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Millar is top pro in Alliance fixture at Mottram


PRIZE GUYS: From left, am-am winners Charles Herbert,  John Dowd (Manchester Alliance  president) and Ross Birch

ELLESMERE ace  Anthony Millar was leading professional with a haul of 39 points in the Manchester Alliance fixture at Mottram Hall.

One adrift of him was  win was Graham Cox (Lymm) and Ollie Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey) as Chorley’s Andy Palmer claimed the assistant’ prize with 37.

Grant Hamerton and Steve Horner (Pike Fold) headed the pro-am section with 44 points, one better than Davenport’s Jamie Goodhall and Cheshire junior Archie Palmer who won a card play-off from Tom Hollingsworth (Bramall Park)  and Chris Priestley (Macclesfield).

Mottram players Charles Herbert and Ross Birch (Northenden) racked up an impressive 48 points to clinch the  am-am.

Cox leads the way at Warrington

alliwarringtonpro.jpgTOP OF THE SHOTS: Graham Cox. Anton Johnson, Russ Johnson

LYMM assistant Graham Cox racked up 41 points in the Manchester Alliance at Warrington to finish one ahead of Poulton Park’s Phil Archer and Chorley’s Andy Palmer.

Cox was also in the mix in the pro-am, posting 43 points partnering home host club player Russ Johnson.

But the card play-off went in favour of Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Steve Moores (Stamford) and Archer and his Leigh partner Mark Pasquill.

The top assistant pro prize was taken by Jamie Howarth (Davenport) with 39 points.

Meanwhile, Stamford have been dominating the am-am in recent weeks and their tried and trusted duo of Dan Fox and Steve Finan did the business again with 43 points taking them clear of John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) and John Russell (Sale) 42 and Mike Jones and Archie Palmer (Davenport) 41.



Howarth’s in seventh heaven at Haydock Park


CENTRE PIECE: From left, Chorley duo Andy Bibby and Mark Bradley, Manchester Alliance president John Dowd and Davenport’s Jamie Howarth

MANCHESTER Alliance players dodged the showers at Haydock Park where Davenport assistant Jamie Howarth topped the table with an impressive seven-under-par haul of 43 points.

Lymm’s Graham Cox was one adrift as Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Phil Archer (Poulton Park) picked up valuable Order of Merit points as they posted 40 apiece.

Meanwhile, Chorley professional Mark Bradley and clubmate Andy Bibby won the pro-am with 47 points. Sale pair Tony Stiles and Tony Lowe topped the am-am with 45.

They’re all tied up in Manchester Alliance


EVERYONE A WINNER: Am-am and pro winners with High Legh Park captain  Dan Fox (left), Phil Archer, Trevor Pathak, Grant Hamerton, Steve Finan

THERE was a close call in the Manchester Alliance at High Legh Park as Pike Fold professional Grant Hamerton and Poulton Park’s Phil Archer, who has again be selected for the GB and I PGA team to take on the USA in Greece, tied on 39 points.

Two points back was  Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill who won the pro-am section partnering Stamford’s Steve to 45 points, one more than Craig Corrigan (Chilli Dip Academy) and Mark Riley (Leigh) who won a countback from Hamerton and Matt Robertson and Martyn Hamer and Robert Dolan (Davyhulme Park).

There were five pairs on 40 points in the am-am and taking top spot were Stamford players Dan Fox and Steve Finan from Mike Fenton.

Bradley on the mark at Styal

allistyalpro.jpgGREAT SHAKES: Mark Bradley is congratulated by Manchester Alliance captain David Green

CHORLEY professional Mark Bradley was top of the shots in the Manchester Alliance fixture at Styal.

He totted up 39 points to finish one ahead of Poulton Park’s Phil Archer and Chilli Dip Academy’s Craig Corrigan.

Penwortham’s Ryan O’Neill also posted 38 points to win the assistant pro’s prize. And it was  tight in the pro am section with the Leigh family duo of Sean and Mark Blinkhorn winning a card play-off on 44 points from O’Neill and Martin Packingham (Wigan), one more than Corrigan and Chris Ireland (Lymm).

Stamford’s Paul Traynor and Richard Margrave were clear winners of the am am section with 44 points


Hamer’s in seventh heaven

allihelsbyteam.jpgDAVYHULME Park professional Martyn Hamer completed a double during Manchester Alliance’s Four Man Team competition at Helsby.

He posted a superb seven-under-par round which equated to 43 points to clinch the individual section, four clear of Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham) and Mark Hancock (Stand).

Then in a close finish in the team event he was well support by Paul Clutterbuck, Derrick Page and Charlie Ward to edge home with 91 points.

That left them one clear of Swinton Park’s team of Ben and Steve Chambers, Jimmy O’Reilly and Peter O’Neill.

Picture: Martyn is congratulated by Manchester Alliance president John Dowd 

Reddish Vale claim Hancock Trophy


TROPHY GLITTER: Dave Sanders and Julia Ann Addinell are presented with the Hancock Trophy by Manchester Alliance president John Dowd

BRAMALL Park seasoned European Tour professional Oliver Whiteley clocked up 38 points to claim the individual prize in the Manchester Alliance Hancock Trophy mixed pairs competition at Sale.

He was three points ahead of  Stamford’s Mark Smith and also finished top of the pro-am section with playing partner Michelle Pretty with 40 points.

Reddish Vale manager Dave Sanders and Julia Ann Addinall also posted 40 points in the am-am section ahead of Chorley duo Denis and Sam Durnian  who won on a 37 points countback from Swinton Park’s Jimmy O’Reilly and Fran Jewkes.

Reddish Vale took the trophy back to their club for the first time in more than 40 years.



‘Mixed reception’ for Old Links winners!

allapbola.jpgPRIZE GUYS:  Bolton Old Links team  receive the  trophy from Ian Brooks

THE Manchester Alliance Archie Preston Trophy mixed foursomes  attracted  92 clubs battling to reach the finals at Shaw Hill who hosted the event after winning it last year.

They were beaten in the earlier rounds by Bolton Old Links who went on to the final to meet Hindley Hall, who have reached the stage previously without winning the trophy.

Old Links, who won in 2008, recovered well after losing the first game to Hindley  captain Paul Cottenden and women’s 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 success for Martin Jones and Claire Kennedy over Graham Bailey and Elaine Dawber.

The remaining matches were called in as halves to give Old Links victory by 5&2.

Trophy glory for Chorley’s top of shots


CHORLEY Golf Club swept to an impressive 5.5-1.5 victory over Romiley in the final of the Dunham Forest Trophy postponed by rain two weeks earlier.

They cruised into the final with a comfortable semi-final win over Stand as Romiley narrowly overcame Bolton Old Links.

Romiley youngster Brook Snape gave his team hope as he pulled a point back with one-hole win over 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.

Jack Winward (Chorley) and Mark Worsley (Romiley) ended with honours even.