Lo­cal pros look for Al­liance glory

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

THE draw for the Manch­ester Al­liance Scratch Match play has been made with a top field of pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs aim­ing to reach fi­nals day at Ash­ton-onMersey GC on April 12.

Dis­ley pro­fes­sional Scott Jack­son will be aim­ing to re­peat his win in 2014. He beat Pike Fold’s Grant Hamer­ton 3/2 in the fi­nal and Bra­mall Park as­sis­tant pro Liam Burgess will be de­fend­ing the As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sional’s cham­pi­onship.

Jack­son is seeded, giv­ing him a bye in the pre­lim­i­nary round and in round one he will meet the win­ner of the match be­tween Steve McCarthy (Lymm) and Ben Thomp­son (Hazel Grove).

The rest of the draw for the pre­lim­i­nary round is:

M Richard­son ( Tyther­ing­ton) v M Lane (Davy­hulme Park); A Ear­lam (Stam­ford v M Pear­son (Prest­wich); K Thom­son (Bra­mall Park) v G Neville (Al­trin­cham); J Lester (Duk­in­field) v C Lee (Mel­lor and Town­scliffe); M Rawthore (Sale) v M Wall­work (Ring­way).

In round one, Dids­bury’s leg­endary pro Peter Bar­ber, who has won the ti­tle a record eight times in the last 40 years, will take on Chris Cousins (Helsby).

There is a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of lo­cal pros in­clud­ing Daven­port’s Tony Stevens and Gra­ham Cox (pic­tured) and Tyther­ing­ton’s Mark Richard­son and Nick Holmes

The draw for round one:

S Jack­son (Dis­ley) v win­ner of pre­lim match 1; C Dag­gitt (Bra­mall Park) v C Burgess (Ley­land); A (Chor­ley) v G Bradley (Bramhall); P Bar­ber (Dids­bury) v C Cousins (Helsby); D Brun­ton (Ring­way) v win­ner of pre­lim match 2; T Maxwell (Knuys­ford) v M Long­shaw (Hind­ley Hall; C Moroney (Bolton Old Links) v A Cup­pello (Pike Fold); P Gran­nell ( Vale Royal Abbey) v win­ner of pre­lim match 3; G Hamer­ton (Pike Fold) v win­ner of pre­lim 4; K An­drews (Ash­ton-on-Mersey) v N Holmes ( Tyther­ing­ton); D Smith (Swin­ton Park) v A Dempsey (Helsby); G Cox (Daven­port) v win­ner of pre­lim 5; C Cor­ri­gan v L Burgess (Bra­mall Park); M Smith (Stam­ford) v D Green (Duk­in­field); T Stevens (Daven­port) v G Nor­cott (Stock­port); D Wardrop (Stock­port) v win­ner of pre­lim 6.

Al­liance sec­re­tary Doug Craig is urg­ing clubs to send in the en­tries for Team Knock Out com­pe­ti­tions which take place in the sum­mer - the Dun­ham For­est Trophy, the City Glass Men’s Four­somes, the Archie Preston Trophy for mixed four­somes, the Wil­liams BMW Ju­nior Team Chal­lenge and the new Se­niors com­pe­ti­tion which proved to be a big suc­cess in its first year in 2014.

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