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Season 2021

Covid-19 and the subsequent closure of golf courses in the early part of the summer by England Golf meant that the season could not go ahead in 2020.

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The Brian Atack Trophy

Brookdale won the 30th Brian Atack Team Trophy in a thrilling finale to the Oldham and District Golf League 2021 season.
Each team in the 'A' and 'B' leagues is eligible to enter 4 pairs  with the best three scores counting towards the team trophy.
Both Brookdale and Dukinfield finished on an impressive 128 points with Denton coming up just a point short on 127.
And Brookdale were able to claim the trophy for a fifth time after they won the back-nine countback on 63 - Dukinfield's was 62. Only Stamford have now won it more times with seven.
The pairs competition, with a £1,400 prize pool and a full 160-player field,  was also a tightly-contested affair played out on an excellent Werneth course with some dastardly tricky pin positions.
Coming out on top were the C&R pairing of Winchester and Nield (45pts).
They had the  same total as runners-up Beresford and Hughes (Dukinfield) and the same back nine 21 but took the honours with a 15-14 edge on the back-6 countback.

The 2022 Brian Atack Trophy will be played next September at Oldham.

THE BRIAN ATACK TROPHY RESULT

1. Brookdale 128 (44+44+40)
2. Dukinfield 128 (45+42+41)
3. Denton 127 (43+43+41)
4. Stamford 124
5=. North Manchester, Saddleworth and Werneth  124
8=. Blackley, Castle Hawk and Oldham 123
11. C&R 122
12. Ashton 38.
The Betterball Stableford
1. Winchester and Nield (C&R) 45pts cpo bk9 21 bk6 15
2. Beresford and Hughes (Duk) 45pts cpo bk9 21 bk6 14
3. Woodcock and Wells (Stam) 44pts, cpo back9 24
4. Cain and  Scantlebury (Brook) 44pts cpo bk9 21 bk6 16.
5. Riley and Fox (Brook) 44pts, cpo back 921 bk6 14.

* The 2s competition paid 4 balls per two.
Balls for players from Blackley, Brookdale, C&R and Denton were taken on the day.
Balls for players from Ashton, Castle Hawk,  Dukinfield, North Manchester, Oldham, Saddleworth and Stamford will be delivered to the relevant club pro shops along with unclaimed prizes.

 

The Play Offs

 

DENTON completed the double-double when their 'A' team matched the 'B' team's feat in retaining their Oldham and District Golf League title.

They did it with a last-green 3-2 win over Saddleworth 'A' in a thrilling contest at North Manchester - watched by members of both clubs and also a few from the home club who would have been impressed by some of the big hitting and tight iron play.
Reece Hobson's Denton 'A' have now won the league in three of the last four seasons but they were pushed to the wire by Ben Simpson's charges.
It was Saddleworth who took first blood when  Phil Stevenson and Stuart Fyfe used their shots well to topple Denton low men Lee Merson and John Stapleton 3&2.
That was 1-1 when Connor Sutton and Zak Gregory beat Barry Shaw-Allan and Sam Bagshaw at the 17th.
Denton's former team captain Nigel Brookes was always in control of his bottom match alongside Matthew Heap and they made it 2-1 with a 3&2 success over Matt Chapman and Ben Chadderton.
But the other two matches were swaying one way and then the other.
As they came to the par-5 17th they were both all square and the title very much in the balance.
Mike Norbury then drained a long-range birdie putt to give himself and captain Simpson the advantage down the last and they made par to seal a 1-hole success over fellow captain Hobson and his partner Joshua Skelly.
That meant it was all on the final match left out there but the Saddleworth pairing of Ben Pullen and Paul Brammer both found trouble off the tee at 17 and conceded the hole early and walked to the final tee - a par 3 over water.
Pullen had a long putt that would have extended the match into the gathering gloom of the 19th but it slid by and Nathan Graham and Andrew Hurst were able to close it out with a par to clinch a 1-hole win and the title.
It is  only the third time in the league's 48-year history that both 'A' and 'B' teams from the same club have retained their league titles - both done by Stamford in 1987-88 and again in 1999-2000.

And runners-up represented the best performance in the league by a Saddleworth 'A' team since 2001.. the fifth time they have finished second.. having won the title five times though the last was 28 years ago in 1993.

FINAL TABLES 2021

 

 
  Division A East 2021 Pld   Pts  
  Denton 8 77.5
  Ashton 8 64
  Blackley 8 62
  Dukinfield 8
58.5
  Brookdale 8 58
  FREE    
       
       
 
  Division A West 2021 Pld   Pts 
  Saddleworth 8 81
  Oldham 8 69.5
  Stamford 8 67.5
  North Manchester 8 52.5
  Crompton & Royton 8 49.5
  FREE    
       
       
 
 
 
  Division B East 2021 Pld   Pts  
  Denton 10 104
  Castle Hawk 10 90.5
  Blackley 10 81.5
  Brookdale 10 77
  Ashton 10 66.5
  Dukinfield 10 60.5
       
       
 
  Division B West 2021 Pld   Pts  
  Stamford 10 91.5
  Werneth 10 82.5
  Saddleworth 10 80
  Oldham 10 80
  North Manchester 10 79.5
  Crompton & Royton 10 66.5
       
       
 

Welcome to the Oldham and District Golf League (founded 1973)

The League was conceived as an opportunity for local golfers to play competitively against other golf clubs in the local area and at the same time develop camaraderie between them. The intention is to enjoy good golf courses with sporting companions in a friendly but competitive atmosphere.

The League was composed of 2 Divisions from the outset but the Cup competition was not introduced until 1980. Initially, the League was based on singles matches in the A Division and the first Secretary was A L Davidson (Saddleworth GC). In those early years, the league was less competitive and League Tables were not produced until the last match of the season had been played! In 1982, Barry Matthews (League Secretary) and Carl Cunnelly (Fixtures Secretary) ran the League on a more organised and formal basis until 2005. In 1991 the end of season Brian Atack Tournament was added to compete for individual and team trophies.

Since 2005, the trio of Saddleworth's John Walsh (chairman), Ashton's Brendan Kennedy (secretary) and Werneth's David Whaley (fixtures secretary) guided the league through an expansion into a four division format with the addition of teams from North Manchester, Blackley, Crompton & Royton and Castle Hawk. The league changed further in 2017 with the introduction of promotion and relegation between the two 'A' divisions and Howard Lawton (North Manchester) took over as League Secretary.