McManus wins Balfour Cup with last hole birdie

PETER McManus, a seven handicap member of Chorlton, carded a nett 71 to win the iconic Balfour Cup at Swinton Park.


TOP MAN: Peter McManus with the Balfour Cup

And, a week before his 63rd birthday, he is believed to be the oldest winner of the competition which dates from 1897. It’s run annual by the Balfour and Houldsworth Committee for members of clubs within a  25 miles radius from Manchester Town Hall.

McManus took  Chorlton’s total to five victories in the competition, joining Steve Scragg, Stuart Faulkner, Mark Aspinall and Steven Brown.

He said: “Conditions were very tough with the strong winds and I went out in 44 shots but then caught fire on the back nine finishing in 34 with a birdie four on the 18th to complete a memorable round.”

Runner-up a shot off the pace was Worsley’s Ray Crozier and on 73 were Simon Suddons (Fairfield), Steven Forrester (Heaton Park) and Tom Wright (Worsley).

Gross score winners Gary Spann (Stand) and Allan Bowerbank (Worsley) on 70.


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