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Family double in Merit championships

THE Manchester and District Alliance concluded its busy winter programme, which has seen them stage well over 30 competitions between September and May, with the traditional President’s Day at Bolton Golf Club.

A breezy day made scoring tough for the majority of players on the challenging course but as always some players were able to rise to the occasion.

The season-long Order of Merit battles are the central feature of the day as they reach their conclusion and for the first time in the long history of the Alliance they went to a father and son duo.

Stockport assistant pro Danny Wardop has been the front runner in the professional OoM for most of the season and he went into the day with an unassailable lead to finish clear of Graham Cox (Davenport) and David Brunton (Ringway).

In the amateur OoM it was Danny’s dad Mike who led in from Jimmy O’Reilly (Swinton Park) and David Hemingway (Chorley).

Chorlton’s assistant Adam Hodkinson won the trophy for the Assistant Professional’s OoM from Andy Palmer (Chorley) and Liam Burgess (Bramall Park)

The President’s Trophy for the best individual score of the day went to John Aikenhead (Ashton-on-Mersey) for his fine nett round of 68 which saw him home from Bolton Old Links duo Mike Ormrod 69 and Brian Carroll 70.

The guest and sponsor’s prize was won with a 71 by Derek Harvey (Marriott Worsley Park). Paul Dalby (Didsbury) was second with 72.

Knutsford pro Tim Maxwell finished his year as Alliance captain with a proud record of never having an Alliance meeting cancelled (rarely if ever achieved before) and he had the best pro return of 70.

It was also a fond farewell for Alliance secretary Doug Craig (Davyhulme Park) after several years of unstinting service in the demanding role.

Doug hands over the rein to Ian Hales (Chorlton) but he will be a very active figure in the Alliance next season as he was announced as the new Alliance captain.