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.
15th April 2015 The Marriott Worsley Park
The marriott Worsley Park was in excellent condition for the visit of the Alliance. The greens in particular were in excellent condition and were a credit to the greenstaff who had worked hard to present the course in such fine condition.
Light rain at the start soon gave way to fine but overcast conditions. In the Professionals competition Stockports Danny Wardrop and Chorleys Andy Palmer both scored excellent four under par 40 points to share the spoils with David Brunton from Ringway with an excellent round of 38 points coming in behind them. Andy Palmer had clearly shaken off not only the disappointment of losing in the final of the scratch knockout at Ashton on Mersey Golf Club on Sunday to Graham Cox of Davenport but also losing his car keys after the final and then driving home to find that he had left his golf clubs outside the pros chop and having to drive back for them !. It is great to see 'bouncebackability' in a golf professional.
In the Pro/Am Danny and Mike Wardrop (Stockport and Didsbury) teamed up to win with a very impressive 44 points narrowly beating Andy Palmer and Keith Ashton (Chorley and Horwich) into second place with 43 points .In 3rd place was Olly Pantoja of Dunham Forest and Steve McDermott of Ashton on Mersey with 41 points. There were a number of pairs on 40 points with Nick Holmes of Tytherington and Tom Lindley of Ellememere edging in front on a card play off followed by Mark Smith (Stamford) and Damien Travers from Denton also on 40 points.
In the Am/Am Dale Mc Andrew and Aaron Dennis of Ellesmere Park were clear winners with a fantastic score of 43 points which was well clear of Lee Warren (Altrincham) and Dave Hemmingway (Chorley) who nevertheless came in with an excellent 38 points just in front on a card play off of the Sponsor Bob Bardsley and his partner Steve Hamer.
There were a plethora of pairs on 37 points but these were headed on a card play off by Andy Vaughan and Joe Obsuke of Davyhulme Park followed by the 'always in the mix' Terry Gilbert and Phil Prince of Altrincham.
Our thanks go to Worsley Marriott Park Golf Club for their excellent hospitality on the day and also to the sponsors of the day - Bob Bardsley of 'Footjoy' and we look forward to their continued sponsorship of the event nex year.
The Alliance roadshow moves on next Wednesday to Hazel Grove Golf Club where there are still a few vacancies..
12 March 2015 -Birchwood Golf Club provided an excellent test for another full and talented Alliance with its well conditioned course playing its full length with excellent greens.
Points were at a premium for many players but as always some come through with flying colours and Hart Common’s Steve Parry posted an excellent 39 points in the individual pro section to finish ahead of Danny Wardrop from Stockport on 37 and Hale’s Richard Booth with 34.
It was close in the pro am section with Chorley’s Andy Palmer and his Horwich partner Kevin Ashton winning a card play-off on 41 points from Steve Parry and Maclom Wells from Northenden with Hale’s Richard Booth and Chris Hinton a point off the pace.
The top score of the day came in the am-am section as regular prize winners Lee Warren from Altrincham) and Chorley’s Dave Hemingway carried on their great form as they posted a fabulous 45 points to lead in from Chris Harding and Keith Dingley from Stand on40 and Bolton Old Links regulars Kevin Shea and Jim Cunliffe with 39.
Many thanks to Neil Self from Northern Golf for his sponsorship of the event.
5 March 2015 - Craig Corrigan showed his intent in the Alliance fixture at Crompton and Royton as he took top spot in the individual pro section with 38 points to close the gap on Order of Merit leader Danny Wardrop from Stockport.
Corrigan had to settle for the runners-up slot in the pro am section with his Wigan partner Alan Ainscough as they lost a card play-off on 43 points to the Ashton-on-Mersey duo Kris Andrews and Chris Buckley.
They finished three ahead of three pairs on 40 points led in by home assistant pro Jordan Flint and Paul Hopkinson, Tony Cuppello from Pike Fold and Wychwood Park’s Paul Wilson and Davenport’s Tony Stevens and Will Bell.
Altrincham’s Lee Warren and Dave Hemmingway from Chorley kept up their consistent form in the am-am section posting 43 points to finish ahead of Charles Herbert from Styal and Sales’s Mark Marshall (Sale) 41 and Altrincham powerhouses Terry Gilbert and Phil Prince 40.
Many thanks to Steve Moores from Majestic Coffee for his sponsorship of the event
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.
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.