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Manchester & District Golf Alliance


Welcome to the Manchester & District Golf Alliance website. We have tried to make navigating the site a little bit easier for everyone. All information relating to competitions is now available on the Competitions section of the site.


The Manchester and District Golf Alliance was formed 1924 and is reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Country. In the current year there are 114 affiliated clubs.

The primary purpose of the Alliance is to promote friendship through golf. Members of all affiliated clubs are very welcome at all Alliance events.

The Alliance runs weekly events throughout the winter. This is when clubs are comparatively quiet. The betterball format is always popular, with professionals also scoring their individual card in their pursuit of the valuable Order of Merit. Fields are well subscribed every week with an excellent standard of golf. The competitions provide a competitive atmosphere for the professional and keen amateur to keep an edge to their game in winter.

Throughout the golf season the Alliance runs inter-club knockout competitions. These are always highly popular and keenly contested. The 'blue riband' event, the Dunham Forest Trophy, is the largest of its kind in the country

Our moto "Friendship through golf" forms the basis of everything that we do. With an impressive list of affiliated clubs there is something for everyone. Take a look at the Clubs page for golfing near you.

SwintonPark professional Dave Smith is delighted to be the Captain of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance, the biggest, most active and successful in England, for the next year.
The Alliance alternates between amateur and professional players to be Alliance Captains each year and Dave succeeds Doug Craig from Davyhulme Park and he has a successful career in the professional ranks.
Dave said: “I turned professional in the USA at the age of 30, playing on the Hooters Tour, before registering with the PGA in 2003 and qualified in 2007 when working under Jim Wilson at Swinton Park GC. “Whilst working as an assistant I competed in the PGA North Region, the PGA of Lancashire and Alliance events. “During that time I have won the Leeds Cup, the Manchester Open, Lancashire Open, Lancashire stroke-play three times, the Alliance OoM twice and the 36-hole stroke-play twice along with over 40 pro am and individual events. “Naturally winning the Leeds Cup was the highlight of my career having come close on three previous occasions- to have your name on the oldest professional golf trophy is unbelievable along with names such as Harry Vardon and Ted Ray.
“I qualified for the European Challenge Tour in 2010/11 having reached the final of Tour School and highlighted this by qualifying for the BMW championship in 2012 on the European Tour before being sidelined by injury in the same year which ended my playing career on a full-time basis and I
could not play for over 18 months.
“In 2011 I was elected as the Captain of Lancashire PGA and in 2014 I was appointed as head professional at Swinton Park GC, a club I have been associated with since 1996.
“I was honoured to be asked to be Captain of the Alliance which is one of the first to help professionals get through the winter season with competitive golf and prize funds being provided.“When you have had in the past professionals playing in the Alliance such as Hugh Lewis, Alan Gillies and John Garner in the 1950’s and 60’s then with the emergence of players such as Denis Durnian, Mike Slater, Dave Screeton, Derrick Cooper and Peter Barber then coming through who have gone on to mentor the younger (and not so younger!) generation who followed in their footsteps such as Grant Hamerton and Phil Archer who were regulars on the European Tour and who play week in and
week out in Alliance events."This naturally creates a great social gathering of both professional and amateurs on a weekly basis
through the not-so- great winter months in Manchester.
“So I feel very privileged to be asked to be the Alliance Captain and hope that I succeed in the role required”


2 May 2017 - Marriott Worsley Park were great late hosts for the Alliance President’s Day which is the traditional finale to the long winter season.
There was plenty at stake with day prizes and the Order of Merit prizes for professionals, assistant professionals and amateurs as the main features of a busy day.
But it was also a special day for long-serving Alliance President John Dowd who completed 25 years in the role and he was delighted to be presented with a high quality watch by Alliance life member Peter Barber (Didsbury GC) in recognition of his outstanding services to golf and the Manchester Alliance.
The President’s Trophy for the best score of the day (amateur or professional) was won in style by Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) with a stunning 66 keeping up his great run of success at his favourite local course.
He finished four shots clear of Colin Maroney and Ian Ridgway (Disley) and the top amateur return came from Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) with nett 71 from Paul Crisp (Ashton-on-Mersey 72.
The professional Order of Merit was won at a canter by Birchwood’s Phil Archer with a total of 705 points seeing him well clear of Andy Palmer (Chorley) 482 and Graham Cox (Lymm) 304.
Andy Palmer was the winner of the Assistant Pro’s OoM from Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 291 and Adam Hodkinson (Chorlton) 261.
Alliance treasurer Vinny Doyle (Leigh GC) was also a runaway winner in the amateur OoM with 83 points from Jimmy O’Reilly 68 and Marcus Corfield (Swinton Park) 66.
The final prize for the best guest score of the day was taken by Steve Moores (Stamford GC) with 71 ahead of Steve Hindle (Marriott Worsley Park) 72 and Keith Ashton (Bolton) 75.
John Dowd paid tribute to all of the regular players in Alliance events, the tireless organisers, sponsors and clubs who have his time as Alliance President so rewarding over the past 25 years and made it such a top golf organisation.



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