Local pros look for Alliance glory
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.