Howells and Stewart on top at Edge
ALDERLEY Edge’s men played a BB Stableford and Nigel Howells and Gordon Stewart ruled the roost with 44 points.
Edge’s ladies were in a hot streak with three match wins.
They beat Ringway 2-1 in a friendly , were 2-1 winners over Ashton-on-Mersey in the 9-hole League and 4-3 victors in a Bell Cup derby against Styal.
A midweek medal at Mottram Hall was led in by Robert Parry with 71 from Adam Bunt 72 and Jon Hodgson 75.
Macclesfield Seniors made a solid start to their league season as they defend their M&DSL title winning at Styal by 3.5-0.5.
Macc ladies played the Anne Brammer medal competition and in a tight finish Marlene Connor won a cpo on 73 from Alycia Sutton, one less than Myra Clark and Sue Orwin had the best gross of 91.
The Manchester and District Golf Captains welcomed the new club Captains to the annual Introductory Meeting at Knutsford Golf Club, who were as always excellent hosts.
There were 27 new Captains in attendance along with 12 executive members of the Association and they combined together in a Team Stableford to enjoy the delightful setting of the Knutsford club.
The new Captains were given a warm welcome by Captain’s Captain Tony Draper (Chorlton GC) and Knutsford’s Robert Nelson with Tony explaining the aims and ethos of the Association.
Association secretary Alan Preston led the winning team to a second consecutive victory with his team comprising Steve Williams (Bramall Park), Andy Hill (Cheadle) and Dave Moore (Sale) who posted 43 points.
It left them ahead of Ian Hales (MDGC). Jeff Sawyer (Horwich) and Dave Hughes (Denton) 42 and Ian Brooks (MDGC), Keith Mullen Bolton Old Links, Simon Naylor (Stand) and Neil Turner (Dunscar) 41.
Hazel Grove Golf Club was blessed with superb weather for the penultimate fixture of the Manchester Alliance winter season as they staged the annual contest for the Leo Feeney Trophy.
Their magnificent Alister Mackenzie provided its usual excellent challenge for another top field of professionals and amateurs.
Birchwood Golf Club’s former European Tour star Phil Archer showed his class with a great double win as he topped the individual pro competition with 39 points, one more than Steve Parry (Hart Common) and Craig Corrigan (Chilli Dip).
Phil had a fine partner in Warrington’s Anton Johnson as they led in the pro am section with 44 points.
This left them one clear of Ashton-onMersey’s Kris Andrews and Paul Brough who won the Leo Feeney Trophy as the best pair from the same club after they had won a cpo from Bramall Park’s Liam Burgess and his Tytherington partner Chris Johnson.
Also in the pro am prizes after a cpo on 42 points were Craig Corrigan and Alan Hamblett (Haigh Hall) and Bramall Park’s Craig Daggitt and Ken Thompson.
Event sponsor Steve Hamer (North Manchester) partnered home star Mike Jones to a winning 43 points in the am am section that left them one clear of Mike Hewitt and Steve Moores (Stamford) and Steve Finan and Danny Fox (also Stamford).
The preliminary rounds of the Manchester Alliance’s Inter Club Knock Out competitions have been completed and it is now down to last 64 clubs as they aim to reach finals day in Autumn.
The main competition is for the Dunham Forest Trophy and features the club professional and the six top amateurs in action.