The Manchester and District Golf Alliance is the biggest organisation of its kind in the country providing competitive golf for professionals and amateurs for over 110 clubs in Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester throughout the calendar year.
It is a big year in 2024 as the Alliance celebrates its Centenary year and MDGA President Ian Brooks (Bolton Old Links GC) and his small and dedicated team of volunteers are near to completing a very busy and attractive programme for their Centenary Year which begins in August.
The Alliance has completed the first half of its Winter Series which have seen full fields of professionals and amateurs playing each week at clubs in the Alliance.
Ian Brooks said:
“It was a great start to the season in fine sunny weather at Dunham Forest –then it went out with a bang!
The event at Leigh was cancelled due to what had become a very, very wet few months which caused events at Whitefield and Northenden also to be cancelled.
The rest of the first half of the season went well with full fields and the Inter Club Knock Out Finals were played in dry weather.
A big thanks to our sponsors for their continued support and to Jim Cunliffe and Ian Hales for organising and running the competitions.
All of us at the Alliance wish everyone a dry golfing and successful 2024.”
As well as the weekly prizes for professionals, pro am and am teams there are also the on-going Order of Merit prizes for professionals and amateurs which finish at President’s Day at Styal GC on May 1.
Last year’s winners were Professional OoM Jamie Howarth (Davenport GC) 581 ahead of Craig Corrigan 414 and Phil Kelly 248 and the Amateur OoM winner was Paul Ralph (Hazel Grove GC) 492 from Paul Robinson (Davenport) 413 and Ian Fearns (Stamford GC 382.
The current leaders at the midway stage this season are Professional OoM Jamie Howarth 292, Callum Blinkhorn (Leigh) 195 and Ian Ridgway (Disley) 180.
The top amateur OoM is Paul Robinson (Davenport) 220 from Ross Birch (Stockport) 187 and Charles Herbert (Reddish Vale) 187.
The Manchester and District Golf Alliance is the largest of its kind in the country consisting of over a 100 golf clubs from the Manchester area.
It was formed in 1924, with two main aims. Firstly, to provide additional income throughout the winter months for Professional golfers, but primarily to forge 'Friendship Through Golf'. Our motto "Friendship Through Golf" forms the basis of everything that we do.
We are a non profit making organisation with all our revenue being returned to golfers as prizes. Whilst providing an income for professional golfers MDGA has expanded over the years to include amateur golfers and inter club knockout competitions. The Dunham Forest Trophy is our most prestigious event, however the competitions also include The City Glass Mens Foursomes, The Archie Preston Mixed Knockout, Seniors Team Knockout and The BMW Junior Team Knockout..
Any member of a golf club that is affiliated to the Manchester & District Golf Alliance is eligible to play in the weekly MDGA competitions which take place each Wednesday from September to December and February to May.
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 competition. We also have a number of 4 man team competitions.
The events are held on a different course each week and are open to any member from the affiliated clubs. Check out the fixture list on the Winter Competitions tab to view the fixtures and also to book on-line. If preferred, bookings can also be made by contacting the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President : Ian Brooks (Bolton Old Links GC)
Captain: Don Milligan (Ashton on Mersey GC)
Secretary: Ian Hales
Mobile : 07980 449614
Email : email@example.com