Golf: McCue and Povey acclaimed as Sentinel prize guys
IAN McCue and Paul Povey were the toast of Sentinel golf in 2012.
McCue officially got his hands on the Sentinel Cup and Povey the Sentinel Shield during a presentation at the newspaper offices in Etruria on Thursday night.
McCue, a 41 year-old plasterer from Longton, won for the first time after defeating two-time champion John Kendall 2&1 in a tense final at Trentham Golf Club in September.
That followed his thrilling semi-final victory over former Congleton Town footballer Mick Biddle.
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McCue, who plays off a five handicap, attributed much of his success to improving his short game at Leek Birchall and fine-tuning his overall game under the guidance of local professional Sarah Gallagher at Lightwood golf range.
He had never progressed beyond the quarter-finals before, but held his nerve after the final stood all square by the 14th.
McCue then upped his game to win the 15th before clinching his victory at the 17th.
His victory completed a memorable golfing year after winning the singles at Leek Birchall just a few months after joining the club following six years at Whiston.
Povey, meanwhile, lifted the Sentinel Shield trophy for the first time after winning a close-fought final 2&1 against Barlaston's Neil Martin.
The 36-year-old investment manager from Newcastle admitted he did his best to throw the game away in the latter stages before winning on the 17th.
"It was fantastic to win after never going beyond the second round before," he said.
He acknowledged that the golfing Gods must have been smiling on him in the earlier rounds after winning one match with a double bogey on the last green after being two down with three to play.
This year's competitions raised more than £2,000 for charities.
Sentinel golf chairman Chris Bayley said it was a terrific response at a time when clubs were struggling for members.
He thanked Trentham for hosting the finals and Wychwood Park for staging the semi-finals.