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”
18 September 2016 - Leigh Golf Club continued their recent domination of the Alliance’s top Inter Club knockout competition as they retained the Dunham Forest Trophy in emphatic style at the traditional finals day at Dunham Forest Golf Club.
The day of superb weather and a fantastic course provided a good hand of supporters from the four finals day teams with plenty of top golf from some of the top players in the region.
Leigh set a new record of five wins of the trophy in 2015 and got through again to finals day despite having been drawn away in all of the matches leading to Dunham Forest where they took on
Fairfield in the morning semi-finals.
Fairfield gave a good account of themselves in some close matches but Leigh came through with a 5-2 win with the Fairfield points coming from Leigh Murray and Daniel Heathcote.
The other semi-final was a closer affair with Rossendale taking out Dukinfield by 4½-2½ with theDukinfield points coming from Colin Kenworthy, Martin O’Keefe and professional David Green.
Leigh showed their class in the final as they dominated the games and wins from Stuart Harrison by 5/4 over Iain Hackett, Stuart Tinsley two up against Chris Nicholls, Andy Collier 4/3 over Dan Reddingand Chris Harrison by 2/1 over Danny Leigh put them in an unassailable position. Callum Blinkhorn added a 4/2 win over Sean Doherty and Leigh’s Dan Crook and pro Andrew Baguleyconceded their matches with Ashley Siddle and Steve Nicholls to see Leigh cross the line at 5-2 to take their impressive total of Dunham Forest wins to six with five coming in the last seven years.
Alliance President John Dowd congratulated all four teams in reaching finals day from an original entry of over 90 teams and all of the club representatives thanked the Dunham Forest club for their superb hosting and the Alliance officials for their excellent organisation of the biggest Inter Club
competition of its kind in the country.
16 September 2016 - The Seniors Inter Club Knock Out was introduced into the Alliance’s programme three
years ago and has seen the entry increase year on year as more clubs endeavour to reach the final at Manchester Golf Club who host the competition each year.
Manchester provided a course and a day to remember for Swinton Park and Davyhulme Park and Swinton Park proved to be too hot to handle as they cruised to victory by 3.5-1.5.
Leading from the front were Jimmy O’Reilly and Ernie Rimmer by 4/3 and their example was followed by Alan Leigh and Frank Massey 6/5 and club legend Nev Dennis and Jimmy Farragh by 4/3.
Davyhulme gained some consolation with a win from Alan Vaughan and Ron Coleman by 5/4 and the match between Swinton’s Joe Mann and Maurice Daniels and DHP’s Steve Bailey and Barry Lucas was halved
The new Alliance Captain Dave Smith, the Swinton Park professional, will be very pleased to show off the trophy so early into his time in office.
8 September 2016 - Fairfield Golf Club was able to show off its redesigned course and splendid new club house to full effect as it hosted the first competition in the Alliance winter season.
The day was blessed by superb weather and an excellent course to give an excellent debut to the Alliance’s new Captain Dave Smith (Swinton Park GC professional).
Jamie Howarth has played for several years on the European Challenge Tour and the Europro Tour and is now the assistant professional at Davenport GC and he showed his class with a great double. He romped to victory in the individual professional section posting a seven-under- par 43 points tolead in from Craig Corrigan 41 and Scott Jackson (Disley) 37.
Howarth made it a double as he partnered Werneth Low’s Kevan Tipper to 46 points to win the pro am section from Craig Corrigan and Phil Cooney (Wigan) 45 and Bob Batchelor (Stand) with Jordan Whitehouse (Blackley) 41 getting third spot on a play from Knutsford’s Tim Maxwell and Simon Helmsley from Bramhall.
Local knowledge paid off in the am am section with Fairfield stalwarts Tim Walker and Sean Simpson first past the post with 43 points ahead of club colleagues Gary McHugh and Steve Roche 42 and Vinny Doyle (Leigh) and Darron Tickle (Blackley) 41.
Many thanks to Steve Moores from Majestic Coffee for his sponsorship of the event.