It’s a family affair for Chorley trio

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KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: The Durnians with the White Cup

CHORLTON Golf Club, one of the oldest and most historic clubhouses in the country, added new chapter to its chequered  history as it staged the Manchester Alliance’s Mixed Pairs competition for the White Cup.

The defending champions were Chorley’s Denis and Sam Durnian who had won the coveted trophy, which has been played for at Chorlton for many years, three times.

The Durnians did not retain the trophy but they were delighted to see their 12-year-old daughter Holly combine with Chorley’s assistant professional Andy Palmer to post a stunning 48 points to leave a quality field trailing in their wake.

Holly, a student at Bolton School, has a great mentor in her proud father who is a PGA Seniors legend, and he has seen her golfing skills explode during the winter months.

Andy Palmer, himself no stranger to success in the Alliance, was the first to admit that Holly was the main contributor to their fantastic winning score which is a new record in the competition since it changed to better ball stableford a few seasons ago.

Holly set another record by becoming the youngest player to win the competition and also succeed her parents in winning the White Cup.

Next in the pro-am section were Hazel Grove’s James Rowlands and Lady Captain Margaret Farrell with 41 points, one more than Lymm’s Graham Cox and Lottie Makin.

Graham Cox was the top individual professional with 38 points, two more than James Rowlands, Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Craig Daggitt (Bramall Park).

In the am am , former Chorlton stars Brian and Chris Kelly (Bramhall) were first past the post with 40 points one more than Chorlton captain Mike Lynch and Muriel Walton who won a card play-off from Swinton Park’s  Jimmy O’Reilly and Margaret Redford.

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