Greater Manchester Open

The Greater Manchester Open was a professional golf tournament which was played annually from 1975 to 1981. It was a European Tour event from 1976. It was held at Wilmslow Golf Club in Wilmslow, Cheshire, just to the south of Manchester. Three of the six winners were from the Republic of Ireland, and a fourth, Mark McNulty, became an Irish citizen many years later. In 1981 the prize fund was £40,222, which was the third smallest on the European Tour that season.

Greater Manchester Open
Tournament information
LocationWilmslow, Cheshire, England
Established1975
Course(s)Wilmslow Golf Club
Tour(s)European Tour (from 1976)
Month playedJune
Final year1981
Final champion
Bernard Gallacher
Wilmslow Golf Club is located in England
Wilmslow Golf Club
Wilmslow Golf Club
Location in England

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Ref
Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open
1981 Bernard Gallacher   Scotland 264 5 strokes   Nick Faldo 7,000 [1]
1980 Des Smyth   Ireland 273 Playoff[a]   Brian Waites 5,830 [2]
Greater Manchester Open
1979 Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe Rhodesia 267 5 strokes   Manuel Piñero 5,000 [3]
1978 Brian Barnes   Scotland 275 Playoff[b]   Bob Charles
  Denis Durnian
  Nick Job
4,000 [4]
1977 Eamonn Darcy   Ireland 269 8 strokes   Brian Barnes
  Ken Brown
  John Morgan
4,000 [5]
1976 John O'Leary   Ireland 276 4 strokes   John Fourie 2,200 [6]
1975 Howard Clark   England 284   1,000 [7]
  1. ^ Smyth won the playoff at the 6th extra hole with a birdie 3.
  2. ^ Barnes won the playoff at the first extra hole with a birdie 3.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gallacher bounces in with a record victory". The Glasgow Herald. 15 June 1981. p. 16.
  2. ^ "Smyth wins play-off duel". The Glasgow Herald. 23 June 1980. p. 17.
  3. ^ "McNulty's triumph with record aggregate". The Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1979. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Barnes wins play-off with 20-foot putt". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1978. p. 17.
  5. ^ "Darcy by 8 shots". The Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1977. p. 17.
  6. ^ "O'Leary by 4 shots". The Glasgow Herald. 21 June 1976. p. 22.
  7. ^ "Howard Clark, the former Walker Cup player..." The Glasgow Herald. 21 June 1976. p. 22.

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