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New tournament a welcome addition

Congleton mayor Coun Denis Murphy was recently invited to officially unveil Astbury Golf Club’s centenary plaque.

Despite a forecast for rain the weather remained kind and the afternoon was hailed a big success.

Coun Murphy congratulated Astbury Golf Club on reaching its historic milestone. Cheshire’s Silk 106.9 radio station supplied the music and took along a grinning Cheshire Cat that managed to appear on many of the photos.

Despite a large attendance, the formalities were kept to a minimum and, following photographs, a buffet in the clubhouse was enjoyed by all.

Worthy of special thanks from the club was Andy Rogers, who designed and built the stonework for the new entrance and exit, to and from the course.

The club said it was also grateful for the support provided by principal sponsor Beartown Brewery for its generous support over the weekend and the centenary year in general.

Presented in pristine condition, the course hosted a two-day competition where nearly 300 members played in a fourball betterball (four players per group but only the better ball scores) with a fun concept. Playing with any partner from the male, female and junior sections over the Saturday and the Sunday a great time was had by all.

Having a better time than most, the pairing of Mark Ennis and Martin Gocol were the inaugural winners of the Centenary Cup: 47pts gave the winning twosome a comfortable two-shot lead over their nearest competitors.

On 45pts were Paul Agnew and Ian Pickup, Andrew Stagg and Daryn Oakes, and Jon and Ally Imroth. With seven teams on 44pts and eight teams on 43pts, the cloub said it will be a welcome addition to the 2023 season and beyond.

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