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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 available on the Competitions section of the site.

The Manchester and Disrict Golf Alliance stages open competitions on each Wednesdday through the winter months. These start in early Sepember and finish at the satrt of May. There is a break over the Christmas & New Year period.

The Wednesday competition is in fact three competitions in one. There is an individual competition for the professionals as well as a pro/am and an am/am. The events are held on a different course each week and are open to any member from the affiliated 112 clubs. Check out the fixture list on the Competitions page. Contact mdgainfo@yahoo.com to book or for further information.


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.


Golfers in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Derbyshire were saddened to hear of the death of John Dowd, the President of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance for over 25 years, after a long and brave battle against illness.
John was a true legend in golf in the North West and his unstinting and dedicated work in making the Manchester and District Golf Alliance the biggest and most successful in the country will be a lasting legacy to a true golfing legend.
John also put a great deal of outstanding work into his beloved Flixton Golf Club over his many years in golf and he was also an active member of Marriott Worsley Park GC for the best part of 20 years.
He also initiated the annual National Alliance competition with the John Dowd Trophy awarded to the winning Alliance.
John was well known and revered at all levels of golf and there were many tributes given for the outstanding work he had done on behalf of golf.
Peter Barber the professional at Didsbury for nearly 30 years, a Cheshire and England Golf coach and an Alliance Life Member said: “I am proud to say that I have known John for 30 years.
“He was such a great supporter of myself and many golf professionals in the Manchester area.
“It was his driving force that made the Manchester and District Golf Alliance the most successful and most supported alliance in the country.
“He would often spend so much of his own time harassing people into sponsoring Alliance events, which enabled all the professionals to play for a reasonable amount of money every Wednesday in the winter.
“It was a great learning ground for up and coming professionals to gain experience of playing for money and hopefully going on to play tournament golf.
“Players like Andrew Murray, Denis Durnian, Dave Screeton, Derek Cooper and Phil Archer all went on to play on The European Tour having cut their teeth in Alliance events.
“John was such a strong character which showed in how he dealt with his illness. He never ever gave up and he was an inspiration to so many.
“He was also not a man to cross, especially at alliance events, as he was the one that had the microphone last. He would always have a great memory to share but often took the opportunity of taking the Mickey out of any one of us .
“I know he had a great family around him that he loved so much and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them all.
“But my abiding memory of John was the support he gave my brother and I whenever we played in the alliance.
“One example was when I had locked my keys in the car at Wychwood Park . After the presentation he sat with me in the clubhouse for ages until the AA arrived.
“All golfers, professionals and amateurs, in the Manchester area owe John a massive debt for the pleasure and the opportunity he gave us all to play this magnificent game of golf and create friendships for life through the Manchester and District golf alliance. RIP John.”
Adding his appreciation of what John had done for Flixton Golf Club for the past 47 years was their former Captain Chris Mulhearn.
Chris said: “John joined Flixton Golf Club on the July 1 1972 -he was a member of the committee many times during his membership, he became the Club President in 1987 and Club Captain in 1995.
“In 2012 John was elected an Honorary life member of the club at the AGM by a unanimous vote of the members in recognition of his work for Flixton Golf Club.
“John was also elected to serve as a Trustee of the club from 1977 to present date.
“John, throughout his membership, supported and promoted junior golf both at the club and the wider area. He donated The John Dowd Trophy which still to this day is the most coveted prize played for by our juniors.
“One of John’s proudest moments came when Flixton won the MDGA Dunham Forest Trophy in 2009 and John was able to present the trophy as President of the MDGA to his fellow members of the team.
“In the final months of his life John was still extremely proactive helping fellow members and officers of the club organise our Pro Am as well as the up and coming Am Am and was assisting with identifying candidates for the position of Club Professional.
“John was a larger than life character who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

Ian Brooks joined Bolton Old Links Golf Club just over 30 years ago and has put in an incredible amount of work for golf since then to become a true golfing legend in the region.
He is the new President of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance, the biggest and most active organisation of its kind in the region with over 110 clubs in its membership providing a variety of competitions for professionals and amateur for its member clubs.
Ian, who has been Vice President of the Alliance for ten years, has taken over from the late John Dowd who was President of the Alliance for over 25 years and he realises that he has a big act to follow.
He has a vast experience of golf organisation at high levels for many years and he has plenty of plans for the Alliance to continue to grow its great reputation in the region.
Ian said: “I joined Bolton Old Links GC in 1988, and served on the board for approximately 10 years as social chairman and house chairman before becoming Captain in 1999.
“I was a member of the Society of Manchester Captains where I was treasurer for nine years.
“In 2008 I became the Captain of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance and in 2012  was the Captain of the Society of the Manchester Captains and joined the prestigious Old Manchester GC in 2005.
“I was the President of my own club in 2013 and the President of the Society of Manchester Captains in 2018 and most recently was appointed as the Captain of Captains of the Bolton Society of Captains.
“The Alliance committee is in regular contact with its members and taking on board new ideas to keep the Alliance as a fresh and vibrant golf force in the coming years. Watch this space!”

