Champ Nelson makes it three in a row

 

DAVE Nelson completed a hat-trick of Cheshire Seniors’ Championship titles as he birdied  the third play-off hole to beat Peter Tomlinson (Aldersley Green) and Ken Craven (Sandiway) at Ringway.

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The Northenden man, who also won the crown in 2012 and 2015, looked to have blown his chances  of catching the top two , who held a one-shot lead over him, after putting his drive on the 18th into a fairway bunker 140-yards short of the green in normal time.

But a superb recovery shot on to the green followed by a nerveless birdie putt forced the play-off.

Craven birdied the first hole but landed in two bunkers on the 17th with a bogey allowing his rivals to draw level before Nelson again birdied the 18th to win the title with Tomlinson runner-up.

The best gross age-group trophy winners were Roy Smethurst (Crewe), RonHarrison (Ringway), Richard Mallard (Chorlton) and Ken Craven and the age group nett prizes were taken by Tim Christie, Ian Gemmell (Stockport), Roger Fielding (Ringway) and Alex Peers (Bromborough).

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