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Manchester & District Golf Alliance

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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 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.

 

The Manchester and District Golf Alliance is the biggest and most active of its kind in the country with over 114 clubsa and each year they select a Captain with the role alternating between amateurs and professionals.
The 2018/19 season sees Dukinfield professional Dave Green in the role which he is relishing having played in the Alliance for many years with plenty of playing success.
Dave said: “ I was a junior member of Denton Golf Club and then moved into the professional ranks with their professional Mike Hollingworth and  did my PGA training with him.
“I got the job as successfully Dukinfield professional in 2004 so I will have been at the club for 15 years in February 2019.
“Among my major playing successes are winning the PGA Captain and professional in Turkey with Steve Warburton in 2011.
“Just recently I finished fifth in Portugal in the PGA Lombard trophy with a Dukinfield member member Andy Nolan and twice in Alliance competitions. 
“I have played in the MDGA since I was 18 as an assistant to Mike - only when he wasn’t playing as he played most weeks.
“I am very happy to follow in Mike’s footsteps as he was a previous Alliance Captain 10years ago.
“The Alliance has been made so successful by the organisation that’s been involved over the, I started playing when Bert Thompson and George Hill were the organisers and throughout President John Dowd’s involvement with the sponsors has contributed massively to the ongoing success and stands out as the best Alliance in the country 
“I would like to thank the members of Dukinfield GC for allowing me the time to play on Wednesdays and also would thank them for their competitiveness in all competitions like the Dunham forest, mixed and alliance foursomes, which we won recently
“Also my fellow professionals who play in week in week out and who I’ve learned a lot off from my younger days.
” For the coming season I would like not to have a winter like the last one and I have started well so far with it being T shirt weather each time in September. 
“It is a privilege and an honour to be Captain of such a fantastic golfing community that lives up to its motto of ‘Friendship through Golf’ in its weekly winter competitions and the unique Inter Club Knock Out summer competitions.
“The success of the Alliance is shown by the number of professionals who support the Alliance winter competitions, which include a matchplay, knock-out and the Order of Merit.
“Members of Alliance clubs can enter the weekly competitions and find out more about the Alliance activities on the website www.mdga.org.uk.
“Now there is all to play for before the winter season concludes on President’s Day at Bramhall on May 1st 2019.”

14th November 2018 - Warrington Golf Club provided a stunning course for the annual visit of the Alliance with a superbly prepared course drawing deserved and unstinting praise from a full field of  quality players.
Lymm assistant professional Graham Cox has had a long experience of playing at Warrington over the years and he used this to good effect as he topped the individual professional section with 41 points, one more than Phil Archer (Poulton Park), and Andy Palmer (Chorley).
The top assistant pro prize was taken by Jamie Howarth (Davenport) with 39 points.
Cox was also in the mix for the pro-am section posting 43 points partnering home star Russ Johnson, the father of sponsor Anton Johnson. But the cpo on 43 went in favour of Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Steve ‘Majestic’ Moores (Stamford) and Phil Archer and his Leigh partner Mark Pasquill.
Stamford have been dominating the am am section in recent weeks and their tried and trusted duo of Dan Fox and Steve Finan did the business again with their 43-point haul taking them clear of John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) and John Russell (Sale) 42 and Mike Jones and Archie Palmer (Davenport) 41.
Many thanks to Anton Johnson from Johnsons’ Hairdressing for his sponsorship of the event.

 

7th November 2018 - The latest Alliance fixture managed to miss a lot of heavy showers in the region allowing aanother full field of players to show their scoring power  and sublime skills on a pristine Haydock Park course.
Racing to victory in the individual pro section was Davenport assistant pro Jamie Howarth with an impressive haul of 43 points, seven-under-par. But hot on his heels with 42 was Graham Cox, the Lymm assistant pro, with Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Phil Archer (Poulton Park) picking up valuable Order of Merit points as they posted 40 apiece.
Chorley pro Mark Bradley kept up his hot Alliance streak as he partnered club colleague Andy Bibby to a hefty 47 points to lead in the pro am section. It took them two points clear of Graham Cox and Anton Johnson (Warrington), Phil Archer and Matt Harding (Dunham Forest), Jamie Howarth and Archie Palmer (Davenport) and Ryan O’Neill and his Stamford partner Steve Moores.
Sale duo Tony Stiles and Tony Lowe topped the am am section with 45 points from Stamford stars Danny Fox and Steve Finan 43 and Chorlton’s Mike Fenton and Andy Hall 42.

7th October 2018 - Lowes Park Golf Club were their usual excellent hosts as they staged the final of the BMW Junior Challenge for the umpteenth time.
It was a Lancashire v Cheshire clash as Manchester GC  Juniors took on the team representing Crewe Golf Club. It was a close contest that went all the way to the final match before the destiny of the trophy was decided.
Mason Melvin put Manchester ahead with a 4/2 win over Josie Cowap but Crewe were soon on level terms as Braden Jones overcame Matthew Cuppello by 4/3. Thomas Walker regained the lead for Manchester with a 6/5 win over Alex Peake then George Livesey drew Crewe level again with a 4/3 win over Manchester Junior Captain and Lancashire Girls star Beth Greenhalgh.
It was then all eyes on the final game with Manchester’s Max King keeping his nerve to win by 4/2 over Jack Malpass to take the trophy presented by BMW Williams representative Mike Mason back to Hopwood Hall.
Tributes to the host club for their warm and friendly welcome and to Williams BMW for their long-standing support in sponsoring one of the top Inter Club Junior Knock Out competitions in the country were given by the representatives of the two finalists.

