The Dunham Forest Trophy finals day is one of the top highlights of the Manchester Alliance’s season with the last four teams, who have won through from an entry of nearly 100 clubs, enjoying a great day of golf at the traditional and magnificent venue of Dunham Forest Golf Club.
The morning semi-finals saw Manchester Golf Club, winners of the Dunham Forest Trophy in 2011 and 1996 take on Reddish Vale GC, enjoying their first finals day for 40 years.
Manchester won three of the first four matches with Andy Allen, Andy Westwell and Aiden Hoosen with Vale replying through Vaughan Stott.
With professional Paul Woodcock winning a walkover, due to Vale’s Andrew Myers suffering from injury, Manchester eased their way into the final with Ryan Jackson earning a consolation point for Vale.
It was much closer in the other game – a local derby between Bolton Old Links and Harwood- as wins for Michael Tunstall and James Whitworth for Links were matched by Steve Hunt and Joe Donnelly for Harwood.
It was still locked at 3-3 as Anthony Stirling won one up for Harwood and Links professional Sean Owen levelled with a 3-2 success over Dale Affleck.
The crucial win for Links came from Nick Jackson who beat Martin Durham on the 20th to give them high hopes of repeating their last win in the competition since 1975.
The final was nip and tuck for most of the day before Manchester put on a late surge to triumph by 4.5- 2.5 with wins from Andy Allen, Aiden Hoosten, Graeme Jackson and Roger Smithies with Keith Irwin halving his match with James Whitworth.
Picking up the points for Links were Karl Bowker and Sean Owen.
All four teams can be very proud of reaching finals day in one of the biggest knock out competitions in the country and playing some superb golf with birdies and eagles coming at very regular intervals.