Archive for the ‘Manchester Alliance’ Category

Palmer hands himself a wedding present

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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.

 

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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!

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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

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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.

Chorley duo weather the storm at Sale

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WEATHER BEATERS: Alliance captain John Davies, a Sale member, congratulates Chorley’s Andy Palmer and Stephanie Patterson

CHORLEY assistant professional Andy Palmer and clubmate Stephanie Patterson defied the elements to win the Manchester Alliance Mixed Pairs Hancock Trophy at Sale.

They racked up 42 points in the better-ball stableford to prevail by one from Westhoughton duo Kieron Gaskell and Lynn Phillips who edged out Bramall Park’s Ollie Whiteley and Michelle Pretty on countback.

Home pair of Mobi Rawthore and Fiona Flanagan also won a 39-points countback in the am-am from Worsley’s Alan Hooper and Pat Jackson with another top Chorley duo of Denis and Sam Durnian who posted 38 points.