Archive for the ‘Manchester Alliance’ Category

Archer on target again


PRIZE GUY: Phil Archer receives the Order of Merit title for the second successive year from long serving president John Dowd

PENWORTHAM-attached PGA professional Ryan O’Neill won president’s day, the final event of the of the Manchester Alliance winter season, at Davyhulme Park and picked up another prize for a best-of-the day 67.

That left him two shots ahead of regular winner, Chilli Dip’s Craig Corrigan, as Poulton Park’s Phil Archer tied on 70 with Whitefield’s Colin Maroney.

But former European Tour ace Archer retained the Order of Merit crown he won last year some 47 points in front of Corrigan,

Chorley’s Andy Palmer was third, accumulating enough points to clinch the assistant pro merit crown as Rob Batchelor (Stand) and Alistair Waddell (Styal) claimed second and third spots.

Styal’s Charles Herbert was top amateur with a nett 69 which pipped Paul Dalby (Wilmslow) 70 and Steve Moores (Stamford) 72.

Bolton’s Keith Ashton clinched the amateur Order of Merit which went to the wire as he overtook long-time leader Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) and Steve McDermott (Ashton-on-Mersey).


Archer on target to keep Alliance crown

PHIL Archer took a giant step to retaining his Manchester Alliance Order-of-Merit crown in the penultimate event of the campaign when he racked up 36 points at Crewe.

But the Poulton Park professional had to settle for a share of the spoils after a four-way tie between  Paul Grannell (Vale Royal Abbey), Olly Smith (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Alistair Waddell (Styal).

There was a similar outcome in the pro-am with a four-way tie on 41 points with the verdict going to Stamford’s Mark Smith and Martin Dwyer who denied  Ben Thompson and Keith Caddick (Hazel Grove), Archer with Hazel Grove’s Roy Campion and Chilli Dip’s Craig Corrigan and Chris Ireland (Lymm).

The am-am honours went to Malkins Bank duo Ian Farthing and Steve King whose 39-point haul took them four clear of Lee Warren (Northenden)  and Dave Hemingway (Chorley) who won a count-back from Chorlton’s Don Milligan and Mike Fenton.

Feeney Trophy winners in groove at Hazel Grove

THE Manchester Alliance endured a record nine postponements in its winter programme so it was a big relief that the Leo Feeney Trophy at went ahead Hazel Grove this week.

The trophy, awarded to the best pair by a club, was won by Pike Fold pro-am duo Grant Hamerton and Ged Muldowney who posted 45 points after a card play-off with Stand’s Rob Batchelor and Keith Dingley.

They finished in second place in the pro-am section behind Andy Palmer (Chorley) and Keith Ashton (Bolton) who had a best-of-the-day 47 points,

Palmer also shared the top individual pro spot with Mark Hancock (Stand) on 40 points, one more than Craig Corrigan, Phil Archer (Poulton Park) and Grant Hamerton.

Steve Hamer, from Titleist ,was the event sponsor and he won the am-am top prize partnering home star Andrew Hill to 45 points to lead in from Lee Warren (Northenden) and David Hemingway (Chorley) 44 and John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Mark Gauchi (Chorlton) 42.


White cup double for Chorley duo Sam and Denis


TROPHY GLORY: Chorley players Denis and Sam Durnian with the White Cup presented by sponsor Don Milligan (centre)

DENIS Durnian and his wife Sam evoked memories of yesteryear when they won the White Cup, a Manchester Alliance mixed pairs competition, at Chorlton.

They were members at Styal when they last claimed the title in 2002 but this time they returned to Chorlton with Denis having regained his amateur status and playing at Chorley.

The individual professional prize went to Graham Cox (Lymm) with 40 points from Phil Archer (Poulton Park) 37 and Steve McCarthy  (Lymm) 36.

Cox made it a double as he also won the pro-am section partnering Liz Lyons (Lymm) to win a  42 points countback from  Archer and his mum Jean (Birchwood) and Andy Palmer and Steph Patterson (Chorley) 40.

The White Cup is presented by the pair from the same club with the highest number of points. Chorlton’s Hubert Dunki-Jacobs partnered Barbara Redford (Swinton Park) to 45 points to win the am-am section from Denis and Sam 43 and home duo Peter Parmeshwar and Jackie Whitehurst 42.

Parry proves he has a liking for links


WINNING SMILES: From left, Steve Parry, Manchester Alliance president John Dowd, Gary Brown and  Garry Smith

HART Common professional Steve Parry racked up 40 points to win the Manchester Alliance fixture at Bolton Old Links, leaving Mark Hancock (Stand) 38 and Phil Archer (Birchwood) and Ryan O’Neil (Penwortham), both 37, trailing in his wake.

Marple’s Gary Brown recruited a top team of Chris Marshall (New Mills), Richard Blackwell (Mottram Hall) and Alliance debutant Gary Smith (Brookdale) which piled up 85 points to finish one ahead of host club players Brian Carroll, Mick Wallace, Alan Schofield and Steve Jackson.

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).