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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 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.

17 April 2014 - Reigning Lancashire Open champion Kris Andrews from Ashton on Mersey took the individual honours with a fine 37 points as the Alliance enjoyed some great weather and the excellent Marriott Worsley Park course.

Pike Fold's Tony Cuppello joined forces with his former Brookdale clubmate Steve Hamlett to claim the pro-am prize with 43. This was two clear of Jon Cheetham and Swinton Park's John Riley. Colin Maroney and Steve Williams got the nod on a card play-off for third with 40 points.

Brian Toft and Chris Lane were in top form as their 42 points saw them canter to victory in the am-am. Dwayne Lloyd and Mark Dwyer from Stamford were next in with 39 whilst Cheadle's Andy Hall and Mick Holmes were third on a card play-off with 38.

Many thanks were extended to Bob Bardsley from Footjoy for his sponsorship of the event.

15 April 2014 - Paul Grannell from Vale Royal Abbey set up a stirring finish in the race to the Alliance professional Order of Merit title by winning the Scratch Stroke Play championship over 36 tough holes at Davenport.
It was close at the end of the first 18 holes with Grannell carding 67 to set the pace from Scott Jackson (Disley) 68, Liam Burgess (Bramall Park) and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold), Craig Corrigan (Haigh Hall), Dave Green (Dukinfield) all 70.
Then in the third tee in round two Grannell was struck by a stray drive causing severe bruising to his back but ignored the pain and discomfort to add a second round of 72 for a 139 total to clinch the title.
He finished two shots clear of Scott Jackson with Dave Green and Martin Longshaw (Hindley Hall) also in the prizes on 141.
The amateur title was won in emphatic style by Max Penney of Alderley Edge with a 144 total leaving him eight shots clear of Regent Park's Marcus Corfield.
Pike Fold’s Tony Cuppello provided another highlight and revived memories of a past championship with an albatross two on the 492-yard 18th in his first round.
He put his second shot, using a four-iron, straight into the hole from 203 yards a feat he had accomplished some 20 years ago in the same event at Swinton Park.

Many thanks to Jonathan Gallagher from Cleveland Srixon was his sponsorship of the event

15 April 2014 - Ashton on Mersey hosted the prestigious Alliance Scratch Play finals for the second successive year and provided some superb smooth greens and a well presented course for the keenly contested semi-finals and finals.
In the main competition Grant Hamerton from Pike Fold was taken all the way by Didsbury’s legendary pro Peter Barber before winning 2&1.
Peter is the competition record holder having won the title eight times in the last 40 years, the first time as the youngest-ever amateur and he again showed his class in an excellent contest.
The other semi was also close with Disley’s Scott Jackson, a former winner of the assistant's title, also winning 2&1 against Paul Grannell from Vale Royal Abbey.
In the assistant'a competition trophy holder Mike Boyle from Ashton-under-Lyne made it through to the final with a one-hole win in a Tameside local derby with Stamford's Andrew Earlam .
Liam Burgess from Bramall Park was in top form as he saw off Chorlton's Marcus Dunning and then kept that form going with a 5&4 victory over Boyle in the final to win the trophy for the first time.

11 April 2014 - The draws for the first rounds of the 2014 Dunham Forest, City Glass Foursomes, Archie Preston Trophy, the Alliance Seniors Team Trophy and the first round of the BMW Junior Challenge Trophy can be found on the knockouts page.

28 March 2014 - Entries are being sought for the Alliance Seniors Championship at Poulton Park on Friday 25th April. The event has a 12.00 shogun start and is open to all golfers from affiliated clubs aged 55 or over. Full details are available from Doug Craig, the Alliance Secretary.

 

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