Welcome to the Manchester & District Golf Alliance website. We have tried to make navigating the site a little bit easier for everyone. All information relating to competitions is now available on the Competitions section of the site.
The Manchester and District Golf Alliance was formed 1924 and is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Country. In the current year there are 114 affiliated clubs.
The primary purpose of the Alliance is to promote friendship through golf. Members of all affiliated clubs are very welcome at all Alliance events.
The Alliance runs weekly events throughout the winter. This is when clubs are comparatively quiet. The betterball format is always popular, with professionals also scoring their individual card in their pursuit of the valuable Order of Merit. Fields are well subscribed every week with an excellent standard of golf. The competitions provide a competitive atmosphere for the professional and keen amateur to keep an edge to their game in winter.
Throughout the golf season the Alliance runs inter-club knockout competitions. These are always highly popular and keenly contested. The 'blue riband' event, the Dunham Forest Trophy, is the largest of its kind in the country
Our moto "Friendship through golf" forms the basis of everything that we do. With an impressive list of affiliated clubs there is something for everyone. Take a look at the Clubs page for golfing near you.
DOUG Craig, the new Captain of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance, has a rich history in golf and sport to bring to his new role as he looks forward to a busy year with the biggest golf organisation of its kind in the country.
Doug, whose lowest handicap was five has been involved in golf for six decades having been a member of Flixton Golf Club for 33 years and now at Dayhulme Park for 27 years to date.
In the past Doug has competed at a representative level in athletics, hockey golf and table tennis.For over 30 years he served as a member of the Balfour and Houldsworth Committee and is a Past Chairman, Past President and Past Hon Secretary of that very distinguished golf organisation.
Doug said: “For the past five years I have been the Hon Secretary of the Alliance which I found to be very interesting and enjoyable and it is a role in which I have made many new friends (both officials and players) at golf courses throughout the North West. “The Alliance continues to grow and thrive and is in very good hands and I hope many more golf clubs (now over 110) and golfers will take part and enjoy future competitions.
“To be the Alliance Captain is an honour for my golf club and myself and I look forward to representing it at various events and functions and to try to uphold the high standards set by my predecessors.
“I also look forward to playing with the professionals and amateurs in this season’s busy programme
26 November 2015 -Despite the heavy rain of the days prior to the competition Mottram Hall was able to provide a fine course of over 7,000 yards for a full and high quality field for the final Alliance fixture for the first half of its busy winter programme.
The battle for the individual pro section was tight with just a point separating the top five players.Knutsford pro Tim Maxwell, who worked for many years at Mottram, used his local knowledge to great effect as he posted 38 points to finish one clear of the chasing pack of David Green (Dukinfield), Anthony Millar (Ellesmere), Graham Cox (Davenport) and Phil Archer (Birchwood).
In the pro am section it was even closer with a cpo on 44 points going in favour of Gary Brown (Marple) and his Mottram Hall amateur partner Richard Blackwell, who blitzed the back nine, ahead of Tim Maxwell and Sale’s Mobi Rawthore .Next in were Pike Fold’s Grant Hamerton and Steve Hamlett who won a cpo on 42 from Hazel Grove
duo James Rowlands and Roy Campion with the final slot won by Phil Archer and his Warrington
partner Anton Johnson with 41 points.
In the am am section the familiar names of Lee Warren (Northenden) and David Hemingway (Chorley) led in with 41 points from John Kilner and Neil Adamson (Ellesmere) 40 and the Leigh pairing of Vinny Doyle and John Moorfield with a timely 38 points on a packed card play-off.
Many thanks to Lewis Nunn from Ground Level Facilities Management for his sponsorship of the event.
11 October 2015 - Styal Golf Club juniors have enjoyed a great season with their players and teams enjoying success at local and regional level and they were very proud to win the Alliance Williams BMW Junior Challenge Trophy final in a thriller at Lowes Park.
They took on Bolton Old Links with both teams having come through several rounds to reach the final.The match went right to the wire with Styal just securing a win by 4-3 to take the coveted trophy
Many thanks to Nick Cook from Williams BMW, who has kindly sponsored the competition for many years.
5 October 2015 - Helsby Golf Club have only been members of the Alliance for three years but they made an early mark in an Alliance ‘major’ by winning the City Glass Men’s Foursomes final at Blackburn Golf Club.
Helsby and their final opponents Sale Golf Club had battled through to the final through six rounds from an entry of over 100 clubs and they provided a real thriller before Helsby triumphed by 4.5-3.5.
The game hinged on the match involving Jamie Hodgkinson and Chris Stott which went to the second extra hole before Helsby secured victory.In scenes reminiscent of the final day of the Ryder Cup all team members, plus spectators and officials following on the fairway and around the green to see the Helsby duo made a crucial par four
on the difficult second hole to set off the celebrations.
Team Captain Brian Stott said: “I am proud of the team, the camaraderie and support for each other as they have put Helsby on the golfing map and we will be delighted to host the 2016 final.”
