Stamford golfers triumph at the High Legh Am-Am

STAMFORD golfers Richard Margrave and Paul Traynor finished a staggering 12 under-par as they won the Manchester Alliance’s Am-Am at High Legh, Knutsford.

Richard Margrave and Paul Traynor

The pair teamed up to play some scintillating golf, scoring 48 points in the Stableford to head a field of 144 players.

Paul, 49, a mortgage adviser from Carrbrook, said: “The main thing is that we were both in every hole and it helps when you are both putting for birdies.

“We sank some putts but missed others so could have had an even better score.”

Paul is a previous winner of an Alliance Am-Am two years ago when he and Gary Foster triumphed in an event.

Paul, a former PTI in the Army, joined Stamford in 2005 after retiring from football.

He puts his success – he has won Stamford’s Winter League twice – down to club professional Mark Smith.

“My successes have been a compliment to Mark who is a great coach. In the last four years he has helped me get my handicap down from 18 to nine,” he said.

Richard, 54, is a relative newcomer to the Am-Am events having recently retired as a commercial manager for an office products wholesaler.

“I have had extra time to play golf and it has been a case of practice, practice,” he said.

Richard, an 11 handicapper, only took up golf a decade ago as previously he was a keen cricketer and rugby player. He was an opening batsman and opening bowler for Broadbottom in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League and inside centre for Glossop Rugby Club.

It was a successful day for Stamford at High Legh as William Fox and Steven Moores finished fifth in the Am Am with 45 points.

Stamford professional Mark Smith finished 10th in the competition for professionals after returning a three-under-par scoring 39 points in the Stableford.

Mark and Tom Simpson also finished ninth in the Pro-Am scoring 44 points.


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