Stamford Golf Club is proud to have their third Manchester Alliance Captain in the past decade as Steve Finan follows in the footsteps of  his club professional Mark Smith and his dad Tony Smith and he is delighted to take on the busy role.
Steve said: “I spent most of my youth playing football in the majority of the local leagues a silky centre midfielder who only lacked skill and fitness I continued that until the age of 35.I found golf late in life while holidaying abroad in a hotel complex that had its own golf course.  One night in the bar, after many drinks, it was suggested we play golf the next day they asked if I played. I said ‘no but will give it a go’ and foolishly stated I will soon pick it up and the next day still hungover I didn’t pick it up that well surprisingly. However, after that I was hooked a set of clubs for my birthday then joined Stamford Golf Club - luckily for me a brilliantly friendly club that allowed me to further my enjoyment in the game. I have since gone on to represent the Rabbits B team and currently the A team with my golfing highlight topping the amateur money order of merit in Portugal 2017.
I would to thank Mark Smith our Director of Golf at Stamford whose patience and professionalism has helped massively in my journey from a 21 handicap to single figures.  The memories, friends, holidays and social gatherings I have received from this glorious game will hopefully continue for years to come.  About 10 years ago I was asked to play in the Alliance and instantly enjoyed it.  At first it was just the odd week that were possible however over the last five years I have committed to playing every fixture.
The personnel may have changed over the years however the organisation/ structure and professionalism of the Alliance lend to it being the best in the country. The inter club and knockout competitions are well supported by professionals/ amateurs and the very committed many sponsors.
A very simple motto ‘Friendship through Golf’ which really personifies the spirit of the Alliance and I can honestly say I have enjoyed many great rounds of golf with complete strangers some I now class as friends. The Alliance competitions allow us to play with the professional golfers and amateurs alike in a very competitive environment all through the winter.
 So, it’s a privilege and an honour to be asked to be the Captain this year taking over from Dukinfield professional Dave Green who has had an admirable term. Here’s wishing for last year’s good weather and another successful year.

11th March 2020 -With the vast majority of courses in the region either totally or partly closed due to more heavy grain Vale Royal Abbey beat the odds to provide a great course for a full Alliance field, glad to be in golfing action at a very historic venue.
The star of the day was Lymm assistant pro Graham Cox who led in the individual pro section with 39 points closely followed by Alliance legend Craig Corrigan 38 and Order of Merit leader Phil Archer (Poulton Park) 37. Graham then found an excellent playing partner in club colleague Sean Haskins to amass 43 points and top the pro am section for a great double. Hot on their heels were Phil Archer and Stuart Smith (Dunham Forest) 42 and Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Mobi Rawthore (Sale) 41. Tim also won the nearest the pin prize.
Worsley Marriott and Ellesmere players dominated the am am section in a tight contest with John Kilner (Marriott) and Terry O’Mara (Ellesmere) winning a cpo on 40 points from Stephen Hindle (Marriott) and his dad Brian (Ellesmere) who carried his son into the prize list, one more than Norman Haslam (Stand) and Steve Grimley (Walmersley).