30th September 2018 - Houldsworth Golf Club were excellent hosts as they staged the final of one of the top Inter Club competitions in the country with a course in fine condition backed by good off-course facilities and service.
The club, as the winners of the MDGA City Glass Men’s Foursomes in 2017 were the hosts for the day as Dukinfield, twice previous winners of the coveted trophy, and Bramall Park battled it out in a final that had over 90 clubs in the original entry for the competition.
Dukinfield, who were backed with great support from their club on and off the course, quickly established their intent with wins from John Harrop and Colin McWiggan, Anthony and Ian Child and Graham Barrett and Mark Turner. George Seed and Pete Anstis replied for Bramall Park but victory was sealed by Barrie Lees and Mark Phillips to set up long-running celebrations for the Dukinfield team and their supporters. The other matches involving Darren Burgess and Gareth Kershaw and Gareth Winston and Gary Beresford were conceded to see Dukinfield across the line by 4-3.
The trophies to both teams were presented by Alliance Vice President Ian Brooks who congratulated both teams on reaching the final and representatives from both clubs paid tribute to the Alliance organisation and excellent hosting by Houldsworth.

23rd September 2018 - The Archie Preston Trophy, a team competition for Mixed Foursomes has been one of the 1Manchester Alliance’s top competitions since it began in 1991 under the original sponsorship and support of Alliance legend Archie Preston.
This season saw 92 clubs in the mix trying to reach finals day at Shaw Hill Golf Club – the winners of the competition in 2017 who traditionally host the competition as winners.
They were beaten in the earlier rounds by Bolton Old Links GC who went on to the final to meet Hindley Hall, who have reached the finals previously without winning the coveted trophy.
Old Links won the trophy in 2008 and they recovered well after losing the first game out to Hindley Hall Captain Paul Cottenden and Lady Captain Linda Bailey. Then Old Links took control in some close matches with wins from Chris Bainbridge and Carol Helme, 4/2, Nick Jackson and Sue Hazlitt two up and Mick Wallace and Marie Millar 2/1.Victory was confirmed with a 5/4 win for Martin Jones and Claire Kennedy over Graham Bailey and Elaine Dawber.
The other two matches between  Duncan Simm and Sally Ann Attwood and Peter Finch and Cath Burgess and Ashley Millar and Margaret Morgan and Ken Finch and Liz Hartley were called in as halves to give Old Links victory by 5-2.
Many thanks to Shaw Hill for their wonderful hosting of the event.

 

22nd September 2018 -The prestigious Dunham Forest Trophy final which was postponed due to heavy rain two 2weeks previously was completed in style by Chorley Golf Club who won by 5.5-1.5 over Romiley.
Chorley had cruised into the final with a comfortable semi-final win over Stand and they kept up their momentum as wins for Phil Roberts by 6/5 and Graham Bolton by 4/3 put them in the driving seat against Romiley who had reached the final with a close semi-final win over Bolton Old Links.
Romiley’s young star Brook Snape gave his team hope as he pulled a point back with one-hole win over Simon McNab. But there was no stopping Chorley as more victories from Jack Wiggins by 3/2, Darren Edwards by 3/2 and professional Andy Palmer by 6/4 sealed victory.The other game between Jack Winward (Chorley) and Mark Worsley (Romiley) ended with honours even on the 18th.
Many thanks to Dunham Forest for again providing an excellent course and fine hospitality over the two days it needed to decide the outcome of another great competition.

 

21st September 2018 - Manchester Golf Club were again excellent hosts for the Manchester Alliance Seniors Team4 Championship which goes from strength to strength since its inception a few years ago.
The Manchester course was in impeccable condition considering the heavy rain the day before and again on the day of the competition for the finalists Denton and Lymm who were both proud to get through and represent their club at this prestigious final, hosted each year by Manchester.
On the course it was a terrific contest with plenty of top class golf from both teams with little between them during the day.
Graham Pollit and Les Bray gave Denton the early lead with a 3/1 win soon matched for Lymm by Will Paskins and Mervyn Roberts. Chris Ireland and Brian Jones put Lymm ahead with a tense one up win over Dave Hughes and Steve O’Shaughnessy. Denton hit back with a 2/1 win for Charles Smith and Alan Newbold so it was all down to the final game between Paul Welsby and Alan Painter of Denton against Phil Young and Keith Edwards from Lymm.
It went down to the wire of the final hole with a delighted Lymm winning by one up to claim the trophy for the first time.
Thanks were given by the team captains to Manchester Golf Club for being impressive hosts.

 

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