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.
SwintonPark professional Dave Smith is delighted to be the Captain of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance, the biggest, most active and successful in England, for the next year.
The Alliance alternates between amateur and professional players to be Alliance Captains each year and Dave succeeds Doug Craig from Davyhulme Park and he has a successful career in the professional ranks.
Dave said: “I turned professional in the USA at the age of 30, playing on the Hooters Tour, before registering with the PGA in 2003 and qualified in 2007 when working under Jim Wilson at Swinton Park GC. “Whilst working as an assistant I competed in the PGA North Region, the PGA of Lancashire and Alliance events. “During that time I have won the Leeds Cup, the Manchester Open, Lancashire Open, Lancashire stroke-play three times, the Alliance OoM twice and the 36-hole stroke-play twice along with over 40 pro am and individual events. “Naturally winning the Leeds Cup was the highlight of my career having come close on three previous occasions- to have your name on the oldest professional golf trophy is unbelievable along with names such as Harry Vardon and Ted Ray.
“I qualified for the European Challenge Tour in 2010/11 having reached the final of Tour School and highlighted this by qualifying for the BMW championship in 2012 on the European Tour before being sidelined by injury in the same year which ended my playing career on a full-time basis and I
could not play for over 18 months.
“In 2011 I was elected as the Captain of Lancashire PGA and in 2014 I was appointed as head professional at Swinton Park GC, a club I have been associated with since 1996.
“I was honoured to be asked to be Captain of the Alliance which is one of the first to help professionals get through the winter season with competitive golf and prize funds being provided.“When you have had in the past professionals playing in the Alliance such as Hugh Lewis, Alan Gillies and John Garner in the 1950’s and 60’s then with the emergence of players such as Denis Durnian, Mike Slater, Dave Screeton, Derrick Cooper and Peter Barber then coming through who have gone on to mentor the younger (and not so younger!) generation who followed in their footsteps such as Grant Hamerton and Phil Archer who were regulars on the European Tour and who play week in and
week out in Alliance events."This naturally creates a great social gathering of both professional and amateurs on a weekly basis
through the not-so- great winter months in Manchester.
“So I feel very privileged to be asked to be the Alliance Captain and hope that I succeed in the role required”
19 October 2016 - Wigan Golf Club made a fine debut as they hosted an Alliance competition for the first time in their long and distinguished history .Their impressive and scenic Arley Hall clubhouse backed by an excellent course, that survived the heavy rain of the previous day, was enjoyed by all players in another full and top quality Alliance field.
Alliance Captain Dave Smith, the Swinton Park professional, certainly had a day to remember with an outstanding double success. He posted ten birdies as he led in the professional individual scores with a superb haul of 43 points which took him clear of Phil Archer (Birchwood) 42 and Andy Palmer (Chorley) and Charlie Fletcher (Helsby),both 39.
Dave Smith found a great partner in the ever-reliable Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) who helped him to a massive 50 points which left them four clear of Phil Archer and his Leigh partner Mark Pasquill and Stamford Golf Club’s Mark Smith and Steve Moores.
Simon Stott and Peter Finch (Hindley Hall) topped the am am section with 43 points, one more than Peter Hamlett (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Mike Lynch (Chorlton) and Wigan’s Reece Cranfield and Phil Dermott.
Another highlight on the day saw Leigh assistant professional Sean Blinkhorn secure his first-ever ace. It came when his perfect pitching wedge tee shot on the 154-yard par three 15th hole arrowed its way into the hole.
Many thanks to John Davies from Urmston Service Station for his sponsorship of the event
12 October 2016 - Stamford Golf Club were proud hosts of the Alliance’s Team of Four competition and even prouder with the form of some of their top players. It was the first time in five years that Stamford had hosted the event and the course was in fine condition. The fab Stamford four of Danny Fox, Steve Finan, Paul Traynor and Garry Foster led in with 89 points but they were given a stiff challenge by Swinton Park’s Dave Smith, Jimmy O’Reilly, Max Baxendale and club legend Nev Dennis who lost out in a cpo.
Completing the team prizes were another home team of pro Mark Smith, well supported by Alan Booth, the majestic Steve Moores and Mike Hewitt who finished in third place on 85 points.
The top individual pro prize went to Stand assistant Rob Batchelor with 38 points ahead of Andy Palmer (Chorley) 36 and Alliance Captain Dave Smith, Mark Smith and Sean Blinkhorn (Leigh) all on 35.
9 October 2016 - Bolton Old Links GC are enjoying a great year of celebration of their 125 years as a leading golf club in the North West. The future for the club looks bright as their outstanding junior team won one of the area’s top team trophies by winning the Alliance’s Williams BMW Junior Challenge final at the traditional venue of Lowes Park GC.
