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13th February 2019 - The Alliance began the second half of its busy winter season at a superbly presented Hart Common with a full and talented field and maintained the 100 per cent record of Alliance Captain Dave ‘Sunny’ Green (Dukinfield GC) of no postponements during his year of office.
The professional competitions were tight with the top individual pro spot shared by Olly Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Ollie Whiteley (Bramall Park) both on 40 points, one more than Andy Palmer (Chorley).
It was also close in the pro am section with three pairs locked on 44 points and getting the nod in the cpo as Stamford pro Mark Smith and his able Brookdale partner Darren Bidwell. They finished ahead of Scott Howarth and Peter Botterman (Davenport) and Olly Smith and his Werneth partner Bob Barrington.
There were clear winners in the am-am section with Charles Herbert (Styal) and Ross Birch (Northenden) repeating their victory at Mottram Hall posting 44 points. It left them two clear of Mike Fenton and Andy Hall (Chorlton) who won a cpo from Stamford duo James Woodcock and Martin Dwyer.
Many thanks to Dave Sweeney from Bank Top Brewery for his sponsorship of the event.

 

28th November 2018 - The Alliance concluded the first half of its busy winter programme at Wilpshire in testing weather. Wilpshire Golf Club were fine hosts and the players enjoyed their scenic course overlooking the Ribble Valley  but found high scores were hard to come by on a challenging course.
The star of the day was Davenport assistant pro Jamie Howarth who topped the individual pro section with 37 points ahead of Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) 36 and Ollie Pantoja (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Phil Archer (Poulton Park), both 37
Jamie had an excellent partner in Archie Palmer as they combined well to post 42 points and win the pro am section by a point from Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Ron Davies (Mere) who won a cpo from Craig Corrigan and Mark Riley (Leigh).
There were new names at the top of the am am section with Joe Donnelly (Harwood) and Paul Shwitzer (Turton) on top with 42 points from Bolton Old Links dup Dean Hibbert and Dave Marsh 40 and Chorley’s Dave Hemingway and Dave Shovelton 39.
Many thanks to Neil Self from Northern Golf for his sponsorship of the event.

 

21st November 2018 - Mottram Hall provided its usual excellent warm welcome for another full Manchester Alliance field and all enjoyed some excellent greens and fine off-course hospitality.
The weather although chilly was again fine and occasionally sunny and to be the inspiration for two former Mottram players in Styal’s Charles Herbert and Ross Birch (Northenden) who posted a huge 48-pointer the cruise to victory in the am am section ahead of  Tony Stiles and John Canny (Sale) who won a cpo on 44 points from Alex Sung and Matthew Tse (Leigh).
Ellesmere’s Anthony Millar topped the individual pro section with 39 points, one more than Graham Cox (Lymm) and Ollie Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey with Chorley’s Andy Palmer taking the assistant pro prize with 37.
Grant Hamerton and Steve Horner (Pike Fold) were top of the pro am section with 44 points ahead of Davenport’s Jamie Goodhall and Cheshire Junior star Archie Palmer who won a cpo on 43 points from Tom Hollingsworth (Bramall Park and Chris Priestley (Macclesfield).

 

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 another 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.

 

31st October 2018 - The latest Alliance fixture at High Legh Park was again blessed by excellent weather and a well conditioned course, backed by great off-course hospitality.
It was close in all sections with former European Tour stars Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Phil Archer (Poulton Park), who has again be selected for the PGA GB and I team to take on the USA in Greece, tied on 39 points, two more than Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham). O.Neill was delighted to take top spot in the pro am section partnering Stamford’s Steve Moores to 45 points, one more than consistent Craig Corrigan and Mark Riley (Leigh) who won a cpo from Grant Hamerton and Matt Robertson and Martyn Hamer and Robert Dolan (Davyhulme Park).
There were five pairs on a logjam on 40 points in the am am section. Getting the nod for top spot were Stamford stars Dan Fox and Steve Finan from Mike Fenton and Andy Hall (Chorlton) and Alliance officials Ian Hales (Ringway) and Vinny Doyle (Leigh).
Alliance President John Dowd thanked High Legh Park Captain Trevor Pathak for the top class staging of the competition. Many thanks were extended to Jonathan Gallagher from Wilson Staff for his sponsorship of the event.