27 September 2015 - The Archie Preston Trophy was introduced into the Manchester Alliance Summer Knock Out competitions over 20 years ago and has grown in strength and popularity each year with well over 80 clubs in the 2015 competition during the summer months.
Houldsworth Golf Club were proud hosts for this year’s final, having won the trophy in 2014, and they did a superb job providing an excellent course and a friendly and efficient clubhouse service for the visiting teams and their supporters.
There was going to be a new name on the trophy as it was the first final for both Pleasington and Ashton-under-Lyne.
It proved to be a terrific contest with little to choose between the teams with an early lead being given to Pleasington by Lady Captain Susan Caton and Captain Tim Williams being overtaken with wins for Ashton by Andy Lomas and Diane Williams and Steve Barlow and Gail Robertson.Pleasington then hit back with victories from Leigh Clayton and Kate Ainsworth and Callum Metcalfe and Tracy Mendham.
But Ashton were not to be denied as Neil Hallsworth and Susan Barlow levelled taking all the attention to the last match on the course.
Going to the 18th on level terms were Steve McGee and Sylvia Haq (Ashton) and Simon Pass and Beth Brown. Both teams were on the green in a regulation two shots with Sylvia stroking her 30-foot putt within easy range for Steve.
But then Beth showed her nerves of steel as watched by a big crowd she holed a nine-foot birdie putt to win the trophy for her delighted team and followers.
Alliance President John Dowd presented the fine trophies to both teams congratulating them on their quality of play and sportsmanship and also Houldworth Golf Club for being excellent hosts before he invited Pleasington to host the 2016 final.
20 September 2015 - Dunham Forest Trophy Final - Leigh rewrite the record books
Dunham Forest Golf Club was blessed with superb weather and provided a perfect course for the semi-finals and final of the Dunham Forest KO finals – the blue riband event of the Alliance Inter Club Knock Out season.
Featuring the club professional and the six amateurs of well over 90 clubs the competition began in March as the teams aimed to reach finals day.
The morning semi-finals saw Leigh, winners three times in the last six years and favourites to win again, take on Chorlton, who also have a good record in the competition.Wins for Paul Sherwood, Chris Harrison and Dan Crook put Leigh in charge with Chorlton’s only early win coming from Dan Cathercole.
Chorlton’s Mike Keegan set a new record for the competition for being the first player to hole in one on finals day. A hybrid shot on the 201-yard 13th hole went straight into the cup for a superb ace but it did not deter Leigh’s Callum Blinkhorn who went on the win by 3/2 to book Leigh’s final spot.
The other semi between Bramall Park, in their first-ever finals day, and Stamford, who last appeared 30 years ago in the final proved to be a real cliffhanger.
Stamford had wins for Phil Hudson, Spencer Yates and Taylor Yates matched by victories from Alan Boswell, George Seed and Chris Murthi l for Park leaving it to the two professionals to clinch the finals slot.
Watched by a big crowd on the 18th a great shot to the green by Park’s Craig Daggitt followed by a nerveless six-foot birdie putt was enough to secure a half as Mark Smith’s 50-foot birdie putt missed by an agonising inch.
So it was on to the 19th and again Daggitt kept his nerve to win with two solid putts after Smith’s
third shot missed the green.
The final saw Leigh dominate with wins from Paul Sherwood, Andrew Collier, Dave Crook, Callum Blinkhorn, Sean Blinkhorn and professional Andrew Baguley took them over the line with the only reverse being a win for Park’s Allan Boswell.
The win for Leigh sets a new record of five victories in the competition, beginning in 1992 and continuing in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Alliance President John Dowd congratulated all of the teams for their playing quality, sportsmanship on the day and for reaching the final of the biggest competition of its kind in the country.
He also thanked Dunham Forest for their excellent hosting of the event both on and off the course - a tradition that has been continued since the competition began.
21 August 2015 - North Manchester won the second staging of the Alliance Seniors Knock Out by beating Blackburn 3½ - 1½ in breezy conditions at the permanent host club Manchester.
Ken Davison and Mike Hilton got North off to a good start with a 3/2 win over Blackburn club Captain Steve Wilcock and Rob Wyke but Blackburn were soon on level terms with a fine 2/1 win by Graham Davies and George Grant over Tommy Keogh and Phil Tonge.
The two wins for Roger Carter and JJ Walsh by 5/4 and David Birrane and John Boardman by 3/2 took North home before Martin Tate and Jimmy Reid secured a consolation win in the final match.
Many thanks to Manchester Golf Club for hosting the final in great style
18th August 2015 - Following the AGM the new Alliance Secretary is Ian Hales from Chorlton Golf Club. The new contact number for the Secretary is 07980 449614. The email address remains the same - email@example.comThe retiring Secretary, Doug Craig from Davyhulme Park, has been elected as Alliance Captain for the 2015/2016 season
9 July 2015 - The Alliance fixtures for 2015-2016 can be found on the fixtures page.