Homecoming for Alliss
An exciting week of golf at Moor Allerton in July will reach a fitting climax when Peter Alliss makes a welcome return to the club. The doyen of golf commentators will recall some of the most interesting times during his 40 years as the ‘Voice of Golf’ and is almost sure to talk about some of the characters he came across during his time as professional at the club in the 70s. ‘An Evening With Alliss’ will take place on Saturday July 14 the day after the conclusion of the Clipper Logistics Championship which is one of the premier tournaments on the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour. The fifth consecutive Clipper Logistics Championship will be played from July 11-13 and will be preceded by a pro-am on Tuesday July 10 in what is set to be a high-profile week for the North Leeds club.
Carl Hegarty, Operations Director at Moor Allerton, said: ““Peter Alliss is undoubtedly ‘The Voice of Golf’, which is no real surprise given that he has been broadcasting on the game for the BBC since 1961. His huge popularity has enabled him to travel the world commentating on golf, not to mention entertaining millions of people along the way. Peter will no doubt share some golfing anecdotes of his time as a top-class golfer, and of course, many a memory from his time at Moor Allerton. “We are thrilled to be welcoming Peter Alliss back to Moor Allerton. Peter has been a huge part of this club since the 70s when he became the professional, and it is always a joy to have this true golfing icon back with us. I’m sure it will be an evening filled with wonderful, witty anecdotes told by the most fantastic storyteller”. Alliss, and his Sheffield born dad Percy, were the first father and son pair to play in the Ryder Cup. Percy played in the first match on English soil at Moortown in 1929 and again in 1933, 1935 and 1937. He was not eligible in 1931 as he was employed as a golf professional in Berlin, Germany, at that time and the Ryder Cup rules had changed to require British players to be living in Great Britain Peter played on eight Ryder Cup teams between 1953 and 1969 and had a record of 10 wins, 15 losses and 5 halved matches. Lat year Moor Allerton unveiled two eye-catching stone features on either side of The Alliss Bridge, named in honour of their former professional. The two stone markers were hewn from a seam of Bramley Fall rock at Mone Brothers’ nearby Blackhill Quarry in Bramhope. Alliss once described the present course, built in 1970 by renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, as a ‘golfing experience larger than life’. Founded in 1923 at a nearby site on Nursery Lane, the club has also played host in the past to PGA European Tour events and many of golf’s greatest names including Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman. Tickets are priced at £25 and are available from the club on a first come first served basis or by calling 01132 661154.