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Archer cruises to Alliance title

PHIL Archer showcased his talent when he racked up a stunning nine-under-par to win the Manchester Alliance at Swinton Park and clinch the Order of Merit title.

The ex-European Tour ace’s score equated to 45 stableford points as he finished five clear of Tony Stevens (Davenport) and Graham Cox (Lymm).

And the Birchwood player also cruised to victory in the pro-am with his partner Phil Lockett, of Poulton Park, Cox and Don Milligan (Cheadle) edging out Stevens and Charles Herbert (Styal) on a 44 points countback.

Rob Batchelor (Stand) was leading assistant with 35 points and the am-am produced another win for Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) and Dave Smith Ellesmere) on 43 points, one better than Denton duo’s Jim Cox and Anthony Walsh and Neil Anderson (Ellesmere) and Lee Warren (Northenden).

Waddell delivers two knock-out blows

ALISTAIR Waddell claimed two prized scalps on his way to winning the Manchester Alliance Scratch Knock-out at Ashton-on-Mersey.

First the Styal man overcame former winner Graham Cox, from Lymm, 4&3 theallikoawaddellteeoff.jpgn eclipsed former European Tour player Phil Archer 2&1 in the final. Earlier, Birchwood’s Archer dispatched Chorley assistant Andy Palmer 4&2

The assistants’ competition produced an early upset when reigning champion Adam Hodkinson (Chorlton) beaten 5&4 by Rob Batchelor (Stand).

In the other semi Jamie Howarth (Davenport) showed his EuroPro and Challenge Tour experience as he overcame the local knowledge of home assistant Ollie Smith by 3&2.

Howarth then claimed the title by beating Batchelor

Meanwhile, Bill Harris won the alliance’s Senior Championship at his home club Cheadle, his nett 63 allisens.jpgthree better than runner-up Dave Allcock, of Mellor and Townscliffe. Gross prize winner was Ashton-on-Mersey’s Gordon Hamlett returned 74.  The winners are pictured with with Cheadle captain and sponsor Don Milligan.

Archer hits the target again – and at the double!

PHIL Archer cashed in on a double pay-day in the Manchester Alliance, following up his strokeplay championship win at Denton two days earlier with another impressive performance at Bramall Park.

And he’s also bang on course to clinch the season-ending professional order of merit.

The Birchwood-attached former European Tour winner racked up 40 points to prevail by one from Chorley assistant Andy Palmer and Disley’s Scott Jackson, who posted 38.

And Archer also joined forces with Mere’s Anton Johnson to rack up 45 points to top the pro-am.  Two off the pace were Palmer and Bolton’s Keith Ashton.

Leigh’s Vinny Doyle extended his lead in the amateur merit race, partnering Swinton Park’s Darren Wood to 44 points to win on countback from Stand duo Keith Dingley and Dave Eckersley.


Archer on target at Prestbury

PHIL Archer hit the bull’s-eye when he powered to victory in the opening evPhil Archer 2016.JPGent of the PGA North Players’ Tour at Prestbury.

The former European player got off to a flying start with four birdies on the opening six holes then added three more on the way home.

The 13th was his only unlucky hole where he walked off the green with a bogey. But his six-under-par 65 left the rest of the field trailing in his wake, Penrith’s Tim Dykes claiming second spot on one-under-par.

Abergele’s Stuart Runcie, Bramall Park’s Oliver Whitely and Aran Wainwright, from Mid Yorks, shared third place on level par,

The closing event is at Lancaster on April 6


It turns out all White again for Gemma!

ENGLAND international and Cheshire player Gemma Clews, who won the world ranking Comboy Scratch Trophy at Delamere Forest earlier in the week, added the White Cup to her  impressive list of achievements when she joined forces with Ashton-on-Mersey professional and clubmate Kris Andrews to clock up 42 points at Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

It was a repeat of her success in the same event three years ago when she partnered the then assistant professional Rory Walsh.alliwhitecupproam.JPG

But the outcome was only decided on this occasion after they prevailed on a card play-off from host club pro Dave Mackinnon and Carol Dunki-Jacobs.

The am-am was won by Swinton Park’s Marcus Corfield and Barbara Redford on a 41 points countback from home players Chris and Gail Hegarty and Stand duo Charles Rodgers and Mel Clegg.

Kris Andrews and Gemma Clews are presented with the trophy by Chorlton captain Geoff Sellors


Same again for serial winner Gemma

ENGLANDGemma-Clews.jpg international Gemma Clews has tightened her grip on the Delamere Comboy Scratch Trophy with her fourth consecutive victory – winning every year since it started.

Her latest win, on her home course at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, was achieved with remarkable golf. She was 12-under for 36 holes, with two rounds of 67 and she won by two shots from girl international Lily May Humphreys.

What’s more, she beat the best-ever field to play in the competition, which is the first of the season’s prestigious women’s 36-hole scratch tournaments. It has been paired with the Formby Leveret to create a 72-hole event which attracts world ranking points – and top players.

“This is my best win,” said Clews, 22, who signed off with an eagle three on the 36th hole. “It’s definitely special to win this one because of the support the club gives me. It means a lot.”

She set off in great style with a bogey-free morning round, which included four birdies and an eagle on the par five 11th, where her three-wood shot finished 5ft from the hole.

It gave her a two-shot lead over Humphreys at the halfway stage, but Clews was unaware of the state of play until she’d passed the 14th hole on her second round.

Her afternoon round contained her only dropped shots of the day, with a double bogey five on the short fourth, but they were soon forgotten as she amassed six birdies and that closing eagle.

“I knew I probably needed to make a birdie and I just tried for the eagle,” said Clews, who rolled in a 25-footer. “I thought if Lily had shot better, then fair play to her.”

Humphreys, (Stoke by Nayland) matched Clews in the afternoon with a six-birdie 67, which she added to her opening 69.  The 15-year-old is the English U16 girls’ champion.


Lancashire England Golf’s county of the year

LANCASHIRE’S fantastic support for its clubs and players has won the England Golf County of the Year Award. The county was honoured at last night’s 2017 England GolfAwards at Lord’s and will receive £6000 worth of bespoke research from award sponsors Sports Marketing Surveys Inc.  Warwickshire were runners-up.

The awards shone the spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf and Lancashire was recognised alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Sol
heim Cup player Charley Hull, as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game.

The audience of more than 400 guests from across the golf industry heard how the Lancashire county golf organisations work in partnership to grow the game.

They put the needs of players and the 158 clubs and facilities at the heart of everything they do and have been rewarded with a 4.3 per cent increase in membership, with particular growth among men and girls.

“This is a huge pat on the back for everyone who has contributed to the initiatives and it validates the work we are doing,” said Phil Harvey, secretary of both the Lancashire Golf Union and the county development group pictured left with the winning team. “It’s great for clubs, for county development officers, for volunteers, for everyone involved.”

He added: “The prize will help us to do more good work and it ties in superbly with what we want to do.”

The county – one of the biggest in England – kick-started its success three years ago with the launch of the Lancashire Golf Union’s development plan. This was followed by the creation of a county development group, with England Golf officers working alongside the union, the ladies’ association and other partners.

The emphasis has been on motivating clubs to be more business-like and to support them with access to planning advice and resources; to encourage new ideas and innovation; and great communications.

Harvey added: “What pleases me most is that the clubs feel much closer to the county, they feel that the county is there for them, to support them. Everyone feels that we are all pulling together to help each other.”

His satisfaction at winning the award was echoed by Debbie Barber, one of England Golf’s county development officers, who said: “Winning the coveted title of best county means the world to us all and what has been achieved the length and breadth of Lancashire has given us a real buzz.”