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.
|Location||Wilmslow, Cheshire, England|
|Course(s)||Wilmslow Golf Club|
|Tour(s)||European Tour (from 1976)|
|Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open|
|1981||Bernard Gallacher||Scotland||264||5 strokes||Nick Faldo||7,000|||
|1980||Des Smyth||Ireland||273||Playoff[a]||Brian Waites||5,830|||
|Greater Manchester Open|
|1979||Mark McNulty||Zimbabwe Rhodesia||267||5 strokes||Manuel Piñero||5,000|||
|1978||Brian Barnes||Scotland||275||Playoff[b]|| Bob Charles
|1977||Eamonn Darcy||Ireland||269||8 strokes|| Brian Barnes
|1976||John O'Leary||Ireland||276||4 strokes||John Fourie||2,200|||
- Smyth won the playoff at the 6th extra hole with a birdie 3.
- Barnes won the playoff at the first extra hole with a birdie 3.
- "Gallacher bounces in with a record victory". The Glasgow Herald. 15 June 1981. p. 16.
- "Smyth wins play-off duel". The Glasgow Herald. 23 June 1980. p. 17.
- "McNulty's triumph with record aggregate". The Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1979. p. 16.
- "Barnes wins play-off with 20-foot putt". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1978. p. 17.
- "Darcy by 8 shots". The Glasgow Herald. 20 June 1977. p. 17.
- "O'Leary by 4 shots". The Glasgow Herald. 21 June 1976. p. 22.
- "Howard Clark, the former Walker Cup player..." The Glasgow Herald. 21 June 1976. p. 22.