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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.

Ashton-under-Lyne pro dies aged 60

PGA North is sad to report the death of former Ashton-under-Lyne professional Colin Boyle at the age of 60.

He retired on health grounds in 2016 after working for 29 years at the Lancashire club.

Boyle began his career as assistant at Withington then was appointed head pro at Fairfield for seven years before settling at Ashton-under-Lyne.

His son Michael, who succeeded him, said: “He made quite a big impact on golf in the local community and although he did not play a great deal he was a big Manchester United fan.”

Boyle is survived by his wife Karen and daughters Lisa and Laura who works behind the scenes in Coronation Street.

The funeral has been arranged for Tuesday, November 13, at 12pm at Dukinfield Crematorium.

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.

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.



Manchester youngsters have final say

allijunbmwwinnersmanc.jpgTOP SHOTS:  Beth Greenhalgh receives the trophy for Manchester from Mike Mason of Williams BMW

MANCHESTER’S young guns called the shots when they won the  BMW Junior Challenge at Lowes Park in  a close encounter decided when Crewe were denied at the death.

Mason Melvin set the ball rolling for the Hopwood Cottage side with a 4&2 win over Josie Cowap but Crewe hit back as Braden Jones overcame Matthew Cuppello by 4&3.

Thomas Walker regained the initiative for Manchester with an impressive  6&5 success  over Alex Peake but George Livesey pulled never-say-die Crewe level again with a 4&3 win against Junior captain and Lancashire girls’ star Beth Greenhalgh.

The outcome was decided after  Manchester’s Max King kept  his nerve to eclipse Jack Malpass  4&2 over to claim the trophy.


‘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.

Jack’s the lad at Old Links

JACK Brooks won the Bolton Old Links Trophy, the last of 28 fixtures in the Galvin Green Northern Order of merit series, thanks to a closing round of six-under-par 67.

The Mere plus-three player, who opened with a 73, claimed the honours on countback from Formby’s Anthony Stirling who posted a brace of 70s.

And Brooks also finished runner-up in the merit stakes to Bury’s three-time winner Ciaran Doherty who was 190 points ahead of him.

LEADING SCORES: 140 Jack Brooks (Mere) 73 67, Anthony Stirling (Formby) 70 70; 142 Mark Millhouse (Bolton) 72 70, Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) 70 72; 143 Neil Self (Stand) 71 72; 144 Steve Bryan (Bolton Old Links) 73 71, Rob Taylor (Bolton Old Links) 71 73, Phil Cooney (Dean Wood) 75 71; 146 Karl Bowker (Bolton Old Links) 74 72, Matt Buckley (Bolton Old Links) 73 73, Chris Lloyd (Bolton) 73 73, Tom Ryder (St Annes Old Links) 69 77.


