Manchester and District Golf Alliance

At Chorlton Golf Club Mixed Pairs for the White Cup Sponsored by Don Milligan of DJM Dairies

More history made at Barlow Hall

CHORLTON Golf Club has one of the oldest and most historic clubhouses in the country dating back to the Middle Ages and a new chapter was added to its chequered history as they staged the Manchester Alliance’s Mixed Pairs competition for the White Cup.

On a day of excellent weather the players enjoyed a course in good condition which had recovered well from the previous week’s downpours.

The defending champions were Chorley’s Denis and Sam Durnian who had won the coveted trophy, which has been played for at Chorlton for many years, three times.


White Cup winners ltr Holly Durnian, sponsor Don Milligan, Andy Palmer, Chorley Lady Captain Steph Patterson

The Durnians did not retain the trophy but they were delighted to see their 12-year-old daughter Holly combine with Chorley’s assistant professional Andy Palmer to post a stunning 48 points to leave a quality field trailing in their wake.

Holly, a student at Bolton School, has a great mentor in her proud father who is a PGA Seniors legend, and he has seen her golfing skills explode during the winter months.

Andy Palmer, himself no stranger to success in the Alliance, was the first to admit that Holly was the main contributor to their fantastic winning score which is a new record in the competition since it changed to BB Stableford a few seasons ago.

Durnian family with the White Cup

Holly set another record by becoming the youngest player to win the competition and also succeed her parents in winning the White Cup.

Next in the pro am section were Hazel Grove’s James Rowlands and Lady Captain Margaret Farrell with 41 points, one more than Lymm’s Graham Cox and Lottie Makin.


Graham Cox was the top individual professional with 38 points, two more than James Rowlands, Tim Maxwell (Knutsford) and Craig Daggitt (Bramall Park).

In the am am section former Chorlton stars Brian and Chris Kelly (now Bramhall) were first past the post with 40 points one more than Chorlton Captain Mike Lynch and Muriel Walton who won a cpo from Swinton Park Golf and Country Club’s Jimmy O’Reilly and Margaret Redford.


Am am winners ltr Brian Kelly, Mike Lynch, Chris Kelly,


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