Albatross helps Nest pair to victory

Bradley Park's Jack Pearcey in yesterday's Alliance
Bradley Park's Jack Pearcey in yesterday's Alliance

A rare nett albatross helped Crow Nest Park’s Gareth Evans and Richard Langley-Webb (9) win yesterday’s final Halifax-Huddersfield Alliance meeting of the season at Outlane.

Only seven professionals took part in a field of 30 pairs for an event which was re-arranged after being abandoned due to heavy rain in March.

Evans and Langley-Webb had the best score of the day, 44 points, in the pro-am section after some heroics from Langley-Webb on the par five 12th hole.

Langley-Webb chipped in with his second and also received a shot to make it a very rare five-pointer,

That enabled him and his partner to edge out Tom Wild and Gary Ward (8) of Bradley Park by one point.

Ward had a nett eagle on the par four second and Enzo Sechi matched that on the 10th on his home course.

In the am-am section, a score of 42 was good enough for Bradley Park’s Dave Mitcheson (13) and Outlane’s Peter Ford (18) to take the honours.

There was a three way tie for second, resolved on back nine count-back in favour of Steve Hopkinson (6) and Alliance president Mick Appleyard (7) of Bradley Hall.

Nett eagles were achieved by Crow Nest Park’s Mark Campbell, Outlane trio Lenny Campey, Dave Knapton and John Lawton and Bradley Hall’s John Morris.

It was a bright, sunny day with occasional cloud and a cool breeze. The course was dry and the greens good but not yet perfect. There was plenty of grass on the fairways and the rough was very lush and resistant.

While Evans was the leading points scorer for the winter season on 64, he is a tour pro and ineligible for the professional order of merit.

That went to long-serving and popular Dewsbury player Nigel Hirst on 57 points from Tom Wild on 44.

Dewsbury was the champion club with 409 points from Crosland Heath on 405 and Bradley Hall on 402.

Pro-am: 1, G.Evans Pro & R.Langley-Webb 9 (Crow Nest Park) 44 pts; 2, T.Wild Pro G.Ward 8 (Bradley Park) 43; 3, N.P.Hirst Pro & J.Binns 5 (Dewsbury) 40; 3, D.Chapman Pro & D.Makin 17 (Outlane) 40; 5, J.Pearcey Pro & E.Sechi 15 (Bradley Park/Outlane) 39; 5, D.Delaney Pro & P.Hesselden 12 (Bradley Hall) 39; 7, T.Pollard Pro & A.Morrison 7 (Bradley Hall) 34.

Am-am: 1, D.Mitcheson 13 & P.Ford 18 (Bradley Park/Outlane) 42; 2, S.Hopkinson 6 & M.Appleyard 7 (Bradley Hall) 41; 3, J.Ward Scr & T.Ball 16 (Dewsbury) 41; 4, E.Pearson 18 & M.Russell 19 (Crosland Heath) 41; 5, P.Heywood 11 & K.Bruce 20 (Marsden) 39; 5, A.McMahon 8 & R.Towler 6 (Dewsbury) 39; 5, S.Burns 7 & A.Wallis 9 (Crosland Heath) 39; 5, S.Beeby 6 & J.Lawton 4 (Outlane) 39; 9, H.Bailey 15 & M.Colley 6 (Dewsbury) 38; 9, D.Knapton 12 & A.Guest 12 (Outlane/Bradley Hall) 38; 9, E.Casper 11 & J.Morris 17 (Outlane/Bradley Hall) 38; 9, S.Whitham 11 & R.Wimpenny 13 (Crosland Heath) 38; 13, B.Airey 19 & T.Wormald 20 (Bradley Hall) 37; 13, R.T.Williams 13 & D.Ford 20 (Crosland Heath) 37; 15, B.Cassidy 10 & P.Reynolds 12 (Outlane) 36; 15, M.Cullimore 12 & L.Campey 20 (Outlane) 36; 17, M.Campbell 7 & C.Mowl 2 (Crow Nest Park) 35; 18, E.Howker 16 & T.Beddis 20 (Bradley Hall) 34; 18, R.Pearson 16 & D.Harrison 13 (Bradley Park) 34; 20, M.Alexander 14 & D.Phare 17 (Outlane) 33; 20, N.Paxman 8 & T.Baier 13 (Meltham) 33; 22, B.Moroney 16 & T.Moroney 16 (Outlane/Bradley Hall) 32; 23, K.Woolford 15 & I.Hunter 9 (Hanging Heaton) 30.

THE Halifax-Huddersfield Union’s juniors were beaten 20-16 by Harrogate at Ilkley in their opening match of the Yorkshire Inter-District League season on Sunday.

Willow Valley’s Oliver Tasker and Crosland Heath’s Jon Fleetwood picked up maximum points but Halifax-Huddersfield let a 9-3 lead slip after the morning singles.

Tommy Ward’s side are in action again on Sunday when they play Leeds at Saddleworth.