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Haigh Hall duo top of the shots

HAIGH Hall professional Alan Crompton and clubmate John Egan racked up 44 points to win the Manchester Alliance pro-am at Crompton & Royton.

It earned them the Bert Thompson Trophy on a card play-off from Poulton Park’s Phil Archer and Leigh’s Martin Pasquill.

Archer was leading pro with 38 points in the individual section, four ahead of the field.

Ashton-on-Mersey’s Peter Hamlett and Steve McDermott scored 41 to clinch the am-am on countback from Malkin Bank’s duo Ian Farthing and Steve King.


Corrigan on fire – and Chorley duo wax lyrical!


TROPHY GLITTER: Chorley duo Gary Wood (left) and Andy Palmer (righ) are congratulated on winning the Robert Wax Trophy by Manchester Alliance president John Dowd

THE Manchester Alliance swung into action for the winter season at Romiley Golf Club with a full field on a low scoring day.

Chilli Dip teaching professional Craig Corrigan stole the limelight by racking up a stunning 47 points which could stand as a record as he finished seven clear of runner-up Alistair Waddell, from Chorlton.

He also topped the pro-am section, partnering Mark Riley (Leigh) to 49 points ahead of Andy Palmer and Gary Wood (Chorley) who won the Robert Wax Trophy – awarded to players from the same club – on a 45 point a countback from Jamie Howarth and Mike Lamb (Bramhall).

Dobson claims Lancs U-14 title

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HEAD BOY: Sean Dobson receives the Lancashire Under 14 championship  trophy from Lancashire UGC president Michael Lay

SEAN Dobson erased the memory of missing out on the Under-14 Lancashire county championship by claiming the title at the second attempt. The 13-year-old was pipped on a card play-off 12 months ago by Jack Wallbank, but secured the title second time round with a one-shot victory at Blackley Golf Club.

Even a torrential downpour which interrupted play with the final groups four holes from home could not derail the victory drive of the Royal Birkdale and Dunscar member.

“I’d managed to keep my score respectable even though I wasn’t playing my best golf,” said Sean, who slipped to four-over-par after the tenth.

“I knew I had to drop no more shots from that point,” added the Bolton youngster. “I birdied 11 which gave me some much-needed confidence. I’d pulled my drive in to the trees, but punched an 8 iron under the branches to three feet.”

When the siren sounded for play to be suspended, Sean had hit a wedge to six feet from the pin at 14  – but had to wait an hour before the hard work of the Lancashire officials and Blackley volunteers managed to get the course playable again.

Sean maintained his composure to hole his birdie putt on 14 – but then suffered a setback on the 15th when he hit his second out of bounds.

“Knowing I was leading at two over and then hitting it OOB on 15 made me feel sick inside, especially after thinking I’d hit the shot perfectly,” said Sean, who left his fourth shot 30 feet shy of the pin. A good recovery salvaged a double bogey, but the teenager knew he could not afford any more mistakes.

Three straight pars left Sean in the driving seat to edge out Noah Cambridge (Royal Lytham and St Annes).

“I was so worried I’d lose out on CPO again but when the last group finished I realised I’d won by one,” he said. “I’d lived with the second place disappointment for 12 months so to deliver on the day was so satisfying.

“It was great to be presented with the trophy by Lancashire president Mike Lay, who used to play golf with my dad Peter at Dunscar many years ago.”

The title success marked a return to form for Dobson, after he had started the summer brightly with a superb two under par 70 off the white tees at Hesketh Golf Club in Southport to record the best gross and nett scores in a Lancashire Association team event against a field including players up to five years older than him.

He also returned a two under 70 at Royal Birkdale in his first men’s competition and will now play off for the club’s Jubilee Vase in September.

Further confidence was gained when he came from behind to win the last hole in his singles match against Yorkshire boys to gain a half. He has played for the county three times now.

“I became a member of Royal Birkdale in May this year and the wonderful course and facilities along with the fierce competition have certainly improved my golf,” said Sean, who started golf at Dunscar.

He finished third in the Bolton Golf Association junior championships and won Dunscar Golf Club’s junior championship.

He has been part of the Lancashire Elite Under 14s squad for the past two seasons under the supervision of ex-European Tour player Jim Payne. Sean’s regular coach is Philip Newnes from Chilli Dip Golf Academy.

Sean lives in Bolton and is a pupil at Bolton School and Captain of their golf team. He’s played football and cricket in the top divisions of the Bolton and District leagues, but is now focussed on golf.

He plays off 3.8 and would like to get this down to below 3.0 before the end of the season – with a target of getting as close to scratch as possible in 2019.

RESULTS: 1st, Sean Dobson (Royal Birkdale) 75; 2nd, Noah Cambridge (Royal Lytham and St Annes) 76; 3rd, Charlie Holland (Southport & Ainsdale) 78; 4th, William McGhie (Lancaster) 78; 5th, Freddie Kelly (Ashton-under-Lyne) 78; 6th, Michael Kilgallon (St Annes Old Links) 79; 7th, Ben Barton (Wilpshire) 80; 8th, Zak Sturgeon (Nelson) 81; 9th, Thomas Davies (Rossendale) 81; 10th, Aidan Hartin (Heysham) 83


Cheshire’s Fisher is England’s champion captain

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CHESHIRE’S Bill Fisher is England’s champion golf captain – winning the title in a national final at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire.
He scored 39 stableford points on the Blue course to win the final of the England Golf Captains’ Series by two and commented: “I’m delighted, it’s huge achievement in a very competitive field.”
The final was played as part of England Golf Week and Bill’s closest rivals were Ian Gwinnell (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), George Grant (Leaside, Middlesex) and Ken Sargent (Haydock Park, Lancashire), who all scored 37 pts.
The players all qualified through the series of tournaments held for members of the England Golf Captains’ programme, which is open to county, club and lady captains as well as vice captains and past captains.
Bill was the 2017 captain at Alderley Edge Golf Club, where he has been a member for 32 years and where he enjoys the competitive golf. “At our club the golf is competitive, everyone is trying to win, but not at any cost,” he said.
Last year he was the first winner of the inaugural Cheshire nine-hole county championship, which was held at Alderley Edge, and he’s looking forward to defending that title next week.
He took great pleasure in his year as captain, remarking “The people made it fantastic.” He’s also enthusiastic about his membership of the captains’ programme. “It’s about meeting people who have been through a shared experience,” he commented.
England Golf Week is a five-day festival of handicap golf, featuring a host of finals of team and individual events.

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.