Manchester Alliance at Wychwood Park

Sponsored by Paul Dalby of Manchester Trophy Market

Stamford’s ‘Nearly Men’ end their drought

THE Manchester Alliance resumed its winter programme at a Wychwood Park course in fine condition with many other courses in the area closed due to adverse weather conditions.

Playing off the back tees presented a stern test on a demanding course of over 7,200 yards, but as usual some players showed their class with some good scoring.

Among the players enjoying Wychwood Park was new European Tour star Tom Murray as part of the sponsor’s team.


Pro am winners with Alliance President John Dowd

Leading the individual pro section were Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) and David Brunton (Ringway) with both of them posting two-under-par 38-pointers to close the gap on professional Order of Merit leader Danny Wardrop (Stockport).

Alliance Captain Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) had an excellent amateur partner in home player Eddie Sterling to amass a superb total of 45 points.

This left them three clear of Craig Corrigan and Phil Cooney (Wigan) who beat David Brunton and his Ringway partner Keith Jones on a cpo.

Danny Fox said: "We started playing in the Alliance thanks to the encouragement of our club professional Mark Smith who said that it would give us experience of playing other courses in the region against some top players and improve our game.

"We struggled in the early days but as our confidence grew we began to ge among the prizes but without a win so to win at such a great course is cause for a real celebration at Stamford."

Am am winners with sponsor’s representative Peter Barber of Didsbury Golf Club.

Completing the pro am prize winners were Tony Cuppello (Pike Fold) and Phil Wilson (Wychwood Park) who won a cpo on 40 points from Davenport’s Graham Cox and Mike Jones.

It was a great day for Stamford duo Danny Fox and Steve Finnan who had become known as the Alliance ‘Nearly Men’ after three and a half years of near misses since they started playing in Alliance events.

They posted 37 points to finish a point clear of Brian Carroll and Mick Wallace (Bolton Old Links) and John Egan and Chris Seabrook (Haigh Hall).