PAULINE Clegg has hailed the 2021 Cheshire Senior Ladies Championship on her home course at Wilmslow Golf Club a superb event.

Jeanne Bell defeated Cath Rawthore in a close final to win the title for a second time, seven years apart.

Cheshire Senior Ladies captain Clegg presented the Royal Liverpool Golf Club competitor with her winner's prize after three pulsating days that showcased the depth of talent at this level.

Clegg said: “It was a very close final all the way round.

“I have to thank Wilmslow for allowing me to hold the Championship there and all the staff, captain, lady captain and members for all their support which couldn’t have been better in a superb championship.”

Wilmslow provided a terrific course, perfectly presented from tee to green and excellent off-course organisation and hospitality despite the restrictions of Covid-19.

The event was also blessed with magnificent weather on the first two days and reasonable conditions on the finals day.

The tightness and quality of the field was shown with the qualifying medal on day one to reduce the field to 16 for the knockout stages.

There were just two shots between the top seven players led by former Cheshire captain Bell as she won a card play-off on 80 from Sara Spencer (Heswall), just a shot clear of Rawthore (Sale), Barbara Jamieson (Heswall), Gill Mellor (Prestbury) and Barbara Laird (Sandiway), and Caroline Berry (Bromborough) 82.

Making progress to the semi-finals on day two were Bell, Mellor, Rawthore and Berry – all previous winners of the championship.

In two exciting semi-finals Bell beat Mellor, and Rawthore came out on top against Berry.

Another high quality match saw Bell finish at 2 up on the 18th to be the delighted winner.

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Jeanne Bell

Meanwhile, a Texas scramble at Alderley Edge was won by the fab four of Sean Hall, L Taylor, R Anderson and L Stanyer with 53.7 finishing ahead of R and J Pindar, J Atkins and G Buxton 53.8.

Edge’s ladies monthly medal was won by Justine Jackson with 68, four less than Helen Fitch and Debbie Law.

The Sunday stableford at Styal needed a cpo on 38 points to see Andrew Martin into top spot from Tom Elliott.

It was also close in a seniors yellow tee stableford with Phil Moore winning a cpo on 41 from David Wrigley one more than Tony Nabarro.

The Wednesday stableford at Styal saw John Surtees race home to victory after a cpo on 40 points with Mike Wild.

The Landers Affen monthly medal at Styal was won by Ian Buckley with 64 and junior Sam McLeod had the best gross of 68 and took second spot on a cpo on 66 from Mark Robins and Jon Miller.

Styal ladies played a singles stableford and Sue Grange led in with 38 points, two more than Joan Andrews and Kath Goodall.