 

24th October 2018 - The latest Alliance fixture was again blessed with excellent weather, and a full field enjoyed the revamped Styal course that was in great condition.
It was tight in the individual pro section with Chorley pro Mark Bradley, enjoying a rare win with great pleasure and delight, leading in with 39 points, one more than Phil Archer (Poulton Park) and Craig Corrigan. Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill also posted 38 points to win the assistant pro’s prize.
It was also tight in the pro am section with the Leigh family duo of Sean and Mark Blinkhorn winning a cpo on 44 points from Ryan O’Neill and Martin Packingham (Wigan), one more than Craig Corrigan and Chris Ireland (Lymm).
Stamford’s Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave were clear winners of the am am section with 44 points ahead of Mike Fenton and Andy Hall (Chorlton) 42 and home duo Harry Reid and Paul Jones 41.
The prizes were sponsored and presented by Styal member Alan Bullock of Bullocks Coaches who has been a staunch supporter of Alliance events.

 

17th October 2018 - There was a full field with a waiting list for the Alliance’s Four Man Team competition staged at the scenic and excellent Helsby Golf Club.
It proved to be a great day for Davyhulme Park professional Martyn Hamer who pulled off a great double win.
He posted a superb seven-under par round of 43 points to waltz to victory in the professional individual section, four clear of Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Mark Hancock (Stand).
Then in a close finish in the Team event with Martyn getting great support from his club team of Paul Clutterbuck, Derrick Page and Charlie Ward to edge home with 91 points.
It left them one clear of Swinton Park Golf and Country Club’s team of Ben and Steve Chambers, Jimmy O’Reilly and Peter O’Neill who won a cpo from the team of Ryan O’Neill. M Packingham, Steve Moores and Phil Aitken.

 

10th October 2018 - The Hancock Trophy has been played for by Mixed Pairs in the Alliance for many years at the fine venue of Sale Golf Club.
The players enjoyed fantastic weather and a challenging and pristine course that tested them all to the full.
Ollie Whiteley (Bramall Park) enjoyed a good day as he won the individual pro prize with 38 points ahead of Mark Smith (Stamford) 35 and Andy Green (Dunscar), Tom Clancy (Cheadle) and  Liam Burgess (Bramall Park) all 30.
Ollie also partnered Michelle Pretty to top spot in the pro am section with 40 points ahead of Mark Smith and Jo Akers (Stamford) 39 and Tim and Suzy Maxwell (Knutsford 37.
The score of 40 points was matched in the am am section by Reddish Vale manager Dave Sanders and Julia Ann Addinall ahead of Denis and Sam Durnian (Chorley) who won a cpo on 37 points from Swinton Park’s Jimmy O’Reilly and Fran Jewkes.
The destiny of the Hancock Trophy saw a cpo go in favour of the Reddish Vale duo who were able to take the trophy back to their club for the first time in over 40 years.

Many thanks to John Davies from Urmston Service Station for his sponsorship of the event.

 

7th October 2018 - Lowes Park Golf Club were their usual excellent hosts as they staged the final of the BMW rJunior 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.

 

3rd October 2018 - The switch of the latest Alliance fixture to Bolton Old Links Golf Club proved to be a great success as a full field of players enjoyed a challenging course in pristine condition with terrific greens.
There was a close contest in the individual pro section with Phil Archer sharing top spot with Scott Howarth (Davenport) with 39 points ahead of Sean Blinkhorn (Leigh) 38 and Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 37.
Former Alliance Captain Mark Smith, the professional at Stamford Golf Club, got terrific support from his young partner Josh Ainscough as they amassed a huge haul of 47 points to finish well clear of Sean Blinkhorn and his Leigh partner Dan Crook 44 and Ollie Pantoja (Ashton-on-Mersey) and his partner Stephen Hazlitt, the home club Captain 41.
The top am am pair were Brett Collier and Ian Redmayne (Prestwich)  with 44 points, three more than Alan Schofield and Steve Jackson (Bolton Old Links) who won a cpo from another home pair Dean Hibbert and Jim O’Gara.

