KNUTSFORD'S Ella Maxwell was in the running for the Joanne Morley Junior Golf Challenge at Sale Golf Club.

The course was in good condition, providing some excellent greens for some top juniors from Lancashire and Cheshire.

Joanne, a true British golfing legend, was on the course throughout the day seeing the players off from the first tee, watching them play around the course and being there to meet them and present the prizes as she has done now for over 20 years.

There were plenty of prizes on offer provided by the Golf Foundation, organisers WGTB Golf and various clubs across the region.

The early leader was Cheshire Junior star Harry Gittins (Congleton) with 37 points but he was overtaken by Aristo Wood (Whalley) with 40 points and Aaron Mohun (Delamere Forest) 38 before Ringway Golf Club’s rising star Ellis Courtnell lifted the bar with a terrific winning score of 43 points.

He won the coveted Joanne Morley Trophy, a round for four at Prestbury Golf Club, an assessment at the Trafford Driving Range and a special Open Golf handy bag as his reward for some excellent golf.

The top girl was another Ringway star Siobhan Grayson who has played in the competition for several years and finished with 36 points to lead in from Sale Junior Captain Jess Jordan 34 and Ella Maxwell (Knutsford) 34.

The other boys’ prize was taken by Charlie Watts (Delamere Forest) with 37 points.

The Nearest the Pin prize for boys on the third hole was won by Dan Myers (Reddish Vale) and as no girls made the green on the 17th a raffle for the prize was won by Imogen Marsland (Lymm).