Old Links had battled through several rounds to reach finals day where they took on Davyhulme Park whose junior team had also had an outstanding run of victories to reach the last two.
It promised to be an epic battle as DHP drew first blood with a win from Matt Picken by 3/2 over Max Powter. But then Old Links showed their intent as they took the lead with wins for Nathan Clarke, by 3/2 over Dean Doglas and Jamie Welsby by 4/3 over Andrew Coleman. Charlie Ward hit back for BHP to draw his team level with a win by 3/1 over Jack Bryan.
Oliver Chadwick restored the BOL lead beating Matt Gallagher by one up and then the trophy was secured with a 4/3 victory for Ryan Hamer over Ellis Willott. Ben Barwell won the other match for DHP being one up against Sam Rigby to give BOL a 4-3 winning margin.
Both teams were complimented by all present for their sporting attitude and skill on the excellently presented Lowes Park course. Many thanks were extended to Williams BMW for their continued support of junior golf.
2 October 2016 - Helsby Golf Club were excellent hosts as they staged their first-ever Manchester Alliance final. Last year they won the City Glass Foursomes and in Alliance tradition as holders of the trophy they host the final in the following year.
The club and course set up a great stage for two excellent teams representing Blackley and Denton and Denton got off to a flying start as they won the first two matches with Damien Travers and Mark Hart winning by two up and Gary Boott and Len Walker by 3-1.
But Blackley stormed back to take the lead with wins for Garry and David Baldwin by 2/1, Craig Roberts and Billy Radcliffe3/2 and Alex Hughes and Elliott Morgan by 4/2 to set up dramatic finish.
Victory for Blackley was secured by last pair Dan Williams and Matthew Atherton by 4/3 over Leon Hewson and Steve Warrender and the other match was conceded by Blackley to Mike Gill and Sam Higginbottom for a 4/3 margin of victory.
29 September 2016 -The race for the Alliance professional Order of Merit Prize looks to be one of the most open and competitive for several years as new names for this season led the way in the latest competition at Leigh Golf Club.
Leigh have been superb in the Dunham Forest Trophy with five wins in the last seven years and they led in the am am section with John Moorfield and Jim Dolan winning a cpo on 43 points from Lee Warren (Northenden) and Dave Hemingway (Chorley), two clear of Danny Ritchie and Carl Robinson (Wigan).
The top individual pro was Ringway attached David Brunton with 38 points ahead of Bramall Park’s Ollie Whiteley 37 and Anthony Millar (Ellesmere) and Phil Archer (Birchwood (both 36).
The leading assistant pro prize went to Chorley’s Andy Palmer with 34 points.
In the pro am section Stand duo Mark Hancock and Norman Haslam were clear winners on 43 points ahead of Hale’s Richard Booth and David Wainwright 41 and Adam Hodkinson and James Doodson (Chorlton) 40.
Many thanks to Dave Rowland from JR Taxis for his sponsorship of the event.
25 September 2016 - The ever- popular and competitive Archie Preston Trophy saw over 90 teams looking to make finals day at Pleasington Golf Club who provided a magnificent setting for both teams and their supporters.
Pleasington won the trophy in 2015 and the winning club host the final in the following year.
Looking to take the coveted trophy were Tytherington, one of the early winners of the trophy, and Sale who have picked up plenty of team trophies in recent years including the Bell Cup, the City Glass Foursomes and the Mersey League.
The first match in the competition features the Captain and Lady Captain of each club and David Moore and Maria Walmsley of Sale gave their team an early boost as they won their match on the 20th hole against Penny Clark and Gareth Lover and set the tone for another dramatic day.
Janet Ions and Neil MacLeod levelled for Tytherington with a one-up win against Martin Ash and Jenny Page.
Sale regained the lead with a 6/4 win for John Russell and Gill Ross and youngsters Mark Marshall and Elly Rawthore increased the lead with a big 8/7 win over Gary Cook and Eileen Jones.
But Tytherington showed their battling spirit with wins for Stephen Pinnington and Jane Ambler, two up against Mike Smith and Sue Barrett, a score repeated by Leigh Turner and Carole Ryder against Ian Bullough and Rebecca Hyde.
So it all now rested on the last match on the course as Tytherington went to the 18th green one up and needed a two-foot putt for a half that would have won the trophy but it was missed to take the game into sudden death between Sale’s Mobi Rawthore and Caroline Croxton and Ian Mathers and Anne Dutoy of Tytherington.
The thriller went to the 21st hole before Sale secured victory for their club who will host the final in 2017.
22 September 2016 - Didsbury Golf Club were excellent hosts for the second playing of the competition for the Bert Thompson Trophy.
The top individual pro prize was shared by Graham Cox (Lymm) and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) who both posted 39 points with their closest rival being Craig Daggitt (Bramall Park ) 38.
