Sting in the tail from home stars
AFTER two days of near tropical weather on the Mersey Riviera the Manchester Alliance faced stiff cold wins and a challenging and well presented course at Didsbury GC competing for the Bert Thompson Trophy.
Bert was a member at Didsbury for many years and a top official for the Alliance as well.
Beating par was difficult for the professionals with only Order of Merit high-fliers Jamie Howarth (Davenport) with 39 points and Phil Archer (Poulton Park) 37 managing this with Chris Bibby (Whitefield), Mark Hancock (Stand) and former Alliance Captain Dave Smith in joint third with 35.
Jamie made it a double as he partnered new Didsbury staff member and Davenport player Stefan Sullivan to 42 points edging out Scott Jackson and Steve Misell (Disley) on a cpo.
Next in were Phil Archer and Anton Johnson (Warrington) from Disley duo Ian Ridgway and Dave Bradbury on a cpo on 41.
The final drama came from the last pair out on the course Didsbury Captain Barry Wynter and vice Captain Chas McPeake who used their expert local knowledge to good effect as they topped the am am section with 40 points.
It took them one clear of Stamford’s dynamic duo of Tony Smith and Mike Hewitt who beat club colleagues Steve Finan and Martin Dwyer on a cpo for the runners-up berth.
The nearest the pin prize on the 18th hole was won by Kris Andrews (Ashton-on-Mersey).
Another great day for the Alliance with Didsbury GC being excellent hosts both on and off the course.