 

30th September 2018 - Houldsworth Golf Club were excellent hosts as they staged the final of one of the top Inter aClub 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.

 

26th September 2018 - The latest Alliance fixture saw a full field enjoy beautiful weather and a Leigh course in great condition to inspire some good scoring.
The star of the day was Craig Corrigan who kept up his recent run of hot form with a fine double success. He topped the individual professional contest posting 40 points to finish two ahead of Phil Archer (Poulton Park), Martyn Hamer (Davyhulme Park) and Andy Palmer (Chorley) who won the assistant pro prize.
Craig Corrigan completed his second double of the season as he found an excellent partner in home star Mark Riley who took them to 47 points to cruise to victory in the pro am section.They finished five points clear of Mark Pearson and Chris Harding (Prestwich) with Tim and Simon Maxwell (Knutsford) winning third spot after a cpo on 41 points from Phil Archer and Dave Morris (Poulton Park), Martyn Hamer and Doug Craig (Davyhulme Park) and Scott Howarth and Peter Botteman (Davenport).
Home players dominated the am am section led by Stuart Lennon and Chris Harrison with 44 points.  A cpo on 42 points saw the Leigh monopoly broken by Stamford duo Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave who edged out Leigh’s Vinny Doyle and Ian Ainscough.
Thanks were extended to Leigh for being Leigh for being excellent hosts.

 

23rd September 2018 -The Archie Preston Trophy, a team competition for Mixed Foursomes has been one of the Manchester 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 weeks 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 Andy Bibbyby 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 lost the last hole to half his match with 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 Team 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.

8th September 2018 - The Alliance teed off its new winter season in idyllic conditions at Romiley Golf Club to the delight of the new Alliance Captain Dave Green the Dukinfield Golf Club professional with the coveted Robert Wax Trophy at stake.
The superb weather and well conditioned course inspired a full field of players to produce a string of hot scores.
But undoubtedly the star of the day was Alliance stalwart Craig Corrigan who posted a scorching round of 47 points to romp to victory in the individual pro section and finish well clear of Alistair Waddell (Chorlton) 40 and Jamie Howarth (Davenport) and Mark Hancock (Stand), both 38.
Craig’s huge points haul could be a record score for the Alliance and their archivists are scouring their records to see if he has set a new mark.
Craig also topped the pro am section partnering Mark Riley (Leigh) to 49 points ahead of Andy Palmer and Gary Wood (Chorley) who won a cpo on 45 from Jamie Howarth and Mike Lamb (Bramhall).
Andy Palmer and Gary Wood were the winners of the Robert Wax Trophy as the players with the highest score on the day have to be from the same golf club and they were presented with the trophy by Alliance President John Dowd.
There were also convincing winners in the am am section with sponsor Paul Dalby’s guests Phil Vokes (Wilmslow) and Chris Cyprus (Didsbury) cruising to victory with 46 points, four more than Mark Window (Styal) and Gary Boott (Denton) who won a cpo from John Kilner and Terry O’Mara (Ellesmere).

8 April 2018 - Ashton-on-Mersey Golf Club were again excellent host for the Alliance Match Play finals day for professionals and Assistant professionals as all of the players enjoyed some excellent greens after the recent weather traumas.
In the morning semi-finals Styal Golf Club assistant professional Alistair Waddell, the holder of the main professionals’ trophy, beat Ben Thompson (Hazel Grove) by 5/4 to make the assistant’s final to take on home player Olly Smith who accounted for Davyhulme Park assistant Mike Lane by one up.
In the main event there were two titanic semi-finals that saw Stand assistant pro Rob Batchelor come out on top to beat Chorley assistant pro Andy Palmer on the 22nd hole. The other semi went to the 20th hole before the 2016 champion Phil Archer (Poulton Park) accounted for Swinton Park Golf and Country Club professional Dave Smith.
Two more close finals followed this drama with Phil Archer regaining the professional trophy with a 2/1 win over Rob Batchelor.
It went to the wire of the 18th hole in the assistant’s final with Alistair Waddell beating Olly Smith by one hole.
Many thanks to Ian Singleton from IDS Golf for his sponsorship of the event.

