Members urged to get behind Marsden Park GC

The new captains drive in to office at Marsden Park (s)
The new captains drive in to office at Marsden Park (s)

Members of Marsden Park Golf Club showed their support when Mr President David Perks introduced the 2016 Captain John Catlow and Junior Captain Thomas Nicholson at the traditional drive in.

Following on from the drive in, members competed in a 9-hole competition.

Ghyll captain Alec Russell embraces the Winter League champions, from left, Carl Hillary, Jonny Schofield, Neil Bowditch and Liam Bowditch (s).

Ghyll captain Alec Russell embraces the Winter League champions, from left, Carl Hillary, Jonny Schofield, Neil Bowditch and Liam Bowditch (s).

M. Lloyd won the men’s prize with a score of 37-4.5-32.5 closely followed by Craig Watson, whose score of 40-7-33 pipped Brian Lord’s score of 41-7.5-33.5 into third place.

A score of 46-12-34 gave Julie Alderson the ladies’ prize, with Natalie Cinnamond in second place three shots behind.

The President later informed the members that there are exciting changes planned for the coming season, which has encouraged 20 new golfers joining the club.

Due to cutbacks, there are talks that the course is under threat of closure.

To ensure the future of this beautiful course, more support is required, more than previous years from members old and new and from the community.

Recently, the club received a year’s grace before the future of the course will again come under scrutiny.

Having come under threat, the response on Twitter and Facebook led to an online petition being launched, which, within days, had hundreds of signatories.

That led to a “Show of Support” day organised at the club, with hundreds of golfers, residents and local councillors turning out at the Townhouse Road club.

People came from across the borough to lend their support to the campaign to keep the Nelson course open.

Despite not getting many answers on the day, the course has had a year’s stay of execution.

l The team of Neil Bowditch – who, as an individual maintained an unbeaten record throughout all 12 rounds – Liam Bowditch, Carl Hillary and Jonny Schofield clinched victory in the 2015-16 Winter League at Ghyll Golf Club on Sunday.

The gallant quartet of Shaun Hills and the trio of Buglers-Alan, Bob and Sam-needed to win both their matches in the last round to force a play-off, but could only win one in sounding their retreat into second place.

The team of Danny and John Blackmore, Gavin Datkiewiecz and David Walling came in third.

Ghyll captain Alec Russell presented the league winners’ shield to Hillary, Schofield, and the two Bowditches.