Cheshire: Men’s Matchplay Championship

Cheshire County champion Jake Hibbert

Jake returns from USA to see off high-class field

CHESHIRE: Tuesday, May 18th

Jake Hibbert made a big impression on his return from college life in the USA as he claimed his first Cheshire’s Mens Matchplay title at Sandiway GC.

The Delamere Forest teenager triumphed 2&1 in a see-saw final with Jon Beesley (The Mere), having only been back in the country a few days. He studies at Florida Atlantic University.

Hibbert only qualified in 11th from the 36-hole strokeplay – won by Liam Gobin playing on his home course – but was highly impressive in the knockout stages and carried on that excellent form against Beesley.

After a slow start, The Mere player was 1 up after six, the 19-year-old won nine, 10 and 11 to go two up.

Beesley did not relent and claimed 12 and 14 to bring the gamae back to all square.

A half at 15 set up a grandstand finish but Hibbert took the initative with a birdie on 16 and his opponent conceded matters at 17 having got himself into some trouble.

“After the slow start I felt in control on the back nine,” said Hibbert. “In fact throughout the matchplay I played really solidly.”

The strokeplay qualifying event took place on Friday with Gobin havimg led the way with a seven under par total.

Matchplay qualifers (par 70)
1) Liam Gobin (-4, Sandiway) 67, 66, 133
2) Christopher Chilton (-3, High Legh Park) 68, 67, 135
3) John Kendall (-4, Crewe) 69, 69
4) Samuel Prince (-6, Stockport) 66, 72, 138
5) James McCormack (-5, Disley) 70, 69, 139
6) Matthew Dodd-Berry (-3), Royal Liverpool) 72, 70
7) Dominic Barnes (-1, Caldy)  70, 72, 142
8) Michael Harrington (-3, Cavendish) 71, 72, 143
9) Sam Long (-2, Delamere Forest) 70, 73, 143
10) James Ashfield (-5, Delamere Forest)  74, 70, 144
11) Jake Hibbert (-5, Delamere Forest) 73, 71, 144
12) Josh Sims (-4, Caldy) 73, 71, 144
13) Jon Beesley (-4, The Mere) 69, 75, 144
14) Oscar Doran (-5, Delamere Forest) 73, 73, 146
15) Timothy Hurst (0, Ringway) 74, 74, 148
16) Thomas Kirton (-2, Prestbury) 76, 73, 149
Matchplay – Last 16
– Gobin beat Kirton 4&3
– Harrington beat Long 3&2
– McCormick beat Sims 2&1
– Beesley bat Prince 2 holes
– Doran beat Kendall 1 hole
– Hibbert beat Dodd-Berry 3&2
– Barnes beat Ashfield 2&1
– Chilton beat Hirst 2&1
Quarter-finals
Gobin beat Harrington 1 hole
Beesley beat McCormick 19th
Hibbert beat Doran 5&3
Barnes beat Chilton 3&1
Semi-finals
Beesley beat Gobin 2&1
Hibbert beat Barnes 2&1
Final
Hibbert beat Beesley 2&1