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.
2 March 2015 - the draw for Quarter-Finals of the 2015 Scratch Matchplay Championship has been made and can be found on the knockouts page.
25 Februray 2015 - Stockport assistant pro Danny Wardop showed his intent of winning the Alliance’s professional Order of Merit at an excellent Bramall Park.
At the mid-winter break Wardrop had a substantial lead in the Order of Merit but since play resumed in January he has seen his big lead whittled away by several other contenders.
But he hit form at Bramall Park with a four-under par score to total 40 points to finish one ahead of
David Green from Dukinfield and Craig Corrigan to extend his lead at the top to 74 points from Pike Fold’s Grant Hamerton .
Leigh’s Andrew Baguley and Mark Riley racked up an impressive 45 points to win the pro-am from playing partners Craig Corrigan and Tony Shimelt (Crompton and Royton) who won a card play-off on 44 points from Chorlton’s Adam Hodkinson and Ian Hales.
Leading in the am am section were Kevin Shea and Jim Cunliffe from Bolton Old Links with 42 points from the Altrincham pairing of Terry Gilbert and Phil Prince on 41. The consistent Mark Gauci from Chorlton and Ashton-on-Mersey’s John Aikenhead won a crowded card-play-off for third on 40 points.
Many thanks to Nick Cook from Williams BMW for his generous sponsorship of the event.
18 Februray 2015 - A full field of 120 players enjoyed a course in terrific condition at the fine venue of Bolton Old
Links for the Alliance Four Man team event.
Local knowledge played a big part as the top teams were from the host club.It needed a cpo on 85 points to give top spot to Dave Ashton, Paul Gaskell, Mike Burke and Steve Bolton from Old Links colleagues Eddie Jordan, Ian Fish, Dean Hibbert and Steve Williams.
Next in 84 points were the first pro am team from Hazel Grove comprising assistant pro Ben Thompson, Ian Walters, Ken Russell and Ray Stringer.
The top individual pro was Steve Parry from Hart Common who has a long experience of playing the
course although he did say that this was the first time that he had ever played it well posting a 69 for
It left him one clear of Kris Andrews from Ashton-on-Mersey, Disley’s Scott Jackson and Anthony Millar from Ellesmere with Alliance legend and life member Denis Durnian making a welcome return to action with a very useful 37 points.
17 January 2015 - The draws for the preliminary rounds of the 2015 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.
12 October - Denton won the Williams BMW Junior Trohy by beating Leyland 4-3 at Lowes Park.
With the fog causing a near two-hour start delay Leyland made the early running but Denton came back strongly to edge home.Both teams were a credit to their clubs which have a fine history in the competition, meeting in the finall four yeras ago.
Lowes Park was in excellent condition and the club were exemplary hosts.
Thanks were extended to Williams BMW for their continued support of Alliance junior golf.
5 October 2014- Blackburn came for behind to win against Sale in the City Glass Foursomes on the last green in a tense and exiciting final. Blackburn edged home 4-3 in a tremedous game. Northenden were excellent hosts and presented a course in excellent condition.
28 September 2014 - Houldsworth won the Archie Preston Trophy overcoming Sale by 5.5 to 1.5. There was lots pf quality golf on show and the match was played in tremendous spiirit. Blackburn were excellent hosts and presented a course in excellent condition.
20 September 2014 - Bramhall won the Dunham Forest Trophy for the first time – at the 50th staging of Manchester’s top inter-club team competitionThe event, which sees the club professional and the six top amateurs in singles matchplay action, was the brainchild of the Archie Preston.
Alliance president John Dowd presented a commemorative plaque to the club president Andrew Sciama and lady captain Sue Wrigley, daughter of Archie Preston.
There was some great golf reflecting the quality of the competition from the four clubs who had battled through from an original entry of more than 90 clubs.
Both semi-finals were close affairs with Tytherington coming out on top over Northenden with wins from Gareth Lover, Mark Richardson, Michael Harrington and Nick Holmes. The other semi-final saw last seasons beaten finalists Bramhall taken all the way by Dukinfield with wins from Jon Pacey, Ben Levene, Charles Bradley and Andy Bradshaw seeing them home.
In the final Bramhall prevailed by 5-2 over Tytherington who were playing on their first finals day.
Jon Pacey won on the 19th, Ben Levene by 3/2, Charles Bradley and Alex Elliott, both on the 18th with Andy Bradshaw enjoying a more comfortable win by 5/4.
Bramhall captain Jon Pacey said that last year’s defeat in the final by Leigh had provided the inspiration for this season’s success.
11 September 2014 - Knutsford professional Tim Maxwell is looking forward to a great year as Captain of the Alliance after playing in their events for 20 years with a good record of success.
Tim began his golf as a junior at Macclesfield in the 1980’s alongside his good friend Jamie Donaldson and he is delighted to see his selection for the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Tim was an assistant professional at Prestbury from 190-91 before becoming part of the professional team at Mottram Hall from 1991-96 and then moving on to his current role at Knutsford.
Tim obtained a BSc degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University after his course there from 1991-94.
Playing successes include being the four-time Cheshire pro champion, winning the Alliance match play champion three times and he also played on the European Challenge Tour in 1999.
Tim said: “It’s a real honour to be the Alliance Captain after enjoying their events over the past 20 years. “During that time I’ve seen the likes of top Manchester professionals Peter Barber and David Screeton in this role and I am delighted to be following in their footsteps.”
3 September 2014 - PIke Fold won the inaugural Alliance Seniors’ Team Championship after beating Lymm by 3.5-1.5 at Hopwood Cottage..
The better-ball match-play format of five pairs per side proved to very popular with 59 clubs which entered.
Pike Fold and Lymm had battled their way through five rounds to reach the final and were delighted to reach this stage and play on such a high-quality course.
Manchester past captain Ken Stafford, who suggested the competition, was on hand to present the trophies to each team and along with Alliance officials was delighted to say that his club would host the final in the coming years.
3 August 2014 - The Alliance fixtures for 2014-2015 can be found on the fixtures page.
12 June 2014 - Entries are welcome for the fabulous Alliance pro-am at Villa Sol in the Algarve in January 2015. The event is keenly priced and full details can be found here.