Daggitt had a fine partner in Kenny Thomson who helped him to a 44-point total in the pro am section and also to win the Bert Thompson Trophy to add to the White Cup which Park had won earlier in the year at Chorlton GC.
It needed a card play-off on 44 points to take the Park duo ahead of Graham Cox and his partner Richard Shaw with third spot going to Andrew Terry (Whitefield) and Josh Ford (Turton) with 43 points.
Alliance treasurer Vinny Doyle (Leigh) and his partner Keith Liddle (Blackley) led in the am-am section with 44 points with the other am-am prizes going to Marcus Corfield (William Wroe) and Terry Gilbert (Davyhulme Park) 43 and John Kilner and Neil Anderson (Ellesmere) 40.
Many thanks to Derek Harvey from Marriott Worsley Park for the sponsorship of the event
18 September 2016 - Leigh Golf Club continued their recent domination of the Alliance’s top Inter Club knockout competition as they retained the Dunham Forest Trophy in emphatic style at the traditional finals day at Dunham Forest Golf Club.
The day of superb weather and a fantastic course provided a good hand of supporters from the four finals day teams with plenty of top golf from some of the top players in the region.
Leigh set a new record of five wins of the trophy in 2015 and got through again to finals day despite having been drawn away in all of the matches leading to Dunham Forest where they took on
Fairfield in the morning semi-finals.
Fairfield gave a good account of themselves in some close matches but Leigh came through with a 5-2 win with the Fairfield points coming from Leigh Murray and Daniel Heathcote.
The other semi-final was a closer affair with Rossendale taking out Dukinfield by 4½-2½ with theDukinfield points coming from Colin Kenworthy, Martin O’Keefe and professional David Green.
Leigh showed their class in the final as they dominated the games and wins from Stuart Harrison by 5/4 over Iain Hackett, Stuart Tinsley two up against Chris Nicholls, Andy Collier 4/3 over Dan Reddingand Chris Harrison by 2/1 over Danny Leigh put them in an unassailable position. Callum Blinkhorn added a 4/2 win over Sean Doherty and Leigh’s Dan Crook and pro Andrew Baguleyconceded their matches with Ashley Siddle and Steve Nicholls to see Leigh cross the line at 5-2 to take their impressive total of Dunham Forest wins to six with five coming in the last seven years.
Alliance President John Dowd congratulated all four teams in reaching finals day from an original entry of over 90 teams and all of the club representatives thanked the Dunham Forest club for their superb hosting and the Alliance officials for their excellent organisation of the biggest Inter Club
competition of its kind in the country.
16 September 2016 - The Seniors Inter Club Knock Out was introduced into the Alliance’s programme three
years ago and has seen the entry increase year on year as more clubs endeavour to reach the final at Manchester Golf Club who host the competition each year.
Manchester provided a course and a day to remember for Swinton Park and Davyhulme Park and Swinton Park proved to be too hot to handle as they cruised to victory by 3.5-1.5.
Leading from the front were Jimmy O’Reilly and Ernie Rimmer by 4/3 and their example was followed by Alan Leigh and Frank Massey 6/5 and club legend Nev Dennis and Jimmy Farragh by 4/3.
Davyhulme gained some consolation with a win from Alan Vaughan and Ron Coleman by 5/4 and the match between Swinton’s Joe Mann and Maurice Daniels and DHP’s Steve Bailey and Barry Lucas was halved
The new Alliance Captain Dave Smith, the Swinton Park professional, will be very pleased to show off the trophy so early into his time in office.
8 September 2016 - Fairfield Golf Club was able to show off its redesigned course and splendid new club house to full effect as it hosted the first competition in the Alliance winter season.
The day was blessed by superb weather and an excellent course to give an excellent debut to the Alliance’s new Captain Dave Smith (Swinton Park GC professional).
Jamie Howarth has played for several years on the European Challenge Tour and the Europro Tour and is now the assistant professional at Davenport GC and he showed his class with a great double. He romped to victory in the individual professional section posting a seven-under- par 43 points tolead in from Craig Corrigan 41 and Scott Jackson (Disley) 37.
Howarth made it a double as he partnered Werneth Low’s Kevan Tipper to 46 points to win the pro am section from Craig Corrigan and Phil Cooney (Wigan) 45 and Bob Batchelor (Stand) with Jordan Whitehouse (Blackley) 41 getting third spot on a play from Knutsford’s Tim Maxwell and Simon Helmsley from Bramhall.
Local knowledge paid off in the am am section with Fairfield stalwarts Tim Walker and Sean Simpson first past the post with 43 points ahead of club colleagues Gary McHugh and Steve Roche 42 and Vinny Doyle (Leigh) and Darron Tickle (Blackley) 41.
Many thanks to Steve Moores from Majestic Coffee for his sponsorship of the event.