Match Play Finals sponsored by Ian Singleton of IDS Golf

Archer regains his title in close contest

ASHTON-on-Mersey Golf Club were again excellent host for the Manchester Alliance Match Play finals day for professionals and Assistant professionals as all of the players enjoyed some excellent greens after the recent weather traumas.

In the morning semi-finals Styal Golf Club assistant professional Alistair Waddell, the holder of the main professionals’ trophy, beat Ben Thompson (Hazel Grove) by 5/4 to make the assistant’s final to take on home player Olly Smith who accounted for Davyhulme Park assistant Mike Lane by one up.

In the main event there were two titanic semi-finals that saw Stand assistant pro Rob Batchelor come out on top to beat Chorley assistant pro Andy Palmer on the 22nd hole.

Phil Archer is presented with his trophy by Alliance President John Dowd


The other semi went to the 20th hole before the 2016 champion Phil Archer (Poulton Park), who was a member of the winning GBI PGA team who beat the USA last year, accounted for Swinton Park Golf and Country Club professional Dave Smith.

Two more close finals followed this drama with Phil Archer regaining the professional trophy with a 2/1 win over Rob Batchelor.

It went to the wire of the 18th hole in the assistant’s final with Alistair Waddell beating Olly Smith by one hole.


  Alistair Waddell is presented with the assistant’s trophy by Ashton-on-Mersey Captain Jim Reynolds.

Alliance Scratch Medal 2018

Scratch Medal at Northenden

NORTHENDEN Golf Club were excellent hosts for the 2018 Alliance Scratch medal in a new format of 18 holes.

The course was well presented and provided an excellent challenge for a quality field with the top professional contenders for the coveted Alliance Order of Merit competing along with top amateurs for two top trophies.

Davyhulme Park assistant professional Mike Lane has been showing good form during the winter season and he kept up his good run to post a winning score of 68 that left him clear of Colin Moroney 69 and Steve Parry (Hart Common) and Ryan O’Neill (Penwortham), both 70.


Mike Lane with his trophy


The amateur trophy was kept on hold as Ashton-on-Mersey’s Alex Baguley and Mark Davin tied on 76 and will now play-off in their next club medal to decide who wins the amateur trophy.

They finished three shots clear of club colleague Chris Buckley

Colin Moroney Warms Up Steve Parry Drives Off

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