Home help for Cheshire champ Heggarty

TOM Heggarty homed in on the Cheshire Strokeplay Championship at Royal Liverpool where his dad John is head PGA professional.



But it was a close encounter as he prevailed by one shot from Styal’s James McCormick in an event that attracted a 132-strong field.

Heggarty, 22, who has just completed a four-year golf scholarship at Tennessee University where he will return to do a Master’s degree, capitalised on local knowledge as he set the first round pace with a two-under-par 70, matched by former Cheshire captain David Peel, from Stockport, who won the title crown in 2004.

And the plus two ranked played stayed the driving seat with cards of 72, 73 and 75 although he was always aware of McCormick in his rear view mirror.

The Styal man eagled the 16th to draw level but a double bogey on the next hole handed back the advantage to Heggarty who birdied the hole.

But the drama went to the last putt, the Hoylake man needing to box a four-footer to ensure victory after his opponent had tangled with the rough.

Heggarty will represent Cheshire in the English Finals at Woodhall Spa in September while, in the same month, Sandiway will fly the county’s flag in the team championship at Brancepeth Castle, youngster Rhys Nevin-Wharton proving the main contributor  in round two with a 69 with clubmates Chris Harrison and Grant Little also pitching in.


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