Dave Peel

David Peel moved from Lancashire to Cheshire when his father Mike secured the job as head professional at Stockport G.C. No doubt under the watchful eye of his father, Dave established himself as a fine player at an early age and was soon playing off scratch and representing Stockport in the East Cheshire Scratch League.

Dave was first selected for Cheshire in 1996, and had a rather handy foursomes partner in the form of Jamie Donaldson. Dave quickly established himself as a consistent and reliable team member and became a fixture in the team which would go on to win the 1998 Northern Counties League.

County Champion, 2004

He achieved the milestone of 100 caps at Wallasey against Cheshire Ladies in 2007 but his remarkable commitment to the county saw him continue to rack up appearances. Dave became Captain of the Cheshire team in 2011 and in leading the team to league success he won every singles match that year. He he hit the 150 cap milestone in 2012, and then set his sights on eclipsing Roy Smethurst’s seemingly impregnable total of 186. Dave achieved this incredible feat in 2017, and went on to reach 192 caps by the end of that year, at which point he said a fond farewell to inter-county golf. A quite remarkable record and a level of commitment to CUGC that is very unlikely to be eclipsed.

Outside of county team duties, Dave has had great success in his own right. 2004 was the highlight, winning the County Championship at Delamere Forest where he edged out Paul Waring.

He was part of the Stockport team which won the Team Championship at Wilmslow in 2000, alongside Rodney Gorton and Nick Welton.

He won the Birkdale Goblet in 2002, and in 2004 Dave was a semi-finalist in the British Mid-Amateur Championship  at Royal Liverpool, and he won the prestigous Gerald Micklem Open at Sunningdale in 2011. Dave was the instigator of the Cheshire Cat, a WAGR event comprising the Stockport Salver and the Wilmslow Crow. He then won the inaugural playing of the Cat in 2015!

Dave Peel (centre) with the league winning team, 2011

2017: Dave hits 187 appearances to edge past the legend that is Roy Smethurst

 

 

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