Ciaran Doherty Bury 965
Jack Brooks Mere 775
Graeme Booth Formby Hall 760
Calum Metcalfe Pleasington 630
Ian Kenwright Haydock Park 585
Anthony Harwood Blackburn 510
Curtis Clarkin Nelson 480
Matt Collinge Greenmount 395
Aiden Hoosen Manchester 280
Jake Hibbert Delamere Forest 270
Thomas Kirton Prestbury 250
Oliver Ravenscroft Hillside 230
Steven Capper Royal Liverpool 215
Callum Blinkhorn Leigh 210
William Dodds Styal 210
Jake Benson Beeston Fields 210
Richie Blundell Hillside 205
Joseph Williamson Heswall 190
Jacob Oakley Styal 185
Jack Suttie Denton 180
Chris Nuttall Accrington 175
Benjamin Hallam Wychwood Park 170
Harry Lord Rossendale 170
Michael Bennett Bury 165
Tom Ryder St Annes Old Links 165
Anthony Stirling Formby 165
John Carroll Huyton & Prescot 150
Martin Thomas Royal Liverpool 150
Luke Kelly Ashton-under-Lyne 150
Jonathan Hurst Pleasington 150
Samuel Turner Royal Lytham 150
Luke Burrows Cosby 150
James Horton Childwall 150
Elliott Wakefield Leasowe 150
Sean Comiskey Hesketh 150
Jack Suttie Denton 150
Matthew Nuttall Royal Birkdale 145
Greg Holmes Royal Birkdale 145
Richard Wheatley Bradford 145
Mark Hyde Southport & Ainsdale 135
Mark Duncalf Southport & Ainsdale 135
Lewis George Delamere Forest 135
Tom Winn Morecambe 125
Matthew Kay Manchester 125
Thomas Heaton Australian GC 120
Ryan Nevins Styal 120
Roger Smithies Manchester 115
Chris Chilton Stockport 115
Owen Leigh Pleasington 115
Ben Ewen Wilpshire 110
Gregory Osborne Delamere Forest 105
Jonathan Little Heswall 100
Bryan Hughes Hesketh 100
Greg McIlroy Southport & Ainsdale 100
Liam Jenkinson Ashton & Lea 100
Ben Chamberlain Padeswood & Buckley 100
Lewis Pownell Fairfield 100
Neil Williams Leyland 100
Scott McCrindle Prenton 100
Chris Nicholls Rossendale 100
Lewis Boyle Pleasington 85
Callum Scott Nairn 80
Max Baxendale Swinton Park 80
Stephen Hargreaves Leasowe 75
Joseph Bannan Manchester 75
Graham Strachan Bury 75
Robert Cull Bromborough 75
Sam Burton Prestbury 75
Mark Millhouse Bolton 75
Jack McPhail Huyton & Prescot 65
Andrew Walsh Ashton & Lea 65
Oliver Claireaux Portal 60
Rhys Nevin-Wharton Sandiway 60
Joe Whittaker Deane 60
Jordan Kellett unatt 60
James Bishop Little Aston 60
Mark Whittaker Rossendale 60
Jamie Van Wyk Royal Lytham 60
Matthew Halstead Nelson 60
Thomas Rigby Dean Wood 55
David Peel Stockport 55
Dave Morris Tenby 50
Daniel Creaney Southport & Ainsdale 50
Reece Cranfield Wigan 50
Simon Pay Helsby 50
Chris Lowe Hindley Hall 50
Jack Nicholson Vicars Cross 50
Ollie Tovee Macclesfield 50
Dominic O’Brien Warrington 50
Coby Cartwright Cosby 50
Stephen Liddle Houghwood 50
Neil Self Stand 50
Lewis Johansen Caldy 45
Callum Swift Kings Hill 45
Robert Noon Douglas 45
Mark Jones Clitheroe 45
Mark Kimpton Vicars Cross 45
Richard Fitzgerald Bromborough 45
George Howard Gog Magog 45
Shaun Field Clitheroe 45
Harry Doyle Romiley 45
Jamie Chadwick Stamford 45
Joshua Dye Delamere Forest 45
Steve Bryan Bolton Old Links 45
Jack Cornes Lymm 40
Simon Williams Chester 40
Greg Whitby Chester 40
James Eastham Pleasington 40
Cameron Massie Northenden 40
James Holland Southport & Ainsdale 40
Tom Hogan Childwall 40
Paul Swan Blackburn 40
Daniel Lloyd Wrexham 40
Mathew Delaney Prestbury 40
Rob Taylor Bolton Old Links 40
John Shuttleworth Penwortham 30
Greg Smith Caldy 30
Simon Jones Padeswood & Buckley 30
Thomas Hollingworth Macclesfield 30
Gareth Clark Manchester 30
Phil Sargent Haydock Park 30
George Muscroft Otley 30
James Low Woolton 30
Liam Turner Darwen 30
George Mitchell Congleton 30
Ryan Grimshaw Heysham 30
Gareth Hastie Royal Lytham 30
John Blahuta Clitheroe 30
Phil Cooney Dean Wood 30
Kevin Moore Douglas 25
Daryl Callister Mount Murray 25
Dominic Barnes Caldy 25
Jack Shelley Formby 25
Harry Beavan Crewe 25
Marvin Clarke Kirkby Valley 25
Sham Jagota Eaton 25
James Kempster Bramhall 25
Zachary Hargreaves Accrington 25
Andrew Allen Manchester 25
Andreas Klais Shipley 25
Matthew Payne Bramhall 25
Joe Banks West Lancs 25
Henry Young-Alls Notts 25
Sean Maloret Park 25
Alex Weare Mere 25
James Cassell Rossendale 25
Karl Barker Bolton Old Links 25
Leigh Clayton Fleetwood 20
Tom Harris Castletown 20
Jason Thomas Ashton & Lea 20
Peter Glover Douglas 20
John Balhuta Clitheroe 20
Joseph Murray Huyton & Prescot 20
Fergus Robinson Northants 20
Oliver Duck Southport & Ainsdale 20
Joshua Ashton Southport & Ainsdale 20
Dale Woods Houghwood 20
Nick Patterson Mere 20
Ashley Siddle Rossendale 20
Matt Buckley Bolton Old Links 20
George Young Clitheroe 15
Grady Rogerson Royal Lytham 15
Thomas Riley Clitheroe 15
Liam Kindon Delamere Forest 15
Joe Raeside Mount Murray 15
Jay Walkden Baxenden 15
Paul Galt Prenton 15
Roy Anderton Chorley 15
Declan Buksh Marsden Park 15
Gary Hindle Warrington 15
John Spencer Rossendale 15
Craig Lewis Wallasey 15
Chris Lloyd Bolton 15
Gary Blades Burnley 10
Alex Webb Preston 10
John Reed Preston 10
Michael Sumner Formby 10
David Higginbotham Southport & Ainsdale 10
Greg Peel Wilpshire 10
James Ashfield Eaton 10
Max Rogers Astbury 10
Charles Taylor Accrington 10
Aaron Williams Prestatyn 10
Craig Fallows Huyton & Prescot 10
Luke Ormerod Nelson 10
Dave Morgan Wilmslow 10



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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.

Great Scott! Howarth passes the test

SCOTT Howarth defied testing conditions in the first round of the James Brearley Lancashire Open at wind-swept Blackpool North Shore to take the overnight lead by a shot.

The 38-year-old from Davenport-attached professional birdied the 10th, his first hole, and never looked back.

“I was three-under-par after four which was a great start. I reached the turn without dropping a shot but I knew the back nine would be tougher because of the weather,” he said as he posted a five-under-par 66.

“I made sure I didn’t short-side myself and I was aware there were a lot of tough pins to negotiate so I played to the middle of the green. I rolled in a good birdie at the 14th and did not make any mistakes on the way in,” added Howarth whose brother Jamie was two-under and still in the reckoning.

Hart Common professional Steve Parry put one hand on the trophy he won two years ago when he reeled off six birdies, offset by a pair of bogeys, to trail by a stroke going into tomorrow’s second and final day.

“Considering the weather I was happy with my score,” he said. “I rolled the ball on the greens pretty well. They and the rest of the course were superb and I fancy my chances tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, Chorley’s Andrew Palmer maintained his winning form as he shared third spot with Swinton Park’s David Smith.

FIRST ROUND LEADERS: 66 Scott Howarth (Davenport); 67 Steve Parry; 68 Andrew Palmer (Chorley), David Smith (Swinton Park); 69 Tim Ford (Liverpool DR), Alex Evans, Graham Cox (Lymm); Jamie Howarth .


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).