 

 

21 March 2018 - There was a superb turnout of 28 teams who enjoyed the Four Man Team Stableford at Bolton Old Links on one of the highest courses in the region.
On a day that became increasingly chilly the players enjoyed the challenges of a fine course and as usual there was a close battle for the day’s prizes.
With Professional Order of Merit leader Craig Corrigan not in action it gave his rivals a chance to close the gap on his significant lead in the individual pro section which was led inIn the individual professional section Hart Common’s Steve Parry led the way with a fine haul of 40 points taking him home from Mark Hancock (Stand) 38 and Phil Archer (Birchwood) and Ryan O’Neil (Penwortham), both 37.
There was a tight contest for the top team prizes and Marple’s Gary Brown, Chris Marshall (New Mills), Richard Blackwell (Mottram Hall) and Gary Smith (Brookdale) posting 85 points to edge out the home team of Brian Carroll, Mick Wallace, Alan Schofield and Steve Jackson, who used their local knowledge to good effect, by a point.
The Old Links won a cpo from Phil Archer’s team of Dave Morris, Alan Mannion and Mark Pasquill.
Many thanks to Mark Gregory from M-Pire Golf for his sponsorship of the event

14 March 2018 - The Alliance players were relieved to resume their winter programme after the recent mass of cancellations at the splendid venue of Vale Royal Abbey in the scenic heart of Cheshire.
Despite more rainfall prior to the competition they were given a superbly presented course which brought a string of good scores from the full field.
Alliance regular Craig Corrigan certainly enjoyed the day as he led in the individual pro section with 39 points, two more than Mark Hancock (Stand) and Phil Archer (Birchwood) to increase his lead in the professional Order of Merit.
And he made it a double as he also won the pro am section, partnered by Chris Seabrook (Haigh Hall), with 43 points. This was one more than Alex Pritchard and Chris Cartwright (Poulton Park), Dave Green and Gary Beresford (Dukinfield) and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Vinny Doyle (Leigh).
The top score of the day came in the am am section from Norman Haslam (Stand) and Steve Grimley (Walmersley) with 44 points taking them clear of Mobi Rawthore and Neil Griffiths (Sale) 43 and Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave (Stamford) 41.

21 February 2018 -The  Alliance had a full field with plenty of smiles from the players as they were at last able to 2enjoy a sunny day on a well-prepared course at Stand Golf Club that lent itself to some hot scoring in the competition sponsored by Bob Kelly of Kildare Building Services.
It was close in the battle for the top individual pro slot with Stand assistant professional  Rob Batchelor using his local knowledge to good effect as he tied with Penwortham Golf Club’s Ryan O’Neill on 40 points, one more than Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Andy Palmer (Chorley).
It also needed a cpo on 45 points in the pro am section with Davyhulme Park father and son duo Chris and Mike Lane seeing off Andy Palmer and Keith Ashton (Bolton).
Next in on 44 were Ryan O’Neill and Steve Moores (Stamford )who won a cpo from Tim Maxwell and his Sale partner Mobi Rawthore.
Home duo Andre McCreedy and Gary Jacques were runaway winners in the am am section with 46 points leaving them well clear of Peter McManus (Chorlton) and Alliance secretary Ian Hales (Ringway), making a welcome return from his knee operation, 43 points one more than another home pairing of Denis Welsby and Simon Naylor.

