GOLF clubs in our region have found out their opponents for a prominent mixed teams competition.

The Archie Preston Mixed Foursomes Inter-Club knockout is organised by the Manchester and District Golf Alliance and is among the highlights of the calendar.

Alderley Edge Golf Club have received good news in that they have received a bye straight through the preliminary round of the competition alongside Macclesfield GC – both will enter in Round One.

Knutsford appear to have the toughest draw as they face cup holders Alsager, who won the tournament back in 2019 before the 2020 running fell victim to Covid-19.

Styal Golf Club have been drawn to face Westhoughton while Wilmslow Golf Club have been paired with Denton.

The tournament features seven pairs in each team led out by their Captain and Lady Captain and they aim to reach finals day in the autumn at Alsager Golf Club.

This season, the rules have been changer regarding entries and players under 18 years can play for their club teams and the Alliance has also issued guidance re Covid regulations.

Meanwhile, Wilmslow Golf Club’s Hazel Dooley has been chosen to help lead efforts to get women’s golf in the region back on its feet.

She has been elected as committee chair of the East Cheshire Ladies Golf Leagues – one of the biggest and most active organisations of its kind in the country.

Wilmslow Golf Clubs Hazel Dooley

Wilmslow Golf Club's Hazel Dooley

Their action in 2020 was wiped out by coronavirus, but the committee is looking to resume full action in April with a fully prepared programme of more than 300 matches involving 37 clubs.

This culminates in matches for the East Cheshire champion clubs to play their counterparts in West Cheshire for the respective county team championships.

“I have played in the East Cheshire League for years in many of the matches – some successfully and some not – but I find the experience of playing on different courses with members of that club most enjoyable,” Hazel said.

“The organisation that goes into setting up the matches, getting the right teams in the right place is quite extraordinary and all done on a voluntary basis.

“The number of people involved from the committee members of East Cheshire, the match secretaries at the golf clubs who select the teams, usually of seven ladies plus a reserve, for A, B and Plate teams – not forgetting the friendly matches – is incredible.

“I am delighted to have been asked to play a part in this and represent Wilmslow Golf Club.

“Along with Wendy Taylor, Sue Milroy and Pauline Clegg, there are several other members from Wilmslow who are involved in county associations.”