Archive for the ‘Manchester Alliance’ Category

Corrigan puts on a royal performance


TOP OF THE SHOTS: Craig Corrigan with Alliance president John Dowd (centre) and Haigh Hall’s Chris Seabrook 

CHILLI Dip teaching professional Craig Corrigan turned up the heat to win the Manchester Alliance fixture at Vale Royal Abbey.

He racked up 39 stableford points to fight off a challenge from Stand’s Mark Hancock and Birchwood’s Phil Archer to increase his lead in the order of merit.

And Corrigan, a regular winner on the PGA North circuit, completed a double by clinching the pro-am with Haigh Hall’s Chris Seabrook  with 43 points.

One off the pace were Alex Pritchard and Chris Cartwright (Poulton Park), Dave Green and Gary Beresford (Dukinfield) and Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and Vinny Doyle (Leigh).

Top score of the day was 44 points in the am-am by Norman Haslam (Stand) and Steve Grimley (Walmersley).


Batchelor boy makes home advantage count!

allistandamam.jpgAm winners Gary Jacques, John Davies (Alliance captain) and Andre McCreedy

HOST club assistant professional  Rob Batchelor (pictured below) capitalised on local knowledge as he tied with Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill on 40 points in the Manchester Alliance at Stand.

Runners-up were a shot back were Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Andy Palmer (Chorley).

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It needed a card play-off on 45 points in the pro-am section with DavyhulmePark father and son duo Chris and Mike Lane seeing off Palmer and Keith Ashton (Bolton).


Home duo Andre McCreedy and Gary Jacques were runaway winners in the am-am with 46 points, leaving them three clear of Peter McManus (Chorlton) and Alliance secretary Ian Hales (Ringway).



It’s a stroll in the park for Corrigan

CHILLI Dip Golf Academy coach Craig Corrigan racked up an impressive 40 points to win the first Manchester Alliance fixture at Boysnope Park.

And he also extended his lead over nearest rival Phil Archer in the professional order-of-merit, a shot ahead of his Birchwood rival, as Hazel Grove assistant Ben Thompson claimed third place with 36 points.

Corrigan teamed up with regular partner Phil Cooney from Dean Wood to top the pro-am to make it a double pay day.

Local knowledge paid off in the am-am as host club captain Adrian Hodges and his Davyhulme Park partner Andy Greig won on countback with 41 points.

Palmer hands himself a wedding present


SMILES: From left, Andy Palmer, John Dowd, Graham Cox and Chris Bamford

BRIDEGROOM-to-be Andy Palmer gave himself an extra wedding present when he topped the professional leaderboard in the Manchester Alliance at Mottram Hall with 37 points.

The Chorley assistant finished one clear of Lymm’s Graham Cox and Kieron Gaskell, from Westhoughton

Davenport’s Jamie Howarth was leading assistant with 34 points. And his club also featured in the pro-am prizes as former captain Chris Bamford partnered Cox, a former assistant at the club, hauled in 42 points.

Top of the am-am were Lee Warren (Northenden) and Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) with 42 points.


Corrigan leads the way at Warrington

CHILLI Dip Academy stalwart Craig Corrigan showed his class with an impressive 40 points to win the individual professional section in the Manchester Alliance at Warrington.

He prevailed by a point from Ashton-on-Mersey’s in-form Ollie Pantoja and Hazel Grove assistant pro Ben Thompson. Top assistant was Stand’s Rob Batchelor with 36 points.

Marple’s Gary Brown partnered Richard Blackwell (Mottram Hall) to success in the pro-am with 44, winning  on countback from Ben Thompson and his Hazel Grove partner Ian Walters.

Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) and Dave Smith (Ellesmere) took the am-am honours with 42 points from Norman Haslam (Stand) and Charlie Rodgers (Pike Fold) who were a shot adrift.

Archer hits double tops!


TOP SHOTS: Phil Archer, right, with partner Matt Harding (left) and sponsor Dave Sweeney (centre)

BIRCHWOOD ace and reigning Manchester Alliance Order of Merit winner shared the spoils with Chilli Dip Academy’s Craig Corrigan at Haydock Park with an impressive 40 points.

And former European Tour player and PGA Cup winner Archer made it a double in the pro-am as he an partner in Matt Harding (Dunham Forest) totted up 47 points, one ahead of the chasing pack.

Sponsor Dave Sweeney and his Dunscar partner Bill Newsome racked up 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) after a card play-off.

O’Neill’s winning debut in Manchester Alliance


WINNING SMILES: Ryan O’Neill (second right) and the  sponsors’ team 

PENWORTHAM assistant Ryan O’Neill made an impressive debut with the Manchester Alliance four-man stableford at Helsby when he topped the pro section with 38 points.

And he celebrated a double success as he guided the sponsors’ team of Steve  Moores (Stamford), Phil Aitken (Fairfield) and Martin Dwyer (Stamford) to 85 points.

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.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United ace  Ryan Giggs was a key player in Adam Hodkinson’s team.