NORTH DOWN GOLF ALLIANCE
Updated 186 days ago
The way the North Down Golf Alliance mushroomed from a standing start was the big golf success story in 1970. A major factor was the careful planning and smooth organising work of the then committee consisting of Gerry Magennis of Bangor (Secretary-Treasurer, Sam Buckley (Holywood), Billy Campton (Carnalea), Alex Donald (Clandeboye), Jim McNulty (Donaghadee) and Bangor Professional Ernie Jones. Another was the remarkable reaction of business firms to requests for sponsorship... The Alliance had 150 amateur members on its books, playing off a handicap of 15 or less and it just couldn't handle anymore as there wasn't enough daylight in the winter when they play. On top of that healthy list of amateur golfers there were around 20 professionals playing regular... At the very first meeting at Bangor (Sponsored by Oneida Silversmiths) Ulster Provincial Bertie Wilson reduced the back nine holes to a sensational 30 shots to win the best amateur gross prize with a one-under par 70. Jim..