Marriott Worsley Park were great late hosts for the Alliance President’s Day, which is the traditional finale to the long winter season. The Alliance, which was formed in 1924, is now the biggest and most active organisation of its kind in the country with over 100 clubs in its membership, and they get an average of 45 professionals playing in their weekly winter competitions which always have a full field with a waiting list.
Bramhall Golf Club was booked to be the hosts for President’s Day but building work prevented this and Marriott Worsley Park kindly stepped in to host the event and provided a great course and excellent hospitality on a day blessed by sunny weather. 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.
However, 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 a nett 71, from Paul Crisp (Ashton-on-Mersey) with a 72.
The professional Order of Merit was won at a canter by Birchwood’s former European star 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 ‘Majestic’ Moores (Stamford GC) with a 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 made his time as Alliance President so rewarding over the past 25 years and made it such a top golf organisation.
Peter Barber presents John Dowd with his award for his 25 years as President.