Balfour & Houldsworth

The Balfour Cup

Keith Ralston Winner 2014

The Balfour Cup Competition in its 117th year was held at Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club on Sunday 25th May. 

Keith Ralston from Altrincham Golf Club was the winner of the Balfour Cup. 
He shot a gross 74 nett 64 to win by a clear 4 shots from 2nd place Prestwich player Dennis Hazlewood . The best gross prize was 74 scored by home player James Doodson playing off 3.
Other players in the 7 prizes came from Chorlton GC, Sale GC, Swinton Park GC and Altrincham GC.

The weather conditions were not very good but everyone commented on the great condition of the golf course.

The original venue had been Swinton Park Golf Club on the 11th May but due to the atrocious weather for that weekend , the course had to be closed and the Balfour rescheduled.

Chorlton-cum-Hardy GC kindly stepped in and offered their course for two weeks later on the 25th May. As this was the Bank Holiday weekend , we had a small reduction in the player numbers. Even so we had 109 entries from 19 local golf courses.

All the results can be seen on our website , click on the link on the front page.

Next year the committee have decided to change the date by one week and the the Balfour Cup will be held at Northenden GC on Sunday 17th May 2015. This will be available using online booking.

The Houldsworth Cup

The Houldsworth Cup competition was held at Disley Golf Club on 8th June 2014 and local knowledge proved paramount as Disley players scooped 3 of the 5 prizes. 

The Houldsworth cup has been played for since 1897 and it was fitting that Disley hosted the event as they are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year. We had 148 players representing 17 golf courses

The winners from Disley GC were father and son Mike and Matt Hill, who completed the course with a very good 4 up score.

They won the card playoff from Chorlton cum Hardy players
Phil Williams & John Whitaker. Phil and John also had 4 up and had tied their back nine score, but the back 6 proved decisive.

Other prize winners were  :-
Iolo Williams & Andrew Sandham 3 Up from Worsley GC.

Dave Bradbury & Mike Ward also 3 Up Disley GC and also from Disley Chris Taylor & Tom Christie 3 Up.

The top 64 players results have been published on this website.

Our next event is a mixed 4 Ball Better Ball stableford being held at Davyhulme Park on Sunday July 13th.

​Mike and Matt Hill - Winners Houldsworth Cup 2014

The GS Lancashire Trophy

The G S Lancashire Trophy in it's 90th year was held at Davyhulme Park Golf 
Club on Sunday 13th July.
The winners were home players Paul Barton and Janine Fox with 44 points.
In second place with 43 points were Freddy & May Parks from Swinton Park GC and next were Paul Jones and Carol Batchelor also from Swinton Park GC with 42 points.
More home players Grant & Sally Stuffins were 4th with 41 points and Val & David Mawson from Chorlton cum Hardy GC were also in the prizes 
with 40.

Just beaten in a card playoff were M Rigby & Leslie Bates also from Swinton 
Park GC.

The Lady Captain of Davyhulme Park, Jenny Page who won the trophy in 2011, helped with the presentation.
There were 128 golfers representing 20 different golf clubs.
A list of some of the top scores can be viewed using the link on the Home 

After suggestions from some of the players, the committee are to consider 
changing the event into a Greensome Stableford for 2015 and this will be held at Worsley GC.

Janine Fox & Paul Barton - Winners 2014

 Junior Balfour and Junior Trophy Winners 

The Junior Balfour in its, 61st year has been won by Worsley Under 16 golfer Tyler Smith.

The competition was 18 holes singles medal playing off the yellow tees at Ellesmere Golf Club on Sunday the 17th August.
Tyler managed his round very well in extremely windy conditions and scored a terrific nett 67, playing off 6.

Second in the Junior Balfour was U19 player Liam Garry from Blackley GC with a nett 70.

The Under 16 trophy also produced a very good score of 70 from Alex Walker a 5 handicapper from Rochdale GC and the runner up was Lewis Holland from Disley GC who also finished on par with 70. 

The Balfour and Houldsworth Committee would like to thank all the entrants to the Junior Balfour and the Under 16 trophy and we hoped you all enjoyed your day. 
We also hope to see you and your friends at next years event at Sale GC.

As the number of entries weren't as high as expected, we are considering changing the date to early September and are hoping to improve the awareness of all of our competitions for next year.

The committee would also like to thank everyone at Ellesmere GC for the hospitality and the help we received with the running of our competition and the excellent condition of their course.

The leading scores have been posted on this website.

Tyler Smith Winner Junior Balfour 2014

Alex Walker Junior Trophy Winner 2014

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