As always the Cavendish Golf Club Open week ends with the Axe Edge Trophy, a men’s 4BBB that has been keenly contested for many years. So popular is the event that around 60% of the field sign up 12 months in advance to ensure they get their preferred tee time.
200 players were in the field and play got under way at 7.30am on a glorious sunny morning. It was the 8am Cheshire pairing of Ashley Millington and Michael Smith who were first to get a good score going, returning a creditable 40 points. “Really great conditions out there and whilst there are some tricky pins there is definitely a score to be had” was the early commentary. With the greens running at 10’10” putting was going to be the key.
One of the pre-start favourites and previous winners, Steve Whalley & Al Dean of Cavendish teed off at 09.50 and it wasn’t long before they were into their stride. A stunning performance from 8-14, retuning 23 points in 7 holes, and a strong finish allowed them to post an 11 under par 47pts, a mark that the rest of the field could only chase. “Steve was incredible”, said Al, “he’s an Axe Edge specialist and at times I felt like a caddy” was how he summed up their round.
For the first time this week it was the home players who were filling the top spots but nobody could better Whalley & Dean. John Worsley (Cavendish) & Michael Taylor (Shrigley Hall) came close with 45 and a slew of teams managed 44 but as the day rolled on it was clear that the early pace-setters couldn’t be caught. By the time the last putt was rolled in at 8.10pm, there was just 6 points between 1st and 10th and as the sun set on Axe Edge, Open Week was over.
1108 golfers representing 112 different clubs have competed over the 7 days. There have been 134 prizes, of which 90 have gone to visitors with a combined value of £8,020. Thank you to everybody who has played and congratulations to all our prize winners. We hope to see you next year.
Result of The Axe Edge Trophy:
1st – S Whalley & A Dean (Cavendish) – 47pts – £100 each
2nd – J Worsley (Cavendish) & M Taylor (Shrigley Hall) – 45 – £90
3rd – R Preston (Cavendish) & D Lancaster (Chapel-en-le-Frith) – 44 CPO – £80
4th – B Minshull & R Lee (Cavendish) – 44 CPO – £70
5th – C & M Wagstaffe (Cavendish) – 44 CPO – £60
6th – A Maxwell-Keys & J Salt (Brocton Hall) – 44 – £50
7th – I Rowlands & P Yinn (Hurlston Hall) – 43 – CPO – £45
8th – S Hornsby & P Stretton (Cosby Golf Club) – 43 – £40
9th – N Bolton (Cavendish) & R Bailey (Bramhall)- 41 – £30
10th – H Kelley (Tytherington) & P Goodwin (Macclesfield) – 41- £20