Date published: 01 October 2021
Rochdale team for the City Glass Foursomes final
The last weekend in September marked a historic weekend for Rochdale Golf Club as it won the Dunham Forest Trophy and the City Glass Men’s Foursomes for the very first time, also making it the first time that the same club wins both competitions in the same year. .
The Dunham Forest Trophy is the Inter Club knockout competition of the Manchester and District Golf Alliance. With 92 registered clubs, it is the largest competition of its kind in the country.
Each club’s team must include a club professional and the top six amateurs, with a handicap index limit of six.
For the Dunham Forest Golf Club final against Ashton-on-Mersey on Saturday, September 25, Rochdale fielded a fairly inexperienced young team made up of the club’s top young golfers.
Led by Sam Smith, the squad consisted of the following players: Ross King (professional), Alex Walker, Danny Lynch, Daniel Stapleton, Jordan Matthew, Jordan Jones and Scott Baxter.
The next day, Sunday, September 26, Rochdale faced Davenport Golf Club in the City Glass Mens Foursomes final at Walmersley Golf Club.
Rochdale won the game 4-3, but it was an extremely close affair with a score of 3-3 and the final game tied after 18 holes.
Davenport took the first points as Kane and Louis McCumesky took a 3/2 victory over Dan and John Stapleton. Rochdale quickly rose to the level with a comfortable 6/5 victory for Darren Clarke and Chris Babbs over Phil Housley and Trevor Glover, but Stuart and Scott Johnston restored Davenport’s advantage with a 4/3 victory over Matt Clarke and Nick Jackson.
Rochdale retaliated with Dan Matthews and Phil Whitworth wins by 2/1 over Andy Milne and Iain Faulkner and Scott Baxter and Jarrod Flett by 4/3 over Gareth Winstanley and Colin Burns.
In a thrilling finish, Bob McGowan and Alex Carmichael again saw Davenport tie at 3-3 with a 3/1 victory over Alex Walker and Antony Hardman.
All eyes were on the final match which saw the players return to the 1st hole which is a downhill par three to just under 200 yards.
Jordan Jones played for Rochdale with a 7 iron and a good shot from him, followed by a skillful five-foot chip from Martin Humphries meant the hole and the game were conceded by Davenport after they ended up in the water hazard from the tee.
Rochdale Golf Club captain Andrew Ingham said: “It’s a very proud weekend for Rochdale Golf Club. It’s a great achievement for both teams. Thank you to all the team members who played in the various stages of the competitions for us the finals as well as the team captains and those who supported the teams.
“It certainly put Rochdale Golf Club on the map.”