St. Andrews - Write Your Own History

The list of winners on the Old Course at St. Andrews over the decades is the ultimate ‘Who’s Who of Golf’ – Tiger, Seve, Nicklaus, Faldo, Snead and many more.

Joining those legends of the game are Darwen Golf Club amateurs Lee McMahon and Dave Shaw after the duo triumphed in The Golf Guide’s two-day event at the Home of Golf.

Competing in a field of 36 pairs on the Old and Jubilee Courses, they needed countback to snatch the glory after carding the joint-best score of 82 points with two other pairings.

With a place in The Golf Guide Grand Final in Spain later this year up for grabs, a run of birdie-birdie-eagle from the 11th hole on the Old Course proved decisive for McMahon and Shaw.

Fellow Lancastrians Alex Duckers and Steve Duckers (Widnes) took second from Dave Kelly (Mottram Hall) and Andy Ingleby (Hartford) after both pairs carded the leading total of 40 points on the Jubilee Course on day one.

Warrington’s Anton Johnson and Russ Johnson (42 points) compiled the best round on the Jubilee Course on the final day.

Alder Root duo Paul Brerton and Mark Smith, who won the St. Andrews event on the Duke’s Course the previous year, posted the top score of 44 points on the Old Course on a sunny opening day.

Weather conditions weren’t quite as bright on day two, but it didn’t stop Phil Bishop and Alan Hacking (Clitheroe) shooting an incredible tally of 46 points over the famous 18 holes.

Even though their makeable birdie putt on the iconic closing green would have sealed overall victory, it didn’t dampen their enthusiasm following a wonderful trip.

Staying at the St. Andrews Old Course Hotel, including breakfast with a view and a welcome drink and snack in the conservatory were just some of the treats on offer.

With every player having an action photo taken whilst teeing off on the first or 18th holes, as well as a traditional ‘wave’ picture on the Swilcan Bridge, this was a dream trip for everyone.

But then memories is what the Home of Golf is all about and there were so many fabulous ones to take back.

From everyone at The Golf Guide, we’d like to say a massive thanks to St. Andrews for giving our golfers the opportunity to ‘write their name in your wonderful history’.

See you in 2019.


1 Lee McMahon & Dave Shaw (both Darwen) – 82 points (won on countback – Old course back nine).

2 Alex Duckers & Steve Duckers (both Widnes) – 82.

3 Dave Kelly (Mottram Hall) & Andy Ingleby (Hartford) – 82.

Day One

Old Course

1 Paul Brerton & Mark Smith (both Alder Root) – 44.

2 Lee McMahon & Dave Shaw – 43.

3 Joe Allen (Highfield) & Steve Sourbuts (Ashton & Lea) – 42

Jubilee Course

1 Kelly & Ingleby – 40.

2 A Duckers & S Duckers – 40.

3 John Hughes & Tim Stanley (both Pleasington) – 39.

Day Two.

Old Course

1 Phil Bishop & Alan Hacking (both Clitheroe) – 46.

2 Phil Davies (Leek) & Dan Smart (Prestbury) – 44.

3 Anthony Lowndes & Chris Thyer (both Cavendish) – 43.

Jubilee Course

1 Anton Johnson & Russ Johnson (both Warrington) – 42.

2 Matthew Williams (Manchester) & Brad Whitman (Meltham) – 41.

3 Mark Maden-Wilkinson (Lytham St Annes) & Mark Worsley (Bolton Old Links) – 39.