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Greater Manchester Open

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Greater Manchester Open
Tournament information
LocationWilmslow, Cheshire, England
Established1975
Course(s)Wilmslow Golf Club
Par70
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatStroke play
Month playedJune
Final year1981
Tournament record score
Aggregate264 Bernard Gallacher (1981)
To par−16 as above
Final champion
Scotland Bernard Gallacher
Location Map
Wilmslow GC
Wilmslow GC
Location in England
Wilmslow GC
Wilmslow GC
Location in Cheshire

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.

Winners

Year Winner Score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Ref.
Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open
1981 Scotland Bernard Gallacher 264 −16 5 strokes England Nick Faldo 7,000 [1]
1980 Republic of Ireland Des Smyth 273 −7 Playoff[a] England Brian Waites 5,830 [2]
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1979 Zimbabwe Rhodesia Mark McNulty 267 −13 5 strokes Spain Manuel Piñero 5,000 [3]
1978 Scotland Brian Barnes 275 −5 Playoff[b] New Zealand Bob Charles
England Denis Durnian
England Nick Job
4,000 [4]
1977 Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy 269 −11 8 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes
Scotland Ken Brown
England John Morgan
4,000 [5]
1976 Republic of Ireland John O'Leary 276 −4 4 strokes South Africa John Fourie 2,200 [6]
1975 England Howard Clark 284 1,000 [7]
  1. ^ Smyth won with birdie on sixth extra hole.
  2. ^ Barnes won with birdie on first extra hole.

References

  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. 30 June 1975. p. 22.
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