31 January 2018 - Boysnope Park Golf Club hosted its first-ever Alliance competition and despite some atrocious weather, which closed many other courses in the area, it provided a good course and a very friendly welcome.
The enduring class of Craig Corrigan dominated the competition as he extended his lead over Phil Archer (Birchwood) in the professional Order of Merit with a fine double victory.
Craig posted 40 points in the individual pro section to lead in from Phil Archer 39 and Hazel Grove assistant pro Ben Thompson 36.
He then teamed up with regular partner Phil Cooney (Dean Wood) to top the pro am section with 43 points from Phil Archer and his Poulton Park partner Phil Locket 42 and Alan Crompton and Chris Seabrook (Haigh Hall) who won a cpo on 40 from Kieron Gaskell and Ben Stokes (Westhoughton).
Local knowledge paid off in the am am section as Boysnope Park Captain Adrian Hodges and his Davyhulme Park partner Andy Greig won a cpo on 41 points from Ian Farthing and Steve King (Malkins Bank) with John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Mark Gauci (Chorlton) completing the prize list.

-22 November 2017 - With many courses in the local area closed and with horrible weather before the competition the Manchester Alliance officials and players were surprised and delighted as Mottram Hall provided them with an excellent and challenging course for another full Alliance field in their final competition before the mid-winter break.
Chorley assistant professional Andy Palmer, just a few days before his wedding, shot a fine one-under-par 37 points to win the individual professional section from Garnt Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Kieron Gaskell (Westhoughton), both 36.
The top assistant pro with 34 points was Jamie Howarth of Davenport.
Graham Cox from Lymm partnered Davenport’s Chris Bamford to victory in the pro-am with a fine haul of 42 points from Ben Stanier (Wilmslow) and Chris Turner (Tytherington) 41 and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Vinny Doyle (Leigh) who won a cpo on 40 points from Alistair Waddell (Styal) and in-form Gary Brown (Marple) and their amateur partners.
Top of the am am section were the formidable duo of Lee Warren (Northenden) and Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) with 42 points from Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) and Dave Smith (Ellesmere) who won a cpo on 40 from John Kilner and Duncan Bullough (Ellesmere).
Many thanks to Lewis Nunn for Ground Level for his sponsorship of the event.

15 November 2017 - Warrington Golf Club deservedly has great pride in its course and it was enjoyed by another full Alliance field who enjoyed good underfoot conditions and excellent fairway and green surfaces.
Craig Corrigan posted an impressive 40 points to win the individual pro section by a point from Ollie Pantoja, (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Hazel Grove assistant pro Ben Thompson.The top assistant pro was Stand’s Rob Batchelor with 36 points.
Gary Brown (Marple) was a delighted winner of the pro am section as he partnered Richard Blackwell (Mottram Hall) to 44 points to win a cpo from Ben Thompson and his Hazel Grove partner Ian Walters. Third spot went to Chorley assistant pro Andy Palmer and his Bolton partner Keith Ashton who won a cpo on 43 points from Andrew Baguley, Phil Archer (Birchwood) and Alistair Waddell (Styal).
In the am-am section the familiar names of Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) and Dave Smith (Ellesmere) led in with 42 points from Norman Haslam (Stand) and Charlie Rodgers (Pike Fold) 41 and Leigh’s duo of Vinny Doyle and Mark Pasquill getting third on a cpo with 40.
Many thanks to Anton Johnson from Johnsons Hairdressing for his sponsorship of the event.

8 November 2017 - Haydock Park Golf Club were great hosts as they provided some great greens for a full Alliance field. As with most courses Haydock had suffered with more heavy rain in the days prior to the competition but all players enjoyed the course and again produced a string of good scores.
Sponsor Dave Sweeney and his Dunscar Golf Club partner Bill Newsome set a hot pace as they posted 46 points in the am am section but were overtaken at the death by the previous week’s winners Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave (Stamford GC) on a cpo. Next in on 45 points were Haydock Captain Cliff Anderson and Lester Lowe.
Leading the way in the professional ranks was reigning Alliance Order of Merit champion Phil Archer (Birchwood GC) who tied with Craig Corrigan in the individual pro section. They both posted 40 points to finish two clear of Rob Batchelor (Stand), Tim Maxwell (Knutsford), Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Colin Moroney.
Archer made it a double as he found a great amateur partner in Matt Harding (Dunham Forest) to cruise to top spot in the pro am section with 47 points. It left them four clear of Ben Thompson (Hazel Grove) and Paul Wilson (Wychwood Park) and in a battle between seven pairs on 42 points the cpo went in favour of Mark Pearson and Chris Harding (Prestwich GC).
Many thanks to Dave Sweeney from Bank Top Brewery for his sponsorship of the event.

