It ended up as ladies' day at the annual Alan McInnes Bursary Fund Golf Tournament, with a team of women lifting the trophy for the first time. In a momentous day, the event was also the most well-attended yet and raised the most ever for the School’s Bursary Fund.
The golf event honours one of Macclesfield's most famous sporting sons, local sporting legend and former teacher Alan McInnnes, and this year 19 teams of former pupils, parents and staff competed on a sun soaked day at the superb Prestbury Golf Course. The event raises funds to enable parents who normally would not be able to afford the fees to provide a King's education for their daughter or son.
The winning team of Tina Moorhouse, Katie Jordan, Kim Williams and Lesley Moores will live long in King's folklore as they won with room to spare. In a four ball betterball format, in which the best two of four count on stableford points, the gritty girls put the rest of the field in the shade with a stunning 97 points, equivalent to a staggering 25 under par.
The highlight, they all agreed, was Katie Jordan's eagle at Prestbury's notoriously challenging 13th, a 500 yard winding par five with danger at every angle. A stalwart of the King's School's former pupils’ team, Katie also had three birdies during one of her best ever rounds, while Lesley Moors, a member at Dunham won the straightest drive with a 220 yard hit arrowed down the last. Katie said: "It was a sensational day and wonderful to play with three great girl friends," then quietly admitting, "I think the early stop at the Legh Arms' champagne bar did settle the nerves and set the tone."
Winning second place in the golf event was the governors' team with bursar Jonathan Spencer Pickup, his son Ben, Chair of Governors Andy Higginson and former pupil Andrew Henshall amassing 93 points, normally good enough to win any event.
Alan Mcinnes was a former King's pupil and teacher himself, who played for Sale RUFC before transferring codes to Salford and coaching Wigan to the Rugby League Challenge Cup, and was a hugely respected sporting all-rounder. He was always modest, gracious and kind to all. He played the game, whatever game he chose, hard but fair and with a smile and handshake at the end; in a manner he advocated to his thousands of pupils as well as his friends and family. He established the Bursary Fund Golf Day whilst a Governor for King’s.
This year’s event raised a huge £8,600 for the bursary fund, with a superb prize of an overnight stay and round for four at the glorious Loch Lomond course, donated by a King's parent, bought for £3,500 by top golf professional and King's parent Scott Jackson helping the King's Bursary fund to approach the £1 million mark.
Nicola Moores said: "My father came to King's when it was a grammar school and his family simply would not have been able to afford fees. He knew only too well that his love of cricket and rugby was nurtured in that environment and that he may not have gone on to have the career he loved so much without that wonderful start in life. That's why continuing to develop and support the Bursary Fund was so important to him."
King's Head Jason Slack, said: "The affection that so many former pupils show both for Alan McInnes and for their old school speaks much about King's tradition and heritage. Growing the Bursary Fund is a key element of our planning and having such willing organisers for this important event as Nicola and our own in house team is crucial to its success.”