BEFORE the national lockdown started, Wilmslow Golf Club welcomed some of the stars of yesteryear to the club.

They hosted the PGA Tour Senior Legends event, with 29 former tour pros in action over two days.

Covid regulations meant that the public were not able to follow and enjoy play from golfing legends such as David Gilford, Philip Price, Andrew Oldcorn, Gary Wolstenholme, Paul Eales and Andrew Murray in the competitions.

However, Wilmslow members and other local golfers were able to experience playing with the seniors in the first day’s pro-am event.

Pro Mike Reynard led in the team of Michael Vaughan, Mark Cooper and Martin Richards to win the pro-am with a score of 124, equating to a superb 18 under par.

The next day saw a superb standard of competition to take home the individual prize, with just four strokes separating the top 14 players.

Indeed, the race was so tight it went down to the very last putt of the day on a slick and tricky 18th green.

Peter Scott was leading having shot a fine four-under-par round of 68 until former European Tour player Andy Raitt – playing in the final group of the day – secured a share of the spoils with a brave up-and-down from the bunker on the last hole.

Meanwhile, the ‘Closing Sides’ competition at Alderley Edge has traditionally signified the end of the summer golf season, with the Captain’s team playing the President’s team in matchplay pairs.

The pre-lockdown event did take place much later than normal but with tee off times during the day replacing the shotgun start and with no event in the evening.

The very wet Closing Sides was won 10½ to 4½ by the Captain’s team.

Edge professional Charles Le Sueur said: “It was my first 18-hole outing since lockdown – the Captain and I taking on the President and the Club Champion, Logan Stanyer.

“Despite taking an early lead, Logan and Paul pegged us back and took a two-up lead at the turn.

“We got them back to one down but could not get any closer and they ended up winning 3 and 2. It was great to get back out despite the four hours of rain.

“I am now looking forward to defending the winter league crown with this year’s vice-captain Brian Pennington.”