21st September 2019 - The Dunham Forest Trophy is the top Inter Club match-play competition in a busy Alliancea programme featuring the club professional and their six top amateurs in the teams of which there were nearly 100 in the original entry – the biggest of its kind in the country.
Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club host the finals day each year which sees the last four teams play morning semi-finals with the winners progressing through to an afternoon final.
The competition was blessed with fantastic weather and the teams were also able to enjoy a fine and challenging course in excellent condition.
The semi-finals saw Denton take on Bramall Park and Stand against Nelson.
Denton recovered well after losing the first game to Andrew Cartwright with David Jones two up and Lancashire and England legend Bob Bardsley  4/3 giving them the lead. Alan Boswell drew Park back on level terms with a 21st hole victory over Simon Currier but wins for Matt Sayers 4/3 and Jack Suttie 3/2 booked their final slot with pro Jimmy Lister losing out to Craig Daggit in the final game.
The other semi-final saw Nelson go two down with 19th hole wins for Liam O’Donnell and Steve McGuinness. But Nelson came back well as Adrian Lingard 3/2, Craig Waddington 5/4 and Nick Uttley 3/1 put them ahead with pro Nialle Ormerod clinching victory with a 4/3 win over Mark Hancock with the other match conceded as a half.
The thrills continued in the final as Nelson took an early lead with a 3/1 win for Steve Duerden which was soon cancelled with a 19th hole win for David Jones. Then Nelson took control with wins from Adrian Lingard two up, Craig Waddington one up and Curtis Clarkin by 3/1 taking them to victory with a consolation win for Denton pro Jimmy Lister by 4/3 and a half between Nick Uttley and Matt Sayers seeing Nelson win the coveted trophy for the first time in their long history.
The Alliance President Ian Brooks presented to trophy and the prizes to the two teams and thanked them for their great play and sportsmanship on the course which brought great credit to both of their clubs and finally thanked Dunham Forest for their great efforts on a memorable day of Alliance golf.


20th September 2019 - The Alliance Inter Club Senior Men’s Knock Out is a relatively recent introduction to their bbusy programme but has grown in strength year on year with ever-increasing entries
Manchester Golf Club has hosted the final each year and they were again excellent hosts with their top class course enjoyed by first-time finalists Chorlton and Heyrose in superb weather.
The format is five pairs in BB matchplay and Heyrose drew first blood with a 4/3 win for Paul Salt and Paul Hammond over Paul Cosh and Chorlton Captain David Paxton. Chorlton then gained control with wins for Billy Sutton and John Walsh by 5/3 over Graham Jackson and Bill Pilling and Chorlton legend Richard Mallard and David Bielby by 3/2.Heyrose then hit back with a 2/1 win for George Kerr and Jeff Dunn over Trevor Golds and Keith Bowden to see all eyes turn on the final match out on the course.
Chorlton had frequent champion Peter McManus and Mike Swirle flying their flag against Nigel Evans and Brian Johnson as it went into extra holes. The nerves were jangling for both teams as the match went into the 23rd hole before the jubilant Chorlton team emerged with memorable victory to complete another great Alliance competition.

6th October 2019 - Lowes Park Golf Club were again excellent hosts for the final of the Williams BMW Junior Teamv final with their challenging course in good condition despite some awful weather prior to the final day.
The final was contested between Ringway and Rossendale and was a very close contest with Ringway emerging as the winners by 3/2.
It is the first time in the long history of the event that Ringway have won the competition which is a great achievement for their team and club.
Ringway junior organiser Isobel Parry said: “It's been a good season as the team also won the Gleneagles Division of the Mid Cheshire Junior League and reached the league play-off final at Warrington where we finished in third spot.”

20th October 2019 - The much delayed final of the City Glass Men’s Foursomes was the last Alliance Inter Club KOg final to beat the weather as players from Bolton and Walmersley Golf Clubs were at last able to enjoy the testing Dukinfield Golf Club course in pleasant weather.
As the winners of the competition in 2018 Dukinfield Golf Club were proud hosts for the final and able to show off their excellent modern clubhouse and well-presented course to the two teams.
They provided a close contest with Walmersley delighted to put their name on the trophy for the first time in their history as they emerged with a tense 4-3 victory.
Alliance President Ian Brooks thanked the host club for their efforts and to both teams who had come though a tough field of well over 80 club entries to make finals day and his thanks were endorsed by the officials from both finalists with Walmersley looking forward to hosting the 2020 final for the first time in their history.

13th October 2019 - A late switch of venues from Marriott Worsley Park to scenic and challenging Reddish Vale dproved to be a good move for the postponed Archie Preston Mixed final.
It is one of the biggest Inter Club Mixed competitions in the country and saw over 80 clubs in the original entry with the competition beginning in March.
Bolton Old Links were the defending champions and were scheduled as the hosts for the 2019 competition but on reaching the final where they were to play Alsager they sportingly decided to stage the final at a neutral venue and moved it to the great golf venue of Marriott Worsley Park only to have bad weather seeing it postponed.
More poor weather in the week before the rearranged final saw the decision to move it to Reddish Vale, with the kind co-operation of the host club, pay dividends as both teams enjoyed the course and relatively reasonable weather.
It proved to be a close contest with Alsager putting their name on the prestigious trophy for the first time with a 4-3 victory and they will host the final in 2020.




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