Greater Manchester Open

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Greater Manchester Open
Tournament information
Location Wilmslow, Cheshire, England
Established 1976
Course(s) Wilmslow Golf Club
Month played June
Final year 1981
Final champion
Bernard Gallacher
Wilmslow Golf Club is located in England
Wilmslow Golf Club
Wilmslow Golf Club
Location in England

The Greater Manchester Open was a European Tour golf tournament which was played annually from 1976 to 1981. 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.


Year Winner Country Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open
1981 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland 264 5 strokes England Nick Faldo 7,000 [1]
1980 Des Smyth  Ireland 273 Playoff England Brian Waites 5,830 [2]
Greater Manchester Open
1979 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe Rhodesia 267 5 strokes Spain Manuel Piñero 5,000 [3]
1978 Brian Barnes  Scotland 275 Playoff New Zealand Bob Charles
England Denis Durnian
England Nick Job
4,000 [4]
1977 Eamonn Darcy  Ireland 269 8 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes
Scotland Ken Brown
England John Morgan
4,000 [5]
1976 John O'Leary  Ireland 276 4 strokes South Africa John Fourie 2,200 [6]

In 1980 Smyth won the playoff at the 6th extra hole with a birdie 3. In 1978 Barnes won the playoff at the first extra hole with a birdie 3.


  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. 

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