18 October 2017 - The  Alliance Team of Four Stableford at Helsby Golf Club had a fantastic full field of 29 teams aenjoying a superbly prepared and challenging course as it made its Alliance Winter season debut.
Also making his debut was Ryan O’Neill, the assistant professional at Penwortham Golf Club, who recently joined the Alliance. Ryan was top man in  the individual pro section with 38 points ahead of Andrew Terry (Whitefield) making a welcome return from injury, 37 and home club assistant pro Anthony Dempsey 35.
Ryan made it a debut double as he led in the sponsors’ team of Steve ‘Majestic’ Moores (Stamford), Phil Aitken (Fairfield) and Martin Dwyer (Stamford) to a winning score of 85 points in the team section.
They beat Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park), Dave Hemingway (Chorley), Lee Warren (Northenden) and Dave Smith (Ellesmere) on a cpo with Saddleworth’s team of Andy Earlam, Neil Bamford, Dave Pullen and Dean Jagger in third spot with 82 points.
Many thanks to Steve Moores from Majestic Coffee for the sponsorship of the event.

 

11 October 2017 - Sale Golf Club survived some dreadful weather to allow a full Alliance Mixed Pairs field to play for the Hancock Trophy.
Taking top honours in the BB Stableford were pro am winners Andy Palmer, the assistant professional at Chorley Golf Club, and his Chorley partner Steph Patterson who posted an excellent score of 42 points on a testing day to take back the Hancock Trophy to their club.
They saw off a strong challenge by Westhoughton’s Kieron Gaskell and Lynn Phillips who won a cpo on 41 points from Ollie Whiteley and Michelle Pretty (Bramall Park).
The home pair of Mobi Rawthore and Fiona Flanagan also won a count-back on 39 points to top the am am section from Worsley’s Alan Hooper and Pat Jackson with another top Chorley duo of Denis and Sam Durnian next in with 38.
The competition was sponsored by Alliance Captain John Davies, a member at Sale Golf Club, who gave deserved thanks to all at Sale for providing a great course in difficult circumstances and a very friendly welcome to all of the players and Alliance officials.

 

 

4 October 2017 - Wigan Golf Club provided a challenging and scenic course for a full Alliance field which saw the return of several top stars to Alliance action.
Leading the way was Birchwood’s Phil Archer in his first Alliance event of the season.
Phil has been involved in some high profile golf in recent weeks and played a leading role in the GB and I PGA success over the USA.
Last season Phil won the Alliance’s Professional Order of Merit and he showed that he intends to retain the title as he topped the individual pro section with his 40-pointer taking him clear of Kieron Gaskell (Westhoughton) 38 and Dave Smith (Swinton Park) 37.
Phil made it a double as he partnered Leigh’s Mark Pasquill to top spot to 45 points in the pro am section ahead of Bramall Park’s Craig Daggitt and Ken Thomson 44 and Adam Hodkinson (Chorlton) and Richard Branton (Northenden) 43.
It was a family affair in the am am section as John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) partnered David Aikenhead (Blackley) to top spot with a good haul of 43 points taking them ahead of Vinny Doyle (Leigh)  and Reece Cranfield (Wigan) who won a cpo on 41 points from the winning  pair’s playing colleagues Mark Gauci (Chorlton) and John Russell (Sale).
Many thanks to Derek Harvey from Marriott Worsley park for his generous sponsorship of the event.

