FORMER England cricket captain Michael Vaughan was in the winning team during a pro-am competition at Wilmslow Golf Club.

Vaughan, now an expert summariser and analyst of cricket with the BBC, was part of Sandiway Golf Club professional Gareth Jones' side supporting what an event that was in aid of Wilmslow Golf Club captain Ben Cartwright's chosen charity, the BIGGA Development Fund.

Wilmslow Golf Club member Vaughan, along with Jones, Mike Lumb and Nick Boyce-Hunter, posted a -15 score to lead in from Martin Hamer (Davyhulme Park professional) and his team of Tony Welburn, Bob Bardsley and Andrew Hamer on -14 who won a card play-off from Davenport assistant professional Jamie Howarth, Stuart Beere, Rob Davies and Andy Kirkby.

Wilmslow assistant professional Ben Stanier used his local knowledge to good effect with a top individual score of 68, taking him clear of Jamie Howarth, Martin Hamer and Graham Cox (Lymm) 70 and Ollie Pantoja (Ashton-on-Mersey) 71.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Mike Gardner, Andrew Burns and Brian Coutts, while Prestbury, Cheshire and England ladies star Bel Wardle had the longest drive.

Cartwright is supporting the BIGGA Benevolent Fund as his Captain’s Charity during his year in office as he feels that it is about time that all golfers recognised the tremendous hard work green staff put in when most people are in bed.

He said: “Given the lasting effects for many clubs of last year’s blistering summer, Wilmslow’s greens, tees and fairways have, due to our fantastic green staff, remained in fabulous condition.

"And if you do not believe me just ask Tommy Fleetwood after he had played here in December.”

There was a further great turnout of some of the north west’s top professionals leading their teams into action.

The day is expected to raise more than £2000 for the BIGGA Development Fund.

Meanwhile, a Thursday nine-hole stableford at Alderley Edge was won by Gavin Elly after a cpo on 19 points with Andy Wells, one more than Joe Pindar and Dan Featherstone.

It was also close in the nine-hole Claret Jug Stableford at Edge won by Brian Foden with 20 points, one more than Mark Walker, David Snell and Richard Stewart.

Edge’s ladies were also in nine-hole stableford action with Barbara Moss well clear with 18 points, five more than Jean Walker.

The President’s Day at Prestbury is one of their ‘major’ competitions and scratch player Matthew Delany showed his class with a winning 67.