coronation Cup
Karen Topliffe. Margaret Simpson
Judith Butt. Past Captains

The remaining trophy winners for 2015 are:-

Val Scott. Shirley Armstrong Cup
Chris Carr. Vets Trophy
Rachel Turner. Presidents Cup & Barbara Jennings
Pauline Close. Barbara Jennings
Rachel Turner - Ladies Club Champion

Mens Trophy Winners 2015


Well done to the winners and to a great season of golf at Vicars Cross Golf. The win over Eaton, Chester and Upton golf clubs to take the inter-club Trophy brought special satisfaction to our Captain Dave French.

This years major title winner are:-

Chester Championship: Nick Tomlinson
Chester Inter-Club Scratch Trophy: Vicars Cross Golf Club
Club Champion: Jack Nicholson
Presidents Cup: Keith Holliday
Vicars Cross Bowl: Martin Betts
RT Jones Trophy: Martin Betts & Dave Booth
Geoff Barnes Trophy: Amos Ferguson & Callum Ferguson
Scratch Matchplay Trophy: Amos Ferguson
Vicars Cross Plate: Tom Reynoldson
Vicars Cross Goblet: John Williamson
Summer Trophy: Jim Hall
Walton Jug: Tony Sharp
Autumn Trophy: Martin Betts
Octel Trophy: Bill Sheridan & Bob Scott
Noden Trophy: Amos Ferguson & Alan Hough
Richardson Foundation Trophy: Andy Childerhouse & Gary Morley
Coronation Trophy: Dave Finlay & Rob Irvine
Jubilee Trophy: Pete Scullion
Parry Trophy: Marc Harris
Pickering Trophy: Alan Powis
Scratch Shield: Martin Betts
Sam Andow Trophy: David Hogg
Winter League: Chris Palin & Chris Prior
Arthur Nickells Trophy: Maurice Campbell, Gregor Campbell & Stuart Moscrop
Captains Prize: Ian Mountford

Tony Moscrop's Round

Well done Tony

In the Turkey Competition on the 11th October, a dazed Tony Moscrop was walking around after his round not quite believing what had just happened.

He had just had the round of his life.

He just shot a gross 72 which with his handicap of 11 gave a net stableford score of 47 and has put a turkey on the table for Christmas and a smile on his face that will last some time.

Well done Tony and it is so pleasing to add your round in to the clubs notable events.

Seniors Captain's Day

Seniors Captain, Keith Herbert, welcomed 56 Competitors to his Captains Day on a cool and sometimes wet day. Refreshments were provided in the halfway house by his wife, Jenny, and she was assisted by Sue Price. Pictures were taken on the tee and around the course by Sue Breeze and a Photo Album and DVD have been made and given to Keith to remind him of the day. A comedian was hired at the cost of the Senior Captain to entertain the troops at the evening dinner and presentation. A good time was had by all.

A marque was set up at the 18th hole where each competitor could benefit from the vouchers for money off a beer provided by Keith. Some good golf was played, despite the weather with the overall winner, Ian Hay coming in with 43 points. Prizes were also given for the best score for competitors over 75, first second and third in both divisions as well as nearest the pin on each of the 4 par 3s and golf balls for 2s. Fortunately for Keith he did not have to pay out the £100 he put up for anyone getting a hole in one.

Well done Tony Sharp!

EGU National Handicap Championships 2015

Fuller's London Pride Gold Medal - Frilford Heath Golf Club - 14th August

The championship was played as part of England Golf’s first Golf Week which has celebrated the grassroots game with a five-day festival of team and handicap events.

Our very own Tony Sharp produced steady golf on his first appearance in this championship and lost out from being named the Champion on a card play off in the field of 59 finalists from across the country.

So well done from us all on such a fantastic result.

Making it to the Fuller's London Pride Gold Medal Final is the ultimate prize for club handicap golfers. It is the chance to play on one of the UK's finest golf courses.

Finalists made their way on Friday to Frilford Heath having first cleared the hurdle of qualifying.

The Tournament is open to male golfers, who are members of clubs affiliated to England Golf.

Go to the EGU website for full details.

The Open 2014

Well done to all our volunteers. Click here for details.

Juniors Awards 2014

Juniors Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation

The Juniors held their Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation on the 8th November covering over 20 awards including a series of Bob Scott sponsored trophies and also several mini events.

The group photograph shows...

Back Row, left to right - Rayhanneh Saboonpaz, Sean Moscrop, Mr Captain Mike Allen, David Baird, Lady Captain Mandy Maxwell, Ryan Harding, Junior Captain Greg Campbell, Junior Vice Captain Callum Ferguson.

Front Row left to right - Stuart Moscrop, Tom Reynoldson, Holly Lee, Sophie Lee, Immy Williamson, Sam Bower.

Goodall Trophy Winners

Our Juniors Team triumph at West Lancs

In September 2013, the Juniors Section put a team up for the Goodall Trophy held at West Lancs GC and won.

Our team comprised Rayhanneh Saboonpaz, David Baird, Sean & Stuart Moscrop with Tom Reynoldson as reserve.

Well done to you all.

The photo show the team being awarded the prize from the sponsor, Mrs Goodall and the Captain of West Lancs GC.

Many thanks to Tony and Sue Breeze for all the work they have done as junior organisers. It is their contact with the West Lancs club that resulted in Vicars Cross being invited.

Click here to see the full results.

New Course Record

What a round for Amos.

Our 2011 Club Champion, Amos Ferguson, surpassed himself and set a new course record of 66 and now plays off 2.8. Well done Amos.

Hole in One for Yvonne

Congratulations and mine is a whisky

Well done to Yvonne Earley who had a Hole in One on the 8th on Wednesday 26th June in the Ladies Stableford competition.

Rachel Turner - Grand Medal Finalist

Congratulations to Rachel for coming within one stroke of winning Englands Grand Medal Finals 2013.

Rachel Turner joined Vicars Cross Golf Club in January 2008 as a golfing beginner and in less than 6 years has achieved a handicap of 8!
In 2012 she won the overall Vicars Cross Golf Medal which entitled her to enter the Regional Final. This was held at Eaton Golf Club, on Thursday 23rd May 2013. Like so much of our weather this year, the day was wet and extremely windy, making the conditions very tough.
There were 115 competitors in the field from the North West Region and only the top 10 could qualify for the Grand Medal Final. Rachel scored an incredible 83-9-74 and came 3rd place in the Regional Final.
Out of the 700 competitors who played in the Regional Finals across the Country, 60 qualified to play in the Grand Medal Final. This was held at Northamptonshire County Golf Club on Saturday 29th June 2013
In Rachel’s words, “The day was fantastic one of the biggest golfing events I have been in. I felt very nervous but having the support of my family, and my mum Pauline as my caddie it settled me down. The course was in immaculate condition and the greens were like lightening.”
Rachel scored 83-9-74, which was one under par for the course, and for a while she was the leader in the club house. She eventually achieved overall 2nd losing out on 1st place to a lady who scored 99-26-73. Rachel, who had set a goal of being in the top ten, was absolutely thrilled with the final result in this very prestigious competition final.
Everyone at Vicars Cross Golf Club is extremely proud of Rachel’s achievement. This is the first time a member from our club has qualified for the Grand Medal Final, to come 2nd in the Country is an amazing accomplishment. We wish her continued success in her golfing career.
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