1 October 2017 - Blackley Golf Club were excellent hosts for the City Glass Men’s Foursomes final between Houldsworth and Birchwood Golf Clubs.
The fine drainage of the Blackley course after heavy overnight rain on top of plenty of downpours on previous days plus sterling work done by Blackley voluntary helpers kept the greens clear and in good condition for the finalists to enjoy.
It is a great feat and distinction for the two clubs to reach the final from an original entry of 92 clubs with a long trek to finals day beginning in early Spring.
On the day Houldsworth always held the upper hand as they dominated throughout and maintained an early lead to sweep to their first-ever victory in the competition.
Paul Stelfox and Richard Hackney opened their account with a win on the 18th over Ian Clough and Peter McElkerny which was followed by further success from Peter Burgess and Paul Stafford by 3/1, Steve Henderson and Steve Harding 6/5 before victory was clinched on the 18th by Barry McConnell and Chris Fawley over Peter Abbott and Bob Kingswood.
John Dorsi and David Raynor put the icing on the Houldsworth cake with a 3/2 win over Colin Berry and Lee Pritchard.
Deserved consolation points for Birchwood came from Jerry Salmon and Steve Broome with a two up win over Steve Richardson and Steve McCann and a half between John Fitzsimons and Simon Wilkinson and Houldsworth’s Graham Bardsley and Dave Michaels giving Houldsworth victory by 5.5-1.5.
The trophies were presented to both teams by Alliance Vice President Ian Brooks who along with both teams thanked Blackley for their excellent hosting of the competition.

27 September 2017 - Most of the Alliance’s top professionals returned to action in a full field and leading the eindividual professional section was Ringway’s David Brunton with 38 points ahead of Anthony Millar (Ellesmere) 37 and Adam Hodkinson (Chorlton), Dave Green (Dukinfield) and Andy Palmer (Chorley) all 36 with Palmer picking up the top assistant pro prize.He also led his Bolton partner Keith Ashton to top spot in the pro-am section with 42 points taking them one clear of Martin Longshaw (Haigh Hall) and Daniel Moore (Haydock Park) who won a cpo from Knutsford’s Tim and Simon Maxwell.
It also needed a cpo on 43 points in the am am section to see Ashton-on-Mersey’s Steve McDermott and Paul King take top spot from home pair Mark Riley and Dan Crook with another Leigh duo Vinny Doyle and Dave Tonge getting  third spot on a four-way cpo with 41.


Many thanks to Dave Rowlands from JR Taxis for his generous sponsorship of the event.

 

24 September 2017 - The Archie Preston  Mixed Foursomes club knock out has been one of the Alliance’s most dpopular competitions since it began in 1991. Once more there was a big entry of 90 clubs battling to reach finals day at Sale Golf Club, who were the winners in 2016.
Sale provided a terrific course, superb weather and great hospitality for Tytherington and Shaw Hill Golf Clubs who responded by providing what was probably the most dramatic and exiting final in the past 25 years of the competition.
Shaw Hill, who have reached the semi-finals on three previous occasions, saw their final path begin in March at Davenport and further wins against Davyhulme Park, Turton, Pleasington, Haydock Park and Breightmet got them through to their first-ever final against previous winners Tytherington who were runners-up in 2016.
It was nip and tuck throughout an absorbing match with the lead changing hands and both teams played some great golf in excellent spirit.
Shaw Hill’s Captain Phil Jervis and Lady Captain Alison Davidson set the example for their team as they opened their account with a 2/1 win over Tytherington counterparts Carole Ryder and Greg Adams..
Tytherington then struck back with wins from Alex Weare and Caron Corden and Sam Burton and Sara Gilmore.
Shaw Hill drew level through Mark Pallett and Ruth Harrison and then took the lead with a 5/4 win for Simon and Lesley Penketh.
So it was down to the final two matches which both ended level on the 18th hole to set up a sudden death finish  and Tytherington drew level with a win on the 19th for Ian Mathers and Janet Ions.
So all eyes were on the final match which saw Hillary Powell pull of an amazing miracle chip shot  on the 19th to keep the scores level and then the dynamic Shaw Hill duo, with a stroke advantage on the 20th hole, played text book golf to secure the trophy for their ecstatic team and supporters including their President Bill who had supported them throughout the competition.Leigh Golf Club provided a course in stunning condition enjoyed by a full field despite steady rain in the final hour of play.

