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England and Wales (North) Region

PGA North links up with Alliance

03 Jul 14

2309North David Shacklady

The PGA in England and Wales (North) has joined forces with the Manchester Alliance to organise a curtain-raising pro-am at one of its major tournaments.

It’s the first time the two organisations will work together.

And if everything goes to plan, a precedent could be set at the Manchester Open at Marriott Worsley Park on August 26.

Regional secretary Graham Maly explained: “We’ve always had strong links with the Alliance so we regard this as a natural progression in our relationship.

“Without a sponsor this year there was no way we could have run the pro-am.

“We are also hoping the venture will offer useful networking opportunities.”

Alliance president John Dowd said: “I suggested the idea to The PGA and we’ve been asked to help promote it as a pro-am, am-am as we do with our normal fixtures. The cost is £30 a pair.

“The difference is it won’t be limited to Alliance members because anyone can enter. There will be a shotgun start at 1.30pm and hopefully we’ll attract a full field.”

Meanwhile, Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady, above, will defend the Manchester Open title over the two days following the pro-am.

Entry details available from Alliance secretary Doug Craig on 07760 996131 or email

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