Manchester and District Golf Alliance

Competition at Wigan GC sponsored by John Davies of Urmston Service Station

Captain in firm control as Wigan make their Alliance debut

WIGAN Golf Club made a fine debut as they hosted a Manchester Alliance competition for the first time in their long and distinguished history.

Their impressive and scenic Arley Hall clubhouse backed by an excellent course, that survived the heavy rain of the previous day, was enjoyed by all players in another full and top quality Alliance field.

Alliance Captain Dave Smith, the Swinton Park professional, certainly had a day to remember with an outstanding double success.

He posted ten birdies as he led in the professional individual scores with a superb haul of 43 points which took him clear of Phil Archer (Birchwood) 42 and Andy Palmer (Chorley) and Charlie Fletcher (Helsby),both 39.

Pro-Am Winners Dave Smith and Jimmy O’Reilly with sponsor John Davies


Am-Am winner Simon Stott with Wigan Captain David Hartley

Sean Blinkhorn (left) and Dan Crook celebrate Sean’s ace

The top assistant pro not in the main prizes was Jamie Howarth (Davenport with 38 points.

Dave Smith found a great partner in the ever-reliable and usually unlucky Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) who helped him to a massive 50 points, the biggest in the Alliance for over a year, which left them four clear of Phil Archer and his Leigh partner Mark Pasquill and Stamford Golf Club’s Mark Smith and the majestic Steve Moores.

Local knowledge saw home player Simon Stott and Peter Finch (Hindley Hall) top the am am section with 43 points, one more than Peter Hamlett (Ashton-on-Mersey) and Mike Lynch (Chorlton) and Wigan’s Reece Cranfield and Phil Dermott.

Another highlight on the day saw Leigh assistant professional Sean Blinkhorn secure his first-ever ace.

It came when his perfect pitching wedge tee shot on the 154-yard par three 15th hole arrowed its way into the hole much to the delight of his club colleague Dan Crook.


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