 

22 September 2017 - Manchester Golf Club were again great hosts as they staged the third final of the Alliance’s bSeniors Team Knock Out providing a great course, which had recently staged the England Open U14 Boys Championship.The competition has grown year on year since its inception in 2015 and there were 80 clubs taking part in this season’s competition which featured five pairs per side in the match-play format.
Two proud teams, making their first final appearance, came to represent Ashton-under-Lyne and Shaw Hill and making an early impact with a 6/5 win were Ashton’s Mo Akram and Alan Clegg over Graham Whittle and Rupert Davies.
Following this example were John Jenkinson and Tony Millar by 2/1 over Roger Bentley and Steve Parke and Martin Easthorpe and Noman Seabright by 3/2 over Terry Dewhurst and Dave Caunce to secure the trophy for Ashton. Shaw Hill’s John Holt and Alan Smith gained a consolation point with a 2/1 win over Roger Lomas and Jeff Hindle and the last match out was a draw between John Dawber and Peter Haq (Ashton) and Tony Aspinall and NigeL Deane (Shaw Hill)
Alliance President John Dowd congratulated both teams on reaching this stage and playing the final in a great spirit and also thanked Manchester Captain Graham Hollister for his club’s excellent staging of the final.

 

20 September 2017 - Didsbury Golf Club were hosts for the latest Alliance meeting which saw the Bert Thompson Trophy as the main feature of the competition. Bert was a legend in the Alliance being secretary for many years and his club Didsbury Golf Club agreed to host the competition each year in the memory of their former Captain.
The trophy was won in convincing style by Ashton-on-Mersey assistant pro Ollie Smith and his club amateur Steve McDermott as they racked up 44 points. Next in the pro am with 42 points were Styal duo Alistair Waddell and Charles Herbert, one more than Swinton Park’s Ben Chambers and Max Baxendale.
Waddell was the leading individual professional with 39 points from Ollie Smith 37 and Nick Holmes (Bury) 36.
The top am am pair were Ellesmere’s John Kilner and Tony O’Mara with 41 points taking them three clear of Swinton Park’s Marcus Corfield and Dave Smith who won a cpo from Alliance legend Denis Durnian from Chorley and his Blackley partner Keith Liddle.

 

16 September 2017 - The Dunham Forest Trophy finals day is one of the top highlights of the Alliance’s season with the lasta four teams, who have won through from an entry of nearly 100 clubs, enjoying a great day of golf at the traditional and magnificent venue of Dunham Forest Golf Club.


The morning semi-finals saw Manchester Golf Club, winners of the Dunham Forest Trophy in 2011 and 1996 take on Reddish Vale GC, enjoying their first finals day for 40 years. Manchester won three of the first four matches with Andy Allen, Andy Westwell and Aiden Hoosen with Vale replying through Vaughan Stott.With professional Paul Woodcock winning a walkover, due to Vale’s Andrew Myers suffering from injury, Manchester eased their way into the final with Ryan Jackson earning a consolation point for Vale.
It was much closer in the other game – a local derby between Bolton Old Links and Harwood- as wins for Michael Tunstall and James Whitworth for Links were matched by Steve Hunt and Joe Donnelly for Harwood. It was still locked at 3-3 as Anthony Stirling won one up for Harwood and Links professional Sean Owen levelled with a 3-2 success over Dale Affleck. The crucial win for Links came from Nick Jackson who beat Martin Durham on the 20th to give them high hopes of repeating their last win in the competition since 1975.


The final was nip and tuck for most of the day before Manchester put on a late surge to triumph by 4.5- 2.5 with wins from Andy Allen, Aiden Hoosten, Graeme Jackson and Roger Smithies with Keith Irwin halving his match with James Whitworth. Picking up the points for Links were Karl Bowker and Sean Owen.
All four teams can be very proud of reaching finals day in one of the biggest knock out competitions in the country and playing some superb golf with birdies and eagles coming at very regular intervals.